What should I do if my Tapo smart camera keeps losing connection or going Offline?
There are some circumstances that tapo smart devices do not work stably or lost connection from time to time, this could be due to the network environment or some other reasons, this article provides some helpful tips to fix the situation.
Step 1 Ensure Router is working properly. Reboot the router and camera and see if the smart device reconnects after that.
Step2 Ensure Tapo smart device is receiving a Good Wi-Fi signal by checking RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indicator)
Tapo APP->tap in the left top> Camera Settings->tap the device name ->tap Wi-Fi icon to see signal strength (the value of RSSI)
Strong: less than -50 dBm
Good to Average: among -50 dBm to -70 dBm
Poor: less than -70 dBm
Note: If RSSI is less than -70dBm, the signal is too weak, smart device disconnections are likely, relocate the smart device or router to get a stronger Wi-Fi signal.
Step 3. Update the firmware of the Tapo device.
Step 4. Ensure Tapo APP is up to date in the APP store or Google Play
Step 5. Turn off Advanced Wi-Fi settings on the router like Band Steering (also called ‘Smart Connect’ or ‘Whole-Home Wi-Fi ‘), Wi-Fi Optimizing or ‘Channel optimization’ etc.
Step 6. Try changing Router's DNS Settings
Primary DNS 126.96.36.199
Secondary DNS: 188.8.131.52
Step7. [Optional] Try to configure the smart device to another router’s 2.4G Wi-Fi or a mobile Hotspot Wi-Fi to verify whether this issue is related to the specific router.
If the issue is still the same, contact TP-Link technical support and provide the information below for our support to look into further:
1. Led status on a smart device when it is offline: Red/ Flashing Green/ Solid Green etc.
2. MAC address of the Camera
3. TP-Link ID email address
4. When the issue occurs, does the smart device work in the local network?
For a test, connect your mobile device to the home Wi-Fi network at that time and see if the Tapo device is still accessible in the local network?
5. the model number Wi-Fi router and your network topology:
e.g. ISP Spectrum-Archer C7 router<Wireless> tapo device
6. How often does the issue happen, and how does the recover the connection, like reboot the camera or reboot the router?
7. Enable Diagnose mode, get the log of the camera, and share the log file.
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