Purpose: Better RTSP on the wyze cam (confirmed after 2 months of use!) and more features. Plus, “Dafang Hacks” firmware is open source.
Follow the official docs to flash the wyze cam v2 with dafang-hacks firmware.
Couple of tips not found in the docs:
- I used a 32GB micro-SD flash card, fat32 formatted and had no problems
- Chrome browser would not allow me to ignore the HTTPS SSL certificate warning (no “proceed to site” option). So I used Safari browser on Mac. UPDATE: On Chrome, you can type “thisisunsafe” to bypass the cert warning page (thanks to reader PSv).
- Default login/password is: root/ismart12
Video options: I changed port to 554, to match Blue Iris. I set low-resolution, low-bitrate, and low-fps because my 2.4GHz wifi has a lot of other traffic:
RTSP (I had to flip video 180-degrees because my wyze cam is mounted upside-down). Note the URLs, which you’ll use with Blue Iris:
Wifi/wlan signal strength (link quality) info is great for tuning/troubleshooting the wifi link:
Camera controls (MQTT!):
Blue Iris camera settings:
If video doesn’t appear in Blue Iris, test with VLC by opening a Network Stream:
Disable switching to night mode by increasing exposure threshold from 1.2M to 2.2M:
So far so good. I’ll know more after a week or two.
UPDATE 2020/08/07: Open-source firmware is working great! Wyze cam V2 is functional and reliable. Low-bandwidth settings are appropriate for the area of the house where the wyze cam is installed.
UPDATE 2020/09/18: Dafang firmware has been rock-solid 🙂 I haven’t touched the wyzecam since the firmware change and everything is working well with Blue Iris.