This weekend, I installed a Pan outside at our weekend house in Southern Vermont. It was a straight forward process since I had an older Foscam mounted in the same place for a number of years.
I used one of those mounts you can find on E-Bay to secure the camera to the base of the window frame. I opted to use some better screws than what came with the kit. I used 1.25" Grip-Right exterior screws to secure the mount. To secure the Foscam mount, I used the screw that came with the kit; the head broke off when I went to remove it. The mount for the Pan is OK. It’s mostly plastic, so we’ll see how it holds up over time.
Wiring…I basically shut it in the window since the cable is thin. Worked with the Foscam and that had a thicker cable.
I’m not using a case or any cover on the camera. The above mentioned Foscam (8910) was outside in the same location for 8 years and had no issues. I’m confident the Wyze will hold up just fine. I’m sure I’ll give it a good cleaning every so often. The Foscam did get pretty dirty and had a lot of insects living around it!
So far, so good! Saturday was one of the windiest days we’ve had, so motion alerts were pretty frequent. Things have calmed down and I’m now getting alerts that are either vehicles (we are very close to the road) or other activity.
When that front light is on, the night vision with the IRs is excellent. There’s a very good field of view for what’s in front of the camera. I’m sure the snow on the ground is helping things. When the light is off, it’s pretty dark. That was a little disappointing. Being that it’s a fairly rural area, there are no street lights or much lighting from other properties. The Foscam did a pretty good job in low light situations like that. However, this is technically and indoor cam and doesn’t have a large number of IR LEDs. Worse case, we’ll leave that front light on overnight. It’s sporting LED bulbs, so not a huge energy drain.
I’ll keep everyone posted on how this unit holds up. We get some really variable weather up there…from cold and wind…to humid and rain. As you can see from the pic, the camera is very well sheltered from the overhang of the roof.
A few pics I took. One is of the new setup. The other is the trusty Foscam after being outside for 8 years.