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great device, but needs a bit Wi-Fi know-how to get connected
on 6 July 2015
After a little bit of work to get it to connect, I found this a very effective device. The problems I initially ran into may be useful for others.
The issues are really the way the camera works ( as mentioned elsewhere) and also how your phone/tablet/PC connects to WiFi. I hope this helps others as I am sure it relates to all these WiFi SD card devices, not just this one. Once solved, the card works fine. This one is slightly thicker than my ordinary card, so a little snug when it fits into my camera (Nikon D3100).
The first challenge is keeping the WiFi on the card active once inserted in the camera. By default, mine stayed active for around 30 seconds. But after changing all the default timeouts on my camera to higher values, that got fixed. (i.e. display timeout, liveview timeout, etc.). Essentially, one of these being active maintains the power to the SD Card and hence keeps the WiFi signal active. So, not a card fault, just the way the camera operates.
The second challenge was getting my Android phone and my PC to "see" the card. In my case, both the phone and PC were setup to auto-connect to my home Wi-Fi. So it will always connect to that by default, rather than the SD Card. To solve this, I gave up using the supplied Flash Air app and just used the standard utilities on my phone/PC. On the Phone, switch on Wi-Fi and see it auto-connect to your home Wi-Fi, then press and hold the "connection" to bring up the settings and change it to NOT auto connect to your home Wi-Fi. Then Switch Wi-Fi off and back on again. Now switch on the Camera and then you will see the Flashair Wi-Fi connection. Connect to it and you are away. Also, download the official user guide as it has loads of help - including how to connect to the card via an internet explorer connection rather than using the app. For me, my PC would not work when using the supplied app - but if I used internet explorer to navigate to the published flashair link (http://flashair/) it worked fine.