How to Connect Blink to WiFi, For those who want to monitor their premises without spending a lot of money, Blink cameras are an excellent option.
They are affordable, easy to install and use, and feature enhanced features, including two-way audio, motion detection, and night vision.
However, to maximize Blink cameras’ functionality, you must connect them to a WiFi network. But how do you do this?
I will show you how to connect Blink to WiFi in comprehensive steps and some troubleshooting tips.
Table of Contents
- How to Connect Blink to WiFi
- How to Change WiFi on Blink Camera
- Best WiFi Extenders for Blink Cameras
- Best WiFi Route for Blink Cameras
- Blink Module Won’t Connect to WiFi – How to Fix
How to Connect Blink to WiFi
To receive videos, images, and motion detection notifications from your Blink cameras, you must connect them to the WiFi internet.
However, before you can embark on the connection, there are some rules and requirements to consider:
- Ensure your WiFi connection frequency is 2.4GHz since Blink cameras do not work with 5GHz.
- The WiFi signal should be strong and stable. You can do this by using a strong ISP and ensuring your cameras are near your WiFi router. Additionally, consider purchasing a WiFi range extender.
- Power your cameras by inserting the right batteries
- Optimize the location of your cameras for enhanced coverage
- Disable VPN from your smartphone since masking your IP might interfere with communication from your local network.
Installing a security camera
Connecting Blink Camera to WiFi
Now that you have adhered to the prerequisite, let’s discuss how you can connect your cameras with the simple steps below:
Download and Install the Blink app
The first step is to visit the Google play store for Android or the Apple app store iOS and download the Blink app. Wait for the app to install and then launch it.
Create an account
For those who don’t have an account, you will need one to be able to use the app to control and monitor your cameras.
Once you launch the app, create the account by entering the necessary details.
Set up the Blink Sync Module
While the Sync module is necessary for Blink indoor and outdoor cameras, it enhances the functionality of the other cameras.
This device bridges the communication between your WiFi and the cameras, allowing you to control them via the app.
Therefore, you must power it by connecting it through the provided Power adapter and USB cable.
Then wait until its LED lights display solid green and blinking blue.
Switch your Blink Camera on
Since we already established that your camera should have appropriate batteries, it’s time to power it.
You can do this by pressing and holding the synch button until the red light on the camera turns blue.
Open the Blink app to connect the camera.
Open the app and click the ‘+’ icon at the top left corner of your smartphone screen.
Click ‘Add Device’ in the resulting screen and select the ‘Blink Wireless Camera’ option.
While here, consider giving your camera an appropriate descriptive name depending on the installation location.
Scan the QR code.
If you click the Blink Wireless Camera, the app will prompt you to scan the QR code.
At this point, locate the QR code at the back of your camera and scan it.
Enter WiFi credentials
The next step will prompt you to choose your WiFi from the available list.
Then enter the password and proceed to connect your camera.
While here, sync and test the newly installed camera with the app to ensure it functions.
Finally, you can install the camera in your preferred location and enjoy unmatched home monitoring.
How to Change WiFi on Blink Camera
Sometimes your WiFi network connected to your Blink camera may stop working, and you must change it. When this happens, follow the simple steps below:
- On your smartphone, open the Blink app and select the Blink Sync Module
- In the next step, select ‘Change WIFi’ from the options available
- Once you get to the changing WiFi page, you will see a solid green and blinking blue LED light. Be patient; this light may take up to 30 seconds to appear.
- While here, you will get a prompt to press and hold your camera’s reset button.
- Press and hold this button steadily until you hear a clicking sound.
- Now continue holding the button and only release it until the power LED light turns red.
- When the display lights of your device turn solid green and blink blue, click ‘Discover Device.’
- Here you get a prompt to join the Sync module WiFi network
- Select ‘Join’ and proceed to choose your WiFi network from the presented list
- Finally, enter your WiFi password and join the network
You have successfully changed the WiFi on your Blink Camera, which is ready for use.
Best WiFi Extenders for Blink Cameras
Sometimes you must install your Blink cameras more than 100 feet from the WiFi router. Since this may bring connectivity issues, you will need good WiFi extenders options below:
TP-Link AC1900 WiFi extender
With a data transfer speed of 600 Mbps on the 2.5 GHz band, this extender enhances your router coverage.
It features 3 adjustable antennas for enhancing signal at a radius of a whopping 2800 feet.
