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Help me finish this new family and apartment setup. Warning long post!

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Update after your help I at least have plus iris showing me both cams and it's beautiful site! Now all I need is to setup the wifi and I'll be in style.
I really wanna say thank you for everyone's help and specially fenderman who despite my utter lack of knowledge stuck with me and got me this far.
I'm glad to see the light at the end of the tunnel here
 

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So I found the little browser page and some googling I think I got everything figured out except what the proper subnet number I should be setting up is. Will have to continue some more tomorrow. Again really guys thanks for all the advice!
 

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Thanks I downloaded these and will read thru however I'm so close I feel like I'm just missing a setting cause right now every thing works but wifi. I've been looking thru the browser settings for what I'm missing but being in the south east the snow really bump my plans to low priority
 

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Still having a major issue. Have set up static ip's with each camera gave them my routers IP as the gate way and changed the subnet mask to the correct info. However once the cameras are unplugged they still won't make any attempt to connect via WiFi. I feel like I'm so close and missing just a step. Have reviewed all the info people posted and I'm still completely unsure of what I'm missing here. Has anyone actually used these annkes via WiFi?
 

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The one thing out out of place is instead of choosing wlan or lan they are two separate tabs
 

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Still having a major issue. Have set up static ip's with each camera gave them my routers IP as the gate way and changed the subnet mask to the correct info. However once the cameras are unplugged they still won't make any attempt to connect via WiFi. I feel like I'm so close and missing just a step. Have reviewed all the info people posted and I'm still completely unsure of what I'm missing here. Has anyone actually used these annkes via WiFi?
I have two of these cams running via WiFi. No issue's.
What is the IP address of your router?
What is the IP address you are entering into the Cube's.

Setup this page first.
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Then go here and turn on Wifi.
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Click search,
Click on your wifi SSID, scroll down page and fill-in the rest of the info for your WiFi network.
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Click save, wait for success, disconnect power from the cam, disconnect network cable. Power cam back up, give it time, it may take a few minutes for the cam to connect to wifi.
the info you need to enter in this section, comes from your router.
 

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Checking now to see if maybe I wasn't waiting enough cause I was also told to unplug Ethernet and just wait. Gonna try your suggestion of powering down first
 

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Ten minutes later and although at one point the camera alarm led flashed red it never shows on the network or seems to be doing anything. I can feel that I'm missing something and it's increasingly frustrating.
 

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Ten minutes later and although at one point the camera alarm led flashed red it never shows on the network or seems to be doing anything. I can feel that I'm missing something and it's increasingly frustrating.
Have you rebooted your router lately?
Are you certain that cam has it's own IP address, and nothing else shares it.
 

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I'm positive it's a spare router the only other item on the WiFi is the computer thats running blue iris. No internet access nothing else connected. I've restarted a few times as a just maybe. It also restarted a few times when changing the settings. At least twice today. Idk if it matters but I never had an enable WiFi check box just a list of active networks. When I look into command prompt it shows the IP address of one camera but list is a dynamic despite me setting it not be that.
 

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I normally do not recommend installing nanny-cams for privacy/security reasons, but sometimes it may be necessary. I agree with Fenderman, you need to be aware that some unbranded Chinese cameras are re-manufactured or non certified/inspected products in terms of quality. For special projects, I mostly purchase Chinese mini-pinholes ip cameras, small enough to be included inside discreet items (alarm clocks, surge-protector outlets, etc.), see link below. I never prefer the beye or meye apps, but for this particular application, it comply with my requirements. Even thou is a P2P camera, I only used as a "direct login" device, in which your smartphone connects directly to the cameras wifi network (default factory ip), keeping the cam outside your home network. That may solve some privacy/security issues, since your camera is only transmitting at a smaller distance, within the range of your smartphone (you may watch live events as well, but only locally). I include an SD Card for capturing motion detection, which can be access directly through your phone (remote playback). Included find a photo of a modified surge-protector, plugged directly at any 120Vac receptacle (normally at 18 inches above floor level). I took advantage of the surge-protector included 5-Volts USB charger to power my hidden camera. You may even add a micro-switch at the bottom of the surge for powering ON/OFF the camera (for privacy reasons).

CTVMAN Mini Pinhole Wireless Video CCTV IP Camera Security Micro Smallest Wifi Cam For Home Surveillance Webcam SD Card Slot -in Surveillance Cameras from Security & Protection on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group
 

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For future reference for @Skyline1432 problems with the Annke cube cam not connecting to Wifi, it appears it was an issue with the router he was attempting to connect to. No issue with the camera.
 

