Cable companies have a monopoly. They saw declining profits so they ran the price of cable services up. Kept doing so. Then they saw many going without cable so they increased the prices of internet. The base price I used to pay for 5 mbps was around $30 a month. Perfect for my needs. Now I have to pay $50 a month for 100mbps which really is usually tracking at 50 mbps. Don’t want nor need that BUT I cannot go with a lower tier. As a result of this, I keep my wifi open and free. Run my stuff through a VPN for security purposes.
So providing your neighbors with free Internet is a fight against corporate greed? Interesting.
Nah just sticking it to the man lol. Its the only thing I can do since I am a single person.
You should consider just using multiple SSIDs. You can have one that’s open for random people, and one or more with encryption enabled for your own use. Not all WiFi routers support this, but many do.
Thanks mate. Going to have to look into that. Great suggestion. Appreciated. Now to figure out if mine supports that.
I love Wyze. But it is not really your station in life to dictate WiFi policy to your users. So, cut it out. Or issue everyone in this thread a full refund.
If you want to tell me that your database doesn’t know how to accept a WiFi network record with a null pw, Maybe I would believe that.
But the fact is it used to work fine. Then you chose to break it. That is NOT OK ™.
You should let users leave the password field empty if their Network doesn’t use one, and handle it that way.
Totally agree. We have a home in the woods that has an open network so whomever wants to use the place, can. Because of other automation we have, it does not make any sense at all for us to add a password on our WiFi.
I now will trash my Wyze and move to new cameras. This policy of Wyze’s to dictate to me how to manage my network is way out of bounds. Totally disappointed. I’ve referred many people to the product and now regret it.
Don’t trash it - send it to me
Do you lock the doors? I have some country friends that don’t. Just a different way of living I guess.
If you want other people to be able to use your WiFI, you could always change the SSID to “Password_is_[password]”, and then set a simple password for the WiFi.
Regarding “trashing” your cameras, I hope you aren’t being literal, as that would be environmentally irresponsible as well as wasteful. There are no doubt a number of people here that would at least pay you shipping (if not more) to take them off your hands.
Was going to use the Wyze to replace my Blink camera to monitor my boat at the Marina. It is an open Wifi on the marina dock. I guess this camera has been a waste of money and I was excited about getting more of them. Crazy that Blink will allow but Wyze will not.
This needs to be fixed.
Absolutely ridiculous that a smart plug needs a password. Give me a break. Returning it to the store and buying another brand that doesn’t try to Tell me what to do
The security risk is mine to decide, not WYZE. Please put this feature back with a Security Warning, but DO NOT TAKE AWAY function that I have been using for a long time!
In app V2.8, we improved the cam setup process and we now allow setting up cameras on a public Wifi. Just want to post here for visibility because we didn’t include this in the release note.
This is great and unexpected news! Thanks for the update and your understanding of the importance of this to many users!
Many thanks!! Didnt think you would do this… I can delete the old app version from my android phone now and update to latest version. Great news!
Thank you. Public cameras getting some love too!
Unfortunately everyone is over looking why wyze isn’t allowing open networks. It’s not security. It’s not safety. It’s all about the money. Thier cams are good but you dont lower the price and offer things without being in bed to make the money back that you “kindly made cheaper” for the public. I have one link that proves it as posted above. https://support.wyzecam.com/hc/en-us/articles/360031368512-Setting-up-on-a-network-with-a-login-portal. I’ve seen people say I use this on thi open network and this one… and most of those people arent the norm for this camera. The average Joe is the norm. I got this camera to watch my kids play in the sunroom while I’m geeking on the xbox or computer. I got another one to watch my youngest in his crib while sleeping. And I got the other to check who is at my front door so I dont have to get up to greet the jehovah’s witnesses at my door or so my fat butt can race to the door to buy those girl scout cookies. Anyone that knows anything or even just a little knows that the number one way to keep people off your wifi is to hide the ssid. And it’s not that easy to find out the names of hidden ssids for most people. So… if wyze wants our business at all then they can stop treating us like stupid people and create a waver for us to acknowledge that it’s our problem if someone decides to jump on my cam network and watch two tornadoes play… my 2 year old talking to himself or … the salesman at my door.
You’re a few months late. Wyze already restored the ability to connect to open/unsecured WiFi networks.
No, it really was just a misguided attempt at enforcing security.
Wyze doesn’t make money from GL.iNet routers. There aren’t even any affiliate links in the article you referenced. GL.iNet is a totally separate and unrelated company, though they do make pretty good travel routers.
The number one way to keep people off your WiFi is actually to enable WPA2 and use a strong password.
Thanks @jayl for clarifying this. I will add that I was the one that wrote that article. It was posted originally only as a solution so people could use their Wyze Cams in hotels, etc, where connecting to wifi requires passing a landing page. Others later discovered that it could be used to connect to unsecured wifi. There was debate by Wyze about whether it should be posted at all because they didn’t want people to use it to get around the secure wifi requirement. In the end, it was decided that the landing page use case was more important.
That said, as @jayl has pointed out, it’s all a moot point now since Wyze has since updated the app to again allow insecure wifi:
Also, as noted by @jayl, hiding the SSID will only stop rank amateurs from hacking your wifi. WPA2 and a strong password is the way to go. There are several free tools available that will easily discover hidden SSIDs, for example: