I ran into an immediate problem with Wyze Cam v3s and what I believe is a drifting IP issue in the network stack. Who knows.
Yesterday - I bought four Wyze Cam v3s and hooked them up to my WiFi. My network is nothing special: I am using a Netgear RAX70 with just the 2.4 Ghz SID to connect the cameras as well as an AC2200 Mesh Extender, same deal with the SID. No 5 Ghz. No 20/40 coexistence thing. No weirdness with IPv6. Everything else in the house works. Out of the box though, these cameras didn’t.
After connecting the cameras I went to my app on my Android to view the live video stream, I immediately noticed the video was choppy and strayed in the SD/360P range which is atypical for the experience in my household. What was worse was that it was ranging well below acceptable bandwidth speeds - the low Kb/sec speed in teens or single digits making my video look like an mid 80’s Max Hedroom infomercial. And what was just a showstopper was that after 5 seconds of video, the speed slowed and stopped at 0 Kb/sec. It picked up again after a brief pause but the cycle repeated several times, landing me at 0 Kb/sec and frozen video. I thought this was a Android thing, tried it on my iPad and while a little better, still froze about 7 seconds in at 0 Kb/sec. Nothing wireshark can’t figure out!
I am going to assume these cameras use RTSP, RTMP or similar for transmitting video between the camera and however the app-goo works with some sort of rtsp:// that may (or may not) include the local IP from my router. I had to go into my router and statically assign IP addresses (“reserve IP address” in common routers) to correct this problem for what ** appears ** to be drifting IP space within the network stack, either on the camera or between the camera and the phone app/software. But when I pinned up the IP addresses & rebooted the router - the problem went away. No more 0 Kb/sec anymore.
Wyze, you should really look into this. I have seen this problem in and around forums, Reddit and decided to post here to help. Seriously though - if you expect customers to bust out Wireshark, a net analyzer and start inspecting packets, you are going to have a short lived success with whatever “problem” this is… it wasn’t easy to solve.
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