The Smart home security ecosystem has tremendously grown in recent times. Multiple brands are producing decent Wi-Fi cameras to beef up your home security. These cameras allow you to monitor your home remotely, receive motion detection alters, and a whole load of features.
The Geeni brand from Mercury Innovations is one of the market’s most affordable and reliable brands. Once you have purchased your Geeni smart Wi-Fi camera, the next step is to hook it onto your home network for customization and control. So, how to set up a Geeni Wi-Fi camera?
Geeni Camera Setup – Connect To Wi-Fi Network
To add Geeni smart camera to your home network, download the Geeni app, connect a stable Wi-Fi network on your phone, power on the cam, and use the Geeni smart app to connect and configure your camera.
Prerequisites before setting up the camera
- Ensure your mobile phone is connected to a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network. If your router broadcasts 2.4 and 5 GHz on a single SSID, separate them into different entities.
- Disable VPN and Ad guard on your mobile device
- Set up the camera near the router, then move it to the installation location
For Android users, don’t use the “login with Google” option at the bottom of the app; this won’t grant you administrative rights to add devices. Follow the sign-up process, verify your account, and set a secure password.
Also, turn on your location and Bluetooth. Grant the Location access permission as it’s required to discover devices on your network.
Adding The Camera to The Geeni App
Once you have handled the groundwork, setting up the camera on the Geeni app becomes a straightforward process. Here is how to go about it;
Before beginning the process on the app, power up the camera by connecting it to a working power outlet.
- Launch the Geeni app > tap the top right “+” icon or the “Add Device” button if there are no devices on the app.
- Select the device category. Tap the “Wi-Fi camera” option from the list of device types.
- Connect to your home network. Select the 2.4 GHz SSID of your network and enter the correct password. Tap the “Next Step” button.
- Confirm that your camera is flashing quickly. Click the “Yes, it is flashing quickly” radio button to confirm and hit next. If the camera isn’t in pairing mode, press the reset button for 5 to 10 seconds to enter pairing mode.
- The Geeni app offers two connection modes QR mode and Easy mode. The Easy mode allows you to connect the camera without scanning the QR code, unlike the QR mode. QR mode is the default option.
- Scan the QR code. Scan the QR code from 6 to 8 inches as demonstrated on the app. After a successful scan, you should get a voice prompt. Tap the “I heard a prompt” button to continue.
Adding device. Let the app find, register, and initialize the camera. You get a success window after the device is added successfully.
- Tap the edit icon to rename the camera and hit Done to finish up the setup process.
You can find the camera on the home screen. Tap the camera for a live feed and to customize it further to your liking.
Why Won’t My Geeni Cameras Connect?
Geeni Camera won’t connect when you’re pairing to a 5 GHz Wi-Fi network or the camera is out of your network range. When setting up your camera, ensure that your device is connected to the same network and that your VPN is disabled.
When your camera doesn’t connect to Wi-Fi, it could be one or several factors in your network setup messing things up. Here are some common factors that affect your camera’s pairing process;
- Trying to connect the bulb to the 5 GHz Wi-Fi network. Like most home products, Geeni smart cameras only support the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi frequency band.
- Running a VPN or Ad-guard on your mobile device. This masks your device’s IP address; it can’t access other devices on your network.
- Placing the camera away from the router (out of your router’s Wi-Fi range)
- Not allowing the necessary location or Bluetooth permission when setting up your camera.
- Ensure your Wi-Fi network encryption is set to WPA2-PSK and the authorization type is AES
Try setting up your camera in a different mode to fix the connectivity issue. The Geeni app offers QR and Easy setup modes; try both options.