Noisy, perhaps. But do you you really want more cam signal drops for the cams in far corners of the property? 2.4ghz is preferred for it’s stability over distance. And, if we had them on the 5ghz, then they would be fighting for the fast lane and bumping uglies with our streaming and gaming. What would be nice is dual band hardware that we could lock in at our own discretion or allow to auto switch depending on signal strength and traffic.
get another base station, plus i dont think i agree 100% with 5ghz dropping more than 2.4ghz… even if that were true, 2.4gh is so affected by interference, the offset would still be 5ghz being better… i deal with wifi for over 12,000 devices daily… so its not like im new at this.
I’m not entirely sure what base stations have to do with the discussion given that the majority of the product range of Wyze cams, and arguably their most widely sold cams, operate without any base station.
Nor am I. We can certainly have a discussion as to the benefits and drawbacks of each freequency band, however those qualities already mentioned are a matter of physics, not preference. While 5ghz does provide greater speed and bandwidth, particularly for the primary function of the cam: to stream video, it does not do well at those functions at any considerable distance. In fact, 2.4ghz has nearly twice the range of 5ghz which is a direct result of the lower freequency.
As we both indicated, the lower freequency band is subject to more interference, especially with the proliferation of WiFi enabled IoT.
As I stated, I would prefer to see dual band devices that would allow me to set the freequency band at my own discresion. 5ghz for cams that are close to the router\extender, 2.4ghz for those farther away. This would also allow for site specific settings for those in a congested apartment complex with less distance constraints and more low band collateral interference as opposed to those in rural areas with more distance constraints but less collateral interference.
I would prefer this because users should have the option to choose based on their own personal preference and individual landscape requirements. If you prefer speed and bandwidth with less interference rather than longer distance, you should have the ability to choose that. Or at least buy a product that supports your preference.
But, alas, we don’t have that option yet. And, in the absence of that option, I am satisfied that Wyze, like the majority of security cam manufacturers, chose the lower band for it’s signal distance superiority. It provides a much greater flexibility in cam placement while not sacrificing too greatly in signal and bandwidth stability. I have cams that are far beyond the capability of 5ghz. My phone switches to the 2.4ghz band before I am half way to the cam and I am using a very highly rated long range mesh router with an extender.
My comments aren’t about which band is better. They both have their benefits and drawbacks. But, given a choice between one or the other for my cams, I would choose the 2.4ghz because they fit my needs better. Your needs are going to be different.
agree to disagree. 'nuff said.
The wz_mini_hacks solves this problem for V3 cams by not requiring any change to the camera’s firmware: GitHub - gtxaspec/wz_mini_hacks: wz camera mods... make your camera better.
There was a problem reported earlier regarding the UCTRONICS micro usb->ethernet POE adapter. Apparently, that has been fixed. With wz_mini_hacks, you can achieve true POE with WyzeCam V3 cameras.
From UCTRONICS: “We have shipped a new batch of products, and the ASIN is B0B9ZLVGJ4. You can check this ASIN to get a link.”
Can also confirm the wz_mini_hacks works with Pan V2, regular V2 (there may be some hardware variations creating problems for these) and Pan V1. At the moment, you may need a linux system to generate the files for the V2 and the Pan V1 although an alternative installation method is being tested. For the V3 and Pan V2 there are no changes to the firmware on the camera, you just load the wz_mini_hacks from the SD Card when the camera boots. The other cameras need a tweak to the firmware, hence the need for linux.
A bonus for the Pan V2 is you get RTSP (also with the others, but without the need for the Wyze RTSP firmware).
Power over internet (POE) for WYZECAM V3
Would you describe a way or develop an adapter to allow power over internet for WYZECAM V3. Obviously this is possible as I just saw a guy on YouTube “jury-rig” such a set-up using a whole bunch of aftermarket connectors & splitters. What a great product to sell to folks wanting to place their outdoor cameras (like the V3) outdoors where the WIFI signal from their router is weak and there is no electrical outlet nearby, as in my case. Simply run an ethernet cable from a router to a power ejector near the router then send both the signal and power to the V3 through an adapter to the camera. Check this out on YouTube:
Wired Ethernet to Micro USB/USB C
I’m working on a work site where the public WiFi doesnt have a password. I have an adapter from an old Google device that has a power brick, Ethernet port and adapter to micro USB. It powers the camera but the camera doesnt have a LAN nic only WiFi. For many locations that do not allow for 2.4Ghz and/or Guest WiFi only without a password this leaves certain sites vulnerable for shared spaces. Example office areas with equipment, shared spaces with strangers passing through, Dr’s offices etc. Without using a single persons name to sign into the enterprise network we could simply use a LAN connection to connect a camera.
Google has made this adapter for their products Google (5V/1A) 6-ft Micro-USB Charger w/ Ethernet for Chromecast Ultra (GL0402)
All the features I actually want are either maybe laters or not at this time.
I started looking at Eufy cameras as an alternative to Wyze , because of their AI, but doesn’t look like anyone is interested in making smart POE cams.
Any suggestions from the forum?
I know the feeling! My personal peeve at the moment is dark mode…
Sure, there are several. Personally I have very inexpensive ($30-$80) 2K floodlight cameras from HeimLink and Foscam that have both WiFi (2.4 and 5 Ghz) and POE ports. I can’t recommend the HeimLink only because of the near absence of support; it’s been working fine outdoors for a year. There are other brands.
They both have local person detection and free notifications, as well as paid plan options. I mostly just use them with TinyCam.
Trashed all my Wyze Products. Gave up on the company. Lots of Gaslighting ZERO results.
It’s kind of sad, I was a product fanatic early on. I don’t know how many people I convinced to buy Wyze products over the last few years… at least a dozen, but I don’t feel comfortable recommending Wyze anymore.
I wouldn’t mind all the distractions with the periphery products, if it felt like they were purposefully building towards a centralized IOT ecosystem. I was really hoping that the mesh announcement would at least demonstrate a plan to tie it all together.
What we got is more of the same, a bunch of white label products with the wyze brand slapped on them and a clunky app to look at our badges for buying them.
If its popular enough to force Apple to cave, you’d think that Wyze might consider taking heed, but it doesn’t seem like Wyze puts very much stock in the wishlist anymore.
A lot of the most requested features are going on their 3rd and 4th year of being “looked into”
I love the Wyze Cams, but I would like to hardwire them in case there are issues with wifi.
For the V3 and Pan V2 try this:
It works with several different adapters. I’m using this one:
Simple setup and connections.
Oh, cool. Will the camera still be searching for a wifi network to connect to?
Once you enable the ethernet connection it doesn’t search for wifi. However, with the V3s and Pan V2s all you need to do is remove the SD card from the camera and reboot and it reverts to wifi. The software also allows you to bond the wifi and ethernet so that the camera will fall-back to wifi if the ethernet is unavailable.
Just a note, the picture I posted was for a V2. With the V3 and Pan V2 you don’t need the USB A adapter in the picture. With the V3 and Pan V2 the Uctronics adapter plugs into the micro USB port on the cameras. Below is a screenshot of part of the configuration page from the web interface:
Okay, cool. Thank you so much! I will give this a try