Birdwatching is undoubtedly an awe-inspiring endeavor. If you are a beginner, you can easily do bird watching from the comfort of your home while sitting in your garden. And if you want a closer look at these feathered creatures, you can also install a WiFi bird box camera in your birdhouse to watch the nesting birds up close. But the biggest disadvantage when using a wireless bird box camera is that it depends entirely on the strength of your WiFi network, so any interruption or weak signal can take down your system, causing footage loss. Therefore, having a robust network connection is crucial for a WiFi bird box camera setup.
In today’s blog, we’ll teach you how to boost your WiFi signal to make it stronger, faster and reach farther, so you can have a better birdwatching experience at home.
1. Optimize Your Router Setting
Routers have firmware that can be updated as manufacturers find better ways to make them run faster and better. You can upgrade the firmware by going to the router’s admin settings, but for older routers, you need to go to the manufacturer’s website and manually download the updated firmware. Most modern routers use a feature called Quality of Service (QoS) that allows you to prioritize the amount of bandwidth each device uses. For example, you can use QoS to prioritize video streaming to avoid lag when watching your bird box camera on your smartphone or tablet. For some bird box cameras which can work on both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz, you can switch to a less congested channel to improve your network performance.
2. Achieve Optimal Router Placement
If your WiFi is sluggish or drops out frequently, it most likely stems from its poor location. Where you place the router in your home can make a huge difference in WiFi coverage. WiFi signals have trouble passing through solid objects like walls, cupboards, fish tanks, etc., so if your router is placed in a cupboard or closet which is far away from your WiFi bird box camera, you might be seriously slowing your Internet. A router works best when it is in an open area with a clear pathway, so the best place to place your router is in your garden where it has the best chance of reaching your bird box camera without any obstructions. If the router has antennas, place them strategically to maximize coverage.
3. Upgrade Your Bird Box Camera’s Antenna
To enjoy the best wireless connectivity whether indoor or outdoor, choosing an appropriate WiFi antenna is necessary. A bigger and stronger antenna will usually ensure a reliable WiFi signal. And the signal of this omnidirectional antenna can travel further. And it can send and receive the signal from a 360-degree angle to broadcast the signals in all directions, creating a larger coverage range. A huge boost to overall throughput to deliver a faster network speed when streaming your bird box camera online. The Wireless Antenna 7dBi Omni-Directional for WiFi Bird Box Cameras is now for sale. Go check it and enjoy a smooth live stream today!
4. Extend Your WiFi Range
Replacing a router is not always the best solution considering the expense and the hard work to set up a new router and have your various devices join the network. If you have a large house and you’re figuring out how to boost your WiFi signal, you can add one or more signal amplifiers to boost the WiFi signal for your bird box camera.
1) WiFi Repeater
To extend the coverage area of your WiFi network, the best possible way is to use a WiFi repeater. As its name replies, the WiFi repeater increases the distance your WiFi signal can travel. It works by receiving a WiFi signal from your existing router, amplifying it and then transmitting the boosted signal to your WiFi bird box camera. With a WiFi repeater, you can effectively double the coverage area of your WiFi and extend the coverage to your garden. Green Backyard has specially designed a bird box camera called to give you a better Internet experience when streaming your birdhouse.
WiFi Bird Box Camera with Wireless Repeater
Working collaboratively with a wireless repeater, this WiFi bird box camera can support the wireless transmission of up to 30-45 meters, but please be aware that the Wireless Repeater can only work with model #4921-07, not compatible with model #4901-18. It can produce high-quality color images in 3MP during the day and pin-sharp B&W images at night to secure 24/7 continuous recording without disturbing the birds. A highly sensitive microphone (7000 Hz) is also incorporated to record true-to-life bird sounds, so you can not only see but also hear what’s going on inside the birdhouse in real time.
Once configured through the app, you can watch the wireless bird box camera remotely on your smartphone, tablet and PC. Push message notification is available at every trigger event when the bird box camera detects any activity inside the birdhouse. In addition, both the WiFi bird box camera and the repeater are equipped with a memory card slot where you can insert a memory card for video recording. Moreover, this WiFi bird box camera is IP66 waterproof, which gives you peace of mind in outdoor use. And it can work with motorcycle batteries using the 12V Rechargeable Battery Connection Cable with Battery Terminal Clamps.
Learn how to connect the WiFi bird box camera to the wireless repeater here.
2) Powerline Adapter
A powerline adapter helps you overcome poor WiFi by transmitting data through the electrical wiring in your home. To set it up, you need to connect one adapter (sender) to your router and plug it into a nearby power outlet. Then you plug another adapter (receiver) into an outlet in your garden and then connect the WiFi bird box camera to the adapter. You should try to keep the distance as small as possible since the signal becomes weaker as the distance increases. The generally recommended distance is no more than 200m (in this case, we mean the entire cable length).
3) Mesh WiFi
Another alternative is to use mesh WiFi. In the mesh network, instead of merely repeating a router’s signal, multiple units work together to blanket your house in a single WiFi network and bring connectivity to every corner. The traditional WiFi extenders usually have their own SSID, so you need to change WiFi networks when going from one end of the house to the other. The mesh nodes all belong to a single wireless network and share the same SSID, so you can easily access one of these wireless stations wherever you are. But deploying a mesh WiFi network can be really expensive.
5. Take Advantage of Xtreme WiFi Technology
For someone who is looking for a more robust Internet connection, you can’t go wrong with the long-range wireless outdoor IP bird box camera. Normally, the home router only supports a maximum transmission range of 150ft, but Green Backyard has developed a collection of long-range bird box cameras featuring unprecedented Xtreme WiFi technology to help you set up a bird box camera system in remote places without adding any signal boosters. They can pass through objects like foliage, buildings and animals more readily and may encounter less interference along the transmission.
Long Range Wireless Outdoor IP Bird Box Camera
This one-of-the-kind long-range wireless outdoor IP bird box camera (IP66-rated) gives you a fantastic way to pay tribute to your loved one’s passion for bird watching. It supports wireless transmission of up to 200-300 meters. You can watch real-time or recorded videos in Full HD on your mobile or PC. This long-range wireless IP bird box camera is equipped with a 2.5mm wide-angle, adjustable lens to give you the best possible view inside the birdhouse. Invisible night vision (infrared LEDs) guarantees 24/7 recording at night. Motion detection with instant message alerts is available at every trigger event.