IceCap REEF-Cam 101: Assembly, Installation & Operation
T he very first fully submersible HD 0.9 megapixel camera on the market specifically made for the reef aquarist. With these simple instructions you can quickly begin to live stream your aquarium from anywhere via mobile device.
Before we get started, let’s make sure that everything is included and nothing is missing from the box.
The box should include:
- Camera Mount with locking Suction or Magnetic mounting option
- Mounting Arm for external mount applications
- Wi-Fi Hub
- Power Supply
- An additional blue Silicone Camera Jacket
- Cleaning Cloth
- Double Sided Tape for easy mounting of the Wi-Fi hub
- Suction Cup Cable Clip
Also, while not included or required for installation, here are a couple of optional things that you may need:
- A 32GB or smaller Micro SD Memory Card for recording and documenting your aquarium. Although not brand specific we do recommend the SanDisk 32gb C10 Card.
- Also an Ethernet cable for direct connection to your home network and only required when wireless connectivity is poor or not available.
IceCap Reef-Cam Installation
We will begin by removing the protective film from the camera lens.
Position the REEF-Cam inside or outside your aquarium in a location free of algae and within reach of the Wi-Fi hub.
The REEF-Cam lens should NEVER be located in a position where it can come into contact with sand, gravel or in any location where it could become scratched or damaged.
Install the mounting bracket to the side of the aquarium using the magnet mount for surfaces up to half inch thick or the locking suction cup mount for surfaces over ½ inch thick. If mounting outside the aquarium, use the external mounting arm.
If you are using the Locking Suction Mount, push the suction cup against a clean flat surface and turn the black knob clockwise until the REEF-Cam is fully secured.
Gently push the REEF-Cam cable into the retaining slot and if needed, use the included suction cup clip to secure it in place.
Please be aware that bright lighting can affect the camera’s ability to adjust to all of the varying light levels in the aquarium. We recommend angling the camera downwards from the light source to avoid any interference.
Position and secure the Wi-Fi hub away from water. The Wi-Fi hub is NOT waterproof so be sure that all connections to and from the REEF-Cam have proper drip loops.
Plug the REEF-Cam into the camera connection port on the Wi-Fi hub.
Plug the power supply into the power port on the Wi-Fi hub.
And finally, power up the REEF-Cam.
IceCap Reef-Cam: Direct Connection
There are two ways we can connect to our Reef-Cam. We can add the Wi-Fi Hub to your home network or you can direct connect using an Ethernet cable.
You would choose the direct wired connection when no Wi-Fi signal is available or the Wi-Fi connection is not fast enough. You do not need to setup the Wi-Fi network connection if using an Ethernet cable and directly connecting to your home router.
To connect the hub directly to your router, plug your Ethernet cable from your home router into the Ethernet port on the Wi-Fi hub.
- Open the REEF-Cam App.
- In the “Camera List” page select “Add Camera”. The REEF-Cam App will now search your network to find available cameras. If the REEF-Cam is successfully connected to your router, it will appear in the list of available cameras.
- Select the camera you wish to connect to.
- Assign a name to the camera and then enter the default password “admin” all lower case.
- Click on the checkmark and the camera will be added to your app.
- Tap on the checkmark to save.
If the camera is unable to connect, there is a possibility that the password was typed incorrectly. To enter the correct password, tap on the arrow to the right of the camera name and then select “Camera Password.”
IceCap Reef-Cam: Wi-Fi Connection
If your Wi-Fi connection is good and reliable, then adding the camera via your wireless network may be a more convenient option.
- Make sure your Reef-Cam App is terminated prior to setting up the wireless connection. Then, open the Wi-Fi settings option on your mobile device and search for your REEF-Cam Wi-Fi signal. It may take a few moments to search and find the REEF-Cam. If a Wi-Fi network is NOT found press the reset button on the wifi hub and search again.
- Select the Wi-Fi signal and enter the default factory password “12345678” to connect.
- Once connected to the Reef-Cam private Wi-Fi Network, open the REEF-Cam App.
- Select the wireless network you will be connecting to.
- Enter YOUR Wi-Fi network password. This is the password for your home network and not for the Reef-Cam.
- Press the checkmark to save.
If you entered the wrong Wi-Fi password and the camera cannot connect or shows “Unknown Device”, you must delete the camera from the list, reset the Wi-Fi hub by pressing and holding the “Reset” button for five seconds and then adding the camera to your network as instructed above.
If you wish to add a second Wi-Fi camera to your App, please follow the same previous steps again.
If the camera is connected successfully, you will now see your camera listed on the Apps home page. Below the camera name you will see a connection status light. Green means the camera is successfully connected.
IceCap Reef-Cam App Overview
To the right of the name you can tap on the arrow which will take you to the Camera’s configuration page. Here you can change the name of the camera, adjust the streaming resolution plus many more options. For a full explanation of all available options, please refer to the Reef-Cam User Guide, which can be downloaded form coralvue.com.
Arguably, one of the best features about the camera is the fact that you can share your camera feed with your fellow reef hobbyists. Say you are heading out of town for a while and you want a friend to keep an eye on your tank. Both you and your friend can view your tank any time!
Say you get a call at work from a friend asking for your opinion on one of their fish who is not acting normal… just open the app and watch your friend’s tank live!
We all know part of what makes this hobby fun is showing off your tank. Well, now it is easy to do!
IceCap Reef-Cam: Adding Remote Camera
To add a friends camera to your app:
- Open the REEF-Cam App.
- On the “Camera List” page select “Add Camera”. The REEF-Cam App will search your Wi-Fi network to find available cameras. This is normal and just let it go through the process.
- Once the app is done searching for a local camera, tap on ‘Add Remote Camera’. Enter the name of the camera and then enter the UID number of the remote camera you wish to connect to. For an easier setup, you can simply scan the camera’s QR code. Both the UID number and QR code can be found on the underside of the Wi-Fi hub.
- Finally, enter the password of the remote camera you wish to connect to. The default password is lower case “admin”
- Tap on the checkmark to save the changes and then tap the back arrow to return to the “Camera List” page.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
The video on my Reef-Cam app is slow and choppy. What can I do to fix that?
The picture and streaming quality of the REEF-Cam is dependent on many different variables such as:
Performance and speed of your internet connection – if your internet speed is too slow, it will affect the quality of the video. We recommend you change the video streaming to a lower resolution.
Another cause could be the signal strength of the wireless network – If your Wi-Fi hub is too far from the wireless router, or there are too many obstacles in between such as walls or floors, it will affect the connection of your camera. In this case, we recommend to either move the camera or Wi-Fi router to a closer proximity or use the direct wired connection instead.
Also, the connection quality on your receiving device such as smartphone or tablet can affect the video – If you are in a location with low cellular signal or connected to a public Wi-Fi that is very slow, it will affect the video quality. We recommend moving to a different location with better cellular signal or connecting to a different public Wi-Fi with better connection speed.
The video feed on my Reef-Cam app is blurry or distorted. What can I do?
Using the included soft cloth, regularly clean the REEF-Cam lens to ensure it is free of algae and detritus. NEVER use an algae pad, scraper or any other abrasive material that could scratch or damage the lens. Failure to do so will have a direct effect on the quality of picture achieved.
Water clarity in your aquarium is also critical for optimum picture quality. Mechanical filtration such as filter socks or Activated carbon will help keep water clean and clear
Also, feeding, algae or bacterial blooms and aquarium treatments among others will have a direct effect on the quality and clarity of the REEF-Cam picture.
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