I’ve seen tons of How-To topics on this across the web but none ever did exactly what I wanted. There is an excellent walkthrough on how to use TinyCamPro (I paid the $5 for pro and it’s worth it) here. This was perfect in getting me set up, but I wanted to view my live cams on a TV screen like a real system. I saw a lot of RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol) write-ups, but that required a firmware swap on the cams and something like VLC with a mosaic code to view multiple feeds. I am not that good.
Luckily, my TVs all have the latest version of Chromecast (the one with the remote). I found that if you go into the apps search bar and look for “Wyze”, TinyCam comes up as the first app. You can actually download it to the Chromecast and set up TinyCam there and it will display right on whatever TV you have it connected to. Now, keep in mind this is not a powerhouse with regards to memory and processing speed. I found the app crashed a couple of times while refreshing the cam feeds, but I simply restarted the app and once the feeds loaded it was stable. I didn’t load all my cams to the app because I didn’t want to bog the app/Chromecast down and I only wanted to view outdoor cams on the TV.
This is perfect for me because I can see my driveway and front yard for when someone comes to my house or if the dogs are outside. It’s nice because the Wyze app still runs and does it’s thing on my phone and required no mods or custom anything. Just the cams, the app, the Chromecast, a TV, and about 20 mins of setup. All with very low out of pocket costs.
My parts list is below as I’ve recently changed all my outdoor and indoor cams to the latest (and greatest) Wyze Pan v3 and outdoor floods/cam. I live in a rural area and like to see my exterior (any unwanted animals that my dog might chase or be chased by) as well as when Amazon/UPS comes by, or anyone in my driveway for that matter.
Wyze Pan v3 (8x @ ~$35ea)
TinyCamPro app ($5 for the pro; one-time fee)
Chromecast (pic below - $20 @ Home Depot on sale - the HD model only. 4k is $50 I believe)
Amazon Fire TV (I had this, but I think it was only $150)
If this gains any traction maybe I will make my own How-To or take a crack at my very first YouTube tutorial. I also have made a portable version of this to view on a 7" screen that is battery powered. It’s not a gorgeous creation, but it’s perfect for what we use it for. It’s primarily for a baby monitor, but I can see all the same cams as the TV just on a smaller portable version. If there is demand for that I can create one for that too.
This is my first tutorial on anything ever so be gentle. Sorry for the long post.
P.S If you have Google Nest WiFi and a Chromecast with these cams, you can use the command button on the remote and tell the TV to view whatever you named the camera. This only works on one camera at a time though. This is awesome for the quick shots. I use this feature to check the laundry room downstairs to see if things are done or not, then I flip back to watching TV or whatever.