configuring nikon d850 cameras with wt-7/wt-7a adapters to allow connection to wireless devices in my passport
one-time setup instructions using the connection wizard
note these settings for setting up other compatible nikon cameras that use a wt adapter. to view instructions for manual configuration, click here.
- Push the menu button and navigate to the Setup Menu (with an icon of a wrench). In this menu, scroll down to and tap on “Network.”
- In the “Network” page, first tap “Choose hardware” and select “Wireless LAN.”
- Tap “Network settings,” then tap “Create profile.” Next, tap “Connection wizard.”
- Tap “FTP upload”, then enter a name for the network profile. The default is “WLAN,” but we’ve renamed it to “WD” here.
- On the next screen, tap “Search for wireless network”. Select the 5 GHz version of the “My Passport” network. This is the option that will give you the fastest transfer speeds as long as the drive is within 1-2 meters of your camera. Enter the Wi-Fi password for the My Passport Wireless. (The default password is printed on the sticker that comes on the face of the drive and is present in the quick start guide in the original box. For more information on finding the default password, click here: Default Wi-Fi password on a My Passport Wireless Pro and SSD.) If you entered your password correctly, you will be presented with the following screen:
- On the next screen, click “Obtain automatically.” And you will be presented with the following settings. Your exact IP address may differ from what is shown below.
- On the next screen, click “FTP”. Enter the FTP server address exactly as shown : 192.168.60.1 Click “Anonymous login” for the FTP server login method.
- Click “Enter folder name”. Recall the new folder you created in step 4 of the setup instructions for your My Passport Wireless drive. Type in Storage/ and then that folder name exactly as you typed it when creating the folder in the My Cloud app. Any mis-typed or omitted characters here will result in errors that will cause the wireless tethering experience to fail. Because we named our folder “NIKON D850” earlier, we will type in Storage/NIKON D850 After clicking “OK”, the confirmation screen may truncate your folder name. As long as you entered it correctly before, this truncation will not affect your experience.
- If you completed all steps above correctly, you will be greeted with the following screen. Click “Connect and exit wizard.”
- On the following screen, you should see the name of your network profile (from step 4 of the Nikon setup) in green highlight, as well as information on signal strength and battery life remaining in your wireless adapter. Click on “Options.”
- We like to set “Auto send” to ON. As you shoot photos on your Nikon camera, this setting will automatically send those images from the memory card to your My Passport Wireless. Note that there is also an option here to “Delete after send.” This setting will delete the image from your card after it is sent to the My Passport Wireless. While this will help preserve space on your memory cards, we recommend keeping this setting turned to “OFF” as we always prefer to have a backup versus a single copy of our work when we are in the field. “Send marking” will add metadata to the image file of the date/time of upload to the My Passport Wireless. It can be set OFF or ON, without impacting the overall experience. In “Send file as,” we recommend the option best suited for your use case. For easy, card-free backups as you shoot, we recommend “RAW+J.” Note that, because this will send more data in each transmission, it may deplete the battery life of your camera and/or wireless adapter and My Passport Wireless more quickly. If you are shooting rapid succession burst mode and are looking to use this feature for quick, mobile-ready full screen previews of your composition, then “JPEG only” may be sufficient of you. Scrolling further in the “Options” menu reveals additional settings. On “Power saving,” for the highest-speed performance, we recommend “Prioritize network speed.” If long battery life is critical and slower transfer speeds are acceptable (such as during time lapse photography, capturing in single shot mode, etc.), then “Prioritize power saving” may help extend the battery life of the batteries in your camera and/or wireless adapter. We also set “Auto power off delay” to “No limit” to ensure the camera and wireless connection are always ready.
- As you take photos while wirelessly tethered to a My Passport Wireless, you may click back to the “Network” menu to now see transfer status, including name of file currently being sent and number of photos remaining to be sent (in the lower left corner). In our experience, the timer in the middle tends to over-estimate the total time needed to transmit all photos in the backlog. If connection is lost between the Nikon camera and the My Passport Wireless (due to leaving the wireless range or a shutdown of the drive), the Nikon camera will display the name of your profile (from step 4) in red and will show a “Wireless error” message in this section. However, the backlog will be maintained; simply turn the Nikon camera off and then back on and re-power and/or bring the My Passport Wireless back in range of the Nikon camera, and they will reconnect automatically. The Nikon will then resume transmission of any remaining images in the backlog, as well as new images that you shoot from then onwards.
- Connect to your My Passport Wireless drive’s Wi-Fi network from your iPhone, iPad, or Android device, and use WD’s free My Cloud app to access and preview your RAW and JPEG images anywhere. No internet connection or laptop needed. Click here to download for iPhone/iPad or here for Android.
unique manual configuration instructions
if you prefer to set up nikon camera and wt accessory with my passport wireless ssd manually (and not via nikon wizard), follow these steps:
- At the beginning of the manual setup process, there will be 4 items to configure: General, Wireless, TCP/IP, and FTP.
- In “General,” you may change the profile name. We set “Password protection” to be “OFF.”
- In “Wireless,” enter the network name exactly as it appears in your smartphone or tablet’s “Wi-Fi” settings. Be aware of case sensitivity and spaces. (For this step, you may wish to change the Wi-Fi SSID of the My Passport Wireless drive to something shorter – please refer to the user manual for instructions) Set communication mode to “Infrastructure.” Set “Authentication” to “WPA2-PSK”, and for the encryption key, enter the password for the Wi-Fi network created by the My Passport Wireless. (The default password is found on the sticker that is adhered to the top of the drive out of the box, or in the Quick Start Guide)
- In TCP/IP, set “Obtain automatically” to “ON”.
- In “FTP,” enter 192.168.60.1 for the “Address.” For the “Folder,” enter the name of the folder you created when setting up the My Cloud app. Leave “Port” as the default “21.” “Anonymous login” should be set to “ON”. “Proxy server” should be set to “OFF.”
- Tap the back arrow twice to return to the original screen.