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Author Topic: Help needed - how to configure my DCS-2120 to work with a wireless router  (Read 9204 times)

magedam

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Hello all , i have the DCS-2120 ip camera from D-link , it works with both ethernet and wireless interfaces , i can connect it to my pc through the ethernet interface fine , and i get to do everything , but now iam turning my network from wired to wireless , and i can't figure out how to let the my Gigabyte ADSL router sees the camera , in the wireless configuration on the camera there is a SSID , which one should i enter ? is it the one for my adsl wireless router ? or a new one for the cam? if anyone can guide me step by step to get it work i would really appreciate it . thanks
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fordem

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Re: Help needed - how to configure my DCS-2120 to work with a wireless router
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2008, 01:50:17 PM »

The SSID or Service Set IDentifier is - so to speak - the name of your wireless network.

If you want the camera to be a part of the same wireless network as the router, then they must use the same SSID.
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magedam

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Re: Help needed - how to configure my DCS-2120 to work with a wireless router
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2008, 03:44:11 PM »

Thanks for your reply , i was wondering if you can tell me how to get this camera working in a wireless environment , just a small tut or a few steps on how to get it up and running , cuz everytime i try to do so , once i disconnect it from the ethernet cable , i can't detect it again . thanks
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fordem

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Re: Help needed - how to configure my DCS-2120 to work with a wireless router
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2008, 08:13:12 AM »

First - I don't have a DCS2120, and as a matter of fact I don't even have a wireless camera - as far as I'm concerned wireless networks should be used for mobility, so if the camera isn't mobile, then wire it.

You, of course, are entitiled to your opinion, so you understand, up front, that YOU are going to have to go dig out the manual for you camera and do some reading.

Setting up a wireless camera should be no more difficult than setting up any other wireless device - which essentially requires two areas to be addressed - the SSID and the security.  There are other aspects, such as ip addressing, but, if you have the camera working wired, I assume you have already mastered that, and wireless signal strength & interference - which are going to be another challenge, more on that later.

Get the camera and the power supply and set it up in the same room as the router, hook it up to you computer and follow the instructions in the manual - make sure the SSID on both the router and the camera match - be aware it is case sensitive, disable ALL wireless security (MAC address restrictions, encryption) on both the router and the camera and then disconnect the cable - if it does not connect with the router at this point, you're going to need to figure out why and fix it - if you have any custom configurations like limiting the number of available ip addresses that the DHCP server can issue or DHCP reservations, disable those also.

Please be aware that the ip address the camera is at may change if you switch from wired to wireless or vice versa - it may have two different MAC addresses and may be issued different ip addresses by your DHCP server.

After you get a basic wireless connection functioning go back and secure it - take things one step at a time.

After you get the connection secured - move the camera back to it's chosen location - it may or may not work, this is where signal strength & interference come into play - if the camera is too far from the router, or there are exterior walls with foil backed insulation between the two, you may have signal strength issues to deal with.
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magedam

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Re: Help needed - how to configure my DCS-2120 to work with a wireless router
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2008, 09:33:19 AM »

Thanks alot for your support , i guess my fault was that i secured my router first , and iam also not sure if i gave the camera the same SSID , anyway thanks alot for the help , i really appreciate it.
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fordem

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Re: Help needed - how to configure my DCS-2120 to work with a wireless router
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2008, 09:48:06 AM »

This stuff can seem tricky when you're new to it, but, if you reduce it to basics and then go step by step, you'll find it, really quite simple.
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