Wyze today released a special firmware update for its v2 cameras, which can convert the smart home trap into a webcam for Windows and MacOS. Seen by Dave Zatz On Twitter, the update, which can be found by accessing a dedicated Wyze support page, requires the v2 camera firmware flash using a MicroSD card.
When used as a webcam, Wyze Cam v2 supports built-in microphone, speaker and, of course, video, and works with popular applications such as Skype, Hangouts and Zoom. However, the company warns that the camera was not designed to be a webcam and the update is released only to help those who need a conference camera. Wyze has stated that it does not plan any bug fixes or enhancements for this feature, so it is certainly used at your own risk.
- Wyze Cam v2 was not designed to be used as a webcam. This firmware is intended for people who need a webcam but can’t buy one.
- This solution should be used “as is”. We do not plan for continuous improvements or bug fixes.
- After the Wyze Cam is turned on in the webcam firmware, it will not be able to connect to the Wyze application unless you manually flash it back to the firmware in stock.
- This may or may not be compatible with your computer operating system. We tested and confirmed that it works on Mac OS 10.13, Windows 7 and 10.
- This solution has been tested and works with Zoom, GoToMeeting, Blue Jeans, Google Hangouts, Skype and Cisco.
Once converted, Wyze Cam v2 will no longer function as a security camera and will not work with the Wyze application. However, users can return to the original firmware using a similar method if they wish to return. Here is what the process involves:
- Windows 10: Right-click the folder and select Extract All.
- Mac OS: Drag and drop the folder from the root directory of your microSD card.
- For both Mac and Windows, rename the file to demo.bin.
- Disconnect the Wyze Cam from power and insert the microSD card.
- Press and hold the Setup button, and then connect the USB cable. Continue to hold the setup button for 3-6 seconds until the light is solid blue, then release the button.
- Wait 3-4 minutes. The room will restart, and the light state will change during this time.
- Once completed, the status light will flash yellow and blue at the same time (not alternating).
- Connect the USB cable A to A to the Wyze Cam (USB port, not the micro USB port) and the USB computer port.