RTSP Question

How does RTSP work with the RTSP enabled WyzeCAM versus non-RTSP enabled WyzeCAM. I understood that RTSP feed from the camera goes directly to the device requesting the video feed eliminating the stream going ‘off-site’ while on a non-RTSP (stock camera out of the box) sends its video feed off to a server someplace in the sky and then it is returned to the requesting device without going off-site.

What makes me wonder about this is a few of the posts I’ve seen lately on FB where people are saying that an internet connection is only needed to set up the camera. From there you can view the feed even if your internet goes down. This would imply that the regular non-RTSP feed goes directly from the camera to the requesting device without going off.

You can’t view stock Wyze cameras without an Internet connection.
Don’t believe anything you read on FB. :slightly_smiling_face:


Yea, that’s kind of what I was thinking. People say they do it but I know what you mean. I may unplug the modem here after a bit and see what happens.

Well, that was interesting. I unplugged the comcast modem so that I had no connection to the outside world and I could see all of my cameras using the Wyze app. They worked fine.

Even though your modem is off your device may be connecting via your cell line. If not you will gradually loose connection to your cameras when they restart. But generally you can see the live view with no Internet as long as the device was able to connect at startup.

I agree that the phone/app had connection to the cell towers and the internet but what were the cameras connecting to if they need an outside internet connection to stream.

They will work without a connection as long as they were connected when they started. If you want to check it kill your modem again. Then unplug a camera wait 15 seconds and plug it back in. The camera will no longer stream to your phone.

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OK. So, what you are saying is that the video stream from a stock WyzeCam (non-RSTP) camera does not leave the local lan, correct. Where I am going with this is, what is the advantage of using RSTP, except for devices that can only receive RSTP feed.

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I’ve never tried it but have always understood that the camera has to have a connection to the Wyze server to transmit video.
It appears that is wrong.
OMG, Facebook was right!?
Now I have a project. :slight_smile:

RTSP fills the perceived need of a lot of people that wanted a solution that would allow view camera streams on a PC. Without having to use an emulator like Bluestacks. There are also many existing clients that can consume RTSP feeds for the Android (Firestick and So forth) as well as FireTV) ecosystem.

Other than that I don’t see any real advantages but it’s nice to have as an option.

Funny. If you are stranded in the house like me during this mess you probably need one anyway.

Just needs the connection at startup as far as I know.

Each camera does get a local IP so there is no reason it wouldn’t communicate directly with the app. I even assign the IP’s through DHCP so I know which is which on my router.

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When you said you unplugged the comcast modem I wrongly assumed that modem was supplying your Wifi. I wondered how your cameras were communicating without Wifi. :slightly_smiling_face:

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I used phone for a hotspot for a non RTSP V2 in a car to setup a time lapse, Then turned off the wifi hotspot and it continued to record both the time lapse and regular continuous. Then there’s the RTSP (which I have all my cams on now), and I continue to get the live feed via RTSP on NX Witness without any interruption when the net goes down. But if it’s important to you, just test things for yourself.

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What I’m trying to understand is if the Cams use up outside bandwidth (not local LAN) when streaming to something like TinyCAM on the local LAN. I’ve read a lot of different opinions on this. I’m kind of hoping that someone from Wyze will chime in on this.

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Like you I have heard many differing answers to this question but no definitive word from Wyze.

If you have the experience, might be able to verify using something like Wireshark or other packet sniffer.

You could also read this (though about a year old)

Thanks but a bit beyond my skill level. I’m sure some info goes out on login and using their cloud. The makes sense. Its the bulk of the video stream I’m wondering about.

I think it would only be the 12 second videos that go to the Wyse servers.