The Coolpix P3 can connect to any
computer (Windows XP Pro or Home Edition with SP3 or SP2, Mac OS X 10.3 or later) with
Nikon's PictureProject software that has builtin 802.11b or 802.11g WiFi or is hooked up
to a standard WiFi access point or router .
The included Wireless Camera Setup Utility makes it quick and easy to configure the
camera to "talk" to your WiFi enabled computer or network. You connect the camera to
your computer with its USB cable, run the Setup program, follow the onscreen prompts
and a few minutes later it's done.
I was amazed how simple it was to get the P3
configured to my D-Link DI-624M router considering I had it setup for maximum wireless
security with 128-bit WEP encryption enabled. The setup utility prompts you for all
the wireless info that you can easily enter if you have your router's setup screens
displayed in your browser - I just cut-n-pasted the 26 digit hexadecimal key which
ensured that I got it all entered correctly.
The WiFi novice does not need to know much to get it all going and it works in
Ad-hoc mode (connect to a computer with builtin WiFi) or Infrastructure mode
(connect to WiFi LAN access point or router). Most notebook computers have WiFi
builtin and WiFi routers for home or business users are incredibly cheap these days.
You setup a Profile for each wireless computer or printer that you wish to access, for
most people this will only be one but you just as easily configure profiles for your home
as well as your business or your friend's house or whatever. Using the optional Nikon
PD-10 wireless print adapter (about US$40) you can print wirelessly to any PictBridge
enabled photo printer.
Rotate the Mode Dial to the Wireless position.
Select a pre-configured Profile.
And select the wireless mode desired.
When the P3 is connected to your computer or network router, the blue indicator light
on the side is illuminated. It blinks when the camera is searching for the profiled
device, lights steadily when connected and is off when not connected. To save battery
power the camera may switch to blinking status if no data is transferred within a set
Pictures are transmitted to your computer. Like a cellphone you'll see a
signal strength meter in the upper left of the screen - more bars is better.
When all the pictures have been transferred the camera disconnects to save power.
Pictures transferred from the camera to your computer are automatically stored in your
My Pictures folder (WinXP) or Picture folder (Mac) and if PictureProject is installed,
it is launched and displays the transferred images.
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