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Does Blink Camera Need WiFi

Whether you are trying to catch that raccoon in the trash can or keep your family safe at night, Blink Cameras are an affordable option for your home security and peace of mind. Blink Cameras provide live-streaming, video clips that can be saved, and the ability to connect to Amazon’s Alexa.

The Blink Camera does need Wi-Fi. The camera requires a 2.4 GHz connection to send images and notifications. Wi-Fi is also needed for the Sync Module to send communication between the Blink app and the camera. A strong connection also enables firmware updates to be installed.

Blink camera on the wall

Most devices nowadays require a Wi-Fi connection to work efficiently. The Blink Camera is no exception. If you have purchased a Blink Camera and are having Wi-Fi connection issues, this article will help you pinpoint the problem so you can get back to feeling safe again.

Blink Camera Not Connecting To WiFi

Blink camera on the wall

Blink Cameras require a Wi-Fi connection to transmit a live feed and store video clips. It is also needed to send notifications to your smart device. If your camera is not connected to the Wi-Fi, your camera is not able to do its job.

If your Blink Camera is not connecting to Wi-Fi, check the Blink app for any pending software updates. Remove any high-frequency devices that could be interfering with the Wi-Fi signal. Uninstall and reinstall the Blink app to remove any glitches.

If you have recently moved, or are moving your camera to a new location, the new location will have a different IP address. This new address will not be recognized by the Blink camera so it will not connect to the new Wi-Fi network.

Another reason for connectivity issues could be the network. Make sure the Blink Camera is connecting to the correct network. If there are other devices on the same network, make sure they are all working. This will let you know whether or not the issue is with the network itself.

Sometimes the best thing to do is refresh the camera. Uninstall and reinstall the Blink Camera app to clear any glitches and install any pending updates. You can also unplug the Sync Module from its power source to refresh its settings as well.

Blink Camera Not Finding WiFi

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As mentioned earlier, the Blink Camera can not do its job without a strong Wi-Fi connection.

What good is a security camera if it cannot stream a live feed, save video clips, or notify you of movement?

If your Blink Camera is not finding Wi-Fi, make sure you are using the correct network and passwords. If you recently used a VPN, change the network to your home network. Switch Wi-Fi setting off and on to establish a connection.

The Blink Camera needs at least 3 bars of signal strength to work correctly. Anything less than that will affect the quality of video and pictures and could cause a delay in notifications.

Router

Rebooting the router is the most common troubleshooting option. This will help to establish a network connection with the camera. It is also a good idea to check the network settings within the router.

Depending on the frequencies your router uses, it may be a good idea to use a splitter for dual frequencies. If your router is a 5GHz and the Blink Camera is trying to connect to a 2.4 GHz network, a splitter will allow for both to be used.

Factory Reset

This option should be utilized as a last resort. Performing a factory reset will return the camera to its original default settings and all your saved information will be lost.

The reset button is located near the USB port. Using a paperclip or other thin object, press the reset button and hold until the camera blinks red. Release the reset button. The light will then turn blue and green indicating the camera has been reset.

Blink Camera To WiFi Weak

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You’ve probably noticed a common theme in this article – the Blink Camera needs Wi-Fi. While there are some things we cannot change when it comes to signal strength, here are some things to keep in mind.

If you are connecting your Blink Camera to a weak Wi-Fi connection, the camera will continue to work but it will not be able to detect motion, send notifications, or upload video clips. Check the signal strength of your network. Reduce the number of users on the network at the same time.

With more of us home these days, our networks have a heavy demand placed on them. It may be possible to contact your Internet Service Provider and upgrade your network to a higher speed, or you can install external devices to support the signal you have.

Install Extenders Or Mesh

This may sound like a line of clothing but they are in actuality valuable tools that can help to extend the Wi-Fi signal you have.

Extenders

Extenders repeat the wireless signal. The Wi-Fi signal comes from the router and is rebroadcast to areas where the signal is weak. Here are some available options for Extenders how far they can extend a WiFi signal:

  • Linksys – Up to 10,000 sq ft.
  • Netgear – Up to 2,500 sq ft.
  • TP-Link N300 – Up to 80 sq ft.

Mesh

Mesh Wi-Fi connects directly to your modem, eliminating dead zones for your signal. It also enables your devices to have faster speed and a more reliable connection. The advantage of using Mesh Wi-Fi is that it doesn’t require multiple network names, like Extenders.

Blink Camera WiFi Range

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The Blink Camera requires a strong Wi-Fi signal to communicate with the Sync Module. The Sync Module is the brains of the Blink operation. It is what communicates between the Blink app and the camera itself.

If your Blink Camera Wi-Fi range is less than 100’ the signal will not be strong enough to support live feed, take quality pictures or send notifications. 2 Mbps is required for the Blink Camera to work correctly. If the camera is too far away from the router, the camera will disconnect frequently.

Remove any objects that could interfere with the radio frequency used between the Sync Module and the camera. Baby monitors, certain Bluetooth devices, even some appliances can interfere with the signal.

If your camera is in a location that has dense building materials, such as concrete blocks or steel, this will also interfere with the signal. Consider moving the router closer to a more open location or installing the Sync Module in a more open, central location.

How To Connect Blink Camera To WiFi

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The following steps will help walk you through how to connect your Blink Camera to Wi-Fi.

Step 1: Begin by downloading the Blink app onto your smart device and creating an account.

Step 2: Select your Country and Region and then enter your email address and password.

Step 3: Enter your verification code and phone number.

Step 4: You now have the option to link your Blink Camera to your Amazon account. This step is optional and you can choose to skip it. You will now be prompted to set up your Sync Module account.

Connecting Sync Module

Step 1: Open the Blink app and tap on the + icon.

Step 2: Scan the QR code on the back of the Module or manually enter the Serial number.

Step 3: After naming the Sync Module, click on next.

Step 4: Plug the Module into a wall outlet no more than 100 feet from the Blink Camera.

Step 5: Wait for the green light to turn blue.

Step 6: Tap ‘Discover Device’ and then ‘Join’.

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Step 7: Enter your Wi-Fi network information and then click on ‘Done’.

Once your Blink Camera and Sync Module are set up, your device name should now appear at the top of the screen along with a cloud and green connection line. This icon means the sync module and network are communicating. You can select the + icon to add another Blink device.

How To Change WiFi On Blink Camera

Black and white blink camera

If you have recently moved or changed who your Internet Service Provider is, you will need to change the Wi-Fi on your Blink Camera to the new network. This can be done in a few simple steps.

Go to your Blink account and go to ‘Settings’. Click on ‘Find Your System’ and then select ‘Sync Module’ and ‘Change WiFi Network’. Using a paperclip, press the reset button until the light turns blue and then solid green.

Once you see the green light, press ‘Discover’ in the app. You will then be prompted to join the sync Module to the new network. Add your network credentials. You will be notified when the Sync Module has been added. You can now add your Blink Camera to the new network.

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You can change Wi-Fi on your Blink Camera by doing a factory reset. This will delete any saved information and preferences. Press and hold the rest button until the red light turns blue. The camera has now been returned to its original factory settings.

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