When you get your new Blink camera. For example, you will need a Blink XT2, Blink’s outdoor camera, indoor mini camera, or any other popular model to connect it to the internet for it to work.
How do you do that, and what do you need?
We put together this article that takes you through the simple process. We also have some recommendations for good routers and range extenders to use, changing your wifi network, troubleshooting, and more.
How to Connect Blink Camera to Wifi
When you get your new Blink security camera, you will want to connect it to your wifi network so you can view the recorded video and live stream. Luckily, it is very easy to do:
- Download the Blink mobile app.
- Make sure that the batteries have been installed in your camera.
- Plug in your Blink Sync Module. Be sure to place it close to your internet router.
- Open the Blink mobile app.
- Select the “Add Device” option and choose “Blink wireless camera system.”
At this point, you will give the camera a name. I recommend making this name descriptive of where the camera will be placed. For example, “Front Door Camera” is a good name for a camera you plan to install at your front door.
- Scan the QR code on the back of the Sync Module.
If you cannot scan, you can manually enter the Sync Module’s serial number.
- Wait for the Blink Sync Module lights to have a blinking blue and solid green light.
- Click “Discover Device.”
- Select your wifi network from the list provided.
You will be asked for the wifi password at this point to connect.
- Click “Done.”
- Click “Add Blink Camera.”
- Scan the QR code from the camera.
- Select the system name that you just set up.
- Wait for the camera to be added successfully and click “Done.”
Blink Camera Wifi Requirements
For the Blink camera to work correctly with your wifi network, it needs to meet the following internet requirements:
- Non-cellular 2.4GHz wifi network.
- A high-speed connection with a minimum of 2 Mbit/sec upload speed.
- At least three bars of signal strength.
Do Blink Cameras Record Without Wifi?
No, Blink cameras need a steady wifi internet connection to work. They cannot record anything while offline.
These cameras use the internet to send images, video, and notifications to your smartphone. Without the internet, this would not be possible.
How to Change Wifi on Blink Camera
Changing the Wi-Fi network your Blink camera is connected to is quite simple. Just follow these steps:
- Open the Blink app.
- On the bottom left, you should see a small cloud icon which you need to click.
- Click the “Change Wifi Network” option.
- On the next page, you will be given a list of three things that you need to proceed with. You Sync Module serial number, new wifi network name and password, and good signal strength.
- Click the “Ready” button when you have the three things above.
- Scan the QR code on the Sync Module.
- Click “Continue.”
- Check the lights on the sync module. You want to see a blinking blue and solid green light. It may take up to 30 seconds.
- Click “Yes.”
- Wait for your phone to connect.
- Select your new wifi network and enter the password.
- Click “Join.”
Blink Outdoor Camera Wifi Range
The Blink camera distance from the wifi limit is 100 feet. Your camera must be within 100 feet of your router to function correctly.
You can buy extensions to increase this (more on this below).
Best Wifi Extender for Blink Cameras
If you have to install your cameras farther away than the 100-foot limit, you should be able to use a range extender to help cover the distance. We put together a couple of quick options below:
Our Top Choice – TP-Link AC1900 Wifi Extender
The TP-Link AC1900 Wifi Extender has 3 adjustable external antennas and covers up to 2800 square feet. Definitely, a capable piece of hardware to help extend your wifi coverage.
It is universally compatible with most wifi routers and easy to set up. Speed is excellent, too, with 600Mbps on 2.4GHz.
Our Budget Choice – TP-Link AC750
The TP-Link AC750 Wifi Extender is a good choice if you don’t want the most extensive range possible but would rather spend as little as possible.
On the 2.4GHz band, it will get speeds up to 300Mbps, which is good enough for the Blink cameras. It is also easy to set up and works with just about any wifi router.
Best Wifi Router for Blink Cameras
If you need a new router for this security camera setup, there are also a couple different wifi routers that I would recommend:
Our Top Choice – TP-Link AC1750 Smart Wifi Router
The TP-Link AC1750 Smart Wifi Router is a good router with enough capacity for this security camera setup.
It has 4 gigabit LAN ports which are great for hardwired devices like printers or external hard drives. Speeds are impressive, too, with up to 450Mbps on 2.4GHz which is more than enough bandwidth for the Blink cameras.
The setup is super simple, and the device works well right out of the box.
Our Budget Choice – TP-Link AC1200 Wifi Router
The TP-Link AC1200 Wifi Router is good if you are on a tighter budget. It has plenty of speed with a good 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, which is plenty for the Blink cameras.
Setup is straightforward as well. This router can also be purchased for less than $30, which makes it a great budget option.
Blink Camera Not Connecting to wifi
If your Blink camera doesn’t connect to wifi, there are some things that you can try to resolve the issue.
Start with resetting your sync module and cameras. Reset your router as well.
If this does not work, check your signal strength and wifi band. Make sure your camera is within 100 feet of the router.
We also have an entire article dedicated to wifi connection issues with the Blink sync module.
Blink Camera Drops Wifi
If your camera keeps dropping the wifi internet connection, a few things could be causing the issue. Try resetting your sync module and cameras first.
If this does not work, check your signal strength and wifi band.
Make sure your camera is within 100 feet of the router.
Blink Camera to wifi Signal Low
When a wifi signal is low, and the Blink camera has poor wifi or other wifi signal strength issues, it usually means that your camera is either too far away or there is something causing interference between the camera and Sync Module.
You can either purchase one of the wifi extenders I mentioned above or move the Sync Module and router to a place with a better camera signer.
Blink Camera Does Not See Wifi
If your camera is not seeing the wifi network, I would recommend starting with rebooting everything.
If this does not resolve the issue, you can try resetting the Sync Module using a small paper clip on the reset button on the side of the module. This reset the Sync Module back to factory settings which can often solve the problem.
No, currently, Blink security cameras are not compatible with 5GHz wifi networks.
If you are having signal strength issues, ensure your Blink camera is within the 100-foot limit of your wifi network. Also, ensure that the camera and Sync Module receive a strong wifi signal.
If you are unsure where to find the wifi signal strength in your wireless network, access the wireless network settings on your computer and look for a signal strength indicator.
This is everything you need to know about setting up your Blink cameras with your wifi network using the Blink app and Blink Sync Module.
It is super simple to set up, and the Blink cameras are a great addition to your home security.