TL;DR - How can cameras be set up on two different WiFi SSIDs in one location (not two different locations)?
I have 5 Wyze Cam v3 that I’m adding outside my house. One location is on a shed on my back yard and I need to use a WiFi repeater to get a strong enough signal to connect. This results in two different SSIDs and some camera are on one SSID, and others on a different SSID.
All my other Wyze devices are on my dedicated IoT network (SSID “iot”), but the camera on the shed needs to connect to the SSID “iot-beaconhd” from the repeater. Eventually I fiddled around to get things like I wanted, but this is one of those situations where 1) It seems much harder than it should be, and 2) Even though I got things to work like I want I’m not sure how I did it and what I would need to do again to repeat the setup.
Here’s what I think I did:
1 --Try connecting the camera through the Wyze app, using the pull-down menu to change the network name from “iot” to “iot-beaconhd” and entering the password. Result: Camera times out saying, “Unable to connect”.
2 – Set a “home” location different than the default: add a “Suite 2” on the second line of the address, then re-run setup. Result: Camera accepts the network change after using the pull-down menu and entering the password. All cameras now work as desired.
3 – Reset one of the other cameras to see if changing the home location will change setup for any Wyze devices I add (I have some Wyze plugs on order). Result: This is where it gets weird. The pull-down list shows only the networks available in my doctor’s office (!) which I visited between the previous step and this step. I rebooted my phone and was able to complete the setup.
I speculate that the Wyze app scanned the available WiFi networks while at the doctor’s office. That’s weird; it shouldn’t do that, or if it was it should re-scan when setting up a device. And I should have forced-closed the Wyze app first to see if that fixed the problem berfore rebooting my phone.
It seems that the Wyze app doesn’t gracefully handle using two SSIDs at the same location. Of course, I could be completely wrong, but if so what is the right way to do this setup?
Technical details of my environment, in case that makes a difference:
- WiFi access points: Unifi U6-Lite (wired back to router)
- WiFi repeater: Unifi UAB-BeaconHD (WiFi connection to a U6-Lite AP)
- Router: Unifi UDM-Pro
- Phone: Google Pixel 4a 5G