Are the window mounts useful or are you better off with an outdoor mounted camera? If using a window mount, does the glass (double pane, in my case) cause any glare (especially during night-time recording)?
Since the WyzeCam v3 is outdoor rated, I simply mounted mine outside of a few windows, attached to the window sill. Since the supplied USB power cable is flat, I just carefully closed my window on top of the cable. The weather-stripping on the bottom of the window had enough ‘give’ to handle it.
I find this setup works much, much better than trying to do an indoor window mount. The starlight sensor in the v3 cam also means that you really won’t need to use the IR lighting at night, as long as you have some exterior lighting active. The color night video is really pretty amazing from these v3 cameras.
That’s a good option if your window can accommodate the cable. Unfortunately my windows won’t and I suspect this is the normal situation for most people.
I have two V3s, on inside windows, pointed outside. The Wyze window mounts really cut down the ambient outside light reflection.
I also have two other V3s positioned outside the house, covering other areas of the yard.
Obviously having cameras outside is the best option, but in my opinion, the inside cameras coupled with the mounts (where outside mounting really isn’t an option) is a real improvement over a naked inside V3 pointed through a window.
Amazon also sells the mounts. Might do a price check there.
There many factors to think about when making the window VS. outside mount decision like if the camera could get vandalized/moved, how it looks, and more. My opinion is that if you can get a camera outside, you should.
If you can’t, use a window mount. I have V3s with window mounts and the work very well. You’ll have to disable the status and IR lights, but the V3s starlight sensor gives it great night vision even without the IR lights.
Do you think I could put adhesive Velcro on both the Wyze brand window mount and Velcro on the window so I can move camera more easily (instead of using adhesive that comes with window mount)?
That would work. I’d suggest using black Velcro so it matches with the mount.
One way to mount a Wyze Cam outdoor on a smooth surface: use a gooseneck cell phone mount that has a ‘squeeze’ clamp to hold the cell phone. It perfectly fits a Wyze cam!
example on Amazon here:
Hope this helps!
Will the spotlight add-on work with the window mount or will it create glare, or just not mount at all?
The spotlight and any other light source (I.E. – the IR lights) will most certainly make a glare if used behind the glass.
The solution is to use them outdoors. Floodlights for normal light, external IR illuminators for IR light.
But yeah, the floodlight kit is not meant for the Window Mount. Probably because lights just don’t work in that position.
I recently installed 3 V3 in windows without the window mount. My windows have a metal sash frame under vinyl, so the magnet in the base does the job to secure the cam sitting on top of the bottom sash with the face of the cam up against the glass. I don’t open these windows, but if I did the cam would need to be pulled to do it. Easy to do though. I did have to turn off the IR lights because they washed out the image from the reflection off of the outer pane of the window. I do get a very strong corona\halo effect and cam reflection image when the light inside that room is on, but that is only occasionally. I once got a “person” alert from the cam picking up my reflection from inside the room off the outer glass. So a thumbs up vote for the AI. The night vision without the IR lights is actually quite impressive. I have nearby streetlights that provide enough ambient light to make the image very clear. These were a quick install solution out of necessity and I will be moving them outside the window under the eaves and wiring them thru the attic, but that is a warmer weather job. Until then, they meet my needs.
I’m surprised the magnet works. Metal in most windows is aluminum.
I have mine in the corner, so it is possible they used a ferrous corner strap under the vinyl to secure the top to the sides.