No matter if you’re after added security or just want to solve a few household mysteries, indoor CCTV cameras can help give you peace of mind when you’re out and about.
If you’ve just received your D-Link HD Wi-Fi Camera here’s a quick guide on how to set it up and use it.
Setting up your camera
The D-Link HD Wi-Fi Camera comes with a whole range of easy-to-use features and the option to monitor the footage remotely. There are two ways of setting up your camera: Mobile App Setup and Zero Configuration Setup.
What to do if you’re new to mydlink
The easiest way to set up your camera is through the mydlink Lite app. You can download the app from the iTunes App Store, Google Play or the Windows Store.
Once you’ve downloaded the app, open it up and either sign in or create a new account. You’ll then need to follow the onscreen instructions to set up your camera. When you’re asked to scan a QR code, use the code on the Quick Install Card in your pack or on the label attached to your device. Once this is complete, you should be all set up and ready to go.
What to do if you already have a mydlink Cloud Router
If you have a mydlink-enabled Cloud Router (D-Link Cloud Router), you can get started with a Zero Configuration Setup. All you have to do is simply plug your camera into your router and Zero Configuration will automatically set up the camera for you, adding the camera to your mydlink account. Here are the three simple steps for enabling Zero Configuration Setup:
- Step 1: Plug in the External Power Adapter
Use the cable provided (External Power Adapter) to plug the camera into your wall socket. The cable should connect to the camera’s microUSB port on the back of the camera.
- Step 2: Press the WPS button on the back of your camera
Press and hold the WPS button for three seconds. The blue WPS status light will start blinking.
- Step 3: Press the WPS button on your Cloud Router
The WPS button will usually be on the side of your Cloud Router. You’ll need to press this within 60 seconds of pressing the WPS button on your camera. The camera will then automatically create a secure connection to your router and reboot. Once the camera has successfully connected, the Power LED light will turn green.
And that’s all there is to it. After the set-up is complete, you’ll be able to remotely access your camera from the mydlink website: http://www.mydlink.com. Here, you’ll be able to manage and monitor your camera footage.
Go to the mydlink website, login to your account and check for new devices. Click on the New Device Found! notification in the bottom left-hand corner and press continue. When the confirmation notification appears, click Yes to add the camera to your account. From there, you’ll be able to monitor the footage via the Live View tab, the camera also comes with a 8GB Micro SD card.
Top tips for going wireless
The D-Link HD Wi-Fi Camera lets you access your footage using a wireless connection from anywhere within the operating range of your wireless network. However, there are a few things that can interrupt or weaken your camera’s signal. To ensure your connection is always as strong as possible, here are a few top tips for going wireless.
- Keep the number of walls and ceilings between your adapter and camera to minimum. Each wall or ceiling between them can reduce your adapter’s range from between 1 and 30 metres.
- Position your camera to reduce the direct line between network devices. If the devices are at a 45-degree angle from each other in adjoining rooms, the signal will have to travel further through the wall than if they were parallel.
- Your signal will struggle to pass through some materials more than others. The signal will travel better through dry walls and open doorways than it will insulted walls, mirrors, metal, brick or concrete.
- Keep your camera at least 1-2 meters away from electrical devices or appliances that generate radio frequency noise.
- Some radio frequency devices, such as 2.4 GHz cordless phones and microwaves, may cause your signal to drop altogether. Make sure you place your wireless devices as far away from these items as possible.
Now you’re all set up, you’ll be able to keep an eye on your home as you go about your day. If you want to make sure you’re putting your camera to good use, why not check out our blog on what goes on in your home when you’re out?