The $20 Wyze Cam security camera now works with Amazon Alexa

The Wyze Cam has garnered some attention as being a pretty good home security camera at a remarkably low price of just $20. Now it has gotten even better with the addition of Alexa support, via TechCrunch. Starting today, the Wyze Cam v2 ($20) and the Wyze Cam Pan ($30) can be viewed through Amazon Echo Shows, Echo Spots, all Fire TV models, and Fire tablets by simply asking Alexa to show the camera. While the camera is technically listed at $19.99 on Wyze’s website, they charge $5.99 shipping per camera, so it really costs $25.98. That just so happens to be the exact same price you can buy it on Amazon. The camera comes with a surprisingly robust set of features for the price, including 1080p video, night vision, motion detection, sound detection, and free 14-day cloud storage.

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23 comments
  1. Mike says:

    There are a LOT of very interesting comments about how this camera stores the video on the Amazon site. Definitely worth reading before purchase.

  2. Joe says:

    Can the Amazon Fire Cube bring up the camera like it would on the Show, Spot….ect?

    • AFTVnews says:

      Yes, you just say “Alexa, show my [camera name] camera” and the live feed will appear on the Fire TV Cube. Same goes for using the voice remote on any other Fire TV model.

      • CHRIS WILSON says:

        So how do I set the default fire tv for it to display the camera on. This works a lot like the nest integration. Before I got the fire tv cube I had the pendant. The cameras always showed up on this device no matter which echo device I invoked. It continues to do this. The pendant in question is now in my boys room. Can the default be changed the the fire cube?

        • AFTVnews says:

          Each Echo device can be set to control a specific Fire TV. This pairing is done in the Alexa app. That said, an external Echo device cannot be paired with a Fire TV Cube. For the cube, you have to ask to see the camera through the Cube’s hands-free mic, not through an Echo.

  3. jeremy walker says:

    I have 4 of these 2 v1 and 2 v2. Great little cheap cameras, v2 cameras should be sorted for international traffic. If you are worried about privacy you probably shouldn’t have any IoT device, just saying. domestic servers hosted on aws aren’t more secure, you just think they are.

    • OG Charlie says:

      There’s a difference between uploading data direct to AWS and passing your information off to a foreign third party that uploads to AWS.

      The latter requires blind faith that they aren’t acting as a hostile man in the middle.

    • Len Mullen says:

      @Jeremy, could not agree more. People should be putting their IoT stuff on a guess network with different credentials than a home network and access restricted by mac address. Even then, devices should be used such that any information thought to be private cannot be ‘overheard’ by a mic or camera.

  4. Travis McP says:

    This also works for the $30 Wyzecam Pan.

  5. Mark B says:

    Doesn’t work for me unfortunately. Did the skill and Fire TV says loading and then nothing happens. I mean I’ve reset everything but just no go. Ring cam comes up just fine. Shame as I was looking forward to it.

    Btw for $40 these are great tiny cams. For $20 it’s ridiculous how good the picture is and how well it work. I’ve never had any reliability issues and the size/packaging/app firmware updates have been great. Heck look at what you get with the free cloud storage vs how badly Nest bends you over on pricing. Anyway besides it not working on my Fire TV which hopefully will eventually work these are great. Any yes put your Ring cam, house cameras, and Nest thermostat on your Guest Wifi network.

  6. Brad says:

    if you are concerned about the video going to servers not under your control, check out this hack:

    https://openip.cam/

    good instructions here:
    https://iotrant.com/2018/02/13/openipc-making-the-wyzecam-more-useful/

  7. Barry says:

    Anyone know if these are better/worse compared to zmodo cams? I have a few zmodo cams, and happy with them, but they only have 36 hour cloud support for free, and no Microsd slots.

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