DR-200v2: How to Change the Wi-Fi AP Name and Password

The DR-200v2 unit uses Wi-Fi to connect to building networks for the offload of video (Wi-Fi Client Mode) and to connect directly to a laptop, tablet, or smartphone for configuration (Wi-Fi AP Mode). When the unit is new (default settings), it is set to Wi-Fi AP Mode. In this mode, the unit will broadcast a Wi-Fi with the name "PV_DR_{serial_number}" and a default password of "doesitall". Users can connect directly to the device by connecting to the Wi-Fi with a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. If the unit has already been configured to use Wi-Fi Client Mode to connect to a building network for offloading video, the AP mode does not need to be changed.

Wi-Fi Name: Using the default Wi-Fi name only identifies the unique serial number of the unit, not the vehicle it is installed in. After the installation of multiple vehicles, it can be difficult to identify which unit's Wi-Fi belongs to which vehicle without changing the Wi-Fi name. 

  • It is recommended to set the Wi-Fi name with some identifier to the vehicle number or license plate to easily identify the vehicle.
  • Example: Byron Center Public Schools bus number 27 would be recommended to have a Wi-Fi name of PV_DR_BCPS27

Wi-Fi Password: Using the default Wi-Fi password makes it easy to remember or get support, but it is also less secure as it makes it easy for others to look up or guess and make changes to the system configuration or gain access to recorded video.

  • It is recommended to change the Wi-Fi password on all units after installation. To keep the connection simple, it is recommended to use the same password on each vehicle in the fleet.

The purpose of this article is to cover changing the Wi-Fi name and password defined above.

Changing the Wi-Fi AP Name and Password:

  1. Connect to the DR-200v2 unit using the existing name and password. (See Article for additional connection details)
  2. Once connected to the DR-200v2 with the web interface open in a browser and logged in, navigate to the "Wi-Fi" page from the left side navigation under the "Settings" section. If you are on a mobile device, you will need to click the button in the upper left corner to open the menu.

  3. The Wi-Fi page will display the current connecting information at the top and the settings used at the bottom. The Wi-Fi is using "AP Mode" to allow connection between the unit and your device, do not change this setting.
  4. The SSID is the name that the Wi-Fi uses to broadcast and connect. This should be changed to reflect something that is unique to the vehicle such as its unit number or license plate ID.
    1. If the unit number has already been configured in the "Unit ID" field on the device within the "Basic" settings page (recommended), press the "Match with Unit ID" to add it to the Wi-Fi name.
    2. If you want to manually set the Wi-Fi Name, click in the "SSID" box and type the desired name. Only letters, numbers, spaces, dashes, and underscores can be used in the name.
  5. The password box allows customization of the password. Click in the password box, remove the existing password, and type in a new password. All characters are supported in the password. It is recommended to use at least 8 characters with at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one number, and one symbol in the password.
  6. Press "Apply" to save and apply the settings.
  7. A message will appear confirming the settings have successfully applied and then the unit will disconnect the Wi-Fi and restart it using the new name and password.



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