Additionally, it is easy to set up and control using the provided app and connects up to 35 devices.
What impressed me more about this device is its ability to work with any WiFi and its smart optimum signal light.
TP-Link AC-750 WiFi Extender
This is the device to consider if you are on a tight budget and need to extend your router coverage by 1200 feet.
The device is easy to install and supports up to 30 devices at 300Mbps on 2.4 GHz.
You can use it with various routers, and it comes with a smart light to show where an optimal signal is.
Best WiFi Route for Blink Cameras
Since choosing the best WiFi router for your Blink cameras can be challenging, I will recommend some to consider:
TP-Link AC1750 WiFi Router
If you are looking for a universal smart WiFi router that works with all ISPs, then TP-Link AC1750 is worth considering.
The device features a speed of 450 Mbps at 2.4 GHz, enough for your Blink cameras.
With this router, you can connect and access other wired devices, e.g., printers, thanks to its 4 Giga LAN ports.
Moreover, it is easy to install and works with Alexa to ensure seamless voice commands like your Blink cameras.
TP-Link AC1200 WiFi Router
While this router has two bandwidths, its 2.4 GHz channel features 300 Mbps speed which can work seamlessly with your cameras.
It has 4 external antennas for enhanced coverage s that your cameras don’t go offline. The router is also easy to set up and has an app to manage your networks.
Additionally, its WPA3 security protocols give you peace of mind, and you can use it anywhere since it works with all ISPs.
Blink Module Won’t Connect to WiFi – How to Fix
When you run into trouble connecting your Sync module to WiFi, try the below troubleshooting solutions:
Inspect the cables on your Blink Module
Disruptive or inadequate power supply can be the main culprit when your Module is not connecting to WiFi.
Therefore, check the power cables and adapter to identify any bends, crooks, corrosion, and any signs of wear and tear.
Additionally, confirm the power inlet and the outlet pins at the ends of the cable are in working condition.
If you find any problem consider replacing your power cables with standard ones. You may also try to switch to a different wall power supply to rule out a faulty socket.
Power cycle your Module
The power cycle is a universal method to clear different bugs, errors, and static charges from various electronic devices.
You can refresh your Module and hence its efficiency using the power cycle method as follows:
- Unplug your Blink Module from the wall socket
- Let it sit idle for about a minute
- After the time has elapsed, plug it back into the power supply
- Now let it stay there for about 30 seconds before powering it on and checking for the connection problem
Ensure your WiFi router and Sync Module are close
Your Module needs to be near your WiFi router for strong signal reception.
However, remember that all the cameras using the Module must be within a 100 feet radius.
Additionally, ensure the module is not too close to gaming consoles and smart home appliances that would interfere with the signal.
I recommend extending a WiFi signal to ensure your module receives an enhanced signal.
Check network status
As mentioned, a strong and stable network is paramount for properly working Blink devices.
The good news is that, unlike other devices, it requires 2 Mbps upload and download speeds.
You can use online internet speed testing apps to show the various aspects of your network, including latency and stability.
If it does not satisfy the above threshold, you can refresh it, contact your ISP support, or use a different network.
Power cycle your router modem
You can also bring the stability of your network by power cycling your modem or router using the steps below:
- Disconnect the router from the power supply and let it rest for a few seconds
- Press the power button continuously for a few seconds before plugging it back into the socket
- Disconnect it again and start pressing the power button as stated above
- Repeat the process of plugging and unplugging about three times
- Finally, connect it to the socket, power it on, and test if you have solved the WiFi connection problem
Restarting a WiFi router
Switch to the 2.4GHz channel on your router
We established earlier that Blink devices do not support the 5 GHz channel, but the 2.4GH only.
If your Module isn’t connecting, your auto or default router channel settings may not support your device.
Consider changing the channel using the steps below:
- Use your favorite browser to login in your router’s portal
- Go to the wireless settings or advanced settings in some brands
- Scroll down to the section where you can toggle between auto, default, and available channels settings
- Choose the 2.4 GHz setting and apply or save the changes
- You can now restart your router and try connecting the Module.
Now you have all the information you need to ensure your cameras are connected to your WiFi to enhance your premises’ security.
I have also included some troubleshooting tips if your devices don’t connect to the WiFi.
Additionally, ensure your camera’s firmware is updated to continue receiving the latest enhancements.