Article ID : 00136532 / Last Modified : 07/08/2020

How to set a smartphone as a hotspot for streaming

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    To use a smartphone as a hotspot for streaming, follow these steps:

    1. Open the Network Setting Tool.
      • For a Handycam® camcorder

        1. From the computer, open the PlayMemories Home™ software.
        2. Connect the camera and turn it on.
        3. Click Tool.
        4. Click Network Setting Tool
      • For Action Cam

        1. From the computer, open the ActionCam Movie Creator software.
        2. Connect the camera and turn it on.
        3. Click Camera Settings
        4. In the Camera Settings screen, select Camera Settings for Live Streaming.
    2. In the Network Setting Tool screen, select Next.
    3. On the left pane of the Network Setting Tool screen, select Streaming Services and click Connect.

      Note: For Action Cam, enter the Network name (SSID) and Password of the smartphone before setting up Streaming Services.

      • Turn on the hotspot feature of the smartphone.
      • To enter the Network name automatically, click Choose and select the smartphone network name from the list.
    4. Enter your Ustream™ account details and select Login.
    5. Select Allow.
    6. Transfer the settings to the camera by clicking the Transfer to camera button

      Transfer to camera

      Note: The Ustream services does not support 640x360 resolution.

    7. On the Transfer the updated settings to the camera now? and Transfer completed screen, click OK.
    8. Safely disconnect the camera from the computer.
    9. Start streaming.
      1. In the camera MENU, select Wireless.
      2. Select Live Streaming.
      3. Press the Record button to start/stop streaming.

      Note: For Action Cam, go to LIVE by pressing the NEXT button, then press the Record button to start/stop streaming.

      • The camera will start finding the smartphone hotspot with PREP blinking on the display.
      • It may take a while for the smartphone to detect the camera. Once the camera is detected, the connection is complete and ONAIR is displayed.

    When getting a No Access Point error (NO AP), try the following;

    • Reset the unit.
    • Update firmware of the access point/router.
    • Try a different access point/router.
    • Confirm that the DATE and TIME settings of the camera are correct.
    • Enter the Streaming Services SNS account information and setting for streaming.
      Note: By configuring SNS settings, you can post a comment through social networking services when starting streaming video.
      • Connection settings for Twitter or Facebook.
      • Comments you post.