For the first use the Reolink RLC-423WS is installed directly at the router. The enclosed short manual supports the commissioning with pictures and English language. However, this step is easy to understand even without instructions. To do this, connect the camera to the power supply using the AC adapter and then to the router using the network cable.
As soon as the camera receives power, it needs a few seconds to start. Meanwhile, it moves in all directions of movement. This gives the user a first impression of their swivel and tilt width. For the configuration, Reolink offers its users the possibility via mobile, computer or web app. Thus Reolink supports a wide variety of platforms. Which one the user ultimately chooses is up to him. The only important thing is that the camera must be in the same network.
In the test, the setup was carried out using an iPhone app, which is available free of charge in the Apple Appstore. Already after starting the app, it had automatically detected the outdoor camera. For wireless setup via WLAN, without a connected LAN cable, there is a QR code on the back of the stand, which can easily be scanned in the app.
Before the camera can begin its work, there are two important steps to take. First, set the date with the appropriate time zone. Then the camera is named and a password is assigned. The latter is necessary to prohibit access from other users in the same network and from outside.
On the other hand, WLAN configuration takes place if the camera is to be accessed via WLAN. The app and its settings menu contain the point of the same name for this purpose. Select your own WLAN from the networks found and enter the WLAN key. With a click on the button “Test WLAN” the app performs a connection test. According to a successful test, save WLAN settings by clicking on the disk icon in the upper right corner. The camera can then be disconnected from the network cable and mounted at its destination.