Price: $ 20
Wyze Sense sits in an odd place. It's cheaper than any home security system you can buy, but it's not a home security system. It is a self-monitoring system. Despite this fact, there is a lot to love about this $ 20 sensor pack.
Here's What Like
- Incredibly Cheap
- Quick Notifications
- Very small, fits anywhere
And what we do not  No real security system
Whether it's the original Wyze camera or the Wyze camera, we love Wyze products. In the heart of Wyze is a basic promise: reliable products at unbelievably low prices. The Wyze Sense starter pack continues this tradition.
If you already own a Wyze camera and have ever considered adding motion and contact sensors to your home, you will not be able to read this post.
For complete security options, you can buy a starter pack right now.
Stupid Cheap but not complete security
For $ 20 you get a bridge (imagine it as a hub), two door or window contact sensors, and a motion sensor. Contact sensors open on things that open and close, such as your doors or windows. The motion sensor does exactly what sounds like and you might want to do it in a room where you do not have a camera. Compared to similar SimpliSafe sensors, you spend $ 30 on just two contact sensors or just a motion sensor and you still have to buy a $ 185 hub. However, with Wyze Sense you will not get a complete security system.
With SimpliSafe, every kit you buy comes with a keyboard and base station, and you can also buy a siren. In addition, you can subscribe to a monitoring service. If you leave the house or go to sleep, you can arm the system. If someone triggers a sensor, the siren will sound, and if you have a surveillance service, you and the police will be called. The idea is to be a theft deterrent and to prevent that to protect you and your family.
Honestly, Wyze Sense does not offer this. You are not activating the system, Wyze does not provide monitoring, and you will find that the company never refers to it as a security system. It is a sensor system.
You should get the system if you want to know about coming and going in your home. When the family arrives, when guests arrive, and when you are ready to call the police if a thief breaks in the middle of the day in your house. If you want a complete security system, you should look for something else.
A sensor system that is not easy to set up
Commissioning Wyze Sense is a simple process. First, plug the bridge into the back of one of your Wyze cameras (it does not matter which one). Then attach your contact sensors and motion sensors to the places you want to monitor. All are provided with double-sided adhesive tape.
If you are satisfied with the placement, open the Wyze app and tap the plus sign to add a new product then select a sensor. The starter kit came with a tool that looks like a sim card ejector. When prompted, push it into the small hole and hold it down until three red blinks appear on the sensor. You hear the camera has completed pairing and you can continue with the next sensor. I connected all three sensors in about five or six minutes.
Instant notification, improved video speed
In our Wyze Cam Pan Survey, we noticed that Wyze notifications can sometimes be frustratingly slow. Sometimes the app warns you immediately before detected movements, and sometimes it can be up to ten minutes late. I am thankful to say that the sensor does not suffer from this problem.
I currently have a contact sensor on my front door and at the back door, and the motion detector in the garage (where I have no camera) pointed directly to the garage door. Every time one of the doors opens, I get a notification almost immediately on my mobile phone. I have added options to monitor that the one who opens the door also closes. If someone closes the door, I get this notification, and if it is left open, I am also warned about it.
Here's the kicker. At the moment I pointed a camera at my window and another camera pointed at my front door. If someone passes the window on the way to my front door, the camera should recognize this movement and send me a video. When someone opens the front door and triggers the sensor, he instructs the second camera to record the video and send it to me.
On average, the app notifies me of the open door and video before telling me about the person walking past the window. While this is not very good for camera-based motion detection, this is fantastic for the speed of the sensors. Unfortunately, the sensors are not weatherproof and the motion sensor uses infrared, which means it does not work through glass. I can not use the sensors to improve the performance of my windshield camera.
One drawback is the dependency on app notifications. Have you left your phone in another room? You will not miss any notifications. Do you use interference-free on your telephone, especially over night? Do Not Disturb prevents sensor notifications from being triggered. Again, this is not a security system. The first night I tested the sensors, I thought something was not working until I realized that my settings did not bother me.
The app provides useful information anywhere
My house has a SimpliSafe system, and one advantage of this is the sound it makes when someone opens a door. But that does not tell me who just walked in or through which door they came in. I work from home, so I do not always want to get up to examine and interrupt my work processes. That's when I hear the carillon at all. When I'm playing music or on another floor, I miss the sound. it's pretty quiet And if I'm in the store or in the gym, none of that does any good as I do not pay for the monitoring.
With the Wyze app notifications I always know what I have, as long as I have my phone or tablet with me going on The Wyze app states that the front door was opened or the back door opened (or how I used the sensors named) and send me a video if I have activated this link. I can easily see what is in my office, on another floor or when I have completely left the house. It's incredibly comfortable and something my security system does not offer.
The best thing about Wyze Sense is that I do not have to remember to activate the system. Unfortunately, my family is terrible because it is armed, and when I come home to an empty house, I find an unarmed security system. No matter how good your security system is, the weakest point will always be the family that arms it. Although Wyze Sense is not a real security system, it is a strong selling point that you can always leave it on.
Currently you can not turn it off, but Wyze announced that it would introduce this capability into the system future.
The only question is the Add-On Packs
If you own a Wyze camera and are interested in a home-based sensor system, I must wholeheartedly recommend this system. As long as you do not want supervised security, this works too well for such a low price. However, the question is unanswered: how much do additional sensors cost? Wyze told us that they intend to sell an add-on package with three contact sensors and a motion sensor, but did not quote the price. Since a starter package already costs $ 20, I'm looking for a price in this area.
Each bridge can handle up to 100 sensors, so you probably will not have to buy additional starter packs. In the rare case that you need more sensors, multiple bridges (connected to multiple cameras) work together.
At this point, I plan to add additional sensors so I can add one to my mailbox. The idea of actually knowing when the mail arrives (and possibly a package) is tempting.
I have not shut down my SimpliSafe yet, but I'm thinking about it. At the moment it performs the same function as the Wyze Sense system, especially considering how often we forget to activate it. The only thing we would miss is the ringing from the base station, a feature that even the dog has learned to love. If Wyze inserts an update to add a ringtone to the cameras, this could be the day we dismantle SimpliSafe.
Meanwhile, I do not dismantle the Wyze sensors. And if you get one, you will probably feel the same way.
Here's what we like
- Incredibly cheap
- Quick notifications
- Very small, fits anywhere
And what we do not
- No real security system
- Do not disturb prevents phone alerts  Requires at least one Wyze camera