Today we’ve got the Wyze Smart Home Starter Kit, and while I don’t usually do unboxing videos, I figured I would for this product since it has several nuances that are interesting and I don’t want to make the review video needlessly long.
So with that being said, let’s take a look at what is included in the Wyze Smart Home Starter Kit and some overall first impressions.
As always you can find the more detailed written review on TTAMT, or check the link in the description below.
In the Wyze Starter Pack you get 3 light bulbs, 2 smart plugs, 2 contact sensors, a motion sensor, the sense bridge, a security camera and a 32gb microsd card.
The Wyze devices all work with Google Assistant, Alexa, IFTTT, but not HomeKit.
They each come in their own packaging as if you bought them individually, but they’re all put together perfectly in this box.
The smart lights are just standard smart lights, nothing particularly of note about them.
The smart plugs are thankfully a small overall size, which makes them pretty versatile in where you place them.
The Wyze Cam is a 1080 security camera that has two way audio, meaning that it has a microphone for listening in, and a speaker for you talk out of as well.
It is a wired camera, meaning it needs to plugged into the wall to work, so you’ll need to place it somewhere near an outlet, as opposed to just sticking it on any wall or surface.
It comes with a wall mount and sticky pad so that if you are able to place it on a wall and have it plugged in, they’ve got you covered.
I was pleasantly surprised that the base can swivel almost 360 degrees, and offers a versatile base so you can place it in any orientation.
The back of it has a microUSB for power in, and a regular USB slot as well. and we’ll discuss that in just a second.
The Wyze Sense kit is the two contact sensors and the motion sensor.
They’re both reasonably small in size, and you can surely put them wherever you want.
What’s also included is this; the Sense bridge. As you may have guessed, you plug this into the Wyze cam, and that’s what allows the contact and motion sensors to communicate with the rest of the devices.
Now all of the other devices are WiFi, but the sensors use a proprietary connection protocol, which isn’t either zigbee or z-wave. So if you were thinking of just adding these to your smart things or habitat setup, you’re out of luck.
I think it’s somewhat odd that you need to Wyze cam to plug the bridge into, though it is a very seamless design, as it fits into the opening on the back of the cam.
The nice thing is though, that a single Wyze cam is only $20, so as far as bridges go, that’s a very inexpensive way of doing things.
I understand why the plugs and bulbs are WiFi, as people are certainly likely to just buy them alone, but i’d love to see them add their propriety connection radio into them as well, so there’s a minimal amount of individual devices hooking up to the WiFi network.
The individual devices all seem to be made of decent materials, nothing particularly noteworthy about them, which i suppose is perfectly acceptable considering their price.
I’m looking forward to setting them up and seeing how they work.
Stay tuned for the full review in the next week or so while I test them and set them up in my smart home.