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Adding WiFi security to your SAMi Kit Router.

The router that comes with your SAMi kit does not have security enabled for the Wi-Fi connection. This is because the router is typically not connected to the internet and the camera cannot normally be accessed without the passcode (SAMi-3) or reading the QR code on the front of the camera (SAMi-2) using the SAMi app. For most people the added complexity is not necessary. However, if you plan on connecting the router to the internet or your home network, or if you want an extra level of security, you can follow these steps to add a password. WARNING: If you do not follow these steps exactly you might end up disabling the router. Read through the instructions first and do not proceed unless you feel comfortable following them. WARNING: If you set up security do not lose the password. Note that to add the password you will need to connect the SAMi camera to your router with an Ethernet wire. FIRST, CONFIGURE THE ROUTER:

  1. Connect a computer to the router. You can either use an Ethernet wire, or you can connect the computer to the router using WiFi; look for the SAMi WiFI network.
  2. With a browser, connect to
  3. Log in with username: “admin” password: “password”
  4. Click on “Wireless”
  5. There are two places to select the security option. Choose “WPA2-PSK [AES]” for both.
  6. There will now be two places to enter the passphrase (password). Enter the same thing for both.
  7. If you want, you can also change the network name (SSID) to something other than “SAMi”. Don’t choose the same name as your home network.
  8. Click on the green “Apply” button.
After the router restarts it is secured with your new password. NEXT, CONNECT YOUR IPOD:
  1. Once the router has re-started (both the green and blue antenna icons on the front are on) select "settings/Wi-Fi" on your iPod.
  2. Select the SAMi network (or the new SSID). Enter the same password you used for the Wi-Fi settings.
  3. If you cannot connect, repeat the steps above for setting up the router.
  1. Connect the camera to the router with an Ethernet wire.
  2. Plug in the camera.
  3. When the camera power LED turns green for the second time (and stays green) launch the SAMi app.
  4. The app should connect to the camera. If it doesn’t, check that the power LED on the camera is green and that your iPod is connected to the SAMi (or new name) network.
  5. Select “Settings”, then select “Camera Settings”.
  6. Scroll down and select “Setup WiFi”.
  7. Once the WiFi networks are displayed, choose the SAMi network (or the new network name).
  8. When prompted, enter in the WiFi password you gave the router.
  9. After the setup is complete, unplug the Ethernet wire from the camera and confirm that you still have a live picture. It may take a minute or so to connect.
Save the password you gave the router (perhaps write it on the router itself). You will need this if you ever need to re-setup the camera or if you replace the iPod.

How to update the SAMi app on the iPod included in your SAMi kit.

If you need to update the SAMi app on your iPod that comes with the kit follow these steps. WARNING: Updating removes all your recordings. Before proceeding, save any recordings that you want to keep onto your computer. WARNING: These steps are more complicated than we would like, but this is how Apple has implemented this. Read through the instructions first and do not proceed unless you feel comfortable following them. First you need to connect to your home Wi-Fi network so the iPod can access the internet.

  1. Press the home button (the round one) to exit the SAMi app.
  2. Touch settings (the gear icon).
  3. Select the Wi-Fi settings (second from the top in the main settings screen).
  4. Select your home Wi-Fi network.
  5. Enter your password and choose "Join."
  6. Confirm that your network is now selected (it should have a check mark).
  7. Exit by pressing "Settings" in the upper left.
Next you need to set the iPod to use your Apple ID. If you don't already have an Apple ID, click on the link below to set one up. If you previously have connected your iPod to your Apple ID, you can skip this step. Set Up Apple ID
  1. Scroll down until you see "iTunes & App Stores" and then select it.
  2. If the Apple ID is not your own Apple ID, select it. Otherwise skip to the next section.
  3. If you are signed in to an incorrect Apple ID (such as, choose "Sign Out."
  4. Select the Apple ID and enter in your own Apple ID.
  5. Enter your password.
  6. Press "Sign in."
Next, confirm that you are running the latest version of iOS (the iPod operating system).
  1. Press "Settings" in the upper left to return to the main settings screen.
  2. Scroll up and select "General."
  3. Select "Software Update."
  4. If there is an update available, select Download and Install it. When the iPod finishes downloading the update, it automatically restarts. After it restarts proceed to the next section.
  5. If there is not a new software update, simply press the home button to exit settings.
You can now update SAMi. WARNING: The following step deletes all your recordings. Be sure to save any recordings you want to keep onto your computer. Because this step also resets all your settings, you might want to record these first.
  1. Delete the SAMi app. To do this press and hold on the SAMi app until you see all the icons "dancing" then touch the "X" on the SAMi app.
  2. Click the home button.
  3. Select the "App Store."
  4. Search for "SAMi3" if you have a SAMi-3 camera, search for "SAMi" if you have the older SAMi-2 (with the QR code on the front).
  5. Install the app. Be sure it is the "SAMi3 Sleep Activity Monitor By HiPass Design LLC" or the "SAMi Sleep Activity Monitor By HiPass Design LLC".
Next you need to "forget" your home network and reconnect to the SAMi Router. It is important to "forget" your home network because if you do not, the iPod might connect to it without warning, which disconnects SAMi from the camera.
  1. Select "Settings."
  2. Select "Wi-Fi."
  3. Select the button to the right of the currently selected network (either a blue forward arrow or "i" in a circle).
  4. Select "Forget this Network."
  5. Confirm the "Forget."
  6. Select "Wi-Fi" in the upper left to return to the list of networks.
  7. Now select the "SAMi" network if it has not already been selected.
  8. Press the home button to exit settings.
Finally, you need to configure the updated SAMi app.
  1. Check the the camera is plugged in and on.
  2. Using an opened paper clip, press the reset button through the hole on the side of the camera.
  3. Launch SAMi.
  4. You should be asked if you want to setup a new camera. Choose "Continue".
  5. This will configure your SAMi camera. If it does not, turn your iPod off, then back on and repeat these last steps.
You can now start to use the newly updated SAMi app.