Check out in this tutorial 4 different methods on how to set up the Xiaomi Mi Home security camera on your PC or mobile phone.
Most users use the Mi Home app installed on smartphones to remotely monitor, record, and rotate the camera remotely. However, viewing and having all of these features on a larger screen would be much better. You can install the official Mi Home app on your PC or emulate it with the help of BlueStacks. For that, see all the possibilities below.
Main functions of the program:
- Ability to adjust the camera, such as video quality, suspension, status lights, etc.
- Support for detection configuration, including record management.
- Built-in functions for camera playback, pausing, fast-forwarding and rewinding recorded videos, turning the sound on and off, etc.
- Possibility to operate several cameras at the same time, dividing the screen into 1, 4, or 9 windows.
- Possibility to move the orientation of compatible cameras.
Method 1: Installing the Mi Camera on the PC
Make sure that all devices are on the Chinese mainland server. Currently, only devices that are linked to this server are supported. Mi Camera will only work when the user is logged in to his Mi Home account. Therefore, it is necessary to enter the username and password in your main window.
Mi Camera is currently compatible with Mi 1080p Basic and Mi 1080p 360 security cameras. Before, it was only possible to view Mi security cameras on the PC using emulators. Currently, the program only runs on Windows XP, 7, 8, and 10 operating systems. If you want to use this method to install the application on your PC, follow the steps:
- Download the latest version of Mi Camera on your PC.
- On the page, click the orange ” Windows ” button to download.
Changing the server region:
However, this change is not made in a simple way, it is necessary to modify the code in the file in your dll. Even so, this is still the best option at the moment for viewing live images from the cameras on your PC.
Now, when you open the installed application, it will only be able to transmit cameras in the Mainland China region to adjust the application according to your region, just follow the steps below:
Go to the installation folder “ C: \ Program Files (x86) \ imilab \ Ð¡ ° × ÖÇ¼Ò “.
Look for the “ config.dll “ file. It will change the server region. By default, it is configured for Mainland China.
Now, open config.dll in Notepad. You will see two lines, the first “ machineCode ” is for the language and the other represents the region of the server.
MachineCode will be set to “ cn “, you only need to replace these values according to your region using the codes mentioned below.
- Use “sg” for the Middle East and Asia region
- Use “i2” for the Indian region
- Use “from” for Europe and UK region
- Use “USA” for North America and South America region
After making the change to the file’s dll, click ” Save “.
After completing the steps above, see below what you must do to view the images from the cameras on your computer.
Logging in to the Mi account:
After you have saved your country’s region in the config.dll file, open Mi Camera, log in with your OTP mobile number, or use your email ID and password to access your cameras.
Make sure you have added the cameras to your Mi Home Mobile App. After logging in, you can switch to view on multiple cameras, control the audio, pause the feed, and other available functions.
Method 2: installing and configuring Mi Home on the Windows PC
Make the download of the file compressed. Then, extract it using WinRAR or another similar program. After extracting them, open the “IMICamera_DSmartLife_Windows_PC_App” folder.
Then click on the “ IMICamera ” icon to launch the MI Home Security Camera application on the PC.
Now the login panel will appear where you must enter the cell phone number or email id with which you created an account to connect the device on your smartphone and also the password.
After logging into the account, a Windows firewall security screen will appear. Then, click the “Allow access” button on the network.
Ready! Your device will now appear on the screen with live view in the MI Home Security Camera application for Windows and Mac OS.
Method 3: using BlueStacks to emulate the Mi Home app on Windows PC or Mac
Here is another way to get images from your Xiaomi Mi Camera safely on your PC. Emulating the Mi Home Security Camera application with BlueStacks, you will have the same settings you use on your smartphone. Here are the following steps to download and run and configure the application on your Windows or Mac PC:
- First, download and configure BlueStacks on your PC.
- Already signed in to your Gmail account, click on the Play Store store icon below.
- In the PS store, search for the Mi Home app and then click on “ Install “.
- Open the Mi Home app, log into your Mi account and follow the instructions to complete the installation.
Once you have successfully added the device, you will be able to see the live view of your cameras in the controls section of the app itself.
Method 4: Setting up the Mi Home Security Camera on the phone
Here, we will learn how to connect the MI Home Security Camera 360 to the Android smartphone. First, you need to follow some instructions before installing the app on your Android phone.
Calibrating the camera:
First, plug the power cord into the camera and then plug it into the outlet. The camera will be calibrated automatically. Also, notice if the LED on the upper front is flashing orange.
Note: if the led does not light up, press and hold for about 4 seconds the “ Reset ” button located on the base of the device. This will cause the camera to restart and enter pairing mode.
Now disconnect the camera’s power cable, move the camera lens up until the micro SD slot is visible. Then, insert the micro SD card.
Now let’s install the Mi Home app on the phone. You can download it from the Play Store or, if you wish, scan the QR Code printed in the camera manual to be directed to the download page.
After installation, open the application, tap the “ Add Device ” button and wait for the camera to be found. Then, select the displayed template.
Tap ” Next “, select the wi-fi network you want to connect the camera to. The QR Code image will be shown on the application screen. Then, point it at the camera lens. If the code reading was successful, you will hear a notification sound from the camera. Otherwise, wait a few more seconds and click on “ Listen successfully scanned ”. Finally, choose the display name for your camera.
if the camera is unable to read the code, increase the brightness of the cell phone screen to the maximum level and zoom in again, leave about 15cms.
Then click on the “Next” button and a screen will appear to share the device. If you don’t want to share, click on the “Let’s get started” button. To start using the camera controls, touch the small window with your image.
Led behavior and its colors
Do you know the meaning of the Led colors of your Xiaomi security camera? Check below each one of them:
- Blinking Orange means the device has been successfully activated
- Blue LED stopped, which means that the camera is in normal status.
- Blinking Blue means that there is a network error.
- Flashing quickly in Orange means that the camera is waiting for a connection.
- Blinking slowly in Orange means that a system update is in progress.