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wifi extender for 360cameras

Many of us have use of 360 cameras that goes beyond the actioncams.
It means we are NOT the main subject of our pictures.
This means being at more than 2 meters from the camera, and one wall in the middle.
As always, all the 360cameras have only basic functions in themselves. If you want a bracketing or similar you are relying on the app, and this means on the connection of your phone over the wifi. This hack will help you adress these limits and extend the usability of your camera

Connection range is usually very short, and it’s NOT something you find in the manufacturer’s specifications. A wall, the phone in a pocket, loosing connection is so easy.

Yes,because every camera with modern wifi is generating a wifi signal. It behaves like an access point for one single IP. When you connect to the camera with a phone it’s like connecting to a wifi modem or any wifi infrastructure. The app in your phone has all the visual interface while you exchange datas with the camera.The main data flow comes from the liveview. This is asking for a lot of bandwidth, but being a 1to1 connection, you will get it.

Range extenders are devices intended to repeat the signal of your home or office wifi, in order to bring a stable connection even in rooms that are far away or blocked by old deep rock walls or cielings. Basically, to configure them you need to turn them on and connect to their web interface with a computer or a phone. Once inside you can ask them to sniff for wifi networks, you chose the one you want to repeat, and you put in the password.

So… what if?

Turn on your camera, your pc, your phone. Turn on your range extender…and ask it to repeat the CAMERA WIFI instead some home modem.
So the device you are looking for has to have the following features:

-wifi extender (or wifi repeater)
-usb power supply (so it can run off a phone battery pack)
-small form factor (easy to carry, easy to hide)

TP-WR702N. The Tplink blue square, few grams, 57x57x19mm is an incredible, exceptionally useful thing. I can’t remember how many times it came to my help. It can be a router, a range extender, an accesspoint, an hotspot, basically it’s a wifi swiss knife, fits a pocket and it’s cheap. Comes with an RJ45 port and a micro usb for power supply, plus a reset button.

So, my test till now was with the blue square and:

YI360 All OK (sometimes lag in LV)
Xiaomi MIJIA 360 All OK
Ricoh ThetaS All OK
Samsung Gear 360 All OK

In the blue square settings I will not cover the basics, but will center in showing the screenshots of pairing it with a camera’s wifi.
When you are prompted for password, you will usually need to put in the default one (few decide to set their own):

Theta S:
The SSID is “THETA” plus the serial number (example”THETAXN00001017″). The password is the numbers in the name (in this case “00001017”). The password is initialized by pressing the reset button.

The camera’s default hotspot’s name is “YI360_XXXXXX_5G.OSC”. The default password is1234567890

The default password is 12345678

Extender position: Within the range of the camera (it’s the source of the wifi signal) andt owards the operator’s phone or tablet.

What do you gain:
many, many meters, possibility to frame, control and make manual bracketings from hidden position. To change parameters, start and stop video recordings from out-of-sight position.

Smartphone tripod attachments

Selfmade?  Well.  Whatever in the market is filmsy, or stupidly expensive, or dedicated to a specific model of iPhone,   ecc. So, i made  mine, out of  a cheap phone hardcase and a 1/4″ tripod to  flash adapter.


You need:

  1. A cheap hardcase for your phone  model. It must be plastic,  no fancy  gummy material. I had one with faux leather cover, that was just a bit more difficult to hack.
  2. An 1/4″ adapter. Male or female,  or a flash rail socket.  Mine was an adapter to put a flash over a small tripod ballhead,  and needed hacking.
  3. Double component glue, sugru,  or similar flexible, strong glue compound.
  4. Eventually,  a cutter.








cut out unwanted parts of the adapter, till you get a flat surface to allow better glueingDSC_1414DSC_1415


front and rear of the hardcase


Decide where to put your tripod screwbaseDSC_1419DSC_1421

Glue to the rock solid surface! In my case I had to remove the leatherette.

DSC_1422Binding permanently with twin components glue…
And, what is my use?!?

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  • You would need to choose point of anchorage, depending how you want to screw your phone, where, what you will do with it. For an universal fit I’d say three is the minimum of bolts you have to glue on.
  • you add bulky to the phone, if you want to keep it in the shell, you will add bulk to your bag, if not.


  • Damm cheap
  • perfectly fit at least one of your applications
  • it is SOLID
  • made to measure for your phone.

links: An idea, you can use one of these:


ebay link

you can use one or two female screws, or even the male one (cut it shorter)