In a surprising twist of events, Wyze has granted the green light for the developer of the custom Home Assistant component to rekindle the unofficial Wyze integration. As anticipated, the primary reason for Wyze's initial disapproval of the integration boiled down to the cost implications.
Why Wyze shut down the unofficial integration
Despite the unofficial Wyze integration being utilized by a mere 1000 – 10,000 individual Home Assistant users, a drop in the ocean compared to Wyze's vast user base, these users were responsible for a whopping 50% of traffic to their servers. Given the continuous operation of Home Assistant, this was an eventuality waiting to happen.
As it stands, Home Assistant enthusiasts are at liberty to re-engage with the unofficial Wyze integration. Nevertheless, it is of paramount importance that users update the custom component to ensure the application of the restrictions detailed further. Failure to update could result in Wyze completely cutting off access for all Home Assistant users!
The current state of the unofficial Wyze integration for Home Assistant
In an attempt to curtail the traffic overload, motion sensor and contact sensor events, along with camera motion detection, have been omitted from the custom component. Wyze claims that access to these devices was, metaphorically, giving their servers a right thrashing.
Despite this, you'll still possess the ability to manipulate light bulbs, smart switches and maintain control over the lock status of the Wyze Lock. Until Joshua Mulliken, the custom component's developer, and Wyze concoct a strategy to alleviate the server load, this is the extent of the integration that remains.
The future of the Wyze integration with Home Assistant
It's undeniable that the imposed limitations have significantly curtailed the versatility of the unofficial Wyze integration with Home Assistant. However, the silver lining is that several Wyze employees are active users of the integration and are keen on its survival. Joshua Mulliken characterizes his discussions with Wyze as productive, indicating the possibility of an improved integration through this open dialogue.
Unfortunately, a future roadmap outlining the functionalities of Wyze products remains undisclosed. Revealing such details would necessitate Joshua Mulliken to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), a step he was not prepared to take. The timeline for the reinstatement of features removed from the custom component remains shrouded in mystery.