I’m new to this forum, and also VERY NEW to RTSP.
What do I need to use my Wyze Pan Cams to view constant video on my Android Note 8 phone and my desktop computer? Do I need one of those NVR’s or DVR’s?
I’m aware I have to download the firmware to my cameras.
Thanks to anybody who can get me started in this field. I truly appreciate it.
Hello @craigstr, I recommend you check out this article since it will go over all of your questions and also help you with the set up process.
Thanks. I already read that. It doesn’t really explain the concept of RTSP and how to manually hook things up or if I need an NVR or DVR to accomplish what I want.
After downloading the firmware onto the camera, I don’t understand how to watch live streaming on my phone or desktop.
Maybe check this out - does it make things any clearer?
Well, kind of, but I guess I need somebody to tell me exactly what to buy as far as an NVR or whatever, and then how to hook it up and what software I would need besides the firmware download to the Pan cameras I have.
This may not answer any more questions for you, but here’s Wyze’s help file from the support site:
IT really depends on your use cases and budget. What are you looking to do, and with how much money?
Thanks for the reply.
Basically, I want to have my 2 cam pan’s be able to record to an NVR for constant real time viewing. I have a Samsung Android Note 8…. A desk top computer…. I would like to be able to see live footage all the time on either device, as you would a set up a system connected with cables.
I’m unsure if it’s possible with wireless.
- A Windows or Linux PC that is always on
- Some NVR software
- A wireless camera or two
- A router that you have administrative access to
- A method of managing your dynamic DNS assignment from your ISP
Let’s go through these one by one.
This one is fairly simple. If you like Windows, or the Windows NVR software, use Windows or Windows Server. Consider using something that has low power, such as an Intel NUC. You likely won’t need any fancy graphics software for something with fewer camera feeds.
As is probably well known, I use Netcam Studio. This supports two sources with no additional payment, so it might suit your needs. Most NVR software follows the same approach, which is to connect a source (using the rtsp link from the camera), then configure the features. Pretty much all NVR software supports viewing (single or multi), source editing (changing the orientation of the source, overlaying with watermarks, etc.), motion detection (for a variety of modes of testing), audio detection (with thresholds), license plate tagging, timelapse, scheduled events (recording always, recording on detection, etc.) and library management (view and manage recordings). The trick is to find something that fits your needs, and your budget.
You have two. They should be able to be connected to Blue Iris, Netcam Studio, and any of the other popular NVR software.
To manage your cameras effectively, you want to use DHCP reservation to set each camera to a defined IP address. This will make managing the NVR software and the cameras easier.
If you only want to view your cameras inside your network, this isn’t an issue. It’s also not an issue if you have a static IP address or a domain on your network. Most NVR software allows you to view your cameras over the internet using passwords and usernames, which gives you remote management capabilities.
Here’s the tl;dr:
- View my guide on installing Netcam Studio on a Windows Server - it’ll work on Windows, too
- Review my info on RTSP and my V2 cameras to see how to add the Wyze cameras to Netcam Studio
- Download, install, and configure your NVR of choice
- Connect one camera and play around with how it works with the NVR
- Come back and report on how it goes
Hope that helps!
I’ll try to decipher all of this.
PS: Does the Windows PC always have to be on as you say? If I’m out of the house, the router will always be on and I could check my video on my phone, right?
Yes, the device that runs the NVR software needs to be on to receive the signals from your cameras in order to check them for motion and record them locally.
Sorry to bother you again.
Do you know what the biggest SD card I could put in my pan cam’s? I have a 4 GB in one, and a 32 in another. They both seem to work fine. I’m asking because if I could put a huge SD card in my cameras, I really wouldn’t need RTSP because I can live stream now….right?
I don’t know what the largest is. I know some people used 32GB and some 64GB. I only need a 1GB to flash the firmware, as I won’t need any more SD cards. My local server will record everything, instead.
Yeah, I know what you mean about your server, but honestly after digging into this, it looks a lot less complicated just using an SD card from what I see. After all it is really only about security and minutes of video that would be valuable.
Thanks a lot,
No problem, Craig. Glad I could help you make a determination,