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Need help with Wvc54GC

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by docsmullins, Dec 22, 2006.

  1. docsmullins

    docsmullins LI Guru Member

    New to the site, if this should be under another forum, I apologize. Administrators feel free to relocate it if necessary.

    I am not very knowledgable about networking/modems/routers, etc., so please speak slowly and specifically when answering my questions:smile:

    I am attempting to hook up the WVC54GC wireless camera to my Linksys WRT54G router. I followed the instructions, but can't seem to get things to work... When I plug the camera to the back of the router, everything is fine. I can pull up the image with the "Compact Wireless etc" software that came with it, as well as going directly to the IP address from my browser. However, when I unplug the cam from the router (and power cycle it), I can't get the program to "find" the camera again. The LED on the camera is solid, so I assume it made a connection to the router... I just don't know. Any suggestions? Again, if you ask me about MAC or DDNS or ports, etc, I may not know exactly what you are talking about, so be specific and patient, please!
  2. docsmullins

    docsmullins LI Guru Member

    little help?

    Anyone able to help with this question? Please?
  3. kevanj

    kevanj LI Guru Member

    You should probably more explicit on your comment about 'followed the instructions'. You may have made an error in your Wireless connection settings. Are there any other devices currently using the wireless connectivity over your router? If so, you should connect to the cam via a wired connection and verify your wireless settings. Verify whether the router is set up for MAC address filtering. If it is, you will have to add the MAC address of the cam to the list of allowable MAC addresses on the router.
  4. docsmullins

    docsmullins LI Guru Member

    Thanks for the reply! Here is what I did, step by step. Installed the accompanying software (camera viewer stuff, which turns out isn't necessary if you just type the IP address in the explorer bar...). Plugged the camera into the network (wired), powered it up, then "add" and "search" camera from the software, found it, all works great. Then, following the instructions, unplugged the camera from the power,then unplugged the network cord from the camera, then powered it up again. Then "add" and "search" for camera again (wireless now), and it doesn't find it.
    The only other device using wireless connectivity at this time is my laptop PC. I will check if the router is set up for MAC address filtering and then add it. I'm not at work today, but I will try it tomorrow. Again, thanks for your help.
  5. docsmullins

    docsmullins LI Guru Member

    OK, I tried the wireless router w/ and w/o MAC filtering. Still cannot find the camera wirelessly. Again, no problem "finding" the camera when it is plugged into the back of the router, just not when I go wireless. I have access to the administration of the camera (via IP address in the browser), is there anything I need to change (from factory settings) on it?
  6. RonWessels

    RonWessels Network Guru Member

    When you have the camera connected via a wire, you must set up the wireless settings to "recognize" the wireless network. Otherwise, it will be as if the camera isn't "plugged in" at all. That's how wireless networking works. With a wire, there's no need for that setup, so your camera is found.

    On the camera, you'll want to set up Infrastructure mode, and set the SSID to match your wireless network. As well, if you have any protection on your wireless, you'll need to set that as well. IIRC, only WEP is supported, so you may have to change the wireless security settings on your router (and all other wireless clients) if you are using WPA/WPA2.
  7. docsmullins

    docsmullins LI Guru Member

    That was good advice, and I was sure it would work. The SSID on my camera, when I went to the IP address and settings when it was plugged in, was not the same as the router. I changed it, then unplugged/powercycled/etc. but still can't find the network (or the network can't find the camera, whichever is the correct grammar). At the moment, I believe I have all of the security measures off of the network (nobody pull into my parking lot with their laptops, please). The terms "IIRC, WEP, and WPA/WPA2" are a bit foreign to me. If these are settings I need to change, please clarify. As promised, I know very little about this stuff.
  8. docsmullins

    docsmullins LI Guru Member

    Another question: Just because the LED on the front turns solid, does that necessarily mean that it has found a/the network? The LED turns solid, instead of blinking, after about 10 seconds. Does that mean anything to anyone?
  9. docsmullins

    docsmullins LI Guru Member

    SUCCESS SUCCESS SUCCESS! I'm not sure what did it, but I rechecked all of the things you guys recommended. Turns out the SSID change didn't take. I did it again, and it's all good! Thanks for your help, guys. What a load of frustration off of my shoulders.

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