Per advice from @K6CCC (are you a ham?), I added my cameras into a group so I could monitor them all at once, limited to two at a time on my iPad without having to scroll.
That got me to wondering if I could install an Android emulator on my PC or Macbook and run the Wyze app from there. Any of you have any luck in doing that? Which emulator and host platform (Win or Mac) did you use?
Thanks, Jim. Yes I can see up to 4 on landscape but only 2 on portrait without scrolling. Hoping to get some mileage out of an Android emulator on Windows or Mac which might give me more flexibility. Thanks @R.Good, I’ll give Bluestacks a try.
Catch me on 14.300 MHz Intercon / MMSN most days
I have Android running but so far I can’t get the Wyze app to run; it starts up and then terminates. But I’m working on it… will report back if any success. They recommend 2 GB RAM for the VM which seems a little light, so I upped it to 4 GB and we’ll see if that works…
So far not working well… Wyze app crashes on startup and now the whole Android virtual machine is crashing… fortunately it’s all on a virtual machine and so no damage to the rest of my Windows installation.
Wyze app is stable and performs well on BlueStacks 5 / Windows 10 in my experience.
A couple observations:
It will not display cam groups 4-up in landscape – only in the single, scroll-able vertical column no matter what you do.
To access SD Card Playback (or cam Settings) from a selected camera you have to do a little dance:
Select camera: Camera auto-displays full screen landscape
Select Rotate* from the BlueStacks Side toolbar menu
Select Back (left arrow) from the Bluestacks Sidebar menu: Returns to Wyze Home (or cam group) screen
Select camera: Camera displays 1/4 screen at top with View Playback bar at bottom
Alternatively, you can enter SD Playback via a selected Event screen. (There is no alternate path to cam Settings, etc.)
* Don’t select Portrait or Landscape via the BlueStacks Side toolbar menu - only Rotate. They don’t do anything useful and you lose the predictable behavior described above (requiring a Wyze app reinstall to get it back.)
Also consider installing Android app tinyCam. It’s a great multi-cam viewer (many layouts) and has a usable free - and a $4 pay - version. Plays well with Wyze.
Anybody know if BlueStacks will run on a Windows 10 VirtualBox virtual machine?
If BlueStacks uses virtualization then the answer is probably “no” since to my knowledge you can’t run a virtual machine on another virtual machine, at least that’s what I’m told (never tried it myself although I use VirtualBox VMs all the time).