I’m disappointed by the Wyze Sockets, they came up short of what I’ve learned to expect of Wyze products.
First, it should be obvious on the product page that this is not a standalone product: While it says it’s compatible only with Cam v3 and can conveniently power a v3, it doesn’t say it is required to connect a v3 anywhere on the product overview page. Maybe I missed it, nope, look on the Details page, not there either, specs page, nope… It’s only found on the product FAQ, and why should a customer have to look that deep to find something that should stand out as important? OK, well I bought something that wasn’t really what I expected or needed, so lets see if I can make due and not return… (That’s where the other issues started)
Second, smart lights allow you to use smart integrations, like Alexa/Google for voice control, and these do not. They aren’t individually wifi enabled, and while the camera is and uses a data cable to the one socket, they have not followed through on making the connected string of bulbs a nameable device/group, which should be entirely possible with this setup and the camera acting as the wifi to the accessory.
You can no longer simply turn on your lights: To turn on the associated lights requires the user to press an icon in the Wyze app to manually turn on the light (mind you not all family members have the app) which actually lowers the convenience in the situations when a basic light switch would suffice. This compounds the lack of smart integrations since kids or guests can’t turn on a light.
Last, I see no way currently to even make a lighting schedule, such as lights on sunset to 10pm, as advertised on the product page. When attempting to Schedule from within the Lamp Socket Settings, I’m led to the typical Create Rule and intuitively go to the Schedule option, but when you go to Add Action and scroll through the device list, these sockets don’t exist to schedule anything to them. Am I missing something?
Wyze, can you give some insight on if these preorders just went out before some features were finished? Roadmap and timeline?
Added notes: After the first night, I noticed that compared to standard PIR motion adapters, these are also at a disadvantage. A road is roughly 300 yards away, and headlights causing lighting change motion turns on the lights. I reduced the detection zone to about 35% and still can’t prevent the lights from coming on every time a distant car passed. A typical motion adapters allows for range and sensitivity and car lighting doesn’t ever trigger, only actual motion. I’m not aware of standard ones being paired to go on and off at the same time, so that is a benefit of this product, but without some jumps in development, I’m feeling these still lack when they can be an outstanding product.
Update: The above is all still accurate as of today’s 12/6/21 Camera Firmware update 126.96.36.199 and latest socket firmware 0.9.0.23