DIY Wireless Control of Your Canon DSLR for under $50

Gear & Apps December 9th 2013 2:42 AM 11 Comments

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We recently reviewed the CamRanger, an awesome device that allows you to control your DSLR wirelessly. The biggest complaint that most of you, and I to be honest, have with the CamRanger system is its relatively high price tag. For those of you who like me do not have the $$$ to grab a CamRanger I recently found this system that is cheaper and surprisingly offers most of the same features, all for under $50.

The base of this DIY (kinda sorta) system is an android app called DSLR Controller, available on Google Play for just $7.99. When used in conjunction with a TP-Link TL-MR3040 usb wireless router (available for around $36.99) you can have full wireless control of your Canon DSLR. Check out the video below as a demonstration:

I can not speak to how this compares to the actual CamRanger system in use, but the features available are certainly impressive. The problem here comes to compatibility, according to the website DSLR Controller has some issues with certain android devices. That said, if you do have a device that is supported then this seems to be a great alternative system to a CamRanger.

What are your thoughts on this system? Have you used it? How do you think it compares to the CamRanger system? Share your thoughts in a comment below.  

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11 Comments

  1. Petr

    I suggest DSLRDashboard with USB OTG cable. On my Nikon works nicely. App is free and cable is for 8 euros

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    • Anthony Thurston
      Anthony Thurston

      Yes but the key feature here is the wireless capability. Does DSLRDashboard do that?

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    • Petr

      Yes, with WU-1a, you can use it wireless. Hope it will work with D5300. I dont have experience with Canon cameras.

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  2. Matthew

    Has anyone found an app for iPhone/iPad that will work?

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  3. Morgan Grosskreutz

    I am using DSLR Controller with an OTG cable on my Nexus 7 2013. Couldn’t be happier. Saved me a ton. Now I am trying to figure out how to setup a portable battery bank.

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  4. Wayne Thompson

    Just ordered a MOCREO 5-in-1 Portable WiFi Router which has a built in battery as well but 4000mAh. A few bucks cheaper on Amazon. I’ll let you know how it works out. My use is different though using an Android Nexus 10 to control my iOptron Telescope mount with Southern Stars software and SkyFi controller. Have used DSLR Controller tethered with OTG cable to Canon and it works great. Will try wireless now as well.

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  5. Jason

    Does this trick work with a cannon rebel XS? Please let me know if anyone has tried it out.

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  6. Jason

    Rebel this trick work on a Canon Rebel XS

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    • wjp

      Quote from the Devices page on DSLRController.com:

      Canon EOS device compatibility

      DSLR Controller supports most Canon EOS models released in Q3 2006 or later. It is specifically designed for models released in Q3 2008 or later. The older models use VxWorks, while the newer ones use DryOS. VxWorks models may not support some functionality such as auto-focus and continuous shooting. The cameras themselves may be able to do it – it just cannot be done remotely. If you have a Canon EOS newer than listed here, it is likely to just work.

      /quote

      That being said, there is a list of cameras on the devices page and the Rebel XS is listed as one of the models that “mostly” work with DSLR Controller.

      I am going to give this a try, but I’ll be doing it with the OTG USB cord instead of the wireless route. Maybe I’ll upgrade to wireless later, but for my needs the wired option should be sufficient and significantly easier on the wallet.

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  7. wjp

    This method is actually using the exact same router that the CamRanger uses. CamRanger simply rebrands the router, installs a custom firmware and use the 8 digit number under the battery cover on the TP-Link router as the serial number. You can’t just buy the right router for CamRanger. They apparently keep a list of the routers they sold and your serial number is actually making sure you bought the hardware from them at a massive markup. You’ll have to overpay by $250 bucks to use CamRanger. Choosing DSLR Controller is simply a no-brainer. Use the $250 bucks you saved for something for the wife or significant other. A little goodwill goes a long way for your Gear Acquisition Syndrome budget.

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  8. Marc

    If this is the same as CamRanger surely the CamRanger app on ipad would work…….

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