Blink cameras are a popular option for affordable, easy-to-use home security cameras. However, like most WiFi-enabled devices, Blink cameras can struggle with wireless signal issues.
Using a WiFi range extender is one potential solution if your Blink cameras are too far from your wireless router.
Here’s what you need to know about getting Blink cameras to work with a WiFi extender.
Blink cameras connect to your home’s WiFi network to transmit video footage to the Blink app on your smartphone or tablet. The cameras only need 2.4 GHz WiFi, which does not support 5 GHz bands.
The wireless signal strength at your camera’s installation location needs to be strong enough to maintain a consistent connection.
Blink recommends having your camera within 300 feet direct line of sight of your wireless router. Walls, floors, interference and dead zones can all impact your WiFi signal strength.
Extending your WiFi network may be the solution if your Blink camera regularly loses connectivity or cannot connect at all.
A WiFi range extender, also known as a wireless repeater, can allow your Blink camera to connect to your wireless network if it’s outside your router’s range. The extender receives the existing WiFi signal from your router, amplifies it, and rebroadcasts the boosted signal.
This effectively increases the coverage area of your WiFi network so devices like Blink cameras can connect even if they are far from your router.
However, there are some requirements to keep in mind.
For a WiFi extender to work with Blink cameras, the following requirements must be met:
- Wireless extender must support 2.4 GHz band – Since Blink cameras only use 2.4 GHz WiFi, your extender must broadcast a 2.4 GHz network. Some models are dual-band, offering both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.
- Extender and Blink camera must be within range. The extender still needs to be positioned within your existing WiFi network’s range, and your camera needs to be within the extended 2.4 GHz network’s range. Proper placement is key.
- Extender’s network name and password must match router – For seamless roaming between the networks, the extender broadcasts the same SSID and password as your main router network. Your Blink will connect to whichever signal is stronger.
As long as your extender meets these requirements, your Blink cameras should be able to connect even if the cameras themselves are out of your WiFi router’s range.
How to Set Up a Compatible WiFi Extender
Setting up a compatible WiFi extender to work with your Blink camera system involves a few key steps:
- Select an extender capable of broadcasting 2.4 GHz networks. Dual-band models like the TP-Link RE220 work well.
- Place the extender halfway between your wireless router and the Blink camera’s location. The extender needs to pick up your router’s WiFi signal and broadcast to the camera.
- Configure the extender to use the same network SSID and password as your WiFi router during setup.
- Connect the extender to power and allow time for your extended network to come online.
- Disconnect and reconnect your Blink camera using the Blink app settings. It may automatically connect to the stronger extender signal.
- Test your Blink camera to ensure it is streaming video over the extended network.
With the right extender properly configured, your previously out-of-range Blink camera should be able to connect just like it was within your router’s wireless coverage area.
Enjoy expanded wireless access for your Blink home security system.
While a WiFi range extender can allow you to install Blink cameras further from your wireless router, there are some drawbacks to keep in mind:
- Network speed reduction: Extenders cut your overall WiFi bandwidth in half. The longer routing path can increase latency.
- Interruptions when roaming: As your camera switches between the router and extender networks, the video feed may stutter or briefly disconnect.
- No guarantees: extenders only sometimes solve connection issues, and placement is difficult to perfect.
Improving wireless coverage for a Blink camera isn’t guaranteed with an extender.
For best connectivity, try relocating your router, adding a wireless access point wired to your router, or using Blink’s sync module if available.
Getting Blink cameras to work with a WiFi extender can be a helpful workaround if wireless range issues prevent you from installing cameras in certain areas around your home. While extenders come with some downsides, a properly positioned and configured model that supports 2.4 GHz networks can expand your usable Blink camera placement options. Just be prepared for some trial and error to find the ideal extender location. With a bit of tweaking, you should enjoy consistent connectivity and maximize the flexibility of your Blink camera setup.