Hello everyone - I’m a bit newer here but I decided to jump in to the Wyze Cams (v2) and I’m noticing issues that really don’t make much sense to me and I was curious if any others have dug deeper into this, and if there is information/resources that change my perspective on the RTSP capability that has been added to Wyze Cams.
From the data breaches to the newly published articles regarding the certificate chain involving Wyze, I’ve really wanted to make an effort to secure the privacy of my family and I as a precaution. While many may think this is a bit over the top, others may understand, especially being born in an era where there wasn’t camera’s or the internet, that privacy is an important part of your life. In order to accomplish this privacy, I wanted to setup RTSP and make the Wyze cams an integral part of that story with the use of internal capture programs (i.e. Blue Iris). I have had nothing but problems, and I really don’t feel that Wyze truly wants this feature to be implemented because it goes against their potential long-term business model.
The issues that I have had with RTSP are numerous, and they compound when you add additional cameras into the infrastructure. In my environment, each is aligned to a nearby WiFi hotspot that provides 90%+ signal to the devices. Each has been assigned an IP address on a subnet that is separated from the primary network, and I have even gone as far as assigning VLAN’s to the devices so they are segregated from an Ethernet perspective as well. No matter what I do, there are constant issues with the dropping of cameras in Blue Iris. No other devices on my infrastructure have this type of issue, and all other devices primarily run on the 5g spectrum so 2.4g is reserved for the cameras (along with channel differences for each hotspot to avoid traffic issues).
I currently have 7 cameras - all of the eventually get to the “No Signal” on Blue Iris. The interesting perspective - the Wyze app works without issues. I can leave the app open, move it to landscape mode, and view all 4 cameras without a single hiccup. They stream perfectly…but for some reason the RTSP feed, which should just be a mirror of this other feed, does not work.
I have read other posts of users that have had to move the OpenIPC or CFW in order to get better consistent results. The drawback for these for me has been the fact that the resolution that the camera allows is only 1600x900, so not a true 1080p picture.
There has not been any another other posts on RTSP in any great detail that I have found in which end-users try to setup multiple camera (i.e. 7+) scenarios and I’m hoping that some of you in the community may have more experience with this setup and what they have done in order to scale out multiple cameras on the network.
At the current state - with Wyze indicating that they can’t include RTSP in the main line, and that it is a “beta” feature (even though it’s wanted by many end-users), and the fact that having a local DVR for the cameras goes against the pay for motion capture services that Wyze provides - just makes me feel that they really don’t want RTSP to work. They added it to just appease some that they had the “RTSP” feature, but it doesn’t really work. No matter what camera, how close or far away it is to the hotspot, all of them eventually start failing with the current RTSP firmware.
I’d really like to have control over the data that is streamed from my home. I’d really like Wyze to answer questions regarding the FUD that is being propagated on the internet right now about the company. I’d really like to get the feeling that they are a secure environment (have you seen the SMS for the 2 factor authentication…even the formatting to me looks very primitive - it’s functional at least). I’d also really like for RTSP to work…that way I can control my data.
Are there others that are having these experiences? Any other thoughts that you have that may help me try to isolate or identify the issue?