How Wireless Tethering Devices Work Wireless transmitters are designed to send data from one device to another without cables in between. Some wireless tethering devices require you to be hooked up to an existing wireless network to transfer data. Existing wireless networks are often more robust as they are designed for many devices using the same network. Other wireless transmitters actually work as ad-hoc networks, creating the connectivity directly between camera and device without needing an existing network. Ad-hoc networks allow use of your wireless device in remote locations where no existing wireless network can be found. Wireless tethering transmitters can typically send images to any computer/laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. The most common are devices running iOS, Android, Mac and Windows operating systems. Wireless Transmitter Options It is important to note that while there are differences in cable quality, speed, build and signal reliability which can affect a tethered shoot, all cables are technically designed to work the same way, given the same camera and computer/software set ups. Wireless transmitter manufacturers, however, use a variety of different technologies and each has its own proprietary software or application that receives the information being transferred. These differences in transmitter type and applications create large variances in what wireless transmitter systems can do for you. Here are the most common types for DSLR, mirrorless and Medium Format cameras.
Each of these transmitters typically sends images to an application or folder on either an iOS, Android, Mac or PC device (not all operating systems are supported by all devices). Beyond that their set up and available functions vary depending on the type and brand you choose.
- DSLR Built-In, Plug-In and Wireless Cards
- Camera Manufacturer Solutions
- Non-Proprietary 3rd Party Wireless Solutions
- Medium Format Digital Back Wireless Built-In Transmitters