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How to set up a Wireless Connection



First steps to set up a WiFi connection

Please be aware it is best to install your camera via LAN cable first before it can be used in your wireless network - see First Steps and After Unpacking. Our 720p and 1080p cameras allow you to use your router´s WPS function instead, to connect them directly to your WiFi network. Please check our User manuals and Quick Installation Guides for details.

Please use the included Ethernet cable to connect the camera with your router. After the camera is connected, please open the web interface of your IP camera in your default web browser. Connect the WiFi antenna to the SMA/RP-SMA on camera (only for models with removable antenna), align it vertically to your router and place the camera close to your WiFi router for the rest of the installation process.

IN-8015 Full HD Wireless Installation

Connect the antenna to your indoor camera.

IN-9008 Full HD Wireless Installation

Connect the antenna to your outdoor camera.

Plug&Play (WPS)

All 1080p and 720p camera models support the Plug & Play WPS method to be added to your Wi-Fi network at the touch of a button.

We have collected video tutorials in a separate article which explain the WPS process with common router models. In general, press the reset button on your camera (for 3s) and the WPS button on the router must be pressed at the same time. The WLAN integration takes place automatically afterwards.

Afterwards, you can access the web interface of the camera with help of the INSTAR Camera Tool or access it directly via the IP address assigned by the router.

After the initial setup via the web interface of the camera you can use our InstarVision software platform for Windows, Windows Metro (UWP), Windows Phone, macOS, Android and iPhone & iPad to control your camera.


WiFi Access Point

The access point is only active during the initial installation or after a factory reset!

In the case of the 1080p models there is another option to connect your camera with your local WiFi. The camera can act as a separate WiFi access point (if the Ethernet cable is not plugged in). You can connect to the camera's Wi-Fi network with your mobile phone or laptop and then access your camera via the IP 192.168.9.1 in the browser. You will be directed to the wireless settings of the camera, there you can select your wireless network and enter your WiFi key.

The camera will now check the data and will connect to your Wi-Fi if valid. Afterwards, you can access the web interface of the camera with help of the INSTAR Camera Tool or access it directly via the IP address assigned by the router.

After the initial setup via the web interface of the camera you can use our InstarVision software platform for Windows, Windows Metro (UWP), Windows Phone, macOS, Android and iPhone & iPad to control your camera.


Manual Installation - 1080p Cameras

ATTENTION:

  1. Please make sure the password does not include special characters such as &="+`\
  2. Please make sure that the MAC Filter function is not activated in your router. The cameras LAN module has a different MAC address then the WiFi board. If you are using the WiFi access control of your router, please deactivate it, let the camera connect and add the new MAC address to the list of trusted devices before reactivating the filter.
  3. If you have trouble connecting to the network, try setting the router´s WiFi channel to channel 6 or a channel which is not being used by routers nearby.
  4. If you have the camera set to use the DHCP service be aware that it will receive a new IP address because the MAC address for the WiFi board is different from the LAN MAC address. Simply open the INSTAR camera tool to reconnect to the camera. We recommend using a static IP address if you are having difficulties connecting to the wireless network. You can set a static IP in the web user interface in Network/IP configuration.
  5. If you are using a WEP 128 Bit encryption and you encounter any problems, we recommend you to switch your encryption to WPA (AES) or WPA2 (AES or CCMP). Also avoid mixed modes like WPA+WPA2 (TKIP).

Step 1: Please open the menu Network / Wifi as shown below.

INSTAR Full HD Camera Wireless Installation

Click to search for networks, select your WLAN, add your password and click test. Apply your settings after a successful test, unplug the Ethernet cable from your camera and restart it. The camera will automatically connect to your wireless network and might receive a new IP address from your router by DHCP (if activated).


Manual Installation - 720p Cameras

Step 1: Please open the menu Network / WiFi as shown below.

INSTAR HD Camera Wireless Installation

Open the WiFi menu in the web user interface.

Step 2: Click on the Search button to activate the WiFi module and let the camera search for active 2.4GHz networks in its environment.

INSTAR HD Camera Wireless Installation

Use the camera´s search function to discover available 2.4GHz WiFi networks. Choose your WiFi network from the list.

Step 3: Now simply add your WiFi password and confirm your input. Pressing the Submit button will save the information and Test the connection. Once the was successful, unplug the Ethernet cable and restart your camera. The camera will automatically connect to your wireless network and might receive a new IP address from your router by DHCP (if activated).

INSTAR HD Camera Wireless Installation

Please add your WiFi password and click Submit to save the information.


Manual Installation - VGA Cameras

ATTENTION:

  • Please make sure that the MAC Filter function is not activated in your router. The cameras LAN module has a different MAC address then the WiFi board. If you are using the WiFi access control of your router, please deactivate it, let the camera connect and add the new MAC address to the list of trusted devices before reactivating the filter.
  • If you have trouble connecting to the network, try setting the router´s WiFi channel to channel 6 or a channel which is not being used by routers nearby.
  • If you have the camera set to use the DHCP service be aware that it will receive a new IP address because the MAC address for the WiFi board is different from the LAN MAC address. Simply open the INSTAR camera tool to reconnect to the camera. We recommend using a static IP address if you are having difficulties connecting to the wireless network. You can set a static IP in the web user interface in Network/IP configuration.
  • If you are using a WEP 128 Bit encryption and you encounter any problems, we recommend you to switch your encryption to WPA (AES) or WPA2 (AES or CCMP). Also avoid mixed modes like WPA+WPA2 (TKIP).

Step 1: Please open the menu Network/WiFi as shown below.

INSTAR VGA Camera Wireless Installation

Open the WiFi menu in the web user interface.

Step 2: Click on the Scan button twice to activate the WiFi module and let the camera search for active 2.4GHz networks in its environment.

INSTAR VGA Camera Wireless Installation

Use the camera´s search function to discover available 2.4GHz WiFi networks.

Step 3: Choose your WiFi network from the list to automatically copy the network´s details into the cameras WiFi settings.

INSTAR VGA Camera Wireless Installation

Select your network from the list.

Step 4: Now simply add your WiFi password (shared key) and press the Submit button to save the information. To connect the camera to your wireless network and unplug the Ethernet cable. The camera will automatically connect to your wireless network and receive a new IP address from your router by DHCP (if activated).

INSTAR VGA Camera Wireless Installation

Please add your WiFi password and click Submit to save the information.