“Even though both reset, the cam, which remains powered thru the process, isn’t being supplied with an updated IP after the reboot and is therefore offline.”
Next you said the following, which I’m hope someone can confirm 100% is true or false: “The cam must be hanging onto its old IP and is only assigned a new one when rebooted.”
I don’t know if the camera gets an IP for the outdoor camera. Maybe on the base gets the IP, and the camera talks over a different frequency. I honestly do not know.
Let’s say you have a huge house and you have a wifi mesh system throughout the house, including at both ends of the house, including some coverage that reaches into the street around your house.
You have 2 cameras, and 2 bases. You put one base at the back of the house in your garage wired to your home LAN, and join one camera to it. Then you go to the front of the house in your foyer/entryway and add a base to your wired network, and join a camera to that front base.
If you were to take the camera from the front and move it to the back, it would not connect to the back base. The same is true the other direction – taking the camera from the back of the house and moving it to the front will not work.
Now let’s say you have a really skinny, long house, but you only have a wired connection in the garage, so you join a base to the network at the back of the house and join 2 outdoor cameras to the base in the rear of the house. In this same house, you have a strong wireless connection that reaches throughout the rear of the house, but doesn’t reach the front of the house. So you backhaul a wireless access point and run it as a range extender or even a mesh system to get coverage on the front porch of your house. You then take one of the outdoor cameras from the back of the house and move it to the front where you now have a wifi signal. The outdoor camera will still NOT connect to the home network from the front even though you have strong wireless because the outdoor base is in the rear of the house with those two small antennas and those don’t reach your front porch.
I think I am correct.
I am not sure if the outdoor doesn’t try over and over to get connected to the base.
I am pretty sure that the outdoor base does try over and over to get an IP address from the home LAN’s DHCP.
I am not sure that if the outdoor base gets a new/different IP address that it doesn’t try to push that to the WCO. I was pretty sure that it did.
All of this is to say that if you can wire up a camera like the Wyze Cam v3 or Wyze Cam OG, you reduce the stress of owning a WCO. That is the route I am going, although since adding the solar panels to the WCO several issues have been reduced for me.