Well, I have an update.
Installation is not forgiving. I’ve done a lot of electrical work and I’m… disappointed in the design of the switch.
The extra neutral wire is --ultra-- cheap and is quite difficult to insert, even if twisted.
The button design is not good. First, it feels like it’s a press-type button with a rubber membrane. I could be wrong but if it is a membrane, this won’t last ten years. My original switches are 30 years old and will continue to function for another 100. Second, it is a RIMLESS button. This means that the sides of the button are part of the button, so the faceplate alignment must be PERFECT if you aren’t using their faceplate (I am not, it’s a three gang box). My box has sagged in the middle over the years and the alignment wasn’t perfect so… This was a bear to get the faceplate on.
There’s a reason that rocker type switches are in their own frame.
Next, functions. Remember, I wanted a dumb switch but for the lamp socket to deliver 24/7 power. Well, this works. I set up a rule that when I press it, the outdoor light turns on. This does not affect power to the camera, camera remains on no matter what. The problem?
It DOESNT WORK for a regular switch press! Rules can only be toggled via LONG PRESS and a SEPARATE command (double press) to turn the light off! So my only solution is to put a wyze bulb (as that can function on and off via regular short press). As I’m using the wyze socket and rule combo, only long press works, while short press works only for the bulbs and not the socket.
That is straight up a dumb and artificial limitation.
Overall this solution works and saved me from running Romex in the attic for a dedicated power line for the camera. But I’m truly not pleased in the unnecessary difficulty due to switch engineering and software limitations. This feels like a ultra generation 1 product or perhaps even a deliberate limitation by wyze.
Is there a way to submit a feature request do you know to improve the switch?
Short press logic: “If [socket is on] then [turn off socket] else [turn on socket].”
Oh also please tell me if mistaken. I’ve tried every combination of rules and buttons, but I can’t get it to work the way I desire…
Oh edit again. Device rules don’t seem to work. I have two device rules set up. 1. When switch is on, wyze cam turns on socket. 2. When switch is off, wyze cam turns off socket. But pressing the switch does nothing - the socket does not turn on or off.
Switch is set to smart control mode, if that matters.
Edit yet again. Google searching “wyze switch device triggers do not work” yields other people that experience the same thing. It seems that in smart mode, device triggers just don’t work. Cmon, this is a bug – it just needs fixing. I feel that if this bug gets fixed, I’ll be overall happy enough. But right now this is a pretty bad setup. Press and hold to turn off, press twice quickly to turn on, I mean, cmon, this is a joke.
Or better yet. Set up that in smart mode, a button press (short, long, hold, whatever the user wants) will trigger an event, whatever event the user wants. I’m surprised this isn’t how it’s already set up.