How Can I Access Multiple Blink Systems from One Account?

When you experience the security and convenience Blink products offer, you may want to grow your network of cameras at one, or multiple locations. Up to ten cameras can connect to a single Sync Module. To add more than ten cameras, or to add cameras at a different location, more than one Sync Module is required. You manage all of your Sync Modules and their attached Blink devices from a single account using the Blink app.

Each Sync Module manages one system and the devices connected to it. You add Sync Modules in the Blink app, then you add cameras to the new system that was created.


To view additional systems on your account

After multiple systems are added to a single account, you can navigate between them by tapping on the system name at the top of the home screen. Additional systems can be found by swiping the system names to the Left.

Click for instructions to add another Sync Module to your Account.

   



What is a Wireless Network Extender?

A wireless network extender is meant to make your wireless network have more coverage, either for distance or improved signal strength. There is a wide variety of extenders on the market. Often an extender will be set up to to share the primary network, and will automatically self-assign a network name (SSID) by adding "-ext" to the name. In this example, it is SSID "myWiFi-ext". Blink systems recognize an SSID with "-ext" or "-EXT" as identical to the main SSID when you are setting them up.

Other extenders can be set up in "repeater" mode that appears identical to the main network.

Older cameras, the Blink XT, and Indoor (gen 1), do not recognize an SSID with added "-ext".

Why would I need another system?

Having multiple systems can be useful in a number of situations.

  • When you wish to monitor more than one property.
  • If you want to have one group of cameras operate on a schedule that is different from another group of cameras.
  • To prolong camera battery life by reducing the physical distance data must be transmitted to reach the network.
  • To monitor an entrance or driveway that is out of range for your primary wireless router.
  • To segment the cameras into groups that suit your needs better.

You can increase coverage by adding to an existing system, rather than starting a new one. Blink Outdoor, Indoor (gen 2), Mini, and XT2 cameras are designed to recognize networks with wireless extenders, while Indoor (gen 1) and XT cameras must connect to the exact same network name (SSID) that the Sync Module is connected to.

Consider the following drawing of two residential plan views to understand better.

On the left hand side, a home Wi-Fi network with an SSID named "myWiFi" has a single wireless router with coverage shown in blue. Seven outdoor and three indoor cameras are part of this system, for a total of ten devices associated to one Sync Module. Three devices monitor an outbuilding at the edge of the wireless coverage. This scenario will function properly, but the batteries of the cameras in the outbuilding might drain faster than those in the home because they must transmit farther to reach the wireless router. Notice also that the wireless router is placed to reach the outbuilding, but leaving some of the other cameras potentially out of range.

WiFi and system diagram

On the right side of the image, three types of networks and systems are shown.

  1. A wireless router is in the main structure with SSID "myWiFi".
  2. A wireless network extender is in the outbuilding with SSID "myWiFi-ext".
  3. A wireless network extender in "repeater" mode is placed at the driveway entrance with SSID "myWiFi" also.

The low frequency radio (LFR) in a Sync Module has excellent range, but it only sends commands to the camera unit. Blink cameras and other Blink devices send their data to the wireless internet network in addition to the Sync Module. Ensure that all devices have at least three 'bars' of connectivity when viewed in the Blink App. Note that the Sync Module connectivity icon for signal strength does not indicate a camera's connection to Wi-Fi.




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