This Wireless Camera Control And LiveView DIY Hack Is Only $30

We are big fans of CamRanger, while other options have been around for a while (both DIY and pro) they came up with a well packed product for camera remote control that has all the features you can possibly think about.

This Wireless Camera Control And LiveView DIY Hack Is Only $30

But if you are looking to spend a bit less money, don’t care about appearances and have the extra time to fiddle around, here is an Android driven alternative for $30. This hack from DSLR Film Noob is using an android tablet and a TP-LINK TL-MR3040 wireless router. It does require a bit of firmware hacking, but nothing that exceeds jailbreaking a phone or updating an Xbox.

You would also need a camera controller app for your android, you can use DSLR Controller for Canon and DslrDashboard for Nikon.

Filmnoob reports that this configuration works up to about 30 feet when having line of site

For the full instruction and extremely detailed step by step guide head over to DSLR Film Noob. THey also have a little tutorial on how to use the tablet s a field monitor here.

[TP-LINK TL-MR3040 wireless field monitor with DSLR controller via ISO 1200 Magazine]

  • RemoteApp

    I do the same thing for free.
    You only need 2 devices, Tablet + Smartphone with OTG support

    First Make a Wifi Hotspot (Wifi tethering) with your phone, and plug the USB cable. The App should start, select “Server mode”.

    Join the wireless of your phone and fire the app, this should connect as client.

    Works perfect and cheap :)

    • Fab

      What App do you use? This probably won’t work with SDLR Dashboard? (using D800)

  • mateusz

    do somebody finally has an option for sony alpha 7?
    that would be great!sony has it on board but it onlys shoots jpeg….

  • Brian Davies

    Brilliant wireless solution. I’ve done the firmware “upgrade” to the TL-MR3040, and am using it with a Canon 7D and (version1) Nexus 7. It works wonderfully and is my favourite camera accessory by a mile. The WiFi limits the transfer speeds but it isn’t that much slower than a wired connection to be honest, and certainly isn’t a problem. You can tell – I’m impressed!

  • Maarten van Houten

    Unfortunately it is only working with android devices, and not with an Ipad or Iphone. Or is there an app that works with this solution? DSLR Remote and Cam ranger won’t do the job.

  • geedub

    I am having a bit of trouble, tried several times and keep getting a message in DSLR Controller that no compatible camera can be found. Trying to connect to my 5D Mark II.

  • Dan Robinson

    My Nixon D5200 came with a wireless wifi “device” that plugs into the USB port. Then I connect with my iPhone/ipad Nikon app and I have a wireless controller that can view, focus, change settings, and click the shutter.

    The downside? It sucks. (battery) and the range is only a couple of feet.

    P.S. The D5300 has it built in.

  • Esteban

    I have a sony camera, which app can I use ?

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  • shantanu

    Querstion is will my TL MR3040 version 2.4 also work with the Firmware for version 2? Does that 4 have no significance. Is anyone sure? I wish I can know before damaging the device…