Being able to stream multiple Wyze Monitoring Cameras at the same time would be incredible. Well, you can do so with Blue Iris.
Blue Iris is a godsend for users like me who have a bunch of Smart Monitoring Cameras of different make (including Wyze) scattered all around the premise.
But setting up Blue Iris with Wyze can get a bit tricky, especially when you take into account installing RTSP on Wyze.
To use Wyze with Blue Iris, reflash your Wyze cam with the appropriate RTSP firmware first. Then, create unique user credentials and generate an RTSP URL to pair with Blue Iris. Open the Blue Iris app and add your Wyze Cam with the recommended configurations to start streaming.
With that said, here's a more detailed account of everything you need to know about using Blue Iris with Wyze Cams, starting with the pre-requisites:
Check for Compatibility
Before you jump the gun and install RTSP on your Wyze device, a few things need to be noted.
First, Wyze doesn't provide support for RTSP on all their products. It's limited to a couple of Cams, all of which are indoor cams.
Second, Blue Iris does demand a relatively powerful enough PC to support and stream multiple Cams.
Finally, a word of caution - Wyze doesn't encourage its users to rely on RTSP since they have halted its further development. You'll, however, get periodic security updates.
Now, let's talk about the Wyze Cams that support RTSP.
The Wyze Cams that support RTSP as of now are:
- Wyze Cam V3
- Wyze Cam V2
- Wyze Cam Pan
You'll have to download a device-appropriate firmware version from Wyze and flash your Cam with the software to install RTSP.
Blue Iris: A Quick Word
Before getting into the recommended specs for Blue Iris to work on your PC, let's talk about Blue Iris itself for a quick minute.
Blue Iris is a third-party surveillance software that supports multiple Cams of different makes simultaneously.
And Blue Iris is considered to be the best when it comes to surveillance apps. Sure there are other surveillance apps like iSpy, but they don't match up quite as well as Blue Iris.
You can also make use of all the features, whether unique or not, of your Cam and stream them simultaneously with all the other Cams in your inventory.
Also, Blue Iris isn't a free for all service. Even if it may seem outrageous for a second, $29.95 (LE version) is a small price for the security of your premise.
With the LE version comes the limitation of pairing just one Cam at a time.
If you want to use more than one Cam on Blue Iris, better get the Full Version. At a one-time payment of $69.95, you get to pair up to 64 Cams.
On top of the one-time payment, you'll have to renew the service support annually after the first year of purchase.
Coming to the PC requirements for housing the app, Blue Iris recommended using a PC (Windows 10 64-bit) with a minimum processing power equivalent to Intel Core i7 and a min of 8 GB RAM for using multiple Cams.
If you don't plan on using a preposterous number of Cams on Blue Iris, a PC running on Windows 7 with a minimum of 4 GB RAM should be sufficient.
How to Install RTSP on Wyze Cam
With the requirements and compatibility factors taken care of, let's move on to installing RTSP on your Wyze Cam.
RTSP doesn't come pre-installed on your Wyze Cam by default. And you cannot just download it from the Wyze app.
Instead, you'll have to sideload/reflash your Wyze Cam with RTSP from an external source.
How to do so? For that, you'll have to rely on micro SD cards.
The process is pretty straightforward, with no tricks or gimmicks!
Follow these steps to do so:
1. First, download the RTSP firmware file from Wyze. Download the file corresponding to your Cam. Installation files are not interchangeable.
2. Extract the files and rename the RTSP root file as:
- demo.bin for Wyze Cam V2 and Pan.
- demo_wcv3.bin for Wyze Cam V3.
3. Copy the files to the SD Card.
4. Unplug the Wyze Cam from power and install the SD card.
5. Plug in the power cable while holding down the Setup button.
6. Continue to press and hold the setup button until the status LED changes to solid Blue (Purple on Wyze Cam V3).
7. Wait for a few minutes (3-4 mins approx.).
8. The Cam will now reboot and change the LED status.
To make the Wyze Cam read the contents of the SD card, you'll have to format it first.
The best way to do so is with the Cam itself. After installing the card onto your Cam, open the app and go to Live View of your Cam> Settings> Advanced Settings> Local Storage> Format.
After installing RTSP, follow these steps to enable RTSP and make it ready for Blue Iris:
1. Open the Wyze app and tap on the Live View tab of your Cam.
2. Select the Settings icon and choose Advanced Settings.
3. Navigate down to the RTSP tab and toggle ON RTSP.
4. Now, create a unique Username and Password.
5. Tap on the Generate URL tile to create an RTSP URL for your Cam.
Note down the credentials and move on to setting up Blue Iris.
Setting Up Blue Iris with Wyze Cam
With RTSP locked and loaded, it's time to sync the Wyze Cam with Blue Iris.
Start by purchasing a license to use Blue Iris on your PC. Choose the plan that suits you best.
If you haven't yet bought a license, you can try out the software for a brief period with the 15-day trial offer Blue Iris offers for potential users.
Install the app from the Blue Iris website and set it up on your PC by following the on-screen prompts.
Once you have set up Blue Iris, follow these steps to link your Wyze Cam:
1. Open Blue Iris and click on the "+" icon towards the top right.
2. Select Add New Camera and name the Cam.
3. Next, enter the Wyze Cam RTSP Username and Password.
4. Select Network IP under the Type tab.
5. You could toggle ON Enable Audio and Enable Motion Detector if you do not wish to record continuously on Wyze Cam.
6. Click OK to open the Camera Configuration interface.
7. Select the Video Tab and click on the Network IP tab.
8. Enter the RTSP URL and select configure.
9. You could change the HTTP:// option to RTSP://, but it is advised otherwise since doing so is known to cause connectivity issues.
10. Make sure the URL is correct.
11. Next, configure the following options to the ones as follows:
Model: According to the model (eg. V2 with OpenIPC Firmware RTSP)
Media/Video/RTSP Port: 554
Discovery/ONVIF Port: 8999
12. Check the following tiles:
- Send RTSP Keep-alives
- Use RTSP/Stream timecodes
13. Click on OK to complete the setup.
If you plan on recording/streaming your Wyze Cam continuously on Blue Iris, you first have to disable Motion Detector on the setup page of your Cam.
Next, go to the Camera Configuration interface>Recoprding>toggle ON Continuous.
Applications like Blue Iris help us in overcoming herculean tasks like integrating all our Monitoring Cameras into one single interface.
When you consider the propriety and the exclusivity of the many Monitoring systems and their apps, Blue Iris serves the very need of many a user looking to integrate all their security gadgets.
Wyze is no exception to this exclusivity. But, being able to adopt an alternative firmware (RTSP) that supports external applications is indeed a welcoming feature.
With this article, you get to bring this facility to fruition.