While Web-View may be great for some, it still requires all traffic to cross the internet and pass through the Wyze servers (with some data being passed to servers in China), before crossing the internet a second time back my device. (The documentation I found leads me to believe that no actual videos are passed on to the China servers, but some data is. WYZE: Please correct me if that is not accurate).
So my question is this: Where is the LOCAL access to my video feeds? Why do I need to go through the Wyze servers even when I am on the same LAN as the cameras? (So far as I am aware, this is true for ALL Wyze camera related services, paid and free). Wouldn’t it be drastically more efficient, stable, reliable, and most importantly Secure, to be able to stream via LAN vs WAN?
I realize that if everything was kept local Wyze wouldn’t be able to charge a monthly subscription fee, and pessimistic-me thinks maybe that’s the whole point, but optimistic-me believes there is more to it than that, and I’d like to hear what they have to say on the topic.
I imagine the word “security” is going to be used in the explanation somewhere, and I can appreciate that. But if it is, I would also appreciate an explanation as to what those security concerns are precisely.
- How is a round-trip Internet journey more secure vs. it never leaving the LAN?
- Would the cameras/hubs themselves become vulnerable in some way?
- Were the cameras or their firmware designed in such a way that only the Wyze servers can
interact with them, and/or understand/process the data?
Lastly, I do understand that many users really would have “issues” accessing self-hosted feeds remotely, but many us would not, and speaking for myself, I would feel infinitely more secure keeping all of my video feeds off the internet unless and until I choose to expose them.
- Those users who are not able to self-host would be perfect candidates for a subscription service like Cam Plus Unlimited
- Those users who can and want to self-host would likely be willing to pay a handsome one-time charge for the hosting-software.