February 08, 2011

Eye–Fi day 2 – I'm confused

Follow-up to Playing with an Eye–Fi card from Steve's blog

Yesterday, I thought I understood the Eye-Fi architecture. The Eye-Fi card connects to your PC if it can, and transfers images to the Eye-Fi Center software running there, and from there images go the various online sharing services you’ve configured. If it can’t connect to your PC, the images stay on the camera until it can. And if you want to operate without a laptop, Eye-Fi have a hotspot service you can buy (£25/year) that allows that.

At least, that’s what I thought yesterday. A little experimentation last night and this morning has disproved all that, though. I configured my Eye-Fi to connect to my MiFi, and discovered that with my PC off images still end up in Picasa and in Eye-Fi’s own online storage system, and are eventually delivered to the PC when it is turned on. But that’s what I thought the hotspot service was.

The more expensive cards come with a year’s hotspot service bundled. Mine isn’t one of those. Perhaps it has it by mistake? If any other Eye-Fi users have any idea what’s going on, do please let me know! In the meantime, I’ll continue enjoying functionality I didn’t realise was there…


- 5 comments by 2 or more people

  1. Randhir (Eye-Fi)

    Steve,

    all Eye-Fi cards can be configured to store up to 32 Wi-Fi networks. For example, you can store your home Wi-Fi network and your MiFi network on the card and it will try and connect to either of them. You don’t need the Hotspot Access service for this feature.

    Not all Eye-Fi users want (or need) a MiFi-type device with the associated monthly fee, so the Hotspot Access feature is useful for them.

    Additionally, if you set up the Eye-Fi card to send content to an online site (e.g. Picasa) or you enable the “Relayed Mode” setting, and your computer is not on, the Eye-Fi card will send the content to the Eye-Fi server. Whenever your computer is turned on, the Eye-Fi software on the computer will download your content from the Eye-Fi server. So, your computer does not even have to be on at the same time as your camera.

    I hope that helps!

    Randhir

    08 Feb 2011, 22:18

  2. Steve Rumsby

    Thanks. That clears up my confusion. I wasn’t expecting this, and am very pleased to discover it works this way. This device keeps getting better:-)

    08 Feb 2011, 22:42

  3. We have a couple of these in Theatre Studies.

    Been experimenting for a while trying to get these to send the images to a computer wirelessly during performance – so that you can view the image taken on a projected screen almost straight away.

    As yet we have had no luck.

    03 Jun 2011, 10:13

  4. Steve Rumsby

    Do you mean via an external WiFi network or connecting directly from EyeFi to computer with no external WiFi? The former is the normal mode of operation and is pretty straightforward. The latter is more complicated, but is possible. I’ve had it working though. Want some help?

    03 Jun 2011, 10:21

  5. We were doing a project in the Atrium on Campus. The concept was as follows:

    As we took photographs they would appear instantly on a projection screen (sort of like a digital instant camera!)

    Connected EyeFi Directly to the Computer creating a network via a MacBook. Although the card did not seem to like it.

    I will talk to the Theatre Studies Technician Ian O’Donoghue about the exact set-up. We have 2 of these cards in the department.

    Cheers,
    Luke

    03 Jun 2011, 10:26


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