Wyze Cam Protective Cover with Mount Review

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Note: As of January 21, 2020, the Wyze Cam V2 doesn’t have person detection temporarily, but Wyze is adding it back in as soon as possible. 

It’s no secret that Wyze is one of the most exciting smart home companies to date. From their $20 Wyze Cam to the Wyze Cam Pan, priced at just under $40 currently, Wyze has proven again and again it’s ability to produce excellent products for a fraction of the cost of their competitors. However, one drawback of Wyze is their lack of outdoor camera. Many people have written us asking if they have one, and if so, when it is going to be released.

Unfortunately, Wyze hasn’t announced an outdoor camera as of writing, however, there is a simple solution to make your Wyze Cam weather-resistant. Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the long-awaited Wyze Cam outdoor review. Let’s take a closer look.

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Wyze Cam Protective Cover with Mount
Wyze Cam Protective Cover with Mount
Wyze Cam Protective Cover with Mount

Make your Wyze Cam weather-resistant with this protective case, which doubles as a wall mount with 360 degree rotation. 

Wyze Cam Protective Cover Pros and Cons

Wyze Cam Mounted with Protective Case
Wyze Cam Mounted with Protective Case

Before I get too detailed, I want to tell you the pros and cons of using the protective cover with the Wyze Cam, a combo I’m referring to as the Wyze Cam Outdoor. Here are some pros:

  • Excellent camera features: From 1080p HD video to infrared night vision, from two-way audio to eight times digital zoom, I’m always impressed with the Wyze Cam.
  • Storage: Wyze gives you free local storage plus 14 days of free cloud storage!
  • Alexa integration: If you’re in the Amazon or Google ecosystems, you can play your Wyze footage on Echo devices, Fire TV, Chromecast, the Nest Hub and the Nest Hub Max.

And the cons:

  • Narrow field of view: At only 110 degrees, the Wyze doesn’t have a great field of view, although it can turn all the way around with the mount.
  • Wall mount and cover not weather-resistant: Even though you can place it outside, I recommend placing the Wyze Cam under an outdoor roof, if possible.
  • Cord only six feet long: This could be seriously limiting depending on where your outlet is.

Wyze Cam Protective Cover with Mount Design

Wyze Cam Outdoor Case
Wyze Cam Outdoor Case

Now, first thing you should know is that the Wyze Cam Protective Cover only works with the Wyze Cam, not the Wyze Cam Pan. However, it basically turns the regular camera into the pan, allowing for 360 degree rotation as well as a 90 degree tilt. You can either mount this case to your wall or ceiling. Looking at it, I like that the edge of the case protrudes about a centimeter past the camera itself, which should help protect it from any weather thrown in it’s way. The underside of the edge is coated in black to make sure that there’s no glare, allowing the infrared sensors to give you clear night vision. There’s also a hole at the bottom for the charging cable, as the Wyze Cam is plug-in.

Wyze Cam Outdoor Components
Wyze Cam Outdoor Components

At only $11.99 for a one pack or $16.99 for a two pack, this is a pretty easy way to add some water-resistance to your Wyze Cam. Most outdoor cameras tend to be around $200, so this is clearly a super affordable option to make your indoor camera outdoor-friendly.

Power Cord on Wyze Cam
Power Cord on Wyze Cam

Now, one disadvantage of using the Wyze Cam Protective Cover with Mount is that it’s not as weather-resistant as other outdoor cameras designed with outdoor coverage in mind. Unfortunately, Mrount doesn’t provide an exact IP rating, which would tell me just how susceptible the case is to liquids and solids. But I can say that, without a sealed enclosure, as there are openings for the camera’s lens and power cord, I can’t imagine this case working for anything more than light rainfall. So if the weather in your area gets pretty crazy, I’d bite the bullet and pay for an outdoor camera that’s more durable.

