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What is the difference between Direct Mode and Cloud Mode?

Direct Mode and Cloud Mode are different ways you can connect to the FLIR FX camera using a smartphone or tablet.

Cloud Mode

Cloud Mode enables you to connect to the camera from anywhere in the world over the Internet. When in Cloud Mode, up to 3 devices can be connected to the camera at the same time.

Once you have set up the camera and connected it to your Wi-Fi network, the Cloud Mode LED () on the back of the camera will glow solid green. This means that the camera is connected to the Internet and is ready to receive connections.

For more information, see "How do I connect to the camera in Cloud Mode?".

Direct Mode

Direct Mode lets you connect to the camera and view live video even in areas without Wi-Fi signal. Direct Mode uses the built-in Wi-Fi access point in the camera to create a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The Direct Mode LED will glow solid orange () when the camera is in Direct Mode. You can then connect to the camera by connecting your smartphone or tablet to the camera's Wi-Fi hotspot.

Please note that Direct Mode only enables you to connect to your FLIR FX camera. Your smartphone or tablet may not be able to connect to the Internet until you return to a Wi-Fi or mobile network with Internet connectivity.

For more information, see "How do I connect to the camera in Direct Mode?".


Last Updated: 12/17/2014