Do You Use Indoor Cameras Outside? (Wyze Founder Does)

How strictly do you mount outdoor-rated equipment outside versus using less-expensive 'indoor-only' equipment?

The Wyze cofounder uses an indoor-only WyzeCam on his front porch, a location that it is not designed for. He admits this in the video below for Wyze's Smartlock:

Here is his porch camera install:

The porch outlet is powering the unit too:

The WyzeCam specs clearly states 'Indoor Use Only':

(In fairness, the WyzeCam costs ~$20 to replace, so it might be seen as semi-disposable for many.)

But most indoor cameras cost more than $20, often hundreds. And even indirect water damage, freeze/thaw, or dust and mold can seriously damage cameras. Warranties for 'indoor-only' equipment typically are voided when the problem is traced back to outdoor installations.

One of the most common reasons 'indoor-only' ratings are ignored is because the outdoor versions cost more or are not available (as is the case with WyzeCam).

When you sell/install equipment, how rigid do you use only outdoor-rated gear outside versus risk damage or premature failure?

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I have no idea if it's working or not, but a house near the IPVM offices has a Wyze cam sitting on an outdoor windowsill. It's been out there for three seasons that I'm aware of, maybe longer. Crazy.

I'd never do this. I'm worried enough about the outdoor performance of outdoor cameras, let alone indoor stuff.

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i used an indoor camera outside once,


once.

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LOL, I'm waiting for it to die but it doesn't. This is just stuck to a 4"x4" fence post plugged into an RV power pedestal.

It costs $0 per month, doesn't kill my cell modems data cap....and minimal false alerts.

I wanted to hate it, but I can't.

Wyze Cam

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Where I live, outdoors gets subjected to -40 winters. I won't install indoor equipment outside here (and definitely not battery-powered cameras).

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Okay - I'll admit it. We used some indoor Mobotix cameras for a couple short-term projects and they've worked fine - In fact, they are still in our inventory for temp jobs and still get used from time-to-time. As long as they aren't getting hit with direct rain or runoff, they've performed well. This would not be something we'd do for a client on a permanent install basis though. These are part of our own internal stock. When we get them back and clean them up, we can see the evidence of dirt/grim making their way into the camera internal areas through the ventilation holes/factory seams, etc. I would imagine that long term exposure to even temporary humid environments would eventually corrode the circuit boards and kill them off if we weren't periodically servicing them as they cycle through our inventory. Also, we prep the network jacks with a dielectric gel/grease to help prevent corrosion at those junction points - And actually do that on all our exterior installs. When we clean the circuit boards, we use ACF-50 or CorrosionX Aviation sprays for anti-corrosion.

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