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How to Connect Nanit to Hotel Wi-Fi

Sandra W Bullock

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Trying to figure out how you can connect to Nanit to Hotel Wi-Fi when traveling? I have shared detailed information on Nanit’s connection to Wi-Fi networks with no password and have also explained Nanit’s capabilities, both with and without an Internet connection

As a parent who has personally experienced the benefits of using the second-generation Nanit Plus model, I have gained valuable insights into how Nanit operates in various conditions.

I was impressed to learn that the new Nanit Pro included a new feature which is a reset Wi-Fi button that allows users to reconnect the Nanit camera with Wi-Fi in case of internet failure.

Can Nanit Connect to Hotel Wi-Fi?

Yes, Nanit can connect to hotel Wi-Fi as long as the network meets certain requirements and requires SSID and password as explained above. For Nanit to function properly, the hotel Wi-Fi must have a WPA2 or WPA3 security protocol and not require any additional login information. If your hotel’s Wi-Fi has these specifications, you can easily set up your Nanit camera and connect it to the network.

However, if the hotel uses captive portal networks, which require additional login information such as a room number or password, Nanit may not be able to connect if it is using WPA security protocol. Note that Nanit’s security settings are designed to only connect to password-protected Wi-Fi networks(WPA2 and WPA3). If you try to access it using open or unsecured guest networks(WPA), you will not be able to connect and use Nanit. Unsecured networks are not compatible with Nanit’s encryption standard, AES 256-bit.

Connecting to Password-protected Hotel Wi-Fi Network:

If a hotel, airport, or restaurant implements the secure WPA2 or WPA3 security protocols, you can potentially access their Wi-Fi network by following the steps provided below;

  1. Connect the travel router/access point to the public WiFi network that has a captive portal.
  2. Use a computer or mobile device to connect to the WiFi network of the travel access point.
  3. Confirm your connection through the captive portal window.
  4. Connect your mobile phone to the travel access point.
  5. Pair your Nanit with the network of the travel access point.

As stated above, you cannot connect Nanit to hotel Wi-Fi networks if those networks use the unsecured WPA protocol and not WPA2 or WPA3. If the hotel does not require a password to enter its network, it is likely using WPA which Nanit doesn’t connect to. In the next section, I have explained 4 ways you can connect Nanit to a WPA WI-Fi network with no password requirement.

4 Ways to Connect Nanit to Hotel Wi-Fi

When traveling and attempting to connect Nanit to unsecured networks, such as those found in hotels that may not require a password, you can employ the following methods to bypass Nanit’s Wi-Fi connection password requirement.

When traveling and attempting to connect Nanit to unsecured networks, such as those found in hotels that may not require a password, you can employ the following methods to bypass Nanit’s Wi-Fi connection password requirement.

Method #1: Create a personal hotspot:

You can create a personal hotspot on your iPhone and connect your Nanit camera to it. Below are the steps;

  1. Go to “Connections
  2. Select “WiFi Hotspot and Tethering
  3. Tap “Mobile Hotspot.”
  4. Edit the hotspot name and password.
  5. Choose 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz if allowed.
  6. Tap “Configure” on any of the elements you want to edit.

After finishing the steps, just activate the hotspot and pair it with your Nanit camera. If you need help pairing, follow these steps on Nanit’s website.

Once Nanit is connected to my WiFi hotspot, it seamlessly links with my iPhone’s personal hotspot within seconds. It then promptly begins transmitting the video feed to the server.

Nanit consumes up to 2GB of data per day so you need to be aware that this method is relatively costly.

Method #2: Connect through your Laptop

Certain laptops can share the hotel’s wifi as a password-protected hotspot. To do this, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Connect to the hotel’s Wi-Fi on your laptop.
  2. *Go to “Network and Sharing Center
  3. Go to “Change Adapter Settings.”
  4. Right-click “Wi-Fi Connection”
  5. Click Properties
  6. Sharing Tab, then check the box next to “allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection.”
  7. Click OK
  8. Connect your Nanit camera to the hotspot created on your laptop.
  9. You can leave your laptop and use Nanit in a different room.

This method works best if you have a laptop that you can leave in your hotel room for the duration of your stay. It may not be feasible if you need to use your laptop during the day or if you are staying at a location without Wi-Fi.

Method #3: Use a travel router:

You can also utilize a travel router that you can get from Amazon for less than $50. A travel router such as this available on Amazon can broadcast the hotel’s Wi-Fi connection and introduce password requirements in the process helping you bypass the limitations of no-password internet access for Nanit cameras. You should be able to configure the travel router to have the same username and password as your home network, facilitating a seamless connection for Nanit.

