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DIY Wireless Camera Control for Canon and Nikon DSLRs over Android WIFI for $30

1/11/2014 ISO 1200 Magazine 10 Comments

With the hacked firmware installed you can use the TP-Link MR3040 ( the same used by Camranger ) as a wifi dongle for you android device. With the DSLR Controller app installed this basically gives you a wireless monitor and controller for your Canon camera. Frame rate isn't full speed, but the refresh rate is more than enough to make this usable. For $30 it's a pretty darn good value.(1)

You can find the installation guide here:


Do not worry, because, DslrDashboard is an Android application for tethering/controlling your Nikon or Canon DSLR camera connected with USB/wireless to your Android device or through DslrDashboardServer running on OpenWrt router or your Linux device like TP-Link MR3040 . (2)

In this video zawzero explains how to use DslrDashboard

In this tutorial we will install alternative firmware to the TP-Link MR3040 Router and use it to connect to the DSLR via the free software "DSLRDashboard" using an Android Device.
The camera will be connected to the USB Port of the mobile router, so you are able to control all the functions of your DSLR within the WIFI range. (3)

DSLRDashboard Android App on Google Play:


Yeah, I have the same problem. In this moment the available solution is the Camranger. But, good news. Helicon Remote ( watch a demo video here ), other company with a similar Android application, explains that a iPad version is in alpha testing stage ( read here )

Text and videos via dslrfilmnoob.comdslrdashboard and zawzero


Unknown said...

Do you have any comments on the effectiveness of the MR3040 over the Nikon WU-1a/b? Does the internal battery make for better signal or overall battery life instead of running down the camera's? Does it have similar transfer speeds / frame rates?
I'm keen to know since this MR3040 mod is really appealing but the smaller size of the WU-1b could really be useful too.

Matt said...

With the MR3040 you can control the camera from a long distance. Better than Nikon WU.

jaguarjj said...

hi i got the MR3040 and installed the dslr dashboard firmware to it but when i hit "connect to wrt/linux" button on my android nexus 4 and enter the router's ip address it acts like i did nothing, no response at all, so i downloaded the sysupgrade firmware hoping that would fix the problem but stil nothing , any idea how to solve this plz?

Marc J Webb said...

hi all, any news of this working with the iPad yet, like with the cam ranger app, or the dos control app?? i have an iPad air and am trying my best to do it with this as it is such a great display.



Anonymous said...

DSLR Dashboard is now available for iPad in the iTunes Store for $9.99

Unknown said...

Hello! I tried it with the Nikon D800 and it didn't work...any idea?? what could go wrong?

D800 is supported, but maybe you can read on his blog. Maybe you can found something about it.

Unknown said...

I bought a new, version 2 of the TP Link TL-MR3040 and downloaded the Openwrt file as instructed in your video. I was very careful to follow the video on one computer and perform the step-by-step firmware update on another computer. All went well until the router restarted. Now I cannot establish a connection to complete the Openwrt changes. I have tried using and but nothing works. Do you have any suggestions?

Unknown said...

I bought a second TL-MR3040 and tried gain. I have bricked two of these following you instructions. Time to buy a Camranger!

Anonymous said...

When you flash the firmware, you must first connect to TL-MR3040 via ethernet cable to activate wifi.