Connection to unsecured wifi


I’ve attached the travel router instructions. Let me know if you have any questions.

Travel-Router-Instructions.pdf (1.24 MB)

Thanks. I will give it a try.


Just wanted to send you a HUGE thank you for taking the time to create these excellent instructions. I plan on using this setup on an upcoming trip to utilize hotel WiFi (which will no doubt have a landing/portal page) with a couple Wyze cams.


You’re very welcome.

The latest version of the Wyze app (installed today - 1/31/19) does not allow proceeding with no password (password field left blank).

The “Next” button at the bottom of the screen is ‘grayed out’ until a certain number of characters are typed into the “Enter Wi-Fi Password” section.

How to connect the Wyze camera to an OPEN Wi-Fi network now?

For security reasons, Wyze made the decision to no longer allow setup on open wifi networks. Unless Wyze changes their minds on this, there are a couple of workarounds that can be used if you want to keep your base home network unsecured but also provide a secure network for the Wyze Cam. One is free and the other has a small hardware cost. I realize these may not be suitable in all cases.

  1. Most wifi routers have the ability to have a separate guest network, often without a password required. You could set the guest network up with your existing SSID (so you don’t have to change any other devices) and set up the primary network with WPA2 encryption to be used with the Wyze Cam.

  2. You could use a travel router as an intermediary device that will connect to your unsecured home network and bridge that over to a secure network accessible by the Wyze Cams. Complete instructions for that are here:

Finally, there is a #roadmap topic about this asking Wyze to reconsider (link below). You can hop over there and vote for it. Be sure to click the VOTE button at the top.


Poor decision on Wyze’s end to force all users into their world. I will flash back and refuse all updates until this is resolved.


@skier8888… In my discussions with Wyze about this, they seem pretty firm on the decision. So you may be missing out on some really good improvements (eg. multi camera streaming). You may want to consider one of the workarounds described above.

I have a few of these that I use to monitor equipment at work. I certainly do not want to put them on the secured network as they are a rather high security risk to the rest of the network. I wouldn’t have purchased the ones I just did if I had known this. They are of no use to me now. I am far more concerned about someone hacking into the WYZE network and accessing cameras through there than I am hacking into a camera on a open public network at my work. And if someone does hack into the camera, all they will see is an equipment display panel.

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I don’t really understand why you consider the cameras to be more of a security risk connected to a secure network than an unsecured one.

However, here’s a solution (with a nominal cost) that will let you connect the cameras to the unsecured network while still having them isolated:

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I am not saying the cameras are less secure on a secured network. The cameras themselves are inherently not very secure regardless of the network they are on. If they are on our open, unsecured network, at least they are separated by a firewall from all of vital equipment.

An 80% increase in cost per camera is a nominal cost? Although these are not really expensive, anytime you start almost doubling the cost per unit, the value proposition gets eaten up quite rapidly.

Unless the cameras are far apart, you should only need 1 mini router to serve them all.

This is not a simple residential sized environment. I have maybe two cameras that could be handled by one, otherwise there is simply too much distance or interference, and each camera would need their own, if it wasn’t a violation of company policy. My organization does not allow independent wireless networks within their environment.

Of course guest networks don’t have to be open, but that decision was made a multiple pay grade levels above mine. Our wireless network is massive with access points number well over three thousand. It is estimated that we have over 100 visitors here at any given point who we want to have access to the internet. At any given time there are between 3-5 thousand users on the guest network (mostly employees personal phones and tablets). I have to live in the environment as it is. Unfortunately, Wyze’s decisions and changes means that this environment will not include any new WYZE products.

Well, this totally screwed me. I brought my cam into work to record an event timelapse—can’t connect to our unsecured guest network, can’t connect to our credentialed private network. GREAT CALL, WYZE. ಠ_ಠ


Wow. This seems like a really poor decision like something Apple would do; they are forcing the company’s preferences onto the consumer who paid for the product and should be able to use the product as we see fit.

I live on a large property a half mile from the next property and my property is secure. Therefore, we choose not to encrypt at all and will not be in the future. Epic fail, Wyze. Epic fail. I will stop recommending these cameras to others.

Fortunately, I found a practical workaround for Android not mentioned above by the moderator, that requires minimal technical experience. Only drawback is that this workaround only works with the cameras. I have tested this and it works.

1: Uninstall the current Wyze app
2: Download the version 1.5.82 Wyze app from an app archive site like apkmirror. Google it :wink:
3: Install version 1.5.82 of the Wyze app. This may require allowing the installation of 3rd party apps in the security settings on your Android device. It should prompt you to do so.
4: Login and add all of your WyzeCams and the panning WyzeCams to the Wyze app. For this Wyze version you do NOT need a Wifi password! The green button at the bottom is dimmed, but you can still press it and move forward with the adding process!
5: Update Wyze to the newest version. The cameras are still there! Profit!

For Apple users, find a Android user and perform this process using your Wyze account. Then just login to your account on your Apple device.

Thanks again Wyze for your very first major miscalculation. I would like the last half hour of my life back, please. We implore you, don’t make any more Apple-like decisions!


What a bad decision. Let the end user decide if they want convenience or security. For me, I can’t use my Nanoleaf Canvas because it requires unsecured wifi. So it’s either one device or the other, or I buy another router just to create an additional 2.4ghz network. Stupid.


Thank you for this workaround! I’m in a similar scenario as you described. Great cameras, but poor decision on their part. While they can’t get your half hour back, have an internet high-five from someone who appreciates the time you spent to offer a solution. Salud!

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I find it hard to believe any device made in the past several years would require an unsecured network.

Also, if the Nanoleaf Canvas requires an unsecured network, please explain step 8 on this page:
“8. Enter your WiFi network’s password and wait for the connection to complete”.

For those that really feel they need to have unsecured WiFi, many modern routers offer the ability to set up a guest network (although don’t be surprised if it doesn’t offer an option to do it unsecured).

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According to neoleaf, the panels DO require a secured network: