WYZE Cam OUTDOOR Is G A R B A G E!

I’m guilty of not participating as much on here as much as I’d like, but I have to say that I’ve had really good results with my Outdoor cam. In fact, I’ll likely add another one or so at some point. I actually was ready for it to NOT be so great, simply because it was new, and that I’d have to work with it quite a bit to get it to work, or have to wait for firmware updates. But actually in my experience, it’s worked EXACTLY as I’d like it to, and as expected. I’ve enjoyed having it and it’s kinda neat to have a microphone outside so that this hermit can listen in for a few seconds and say “yep, nature is still out there.” lol

Anyway, sorry so many are having issues, but I do believe Wyze will get you guys sorted. Hang in there. (No I don’t work for Wyze and no I wasn’t compensated to say this. Yes, I would totally take some cold hard cash at this time.)

The 12 second limit on motion recording is ridiculous not only that but I just found out you can subscribe to payadditional amounts of money to get all of the motion recorded. why don’t they include that information on the box so you arenot confused or fooled. I also went to see what the subscription would cost and it cost about $15 but they don’t say that it will work with the outdoor cam so outdoor really is garbage unless they really catch up with giving us more than 12 seconds what a rip off

Its a performance feature vs battery life issue. You need a continuous stream which would drain the battery in a few hours.
For instance, recorded time lapse of 5 seconds over 5 hours and the battery went from 100% to 12%. External power would void warranty.
Yes, the promotion was overstated but some are happy with the product. The provision for external power such as a solar panel or battery pack would greatly enhance the viability of this product.

Two days ago you stated you were starting a legal process. Now you’re Wyze’s new BFF. What changed?

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Thank you. I just posted it.

| dr.know
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Yep, Don’t back down, . . Did you get a suport ticket number?

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Just hours after reporting what was happening to several organizations (legal process) received a RMA, prepaid postage and offer of additional help from Wyze team. The cases are still open until I get my refund.
Now I’m noodling around the site, collecting badges and pointing others to those who help. This is scarry :scream: Wyze Cam Pan caught fire/melted

I am not sure what the issues everyone are so unhappy with. The WYZE Outside Camera I received is exactly what WYZE advertised! It will be and/is with small setting tweaks once installed by each user. I inserted my 32GB card into the base station, set the cam to record to the base station, changed the cool down from 5 minutes to 3 minutes which will in fact lower the battery time usage between charges as stated when you make those settings to your INDIVIDUAL CAMERAS! My recharge needs are still to be determined as the cam is still charged after so many recordings/months of use and nowhere near low battery notification needing to be charged yet. I did find unneeded recordings taking place due to the DETECTION SENSITIVITY settings I had in place. After a few very simple tweaks available, I hit my needed requirements desired for my driveway security. This is the only cam that is wireless and not in need of a constant power source. The 12 second video provided only makes sense as anything else would require a weekly recharge instead of 4-5 months still to be determined. WYZE camera NOTIFICATIONS and RECORDINGS are free if you buy your 32mg bit card for all of $8 bucks from pretty much anyone of your choosing beside WYZE on Amazon or any store. No money being made by WYZE on the chip. Let’s try and be realistic when we critic a great idea and use common sense. Due to notifications taking place pretty much instantaneously are what was advertised. Who in their right mind could think a rechargeable battery operated wireless camera would record for 4-6 months between charges and make the video available without a sim card or even with a sim card. I am amazed how smart people can be so simple! This is a GREAT camera for the money. Provides exactly what is advertised and does not fail in 120 degrees of heat full on sun shine in the desert. Another great WYZE product.

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Excellent review! Didn’t see those settings on my app:

This outdoor cam just wouldn’t work for my application. Distance from base station was one big downer for me. My WiFi and wireless phone have no problem with 300’ but the Wyze base to camera range was about equivalent to what I get with a bluetooth device.

Not sure why the base location would be such an issue. Mine is located in the middle of my home. 60 feet thru several home walls and certainly no where near the camera and it contacts without issue. I did place it on top of a cabinet since it is just a plug and play device. Good luck, this camera is just bit different then what WYZE sold in the past as it is using batteries and needs to be adjusted simply to each person’s home needs and requirements. I am not ready to write WYZE off just yet! In fact I ordered 2 more. I think they are great and are much better than the Amazon Cams I was paying monthly fees to use, which I did cancel recently.

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Last thought, you may want to try, closing down, rebooting, shutting all power to wireless down for 1 minute in your home. After wireless reboots, power back on, your issues may also reboot and disappear. Good luck.
Mark

Yes, tried that and several other attempts to get it working better, Live in Los Angeles and there are 7+ broadcasting Wifi networks from where I sit. If I go 300’ away there are dozens more.
If the Wyze Base is stuck on one WiFi channel it hasn’t a chance. That doesn’t even count these people driving around with WiFi in their car!
My network is all hard wired except for my Roku and visitors although I can use the WiFi on my phone at 300’.