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I normally do not recommend installing nanny-cams for privacy/security reasons, but sometimes it may be necessary. I agree with Fenderman, you need to be aware that some unbranded Chinese cameras are re-manufactured or non certified/inspected products in terms of quality. For special projects, I mostly purchase Chinese mini-pinholes ip cameras, small enough to be included inside discreet items (alarm clocks, surge-protector outlets, etc.), see link below. I never prefer the beye or meye apps, but for this particular application, it comply with my requirements. Even thou is a P2P camera, I only used as a "direct login" device, in which your smartphone connects directly to the cameras wifi network (default factory ip), keeping the cam outside your home network. That may solve some privacy/security issues, since your camera is only transmitting at a smaller distance, within the range of your smartphone (you may watch live events as well, but only locally). I include an SD Card for capturing motion detection, which can be access directly through your phone (remote playback). Included find a photo of a modified surge-protector, plugged directly at any 120Vac receptacle (normally at 18 inches above floor level). I took advantage of the surge-protector included 5-Volts USB charger to power my hidden camera. You may even add a micro-switch at the bottom of the surge for powering ON/OFF the camera (for privacy reasons).
CTVMAN Mini Pinhole Wireless Video CCTV IP Camera Security Micro Smallest Wifi Cam For Home Surveillance Webcam SD Card Slot -in Surveillance Cameras from Security & Protection on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group
What is the actual physical size of that camera? I didn't see that listed.
 

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Hi looney2ns. Yes, it only specify "mini size body" dimensions. It is about 1-9/16" X 1-9/16" X 0.5" (LWD). The body includes a microphone and small speaker on the back for 2-way audio. I purchased the surge protector in Home Depot for about $10 (link below), while using an electronic mini cutting pliers to "cut/shape" the space to accommodate the camera.

CE TECH 2-Outlet USB Wall Tap Surge Protector-HDC200WUWH - The Home Depot
 

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After quite a while of trouble shooting the settings for the camera with Looney he had me try a different router in my house and of course the cameras link light fired right on proving it was my spare router not playing nice. Eggs I looked at pinhole cameras like the ones that appear to be apple USB chargers. I really like the idea of those pinhole cameras however the cube cameras had the ability to be mounted to the ceiling above my kitchen cabinets. Oddly enough my apartment has a power outlet above the cabinets that is very hidden. I think with a new router that plays nice I will have a decent starter setup. My wife has agreed in a few years when we buy a house I can run Poe cameras so these cheap ones just need to last till then. I really wanna thank everyone for their help. Special thanks to Looney and fenderman for going above and beyond for a stranger. Once all is setup I update this thread with how it all looks and what the course usage on my Pentium is
 

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After quite a while of trouble shooting the settings for the camera with Looney he had me try a different router in my house and of course the cameras link light fired right on proving it was my spare router not playing nice. Eggs I looked at pinhole cameras like the ones that appear to be apple USB chargers. I really like the idea of those pinhole cameras however the cube cameras had the ability to be mounted to the ceiling above my kitchen cabinets. Oddly enough my apartment has a power outlet above the cabinets that is very hidden. I think with a new router that plays nice I will have a decent starter setup. My wife has agreed in a few years when we buy a house I can run Poe cameras so these cheap ones just need to last till then. I really wanna thank everyone for their help. Special thanks to Looney and fenderman for going above and beyond for a stranger. Once all is setup I update this thread with how it all looks and what the course usage on my Pentium is
Keep in mind that adding a "spare" router to a network that already has a router will likely mean you'll have two routers each trying to provide DHCP and only one working as an actual "gateway" (ie the one that has it's WAN port connected to your cable modem). Just for future reference you should only have one router on the LAN unless you know how to configure one to just act as another role (ie wifi access point).

Good luck on your implementation. Note that the Annke cameras will likely serve you well when you move also. They are great little indoor cameras. I bought one based on Fenderman's and others recommendations and at the price/performance ratio you can add multiple to cover an area without resorting to a wide angle camera that will not perform as well (and likely cost more).
 

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I'm positive it's a spare router the only other item on the WiFi is the computer thats running blue iris. No internet access nothing else connected. I've restarted a few times as a just maybe. It also restarted a few times when changing the settings. At least twice today. Idk if it matters but I never had an enable WiFi check box just a list of active networks. When I look into command prompt it shows the IP address of one camera but list is a dynamic despite me setting it not be that.
Another tip, at least how I handle multiple devices. You can pick an ip range, say 192.168.0.150-159 to use just for your IP cameras. I assign static IP's to each camera in that range. This way I just have a better general idea of how to find my cams using IP alone. With DHCP they will likely be all over the place. As long as the static IP you assign to each camera is not also within the DHCP range (meaning the IPs that the router will automatically give to devices as they request an IP) then you should be good.

It's a bit more advanced but once you feel comfortable you might consider it. Of course DHCP leases work just as well as long as you remember to assign them :)
 

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Keep in mind that adding a "spare" router to a network that already has a router will likely mean you'll have two routers each trying to provide DHCP and only one working as an actual "gateway" (ie the one that has it's WAN port connected to your cable modem). Just for future reference you should only have one router on the LAN unless you know how to configure one to just act as another role (ie wifi access point).

Good luck on your implementation. Note that the Annke cameras will likely serve you well when you move also. They are great little indoor cameras. I bought one based on Fenderman's and others recommendations and at the price/performance ratio you can add multiple to cover an area without resorting to a wide angle camera that will not perform as well (and likely cost more).
This wasn't the issue in the least. The routers wifi simply was borked somehow.
 
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