Once you have powered up your camera (instructions to wire a camera), registering a new camera is fast and simple. You'll know your camera is ready to register when it is blinking a blue light.
You can register a camera either from a mobile app (download links below) or via the web. We recommend using the mobile app especially if you are registering an R2 camera.
Registering from Mobile Apps
Once an app is downloaded, login to the app and click "Register Camera" from the home screen. That will take you through a few quick steps including assigning the camera to a location. This location can be changed any time in the future from the web.
Depending on whether you are registering an R1 or R2, the next steps will be a little different. For the R2, a list of R2 cameras you want to register will be presented. Once you select those cameras, they will all be registered at the same time. You will receive a confirmation at the end of setup for all of the cameras registered or an error if there was any type of issue.
For R1, the last step is to show the QR code you are given to the camera (a few inches from the lens is good). When you hear an audible click and the red IR LED's flash, you'll know the camera has accepted the QR code.
Registering from the Web
To register a camera from the web, go to the Camera tab and select "Register Cameras". If this is the first camera you are registering, you'll need to add a location first either during this wizard or you can go to the Locations tab and choose "Add Location".
When going through the wizard on the web, you can also set the permissions for every Role and assign a Policy. Once you complete the wizard you will have a QR code that you can show to all the cameras that you want with this particular configuration.
Please note that from the web, you have to register R2 cameras with a QR code as well which is why we suggest to use a mobile app.
Showing the QR Code
After the camera powers up, you can show the QR code to the camera when the LED is flashing blue. At this point, show the QR code on the phone to the camera (generally a few inches away is fine)
You'll know when the camera has accepted the QR code when you hear a "click" sound and then the LED will change from flashing blue to flashing green. Once complete with registering, the camera will have a solid blue LED. This generally takes 1-2 minutes.
If for some reason it doesn't get to solid blue, then it could be there is a network issue. Try unplugging the camera and going through the above steps again. If for some reason it still doesn't work and you're using WiFi, ensure your WiFi network supports the following requirements which are listed at the bottom of this article. If you're using Ethernet, try plugging a laptop into the Ethernet to ensure it can connect to the internet.
A full explanation of all LED's can be found here.
Registering a Long Range Camera with QR Code
If you have a long-range camera (R2-L), registration is easiest using the mobile app and BLE. If you must register an R2-L with a QR code, a little more effort is required. Since the cameras specializes in seeing objects far away, to register the camera you need to print out the QR code from the web on a full sheet of paper. We then recommend holding that sheet of paper 10 feet away from the camera for best results.
Wi-Fi Network Prerequisites
If you are using WiFi for internet connectivity, there are a couple of network prerequisites.
- The network must have 2.4GHz enabled
- 802.11 b/g
- The cameras do not support the 5GHz band
- The network must support one of the following authentication protocols
- WPA2 Personal
- WPA2-PSK (AES)
- WPA2-PSK (TKIP)
- Please contact support if you are using an unsupported authentication protocol as new ones are in development including RADIUS authentication
- WPA2 Personal
- The network does not use a captive portal