If you have purchased Reolink cameras, you will notice that they do not have built-in WiFi capabilities. Therefore, you will need to connect your cameras to a wireless network if you want to remotely view footage or access the camera’s video feeds from the internet. Fortunately, connecting Reolink cameras to WiFi networks is quite easy and can be done in just a few simple steps. In this article, we will explain the guide on how you can connect your Reolink camera to WiFi in easy steps.
◾ Install The App
First, you need to download the app. You will get it for both Android and iOS devices. In addition, we also have a desktop version for Windows PC or Mac OS X users. It’s important to note that if you want to control your Reolink cameras from a computer, you must have an internet connection on both ends of your connection (the computer and camera).
We recommend using a hardwired connection whenever possible. Suppose you do not have access to a wired network. In that case, we recommend using a wireless USB adapter that supports 5GHz connections as they are more reliable than 2.4GHz connections when dealing with high bandwidth applications such as video streaming or large file transfers over wireless networks.
Connecting to WiFi: Now that you have downloaded and installed our app, it’s time to connect your Reolink camera to your home WiFi network. This process is very simple. Open up the Reolink App, tap Add Camera, and follow along with our prompts until you see a blue circle next to WiFi Network Name.
At this point, all you need to do is select your home network name from a list of available options, enter your password, and click Next! Once connected, all of your camera settings will be updated automatically!
◾ Download An Update
If your device isn’t up to date with its firmware, then you will most likely have problems connecting it. That’s why you should make sure that everything is up to date on both your Reolink and router before trying again. The latest firmware can be found here.
If you find yourself unable to update, don’t worry, it’s not something that will affect any other functionality of either device. You may need to wait for a new version of firmware or try another way to get things working. For more information about updating your camera, please see our guide.
To update your router firmware, check out TP-Link’s support page. And if you need help finding what model of TP-Link router you have, check out their handy list of supported devices.
◾ Scan QR Code
Now, use your phone or tablet to access and operate all of Reolink’s smart security devices. The QR code on each device has a unique ID for faster connection and fewer problems. To start using a QR code, scan it with an app that supports QR codes, such as Google Camera.
If you don’t have any apps, you can easily find QR scanner apps online and download them. When you point at a QR code on a product, it should automatically launch and load data from its source. As long as your network is functional, then your smartphone or tablet should be able to see nearby Reolink cameras, doors, and other products, allowing direct connections.
You will no longer need to set up IP addresses manually because all of your Reolink products will be available right away through your device. This makes it much easier to manage multiple Reolink devices at once. So what are you waiting for?
Go ahead and try scanning some QR codes! This technology allows quick connectivity and enhanced usability. We hope you enjoy connecting Reolink to your smartphone or tablet!
◾ Type The Name Of Your Device
Just like a laptop or desktop computer, you’ll need to find out what name your security system uses on a network. This information is also called an SSID (Service Set Identifier). Don’t confuse it with an IP address used by internet providers, which will vary from place to place. SSIDs are more universal but can still be difficult if you’ve never taken care of networking before.
You may have to consult with someone who knows how networks work. When you know your device’s SSID, type it into one of the boxes provided. In some cases, there might be multiple boxes for entering different names. If so, type them all in and then move on to Step 5 below.
◾ Enter A Password
Remember how I said you should use a strong password earlier? Well, now is when you’ll want to do that. You’ll need a WiFi password here, so go ahead and make one. I’d recommend creating one that’s 15 characters or more with symbols, numbers, and capital letters. Do not use an obvious word like password or 12345.
If someone is trying to hack into your system and find out what your password is, they might just give up right there – but if it’s something random with weird symbols, then it will take them way longer than it would have with a password or 12345. It could literally be years before they try every single combination of numbers! So, create a long, hard-to-crack password.
◾ Test Signal Strength
If you don’t get a strong enough signal, even though you’re next to a router, it could be because of obstructions like walls and large metal objects between you and your router. Try moving around and testing multiple locations (and positions if possible) until you find one that works best. Remember that wireless signals degrade over distance, so test on multiple floors of your home if necessary.
Once you’ve found a good spot, try using an Ethernet cable instead of WiFi. When all else fails, try resetting your modem or upgrading to an 802.11ac router; they often have stronger ranges than older models do. A range extender might also help if there are places in your house where the signal is weak—though those tend to be less effective than new routers.
What are the advantages of WiFi Security Cameras Over Wired?
Wireless security cameras transmit their video signal via radio frequencies, and because of this, they have some advantages over hardwired systems.
The main advantage that wireless surveillance cameras have over wired ones is their ease of installation. There’s no lengthy set-up procedure; you just need to plug in your camera, point it at what you want to record and view, and turn it on. This makes them perfect for vacation homes or offices.
You can also swap out batteries if they die (or use a power cable), so there’s less risk of being locked out of your own premises! However, these cameras aren’t always as reliable as wired ones because moving around means more opportunities for interference—and interference means lower picture quality.
If you think the range will be an issue, it might be worth paying extra for a high-quality system with an added repeater/extender. If your property has particularly thick walls or interference from other devices (microwaves, cordless phones, etc.), it might not be worth going wireless.
We hope you understand how to connect Reolink camera to WIFi. It is an easy process and straightforward DIY work. If you can’t figure it out yourself, you can contact an expert to do it for you.
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