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Improving Wireless Camera Signal Stability: Configuring your Wireless Router

The signals emitted from a wireless router may collide with wireless camera operation. When this happens, the camera image may freeze, or appear "choppy."

Solution

Lorex digital wireless cameras use a wireless technology called FHSS: Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum. FHSS uses a channel-hopping sequence to ensure the signal is secure. Wireless routers also have the ability to "hop" channels to maintain optimal signal strength.

Signals transmitted from the wireless router may interfere with the wireless receiver from the camera. The solution is to lock the channel that your wireless router operates on.

Configuring your Wireless Router

Wireless routers typically operate with 11 channels (channels 1 - 11). The router has the ability to "hop" channels to give you the best signal strength. In most routers, channel scanning is left on "Auto" mode. This means that the router will change channels automatically. To prevent the wireless signals from your router from colliding with the wireless cameras, you must lock the router channel to a single channel.

NOTE: Different manufacturers have different configuration methods. Consult your router's instruction manual for configuration details. The illustrations below are an example only.

Example

Step 1 of 3 : Disable Auto Channel Scan

Wireless router disable auto channel scan

Step 2 of 3: Select Desired Channel

Select any channel on your wireless router

Step 3 of 3: Save your Settings

Save settings on wireless router

Locking the channel on a wireless router reduces the chance of "signal collision" with your wireless camera. In the illustration, channel 8 is selected, but this can be any channel of your choice.

NOTE: Depending on your environment, certain channels on your wireless router may be more suitable than others. If you notice your Internet signal dropping more than usual after locking a channel in the router, switch to a different channel.

Last Updated: 4/26/2012