Bill gets emails from Wyze about the new Wyze Cube that has an outdoor camera and a base station for $50. Is that a good deal? Leo says that he's a huge fan of Wyze because they sell their cameras for a very affordable price, with more features for each price point. And they don't require a prescription to store, either (though you can pay $15 a year for unlimited storage). The cameras record to a local SD card slot and ping you when there's movement. The outdoor cameras are a little more expensive because they are weatherproof. ($50) But that's still a bargain vs.
Kenny wants to know if there's a security camera that supports iCloud or DropBox for storage of their security video. Leo says that probably the best bet is the Wyze Cam. It's under $30 and doesn't include any cost for storage. The trick is, it doesn't always record, just when it detects motion or noise. But that's kinda what you want. And you can't beat the price. And now, they have an outdoor version.
Patricia's cat is missing and wants to know how she can use cameras to find her. Leo says to post notices to apps like Facebook, NextDoor.com and Neighbors.com. Then, she can get the WyzeCam, which is wifi connected, has night vision and is motion detected. She can then be notified by the camera when the cat comes into view. She can even talk to the cat live through the camera. It can't be purchased through Amazon right now, because they are prioritizing essentials.
Stan has Arlo security cameras around his home and several IOT devices around his home. But all his devices go off and warn him if there's movement on one camera, but not the rest. Leo suspects that your other cameras haven't had the notification enabled. ScooterX in the chatroom says that the Arlo cameras linked to his Echo need the skill to do it. Check this technote. He will need to go into his Alexa app and discover all the cameras.
Todd has built a WiFi based security system and he's been able to get reception at a distance of a half mile. Leo says that's incredible. But if you have an unobstructed view line of sight, it may happen. But any kind of metal in between can cause that range to lower, or the bandwidth quality to drop, especially when transmitting video. Leo says you could try moving the stations around to get a better line of sight connection.
Owen wants to know how he can protect his pro-level cameras. Leo says you can 1) never use the branded straps that come with the camera 2) buy a cheap leather case and wear it around your neck 3) place electrical tape on the white logos to make it harder to see what brand your camera is.
Susan has a fighting studio, and she needs some security cameras. Preferably something wireless. Recommendations? Leo says that battery-powered cameras wouldn't work because they are motion-controlled. So Leo recommends cameras that are wired for AC power. He recommends the Google NEST Camera. But the downside is, that they're expensive and the monthly fee is required for storage. A better affordable option is WyzeCam. They start at $20. Offer night vision. Have two-way audio. And you can view them online.
Dan bought a Lighthouse Security Camera and he likes it. But since the company has gone out of business, he wonders what's the best alternative? Leo says that while NEST IQ cameras are supposed to have the same features, Leo says he doesn't think they're as smart as the Lighthouse.
John bought two Wyze Cams for his security, and he's constantly being notified of movement. Can he fine tune it to be more selective? Leo says that because they are so economical, the software is fairly basic. He can go into the settings and limit notifications per hour though.
Sara is moving to Victorville, and she's concerned about how spotty the internet will be. Leo recommends Broadbandreports.com to get reviews and find out what the best internet service provider is for that area. She's also going to be getting wireless security cameras to access them from her mobile device. But she's concerned it'll eat up all her data and kill her upload speed. Leo says that can happen if the cameras are recording all the time. Leo recommends the WyzeCam v2.