Replacing Ring doorbell with Wyze - what's this?

I read in another topic that you have knob and tube wiring. I’d never encountered that term before (nor even seen it in a home) and had to look it up. That’s really something, and I’m glad you have an electrician to deal with that.

The doorbell in the photograph looks to me like the kind of thing that would ring rapidly and repeatedly from the hammer hitting the dome as long as someone is holding in a simple older-style doorbell button. It doesn’t look like the kind of “ding-dong” mechanical doorbell chime that’s common to houses from the past several decades, the kind that’s typically wired to a lower voltage transformer with a switch on its own circuit.

Since you have mentioned an electrician doing some work for you, I guess it’s possible that’s your actual ringer. If an electrician was able to make that bell ring with your Ring doorbell, then I suppose it might be possible to do something similar with the Wyze Video Doorbell v2, but that sort of this is outside my current scope of knowledge.

You also mentioned that you have Ring’s Chime Pro, however. I haven’t used any Ring products (the only video doorbell products I’ve had experience installing are from Arlo and Wyze), but it looks like maybe this is what you have:

If that’s the case, then that looks similar to the Wyze Chime but with more features. That also makes me suspect that it’s actually the Chime Pro and not the bell in the photograph that actually makes a sound inside your home when someone presses your current Ring doorbell. Is that what happens?

I get that. I tend to use different browsers for different things, and remembering differences in keyboard shortcuts between, say, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox is a minor chore. I’m glad you have that choice.

(Could be worse, too. If Wyze was doing this sort of thing 15 or 20 years ago, you might be stuck using Microsoft Internet Explorer because somebody decided it was a good idea to code Wyze’s Web experience as an ActiveX control. Fortunately, we don’t live in that world.)

Regarding Wyze’s dictum that “Wyze Web View is not supported on Firefox browsers”, I wonder if that’s a situation where it might actually work without Wyze’s official support. I’ve used a security camera system from a different company that provides Web-based access, and when I visit the login screen for that product while using Firefox, the site advises me to use Chrome or Safari, but it still allows me to log in and use the system with Firefox. Wyze Web View might work that way, as well, but I’d want to get the input from someone with actual experience doing that.

Regardless, my understanding is that Wyze Web View requires a Cam Plus or similar subscription.

@carverofchoice recently posted about this in some detail:

Perhaps some of that would be helpful to you.

Apparently you’ve also used it to create a working rule for your Wyze Plug, so good on ya for that!

That’s not necessary, but I appreciate it. You’re welcome. Hopefully at least some of this is helpful.

You linked to the original Wyze Video Doorbell (Wired). The Wyze Video Doorbell v2 is also wired but does not include a separate chime as it’s designed to work with an existing electronic or mechanical (ding-dong-type) chime that’s already installed in many homes. To see what I’m talking about, it might be helpful to watch the short installation video for the Video Doorbell:

This is part of what makes me think that the bell in the photo you included above is probably not actually ringing when someone presses the button on your current Ring doorbell, though I do see that the Ring Wired Doorbell Pro includes something they call the Pro Power Kit, which I imagine is similar to what I’ve had to install inside the existing chime box with an Arlo wired doorbell and the Wyze Video Doorbell v2.

If you’re using a Ring doorbell with Chime Pro and listening for Chime Pro as your doorbell cue, then maybe the original Wyze Video Doorbell + Chime (which you linked to above) would be the most like-for-like solution for you. Since you’ve had an electrician doing previous work on your Ring doorbell, that seems like you already have an existing resource who might be able to help you with your options.

I apologize for the length of this post. I’m just trying to give complete and detailed answers to your questions as I understand them. Hopefully some of this is helpful and someone with more experience specific to your situation and needs will chime (pun intended) in with additional input.