Recently, I purchased a couple of the WYZE cameras from WYZE.com. One of them is set up in my shop to keep an eye on the CNC while it is running. The other one I plan to set up outside when I am doing an overnight cook on the Traeger pellet cooker. I usually have a brisket or one or two pork butts that take a long time to cook at low temps (180-225F).
Note: This version of the camera is not rated for outdoor use.
I did a test of one of the camera by setting it on a stool outside the front door and aimed toward the mail box.
I was expecting a delivery from the post lady, so I zoomed in a little and watched it on my phone from the office. We have those gang boxes, so the mail box is about 150 feet or so down the street. It worked just fine.
The one in the shop is attached to the metal tool cabinet and aimed at the CNC. The camera has a wide field of view so I zoom in to watch the machine do it's thing. The cameras connect to my home wi-fi system. For $20 each (on sale), I thought they were a good experiment.
The cameras come with a magnetic base and a metal piece that can be attached to a wall or whatever. Just peel and stick. Since my tool cabinet is metal, it just sticks to it. The camera housing can be turned and rotated which allows the user to adjust the aim as needed.
Set up was fairly easy. I had to create an WYZE account which includes free storage on their cloud server. One camera connected almost instantly to my wi-fi, but the second one took a few minutes. But both are working as good as I could expect.
Yesterday afternoon, I started a long cut on the CNC. The roughing pass went fairly quickly, but I knew the final portion of the carve would take a while. I was using a 60 deg V bit to do the vcarving. We left and went out to dinner in a town ten miles from our house.
While we were enjoying the tasty boiled crawfish, I decided to fire up the WYZE app on my phone and see what would happen. Holy Moly, there it was, just working away. I couldn't believe my eyes. I didn't rub them because I would have gotten the Tony C seasoning
in them and that would burn! I looked at the time stamp, and the seconds were ticking away and the clock was right on the money with the time on my phone.
This came as a complete surprise. Apparently the video was uploading to the cloud account and I was watching it in real time. Needless to say, I was blown away.
Notes: I am using a Samsung Galaxy S7 phone. The app seems to stream the video in near real time with maybe a second or two lag time. However, I have an older iPad and it doesn't work as well. A delay of 10-15 seconds was noticed, as well as an ASUS tablet that I have. That was disappointing. I was hoping to use the tablet(s) as a remote monitor. I can still do that for other things such as watching the BBQ pit cook or waiting for the mail lady!
When I have the camera setting set for motion detection, it acts pretty fast to send a notification to my phone.
This makes week two so only time will tell if the cameras hold up to daily use or not. The one in the shop has been plugged in since day one. And yes, you do have to have 110v available so the wall wart can be plugged in to supply power.
I will post an update if anything changes.