How to Connect Panasonic Lumix GH5 to WiFi

1 Credentials

In order to connect to a wireless network, you must have the required credentials. These are:
  • Wireless Network Name (SSID)
  • Wireless Network Key (Password)

Finding Network Credentials

Most wireless routers or gateways have a label with the default credentials. If the credentials aren't there, check the documentation that came with your device.
Default Wi-Fi credentials highlighted on router / gateway sticker.

If your Internet Service Provider (ISP) installed the wireless router or gateway, they might have left you a setup sheet which may have the credentials.

? Do you know your Wireless Network name (SSID) and Key?

  1. Yes
  2. No

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In order to connect to a wireless network, you must have the required credentials. These are:
  • Wireless Network Name (SSID)
  • Wireless Network Key (Password)

Finding Network Credentials

Most wireless routers or gateways have a label with the default credentials. If the credentials aren't there, check the documentation that came with your device.
Default Wi-Fi credentials highlighted on router / gateway sticker.

If your Internet Service Provider (ISP) installed the wireless router or gateway, they might have left you a setup sheet which may have the credentials.

The purpose of this guide is to show you how to establish a connection with a wireless router and not a direct connection with another wireless device.

  1. Turn the camera On.
    Camera power switch
  2. Press the Menu/Set button.
    Camera menu button
  3. Use the directional buttons to move the selection frame. Press Menu/Set to set the selected item. Alternatively, you can use the cameras touchscreen as well.
    Camera directional buttons
  4. Go to the Setup option and scroll through the listings until you get to Wi-Fi and select it.
    Camera setup menu
  5. Go to Wi-Fi Function.
    Camera Wi-Fi setup screen
  6. Select the function of the Wi-Fi connection from the list.
    Camera Wi-Fi setup function selection screen
  7. In case you automatically get a screen with direct connection instructions, select Disp to change the method.
    Camera Wi-Fi connection credentials screen
  8. Select the destination from the list.
    Camera Wi-Fi setup destination selection screen
  9. Select Via Network as the connection method.
    Camera Wi-Fi setup method selection screen
  10. Choose Manual Connection.
    Camera Wi-Fi setup method selection second screen
  11. Pick the Wi-Fi network from the list.
    Wi-Fi network selection screen
  12. Then type in the Wi-Fi password and select Set.
    Wi-Fi password entry screen
  13. Follow the on-screen instructions to completion. These will depend on the function you selected earlier.
  14. Once connected successfully, you will get a confirmation screen.
    Wi-Fi setup completion confirmation screen
To help troubleshoot the problem we should check if other devices can connect to the wireless network.

If other wireless devices are connected to the network and functioning properly, chances are the router is OK. It's possible there is an environmental issue. Do you have a portable wireless device (Smart Phone, Tablet, Laptop, etc.) that you can put in the same area to test and see if that device's wireless connection still functions as intended in that location?

If you haven't already, please try power cycling the device you're working with.

  1. Turn off your device.
    Power
  2. Wait ten seconds.
    Wait 10 seconds
  3. Turn your device on again.
    Power

At this time, the manufacturer of the camera has not indicated that there are any compatibility issues with specific models of networking equipment on the market. To ensure that your specific networking equipment and all settings will work properly with your camera, please reach out to the manufacturer directly for further assistance.

Some wireless routers broadcast a dual-band wireless signal and provide both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless networks. Your device may not see the 5GHz network, which is completely normal. Not all devices contain the antenna to communicate on the 5GHz band. Also, some routers broadcast guest networks that your device may not be able to connect to depending on your router's settings.

 

The device needs to be within a reasonable range of the router in order to connect and have the best connection speeds.

  • In general, in most homes, you can be up to 30 feet from your router for a decent connection.
  • From 30' to 50' away, the speeds will be slower, and may drop occasionally, but it should be usable.
  • Greater than 50' away, and the signal will most likely be too weak to overcome interference. The speeds will be slow, and the connection may be sporadic.

The above numbers are approximates only. Optimal range may vary based on router make and model.

Your router may need to be relocated to a more centralized location in order to provide better coverage for all your devices.

Good Placement

A house, separated into rooms detailing how placing Wi-Fi in the center of a house will provide better coverage to reach all devices. Diagram.

Bad Placement

A house, separated into rooms detailing how placing Wi-Fi in the corner of the house can cause some devices to not have a Wi-Fi signal. Diagram.

Since this appears to be a range issue that can be resolved by putting the router in closer proximity to the device's intended use area, we recommend moving the router to a more centralized location.
If the wireless signal is not reaching the device and moving the router or device in closer proximity is not possible or doesn't resolve the issue, the best option for wireless connectivity is to get a range extender.
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