PlugCam problems? Try these tips

The PlugCam is cool. It uses your home powerlines to create a security system that needs no wiring and doesn’t even rely on your wi-fi. It’s easy to configure and easy to use. But what if it doesn’t work for you the first time? Here are some tips to help you configure your PlugCam.

Are the lights flashing?

Take a look at the camera module itself. The power light should be solid and the network light should be flashing.

Then, look at the network module. The power light should be solid, and the other two lights should be flashing at two different rates.

If this isn’t the case, the two modules aren’t communicating. Try putting them in the same room, just to test. Connect the base unit to your router with an ethernet cable and plug the two devices into the same outlet. Wait about two minutes and you should see the flashing lights.

Remember, you cannot use a surge protector with the PlugCam. It will not work.

If the lights start flashing when the modules are in the same room but not when the camera is in a different room, then the signal is not getting from room to room. Just as a test, turn off all lights or anything that could cause electrical noise (like a microwave oven.) Fluorescent lights have been known to cause just enough interference to make the system fail.

PC software problems?

The PC software will sometimes fail to find the camera. When this happens just quit and restart the PC software. Also, in order to use the PC software you must be an “administrator” and you must answer “yes” when the pop-up menu appears. If you are running Windows 8 you may have to set the program to Windows 7 compatibility.

Do you have the password right?

You may have tried setting up the system but you are getting a message that the password is wrong or the camera cannot be found. Use a pin or paperclip to reset the PlugCam by pressing in the indentation at the left. Then try using the smartphone app, try the QR code installation method. It is the most foolproof.

If none of these tips help there may be issues with your PlugCam installation. Post any questions you may have here and we’ll try to answer them!

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.