How to Make Your Own WiFi Camera

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

Digital cameras are convenient because they do not have to have their pictures developed. You can turn any digital camera that uses an SD memory card into a WiFi camera that will never need to be connected to a computer. You will need a SD WiFi memory card, of which there are a few available for purchase in varying storage sizes at computer and electronic stores. A home network is also required in order to be able to use the WiFi camera you will have made.

Things You'll Need

  • SD WiFi card
  • Home network
  • Digital camera

Step 1

Open the SD memory compartment door on the digital camera. Insert a WiFI SD card, for example, the Eye-Fi WiFi SD card, into the SD memory compartment slot. Close the SD memory compartment door.

Step 2

Turn on the digital camera. Press the "Menu" button. Select "Format" from the menu choices on the LCD screen.

Step 3

Select "Yes" in the confirmation window that appears on the LCD screen. Wait until the Format progress bar disappears. Press the "Menu" button. Turn off the digital camera.

Step 4

Go to the WiFi SD card's website. Click on the Mac or PC download link to download the WiFi program.

Step 5

Double-click on the file once it has downloaded. Follow the menu commands to install the program onto the computer's desktop. Restart a PC after the installation is complete.

Step 6

Right-click on the desktop. Select "New Folder" from the pop-up menu. Name the folder "WiFi pics."

Step 7

Double-click on the WiFi program on the desktop to launch it.

Step 8

Select the name of your home network from the "Network" drop-down menu at the top of the screen. Enter the password for your home network into the "Password" text column.

Step 9

Select the "Save to" or "Save" button on the WiFi program's main screen. Navigate in the window that appears to the desktop.

Step 10

Click once on the "WiFi pics" folder with the mouse. Click the "Open" button at the bottom of the window.

Step 11

Turn on the digital camera and take several pictures.

Step 12

Go to the computer that is running the WiFi program. Double-click on the "WiFi pics" folder to open its window. View, archive or delete any of the pictures that were shot on the WiFi camera that are now inside of the folder.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check that all of the pictures have transferred to the computer before deleting them from the WiFi SD card.
  • The WiFi SD card must have the same designation as the home network to work--for example, a 802.11n WiFi SD card will not work with a 802.11 G home network.

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