Home / Security / Security: Wyze security cameras can now double as work-from-home webcams

Security: Wyze security cameras can now double as work-from-home webcams

Security:

The tip first appeared on (and was then deleted from) Reddit, but since then, Wyze has posted the solution itself. “Wyze Cam v2 (and Pan) were not designed to be used as a webcam. This firmware is for folks who need a webcam but can’t buy one,” the company wrote. “This solution should be used ‘as is.’ We are not planning on continuous improvements or bug fixes.”

To make it work, you’ll need to download special firmware, copy it to an MicroSD card and insert it into the camera. From there, you can follow the instructions described here. Wyze has confirmed that it works on macOS 10.13, Windows 7/10 and with the Zoom, GoToMeeting, Blue Jeans, Google Hangouts, Skype, and Cisco video chat services. As it’s seen by your PC as a webcam, it should work with others, too.

Keep in mind that the devices will no longer function as security cameras once the firmware is installed, though you can easily switch them back. It could make a for a great hack if you’re desperate for a camera, though keep in mind the Wyze was recently embroiled in a security scandal.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Security: Comment


Comments

Security: Share

87
Shares

Read More

About admin

Check Also

Security: A national security law is coming to Hong Kong. Here’s how it has been used to crush dissent in China

Security: A national security law is coming to Hong Kong. Here’s how it has been used to crush dissent in China

(CNN)Beijing's plan to introduce a hugely controversial national security law in Hong Kong has sparked widespread fears over its potential impact on the city's much cherished freedoms.Residents of the semi-autonomous city only need to look across the border at mainland China to get a glimpse of how "national security" -- broadly and vaguely defined --…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *