Wyze Sense makes installing a home security system easy and insanely cheap
This is honestly the best deal in town right now.
Wyze makes some of the best and cheapest smart cameras for home security, and now they’re extending their range with a kit of home security sensors that link directly to their cameras. The Wyze Sense Kit contains two contact sensors and one motion sensor, all for justs $20. Let me repeat that – a starter home security kit for $20 stinking dollars. Yea, that’s some serious value right there.
The sensors can be installed anywhere you want in your home, like doors, windows or even cookie jars if you’re going to find out who’s stealing all the snacks during the night. Those sensors connect to what the company calls the Wyze Bridge, which is a hub that fits on the back of a Wyze Cam, connecting the whole kit onto the internet. From there, everything can be monitored and controlled through the Wyze app.
We reviewed the v2 Wyze Cam a while back and still consider it the best IP connected camera for under $30. Adding sensors to the mix so you can do things like trigger the Wyze Cam’s recording functions makes the whole system an even bigger value. Comparable home security systems are expensive, often coming with additional monitoring packages. What Wyze has created here is a roll-your-own, low-cost home security system that anyone could install in minutes, that can alert you to potential issues wherever in the world you are.
The motion sensors and contact sensors all use button cell batteries, which Wyze claims one battery is good for about a year. The system has IFTTT and Alexa integrations baked in, with Google Home support arriving early this year, along with Apple’s HomeKit at the end of this year or the start of the next.
As you need one of the Wyze Cams to use the Sense kit, the only way to buy the sensors currently is through the Wyze app. That might change as time goes on, but for now, it’s a cool way to market accessories to people who actually could use them. Units will start shipping on May 7.
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Disclosure: Wyze was a past client of EZPR, a media relations firm where Kevin, KnowTechie’s editor-in-chief, holds a position. However, he did not participate in this post’s writing, editing, or publishing. He remains unbiased and independent in his role at KnowTechie.