If you recently bought a Blink camera, you’re probably excited to install and use it. However, you must carefully think about its placement in your home. The last thing you want is to redo the entire connection when you realize the camera is too far from the Wi-Fi router.
The Blink camera range is limited to 100 feet or 30 meters away in any direction. If the camera is out of this WiFi range, it won’t be able to record video and communicate with the Sync Module. Achieve three bars of signal strength to ensure optimum camera and Sync Module usage.
Below, we’ll cover the Wi-Fi coverage limit for the Blink camera in more detail. We’ll also share some tips on how to improve the internet connectivity of the device.
How Far Can Blink Module Be From Router?
Most Blink cameras connect to a Sync Module (the exceptions are the Blink Video Doorbell and Blink Mini Camera). It is the main connection point from the Blink app to the Blink servers and smart cameras you may own. It can manage up to ten devices.
Both your camera and Sync Module must connect to the same Wi-Fi network to communicate with each other. They should also be in the ideal Wi-Fi range limit to ensure a stable and reliable connection.
Blink recommends placing the security camera and Sync Module within 100 feet (30 meters) of the wireless router.
However, the Sync Module and Blink camera range can vary depending on several factors. These include the configuration and construction of your home, furniture, and other objects that can obstruct the Wi-Fi signal. For example, thick or multiple walls can reduce the effective range limit of the devices.
Avoid placing your Blink camera and module in another room, behind a television, in a closed cabinet, or right on top of the router.
Instead, install these smart devices in the same room as your Wi-Fi router or in a central location in your home. Or consider putting it near any equipment that also connects to the internet.
Always aim to achieve a signal strength that shows three bars. If you have a weak Wi-Fi signal, it can negatively affect the Blink camera range and stability.
What Happens If My Blink Camera is Out of WiFi Range?
Now that you know the Wi-Fi network range limit for Blink cameras, you may be curious about the consequences of placing them far from your router.
Blink devices use the WiFi signal to communicate with the Sync Module and mobile app. If your devices are too far from the router, they will not function properly.
The camera won’t be able to alert you once it detects suspicious motion. It can also lose battery quickly because the Sync Module improves battery life. Meanwhile, the Blink app may fail to show a high-quality live video and activate two-way audio. And if the camera is further than the 100-foot range, it could totally disconnect and show an offline status. You won’t be able to control the device at all until you move it within the recommended range of the Blink system.
How to Check the Signal Strength of the Blink Device?
After installing the Blink Sync Module and camera, you should check the signal strength indicator for your Blink devices before you finalize their placements. Doing so ensures you have the best possible internet connection for live view, two-way audio, and other smart features.
How to Check the Signal Strength of the Sync Module?
Follow these steps to check the WiFi signal strength of the Blink Sync Module.
- Download the Blink app on your smartphone or tablet. You can find it in Apple Store or Google Play.
- Sign up or log in to your account.
- Set up the Sync Module by tapping the Plus (+) icon on the upper right of the screen. Manually input the serial number or scan the QR code on the back of the Sync Module to connect.
- Return to the main screen of the Blink app. Tap the Sync Module on the list of devices.
- Go to Device Settings to see the WiFi option.
- Check the internet signal strength. Always aim for three bars to ensure optimal connectivity and performance. If your signal doesn’t show at least three bars, try moving the Sync Module to a spot closer to the Wi-Fi router.
How to Check the Signal Strength of the Blink Camera?
Here is a guide on how to check the signal strength of individual Blink security cams.
- Download and launch the Blink mobile app.
- Create a new account or log in to an existing one.
- Connect the camera to the app. Tap the Plus (+) icon and enter the serial number of the device.
- Select the camera on the main screen.
- Tap the gear icon to access the Device Settings.
- Go to the General Settings of the camera.
- Choose the “Connection to Wi-Fi” option to check the signal strength. If you don’t see at least three bars, consider repositioning to increase the signal.
How to Improve Wi-Fi Signal for Your Blink Camera and Sync Module?
If you have a weak Wi-Fi signal, you can try any of these methods to improve the internet connection.
Use High-Speed Internet
First things first, make sure you’re using a high-speed internet connection. DSL, Cable, or Fiber will do. Blink cameras require a minimum upload speed of 2 Mbit/sec.
If you’re using a virtual private network (VPN), consider turning that off before connecting the camera and Sync Module to the Wi-Fi. VPNs usually have slower internet speeds. And sometimes, they cause an interruption in connectivity with the Blink system.
Place the Sync Module in a Central Location
You must be mindful of where you install the Blink camera and Sync Module. Sure, they have a range limit of 100 feet, but obstructions can affect the signal strength.
Do not put your Blink battery-powered camera behind dense construction materials, such as concrete or brick. You must also avoid multiple walls because they only cause a bad internet connection.
To ensure optimal connection, place the Sync Module in a central location between your router and cameras. If you have a Blink outdoor camera, move the Sync Module near a window.
Avoid Installing Near Devices with Electromagnetic Waves
Besides thick building materials, you must also be aware of devices that emit electromagnetic waves. These include microwaves, baby monitors, and radios. Avoid placing the Blink Sync Module near these items because they interfere with the Wi-Fi signal.
Consider other electronic devices as well, such as phones and computers. They can slow down the internet, which may affect the connection between your Blink cameras and Sync Module. If you have a dual-band router, switch your other devices to the 5 GHz frequency. Then, run the smart cameras on the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi frequency for better connectivity.
Purchase a Wi-Fi Extender
If you can’t avoid thick walls or your home has Wi-Fi dead spots, you can invest in a Wi-Fi extender. This device extends the range of the internet signal, so it can easily reach your Blink cameras and Sync Module.
Have a little more budget to spare? Use mesh Wi-Fi systems for a smarter and better connection.
Consider Buying a New Router
If you’re still having a bad internet connection, consider replacing your Wi-Fi router. Remember, an extender and mesh just improve the Wi-Fi connection that comes from your router. So, if that device fails to provide the signal strength that you need in the first place, then improving the signal is useless. Look for other manufacturers of routers instead.
Blink cameras rely on an internet connection to communicate with the Sync Module and mobile app. It’s important to place these smart devices near the WiFi router.
Blink recommends installing the cameras and module within 100 feet or 30 meters from the router. However, this camera range can vary depending on obstructions, such as thick walls and devices with electromagnetic waves. Fortunately, there are also methods that can improve WiFi signal strength, which we covered in this article.
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