I have not purchased it yet, but I presume it works like an inspection camera that I *do* own. When I connect my phone to the inspection camera's WIFI, the camera provides an IP and gateway address to my phone. Fortunately, the camera uses the 192.168.10.xx subnet and my home lan is on a different subnet: 192.168.0.xx. My phone is a client and the camera is the controller.
If I had a WRT54 router to act as a client for this camera, the WRT54 would then have to perform a network translation, I think it's called, to translate packets to/from the camera and my home LAN. What I don't understand is how, if it's possible, for my phone be on my 192.168.0.xx home LAN network, connected to the internet through my LAN WIFI router and my ISP, and also be able to connect to the camera through my 192.168.0.xx LAN router. The LAN router expects to interact with clients, so the WRT54 router would need to look like a client to the LAN router. The WRT54 would also have to look like a client to the camera.
One goal is to extend the range of the camera's built-in 'hot spot'.
The other goal is to interact with the game camera as if it were any other app on the phone. I suppose the way the camera company choose to implement the wifi connection is easier to implement than having the device be a client.
I have security cameras that act as web clients, but the software they use is much more sophisticated. That is my ideal scenario for the game camera.
Joined: 08 May 2018 Posts: 7621 Location: Texas, USA
Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2020 20:05 Post subject:
This is going to be kinda tricky, any way you look at it. You could probably connect the WRT54* as a client no problem, it's configuring the LAN side of it to plug into your existing home network and getting the app to connect via another AP that will be the difficult part. You won't be able to forward the game camera to the Internet, most likely. Not knowing what ports are being used by the camera and app would definitely be a key factor. Kinda wish I had all the pieces and parts in hand to come up with a 100% working solution. It will be a trial and error process.