Final Review WU-1a & LootCrate

My LootCrate came in so I figured it was an excellent time to finish up my testing of the WU-1A wireless adapter from Nikon.


The LootCrate came with some excellent models.  I used my Nikon P7800 with the scene selection set up on closeup.  The camera performed as expected flawless.  I am really enjoying this lightweight camera, but that’s for another posting.


After I took the pictures my goal was to post them up on Instagram and maybe up on Facebook.   The perfect tool for the job was the WU-1A a product dubbed to get your photos online.  I plugged in the wireless adapter to the camera and turned on the application on my phone.  As always I needed to grab the camera’s wireless network in the wireless settings of the phone.  The device connected perfectly and after selecting the photos I began to transfer them.


Here is where the device fails over and over again.  Once the transfer process is started it fails usually not on the first image but by the second or third you are no longer connected to the Nikon Wireless network from the phone.


After a considerable amount of testing my side I have found that the phone themselves and how they treat wireless networks could be the problem.  If I disable all wifi communication meaning keeping the phone from trying to use the wifi for connecting to the Internet I get excellent results the device stays connected and the images transfer.  Additionally if you are in an area where you do not have connection to wifi and no others are present around you it seemed to work here as well but still failed on occasion.

If I could do this all over again I would pass on the adapter it pretty much is a waste of money.  In almost all cases you are going to have to keep a laptop around for backup as you can’t depend on the ability to send from the adapter.  Nikon WU-1a 1 star and save your money.

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