Below are the steps to configure the travel router;

  1. Plug in the router to a power source.
  2. Connect your laptop to the WiFi network of the router, which starts with “GL-SFT1200…”
  3. Open a web browser and navigate to “192.168.8.1”
  4. Set an administrator password for the router.

Once you’ve entered the password, the travel router will seamlessly extend the Wi-Fi to your camera. To initiate this setup, simply click on “Scan” in the Repeater section.

A snapshot of wifi router configuration settings to connect Nanit to hotel wifi

It will prompt you to enter the network credentials again and with this, you can use the same credentials to connect Nanit to the network.

This method is extremely useful if you’re traveling and staying at different locations with no Wi-Fi or unreliable connections. The travel router will give you the flexibility to have a stable connection for your Nanit camera, ensuring that you never miss a moment of your baby’s sleep.

Additionally, using a travel router also allows you to connect multiple devices simultaneously, making it convenient if you need to use Nanit on multiple cameras or monitor your baby’s sleep from a different device.

Moreover, the travel router is portable and compact, making it easy to carry with you wherever you go. It also has additional features such as VPN functionality for added security and privacy, making it a versatile tool for both home and travel use.

Method #4: Inquire about guest hidden network:

Inquire with the hotel about the availability of a hidden network specifically for guests with baby monitors that require password-protected wifi. Some hotels may already have this in place, while others may be able to create a password-required network upon request. Keep in mind that there is a possibility of others being connected to the hotel wifi network, so exercise discretion when making your decision.

Can Nanit Connect to Hotel Wi-Fi?

Yes, Nanit can connect to hotel Wi-Fi as long as the network meets certain requirements and requires SSID and password as explained above. For Nanit to function properly, the hotel Wi-Fi must have a WPA2 or WPA3 security protocol and not require any additional login information. If your hotel’s Wi-Fi has these specifications, you can easily set up your Nanit camera and connect it to the network.

However, if the hotel uses captive portal networks, which require additional login information such as a room number or password, Nanit may not be able to connect if it is using WPA security protocol. Note that Nanit’s security settings are designed to only connect to password-protected Wi-Fi networks(WPA2 and WPA3). If you try to access it using open or unsecured guest networks(WPA), you will not be able to connect and use Nanit. Unsecured networks are not compatible with Nanit’s encryption standard, AES 256-bit.

Connecting to Password-protected Hotel Wi-Fi Network:

If a hotel, airport, or restaurant implements the secure WPA2 or WPA3 security protocols, you can potentially access their Wi-Fi network by following the steps provided below;

  1. Connect the travel router/access point to the public WiFi network that has a captive portal.
  2. Use a computer or mobile device to connect to the WiFi network of the travel access point.
  3. Confirm your connection through the captive portal window.
  4. Connect your mobile phone to the travel access point.
  5. Pair your Nanit with the network of the travel access point.

Can I connect Nanit to Hotel Wi-Fi without a Password?

Unfortunately not. Nanit can only connect to networks with password-protected Wi-Fi access using the more secure WPA2 or WPA3 security protocols that are compatible with Nanit’s AES 256-bit encryption.

Nanit’s settings require a service set identifier (SSID)/network name and password and it is very difficult to get around without innovating and trying out the 4 ways I have highlighted in the next section.

Below is a snapshot of an error you can expect to get if you try to connect to unsecured public Wi-Fi without SSID and password requirements;

Error you get when you try to connect to hotel wifi without password
Error you get when you try to connect to hotel wifi without password. Image Credit:Diklein

Below are key takeaways regarding Nanit’s internet connection:

  • Nanit requires a password-protected Wi-Fi connection to function properly and does not support Bluetooth for short-distance usage.
  • Nanit is not compatible with enterprise Wi-Fi networks, such as those found in commercial chain hotels.
  • Nanit only works with password-protected Wi-Fi networks and is not compatible with unprotected Wi-Fi, including boutique hotels and personal home networks.

Connecting Nanit to Hotspot Wi-Fi:

While it is technically feasible to connect Nanit to a mobile hotspot, it is important to consider the potential challenges you may encounter. These challenges include bandwidth limitations, availability issues, data caps, overage charges, poor cellular signal, and slow connection speeds. Due to these factors, we do not recommend using Nanit with a mobile hotspot.

To connect Nanit to a hotspot, follow these steps:

  1. Reset Nanit to erase previous Wi-Fi connections. You can find instructions here.
  2. Open the Nanit app and access the side menu.
  3. If you have multiple Nanit cameras, select the camera you want to connect.
  4. Tap on ‘Network’.
  5. Choose ‘Pair Nanit with your network’.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions, ensuring that your phone is near the camera for direct communication.

Note that Nanit is not compatible with Enterprise 802.1x/RADIUS networks which are commonly utilized by large-scale businesses.