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(VistaCam PT) Connect Your VistaCam PT

Last Updated: Oct 08, 2013 08:52AM PDT
To bring a VistaCam wireless camera into your Vera system, you have to make just two connections.  One is a physical hookup you make with the included cable, which only happens once, just for the setup. If the camera will remain near your Wi-Fi router, you can leave it plugged in and just start using it; no further connection will be necessary.

If you want to place the camera elsewhere in your home and have it work wirelessly, you'll go through a second step that will let the camera be recognized by Vera as part of your Wi-Fi setup.  This is simply a matter of entering some information (like your username and password) and takes just a few minutes. Then you can disconnect the network cable and use the camera wirelessly from anywhere in your home.

Before connecting your VistaCam camera, ensure that your Vera system has been set to automatically detect it. Log in to your Vera account to get to your Vera Dashboard.  When you're there, click the "Setup" menu, and then click on "Net & Wi-Fi" as shown.

Now you'll be shown a screen that lets you know that Vera has been set to automatically detect new devices.  If this option hasn't already been selected, choose "Automatically Configure" now. Then click the "Save and Apply" button to complete the setting. 

Now your camera is ready to be connected to your Vera system and automatically recognized by it.  
To connect the camera:
1) Attach the VistaCam antenna by simply screwing it into the antenna jack -- no tools are needed.

2) Connect your Vistacam to any open port on your Wi-Fi router, using the included network (Ethernet) cable.

3) Plug your Vistacam into an electrical outlet with the included power cable.

You'll see the yellow and green LED lights on the back of the camera light up. The yellow light will start flashing. That's it for the physical connection! 
Your VistaCam camera has been pre-set at the factory to be automatically recognized by your Vera Smart Controller.  Please allow up to 10 minutes for both devices to complete their communication with each other before you move to the next step of making your camera wireless.
Once you've connected the camera in this way and given the Vera system time to recognize it, your camera is ready to use.  If you want or need to use the camera wirelessly, as in another room, you'll make those settings in another step.  Before you do that, let's ensure that your camera is recognized and giving you images; click for the next tutorial step.

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