How to Make a Cheap DIY Wireless DSLR Camera Controller

Want to control your DSLR using your Android based mobile device? don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on dedicated units? The guys from dslrfilmnoob have a great tip for you on how to convert a cheap Wireless router into a slick mobile controlling unit.

Only recently we covered here several dedicated wireless camera control units including the CamRanger, the iUSBportCAMERA, and the more basic MaxStone.

You can find the full instructions on how to update the firmware on the TP-Link TL-MR3040 Wireless unit on the dslrfilmnoob website.

The TP-Link TL-MR3040

TP-Link TL-MR3040

The TP-Link TL-MR3040 cost just under $30 on Amazon so this is really a very affordable way of getting full wireless control over your DSLR camera. You will also need the DSLR Controller app (which cost another few dollars) but you still end up with a very inexpensive overall solution).

With the hacked firmware installed you can use the TP-Link MR3040 as a wifi dongle for you android device. With the DSLR Controller app installed this basically gives you a wireless monitor and controller for your Canon camera. Frame rate isn’t full speed, but the refresh rate is more than enough to make this usable. For $30 it’s a pretty darn good value.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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