Wi-Fi Extender Configuration Guide

There is now a fully tested system for remote control and monitoring of RED DSMC1 & DSMC2 cameras that is easy to employ when using Nauticam housings at distances of up to 45 meters. The control interface can be an iPhone, iPad or MacBook utilizing the app “Fool Control” for iOS or MAC OS X. Fool Control allows full camera control, including focus control with EF lenses that have a focus motor.

Purchase Fool Control from the Apple App Store 

Fool Control facilitates:
  • access control like start / stop, magnify, or false colors
  • control playback seamlessly
  • set HDRx mode and viewing track, Motion Mount, Gioscope, shutter angle, monitor the histogram, calibration map or genlock status
  • create looks, save and recall presets for quick on set pre-grading of each scene
  • access advanced camera configuration menu on complex rigs, across the world via IP, underwater wired to surface or in mid-air shots
  • drive electronic photo lenses with great accuracy for super light, 'no external motor' setups
  • control master camera on wired ethernet multicam rigs
  • and more...
The parts required are readily available now:
  • Nauticam Wi-Fi Extender Kit :
    • Internal Passive Antenna (for use inside the Nauticam housing)
    • External Antenna (for connection to the surface end of the Nauticam SDI Cable)
    • Internal Cable (for use with Wooden Camera Wi-Fi Kit or OffHollywood OMOD POE)
  • 25058 Nauticam SDI Bulkhead 
  • 25064 15m HD-SDI Surface Feed Cable
OR
  • 25065 45m HD-SDI Surface Feed Cable
OR
Wi-Fi Extender Components:

 

If choosing the internal antenna option then the signal strength at the surface end of this passive Wi-Fi extender will be relatively weak. This requires the surface antenna to be in direct contact with a mobile router on the surface to provide a strong, reliable rebroadcast of the Wi-Fi signal.
Wi-Fi Extender Configured:
As installed in the housing:

The Internal Passive Antenna can be bent at a 90˚ angle for easy access to media without interfering with the fit of the housing back.
An important configuration tip:

When using a router, be certain to configure the system network in “Infrastructure Mode.” In this case both camera and control device are connected to the router. Do not configure in “Ad Hoc” where the camera creates the network and the control device connects to the camera.

If it is not possible to have a router in the field, then a direct connection to the camera via a cable to a Wooden Camera Wi-Fi Kit or Offhollywood OMOD POE will create a true Wi-Fi antenna extension providing useable signal strength for the available Apple device. The Wooden Camera Wi-Fi kit does require some minor modification to the DSMC Brain and should be installed by someone with appropriate experience, but the resulting arrangement is a robust and reliable solution.