Installing the Wyze Cam Protective Cover with Mount

Wyze Cam Mounted with Protective Cover
Wyze Cam Mounted with Protective Cover

First, put together the Wyze Cam, preferably indoors. To do that, you download the Wyze app, plug the camera in, and connect it to your Wi-Fi at home (make sure it’ll be within this zone when you’re placing it outside!). Customize any features you want like notifications (person detection vs. motion detection, etc.) and unplug your camera. Place it into the mount and cover, then run the wire to where it needs to be plugged into. From there, connect the wire to the Wyze Cam and install it where you’d like. The process took about 10 minutes from start to finish.

Wyze Cam Fast Facts

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Wyze Cam

Now, you may or may not have the Wyze Cam in the first place. If you don’t have it and you’re considering it, you’ll probably want to know that the Wyze Cam is one of the only cameras to get full marks on every category of Security Baron’s Necessary Features Test! Let me go more into detail:

  • Video: 1080p HD, an 110 field of view and the ability to zoom in eight times.
Wyze Cam Outdoor Video
Wyze Cam Outdoor Video
  • Audio: Two-way audio through the camera’s speaker and microphone, which I found to still be audible even through the protective case.
  • Night Vision: Infrared night vision from LED sensors, not blocked by the case.
Wyze Cam Outdoor Night Vision
Wyze Cam Outdoor Night Vision
  • Storage: Local storage through a micro-SD slot and 14 days of cloud storage, completely on the house.
  • Smart platform integrations: Wyze works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing for voice commands, plus IFTTT so you can automate actions in your smart home.
Wyze Cam Footage on Amazon Echo Show
Wyze Cam Footage on Amazon Echo Show
  • Artificial intelligence: After a recent update, the Wyze Cam now has person detection in addition to smart sound recognition for smoke and CO alarms.
  • Value: At only $20, the Wyze Cam is one of the most affordable security cameras I’ve ever reviewed.
  • Convenience: The Wyze Cam was really easy to set up, and only included downloading the app, creating an account, adding the device via it’s QR code, plugged it in and connecting it to Wi-Fi.
Livestreaming the Wyze Cam Outdoors with the Wyze App
Livestreaming the Wyze Cam Outdoors with the Wyze App
  • Mobile application: The Wyze app allows you to livestream footage, view old footage, receive notifications, speak through two-way audio, create time-lapse videos and more. It also connects your Wyze devices to each other, like theWyze Sense security sensors, for example. With a 3.5 rating from iPhone users and a 3.4 rating from Android users, I’m a bit dismayed by user reviews, many of whom said that the video quality didn’t livestream in full 1080p HD. But that could easily be their Internet connection, so make sure yours is strong.
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Wyze Cam Protective Cover with Mount
Wyze Cam Protective Cover with Mount
Wyze Cam Protective Cover with Mount

Make your Wyze Cam weather-resistant with this protective case, which doubles as a wall mount with 360 degree rotation. 

Recap

If you’re set on Wyze but want to use your Wyze Cam outdoors, then the Wyze Cam Protective Cover with Mount is a great solution, at least for some.

I’d get the Wyze Cam Protective Cover with Mount if you’d like…

  • 360 degree rotation and 90 degree tilt: This case isn’t at all restrictive, and actually allows for more movement than the Wyze Cam does on it’s own.
  • Ceiling or wall mount: This case makes it easy to install your camera on the ceiling or on a wall, as opposed to just placing it on a flat surface.
  • Affordable price: At only $11.99 not including the Wyze Cam, this cover is a lot cheaper than if you were to buy an outdoor security camera.

But avoid it if you were looking for…

  • Durability: As this enclosure isn’t fully sealed, I can’t recommend the case to anyone who lives in a climate with extreme weather, whether it’s snowstorms, tornadoes, or simply a very hot summer.

If the Wyze Cam Protective Cover with Mount isn’t for you, I’d check out a camera with weather-resistance built in, starting with my list of the best outdoor security cameras of 2019.

FAQs

Can I put the Wyze Cam outside?

You’ll need to use a protective case if you want to put your Wyze Cam outside.

Is the Wyze Cam weatherproof?

On it’s own, the Wyze Cam is not weatherproof. To make it weather-resistant, you’ll need to use a protective case.

Is there a monthly fee for the Wyze Cam?

No, there are no monthly fees for the Wyze Cam required.

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.