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Sony ADP-WL1M Wireless Adapter

B&H # SOADPWL1M Mfr # ADPWL1M
You Pay: $58.49
Product Highlights
  • Provides Wi-Fi Wireless Connectivity
  • Works with the Sony Multi-Interface Shoe
  • Easily Back Up Footage to a Computer
  • Control Camera Using Smartphone/Tablet
  • Wirelessly Share Video to Mobile Devices

The Sony ADP-WL1M Wireless Adapter is compatible with most Handycam camcorders that have a multi-interface shoe. Attaching the ADP-WL1M will provide your camcorder with Wi-Fi connectivity. You'll be able to wirelessly send MP4 movies and photos to your mobile device and share footage online with PlayMemories, Facebook and YouTube. The ADP-WL1M also supports remote smartphone/tablet control of your camcorder and wireless back up of video and photos to your computer.

Fits Handycams with Multi-Interface Shoe
The ADP-WL1M is compatible with several Handycam camcorders that have a Sony multi-interface shoe - just plug-and-play to connect
Transfer Files Wirelessly
Easily beam MP4 movies and photos directly to a smartphone for sharing online with PlayMemories, Facebook and YouTube
Wirelessly Back Up Your Movies
The ADP-WL1M allows you to easily save all your Handycam MP4 and photo files to your computer wirelessly
Control Your Camcorder Using Your Smartphone
With the ADP-WL1M and your compatible smartphone, start and stop recording, zoom in, take a photo, set a timer or turn on the flash - all wirelessly from a distance
Compatibility Most Sony Handycam camcorders with a multi-interface shoe
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Sony ADP-WL1M Wireless Adapter
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    SonyADP-WL1M Wireless Adapter
     
    2.9

    (based on 8 reviews)

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      (4)

    60%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (4)

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        1.0

        B&H service great! Product isn't!

        By Very Frustrated

        from PA

        Comments about Sony ADP-WL1M Wireless Adapter:

        The ease of ordering and the prompt delivery were the highlights of this order. The product is awful. In the process of trying to connect it to my devices, the settings on my home router were messed up and I haven't been able to resolve that yet, let alone get the product to work!!! The directions are nonexistent. I've searched online and can find very little info. But, I now know why this product isn't available on Sony's website any longer!

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        1.0

        Not happy...

        By Very Frustrated

        from PA

        Comments about Sony ADP-WL1M Wireless Adapter:

        Though the service from B & H was great, easy ordering, quick shipment... The product so far has been awful! If the process of trying to connect it to my devices, it changed the settings on my home router which I have not been able to correct yet. Directions for use are non existent. I've search online andhinkive discovered why this product is no longer available on Sony's website. Very frustrated!,,

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        5.0

        excellent customer service

        By Tim

        from Cleveland Ohio

        About Me Parent

        Verified Buyer

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              Comments about Sony ADP-WL1M Wireless Adapter:

              The company website was easy to use and the prompt service and shipping was excellent. Product arrived well protected

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              1.0

              More hype than functionality

              By Jim the gadgetmaster

              from Toledo, Ohio

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Poor Interface

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony ADP-WL1M Wireless Adapter:

                Good delivery time from B&H, terrible software support from Sony. I'm very computer savy, but had an awful time connecting to my network. Once connected, the Sony software would not talk to it. Downloaded and installed the Android portable app on my Xoom Tablet and it connected immediately. However, when I tried to use the tablet as a remote the Sony Software immediately crashed and shut down. Don't waste your money. Hopefully Sony will clean up their software mess - otherwise this device is useless.

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                4.0

                Trouble at first but works well now

                By JDThird

                from Wisconsin

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Small

                Cons

                • No Troubleshooting Tips

                Best Uses

                • Copy Files To Computer

                Comments about Sony ADP-WL1M Wireless Adapter:

                When this arrived, I was very impressed, it's a lot smaller than I had expected it to be, not at all bulky. Slides onto the hotshoe easily. Instructions with it are nonexistent other than the picture for how to slide it into the shoe. The PDF on the sony support site says the same thing, but at least has links within the PDF for how to get the software on the smartphone and such to use it. Unfortunately the instructions fail for iPhones - they tell you to search for playmemories mobile. As you type that on the phone in the app store to search, it shows it in the list of found apps matching your search query, but when you try to click on what it showed as an available app, it says there's no such thing. I tried to go to iTunes on my Macbook Pro to download it, then transfer to the phone. Also not found there either. I tried to cheat and googled, found a link saying "show in the app store" but evidently they pulled it - it's not available at least in the US store. So I had an $80 wireless adapter for a camera that they pulled the software from the app store that you need to use.
                So I got the camera on the wireless network, the same one my Macbook Pro is using. That's very easy, no different than any other device, and it's right there in the camera's setup menu. Worked flawlessly, connected right away.
                So let's try the included remote control software they bragged about, being able to change settings and control the camera from a computer. In theory it's supposed to work when plugged in via USB or with the wireless adapter. Camera is on the network, connected to the access point and on the same network. No connection. It errors out instantly and can't find the camera. Plug it in via USB, and still doesn't find the camera. Strike 2...
                I already had installed the wireless transfer on my laptop, so the next thing to try to test the wireless transfer. You set it up by opening the program, telling it that the computer you're on will be the one to transfer to. You pick a folder. Then it tells you to plug the camera's USB in so it can program that into the camera. That worked great. Then you need to unplug the USB, and try wireless. I went to the edit/copy menu on the camera and picked "send to computer" just like you should. And there it sat, "connecting..." Finally times out saying it can't find the computer. Killed the antivirus and firewall, just in case, and it's still unable to connect. Googling for ideas shows a lot of people unable to connect to their computers, Mac or Windows...
                More digging showed another thread saying to set the USB connection mode on the camera to MPT rather than auto. Did that, still failed. I spent 3 hours googling and trying various things, and not a single wireless function actually WORKS. So this initially was an utter failure.

