For PAN001 we initially installed some simple desktop webcams which broke (water seepage) after about a month despite our attempts to weather proof them. Fortunately there is another camera at the same location that provides us some basic views of the unit. However, we haven’t yet figured out a great option for recommending to people.
The webcam is primarily used to check on the unit, make sure it is not pointing in some weird location, or simple because it’s kind of neat to show off. It’s not required for normal options but is helpful, especially if you can get an infrared webcam to see at night.
I’ve been exploring some options but would appreciate any other ideas people might have.
For PAN008 I’ve been building a Raspberry Pi version, which is certainly possible.
I definitely think we want to avoid recommending anything that requires paying some service, but what’s nice about these Wyze cams is that there is a free openip.cam firmware that you can use, which is non-destructive and doesn’t void warranties.
Anybody have experience with these? Or have other recommendations?