Check out 4 different methods on how to set up a Xiaomi Mi Home security camera on a PC or mobile phone in this tutorial. Most users use the Mi Home app installed on smartphones to monitor live, record, and rotate cameras remotely. However, viewing and having all 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 this, see all the possibilities below.
Main functions of the program:
- Ability to adjust the camera such as video quality, sleep, status lights, etc.
- Discovery configuration support, including registry management.
- Built-in functions for camera playback, pausing, fast-forwarding and rewinding a recorded video, turning the sound on and off, etc.
- Possibility to operate multiple 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 Mi Camera on PC
Make sure all devices are on a mainland Chinese server. Currently, only devices that are linked to this server are supported. Mi Camera will only work when the user is logged into their 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. Previously 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 in this one:
- Download the latest version of Mi Camera to your PC.
- On the page, click on the orange “ Windows ” button to download.
Changing the server realm:
However, this change is not done only, you need 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 app, it will only be able to stream cameras in the Mainland China region to adjust the app 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. In it, the server region will be changed. By default, it is configured for Mainland China.
Now open the config.dll in notepad. You will see two lines, the first “ machine-code ” is for the language and the other represents the server’s region.
The machine code will be set to “ on “, you just need to override 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 the North and South America region
After making the change in the file’s dll, click on “ Save ”.
After completing the above steps, see below what you should do to view images from the cameras on your computer.
Logging into the Mi account:
Once you have saved your country’s region in the config.dll file, open Mi Camera, log in with your mobile number with OTP, or use your email ID and password to access your cameras.
Make sure you have added cameras to your Mi Home Mobile App. After logging in, you will be able to switch to view multiple cameras, control audio, pause feed, and other available functions.
Method 2: Installing and configuring Mi Home on Windows PC
Make the download of the file compressed. Then extract it using WinRAR or another similar program. After extracting them, open the “IMCamera_DSmartLife_Windows_PC_App” folder.
Then click the “ camera ” icon to launch the MI Home Security Camera application on PC.
Now the login panel will appear where you must enter the mobile number or email id with which you created an account to connect the device to your smartphone and also the password.
After logging into the account, a Windows firewall security screen will appear. Then click on the “Allow access” button on the network.
Ready! Now your device will be displayed on-screen with live view in the MI Home Security Camera app for Windows and Mac OS.
Method 3: Using BlueStacks to Emulate Mi Home App on Windows PC or Mac
Here is another way to get the images from your Xiaomi Mi Camera securely on your PC. By emulating the Mi Home Security Camera app 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 PC or Mac:
- First, download and configure BlueStacks on your PC.
- Already logged into your Gmail account, click on the Play Store store icon below.
- On the PS store, search for the Mi Home app and then click “ 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 Mi Home Security Camera on mobile
Here, we will learn how to connect MI Home Security Camera 360 to an 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, then plug it into an outlet. Camera calibration will be done automatically. Also, note if the LED on the upper front is flashing orange.
Now unplug the camera power cord, move the camera lens upwards until the micro SD slot is visible. Then insert the micro SD card.
Now let’s install the Mi Home app on mobile. You can download 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 wifi network you want to connect the camera. The QR Code image will be shown on the app 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 to scanned successfully ”. Finally, choose the display name for your camera.
Note: if the camera cannot read the code, increase the brightness of the phone screen to a 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 camera controls, tap 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 out each of them below:
- Blinking in Orange means the device has been successfully activated
- Blue LED steady, it means that the camera is in normal status.
- Blinking Blue means there is a network error.
- Fast flashing in Orange means the camera is waiting for the connection.
- Slowly flashing Orange means there is a system update in progress