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The physical location isn’t cluttered imo. The base stationis just screwed to the wall 2 feet away from my router. I have 56 devices connected in my network and the WCO works just fine.

I have mine mount4d upside down with no issues.

I don’t have experience with other brands so nothing to compare to but mine is working as I expected.

Battery life remains to be seen and I guess I don’t understand the different detection zone implementation as opposed to V2 & the pan cam. But mine seems to be recognizing me going in & out our back door, as well as deliveries and that one bunny.

I do understand the desire for records longer than 12 seconds but get the battery trade off. I suppose letting the user decide wouldn’t hurt though.

My use case may be different as I use it mostly to ‘peek in’ when I get a notification of movement. I use IFTTT to flash lights based on a V2 & this WCO. Like just now when they flashed I checked the WCO to see the Amazon Prime guy setting a package on the step.

I think WYZE is neither the savior of all that is camera nor the devil bent on crushing our dreams. I feel they weigh options and come up with a combo of hardware/software they think will work. I do hope they continue to tweak & add features & performance where they can.

I do,agree the hype was a bit much & the ‘hat’ for early adopters was a bit too cute for my tastes. But I didn’t order for the prize; just hoped it would have been more useful. But if they supported my more lavish fantasies they probably wouldn’t last long as a company.

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Is anyone using the subscription service for the WCO? If so, is it working properly? Recording full-length events? How the battery life been impacted? Does it change anything with the internal sd card (like also record full-length to it…)?

I won’t buy it otherwise it is a dirty trick that I feel I would accept. I will just keep giving a negative opinion until they release the time limit to something much larger or unlimited. This is a type of scam. If I had known about it from the beginning I never would have made the purchase. It was not advertised on the store display or the box.

It is not available yet for the outdoor camera. They have said it is coming soon.

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I use the sd card in the base unit not the cam as I have intentions to add cameras ordered and prefer to have all 12 second recordings on 1 sim card. I would not expect to record full length videos as it would destroy any thoughts of having a battery life beyond a week or 2. This is a battery operated camera so any thoughts of long recordings are beyond thought of why you would think this would be a good idea. You will just need to charge the battery constantly. Leaving it plugged in is not also recommended as this could be an issue for the batteries life. READ THE VERY DETAILED INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY WYZE ABOUT THIS CAMERA, APPARENTLY YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO. I use 12 second records on all of my Wyze cams for a simple purpose. I want to be immediately made aware there is a intrusion or problem. Trying to find a past intrusion or problem on a constant recorded camera is difficult to locate after the fact. If you are expecting to record full length videos all the time of course the battery life will be an issue. It is a battery not a direct power hookup to the camera so the battery life would be expected to be so much shorter. I have many Wyze cams. All have sim cards except the new outdoor cam as stated before. All but the outdoor are direct power but I still use 12 second records. I have spent so much money over the years buying great cams from Google, Nest and others which required monthly service costs. Wyze offers these same services at a much more reduced cost but you really don’t need them in my opinion. Before anyone decides to complain about the minimal problems they see having a Wyze cam verses the Nest or Google cam, Check what they cost each per month for service then check what they cost to monitor and record monthly each! A Wyze cam to begin with is so inexpensive they become throw-aways with the massive savings. By the way, I have 7 for the past 2 years and all are doing great with ZERO issues. My Nest Cams and Google cams have been retired saving me and estimated $210.00-$235.00 per year in monthly service fees. Pretty much a no-brainer. I purchased ALL of my Wyze cams for less then what I was paying for monthly services and they have been so dependable in notifications compared to the others. Of course you will hear from those that will complain and bitch about Wyze cams because they didn’t bother to read or try to understand the simple logic or directions for use! I would just ignore them! Wyze is all over making a great, inexpensive, high quality dependable camera that after 2 years of ownership, like the energizer bunny just keep on going. Best camera I have ever owned and will continue to support. By the way they make an excellent scale. Check the little monster out, unbelievable information and health tracking for a very cheap price. Lastly, I do have sim cards in my direct powered Wyze cams, but use the 12 second recording notification verses constant so I can find what takes place. Once there I do have the option to watch much more as I use the Wyze app. to schrol the times in between the 12 second records. Hope this helps.

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I was just going to post the picture exact same feedback. I’ve been with Wyze since the beginning but the hype by the wyze team on this outdoor cam I trusted only to get a POS non. Functional camera that yes can be outdoors but nothing in regards to video safety similar to the v2 or ptz. Junk pure JUNK

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When will we be able to monitor more than one cam at a time in split screen mode like a real surveillance system? I have not seen anyone asking for this but it would be a huge game-changer and gain a lot of new wyze users.

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