                Posted a support request on Sony's site, and finally got an answer from them, which really just showed that Sony support is about as useful as most support systems out there. Apparently they also use some flowchart and they follow that, regardless of what you've already specified. They thoughtfully sent me a link for "how to copy wirelessly to your computer" - totally ignoring in the post they answered, I specifically stated that those instructions did not work and what the error message was. So clearly they're not reading and evaluating, they're just using canned answers.
                Fortunately, I found a few more threads with people in a similar boat, and that eventually after repeated installs and uninstalls, they eventually got it to work. I had gone through a bunch of installs and uninstalls, but I figured I'd keep trying - nothing like seeing how long it takes the skull to crack open while beating your head against a wall... I had disabled all security software on my Mac whenever I tried, so it wasn't something blocking a port or anything. And much to my surprise, finally last night suddenly it connected to my Macbook Pro. It copied the movies and photos to the folder specified. It actually WORKED.
                You set the folder you want to be the "root" where it saves everything to, and then when it does the transfer, it creates a folder for the day (i.e. 5-2-2013) and under that it copies the MTS movie files and the JPG still photo files you may have. The downside so far is I can't find a way to have it auto delete them from the camera when the transfer is finished. The upside is that at least it remembers what files it transferred, even if you move or delete them or the folder it created previously. I wanted to see if I renamed the "5-2-2013" folder if it would transfer the files again - it gave a message instead saying "No files to transfer" despite the fact that the files still exist on the camcorder, and there's no existing files in the folder it originally created. This also is better than just manually copying the movies because on the Mac, I can only see the AVCHD wrapper. I can manually copy it as a single file to wherever I want it on my laptop, and when I double click it, I then get to pick which movie file I want to watch. The wireless transfer is creating the individual MTS files during the copy as I prefer.
                I like that there's nothing to do on the computer - this will be a very handy feature for me since I can go to where I normally charge my camcorders in the kitchen on one of the counters, and get a copy going from the camera as I plug it in, then just leave. I don't need to do anything on the computer after the initial setup, and the camera will power itself off and continue charging when done, since as part of this process, it automatically shuts off the camera when it completes.
                I'm glad I persisted trying to figure out why this didn't work initially, although I never did figure out why. I use Hands Off on my Mac, which could've potentially interfered, but I had it disabled. I run with a firewall enabled, and that was also disabled during all the previous attempts. And the wireless transfer kept failing. Once I had it working, I wanted to see how things COULD interfere. So I enabled the firewall, made sure I had "wireless auto import.app" set to allow incoming connections. I created a hands off rule for the same app that has two settings - first to allow network access, second to allow file writing in the root of the folder where I had specified in the initial setup that the files should be copied. Turned the firewall and Hands Off on, and everything still worked. Removed my rules, and it stopped. Turned he firewall and Hands Off back off, things still worked again. Enabled both, recreated my rules, and still it works. I've done multiple reboots as well and it's now been consistent once I got it running the first time...

                The reason I took the one star off is because nobody should have to go through THIS much work to get a feature to function. But once it does work, it's a thing of beauty.

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                5.0

                Works great!

                By Carlos

                from Florida

                About Me Private Investigator, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • No Written Instructions

                Best Uses

                • Remote Access To Camera

                Comments about Sony ADP-WL1M Wireless Adapter:

                The device works great, but the instructions are non existent..... and I do mean non existent. The sony website has a page for the product support. but it has not been populated. Unless things change since this writing, you will have to contact customer support to tell you to install play memories software on your phone to control the camera. (the guy at customer support was not with the program and I was kept waiting for quite some time before he was able to come up with the answer. Once the program was installed in my android it was self explanatory and went quickly. It has a good range, I used it from around 50 yards and was flawless. The device looks awkward as the hot shoe cover of the HDR PJ 650 stays upright when the device is in place.

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                1.0

                This is of no use / only for childs play

                By SonyGirlGoneBad

                from GA

                About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                Pros

                • Na

                Cons

                • Turns Lcd Screen Off
                • Turns Viewfinder Off
                • Turns Your Lcd Screen V

                Best Uses

                • Toy For The Kids

                Comments about Sony ADP-WL1M Wireless Adapter:

                This wireless adapter turns your LCD screen & viewfinder off!!

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                5.0

                Does everything it claims to do

                By Misti

                from San Diego, CA

                About Me Parent

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony ADP-WL1M Wireless Adapter:

                    I use this with my new Sony Handycam HDR-PJ430V and it works perfectly. The main reason I got this was to utilize the "turn your phone into a remote" feature. So far, so good. :)

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