UPDATE: This post has proven to be very popular, so I've just updated it with one or two corrections and extra details to make it even easier to set up your WFT E4
UPDATE 23/06/2010: A few extra details added
After I picked up my Canon WFT-E4 I found it very hard to get set up. The manual is a textbook example of how to confuse people, and even with all the advice on blogs and forums, after clicking through the setup wizard on the camera at least 10 times with no success, I was ready to give up.
Eventually I ignored all the tips and set up the device using the WFT Utility that you can download onto your computer. This allows you to set the configuration on your laptop using a much easier interface, and upload them to the camera over a USB cable. Everything was up and running very quickly and easily.
I know I'm not the only one who's had problems getting it set up, so here's how I did it:
1. Setup an FTP server on the laptop
Go to System Preferences (found under the Apple menu at top left). Chose Sharing.
On the sharing screen, check the File Sharing box:
The click on Options, and check the Share files and folders using FTP box and the "Account Name" box next to the account you log in as:
2. Set up an ad hoc network on the laptop
Click on the wireless icon in the top right corner and select Create Network...
Set the Name as your network name, the Channel to automatic and uncheck the Require Password box.
Click OK. The wireless icon at the top of the screen will change to a greyed out image of a computer
3. Set the IP Address of the laptop
Go to System Preferences (found under the Apple menu at top left). Chose Network.
Click on the Advanced button at the bottom right.
Select Use DHCP with manual address from the drop down and enter 192.168.1.20
Click OK, then Apply
4. Configure WFT Utility and upload settings to the camera
OK, now start EOS Utility, click on Accessories then click on WFT Utility
If you don't have WFT Utility installed you can download it here for Mac OSX and here for Windows
Under TCP/IP set the following:
- Check “Use the following IP Address”
- IP address: 192.168.1.2 (This is the default IP address of the WFT-E4)
- Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
- Do not use DNS Server
- Make sure “Use IP Security” is unchecked
Under FTP Settings, set the following:
- Server: 192.168.1.20 (this is the default IP address the WFT-E4 looks for)
- Port: 21
- Enter your computer’s login name and password (you must do this before the next step!)
- Select the destination folder on your computer you would like your images transferred to
- Uncheck “Use proxy”
Under Wireless LAN Settings, set the following:
- SSID: enter the name you chose for your ad hoc network that you set in Step 1
- Conn. Method: “Ad hoc 11g” and select “WFT-E4” and “Channel 11” from the drop downs
- Encryption: None
Give the settings a name in the top text box: e.g. “Adhoc_FTP” and save them.
5. Upload the settings to the Camera
Attach the WFT to the camera, turn it on and navigate to the WFT Settings menu. Under Connection select Disabled
Next, connect the camera to the computer via USB. Upload the settings to the camera by clicking on the Upload Settings to Camera icon at the top of the WFT Utility.
Save them on the camera as Set 1, turn the camera off and disconnect the USB cable.
6. Setup the camera
Connect the WFT-E4 to the camera and turn it on
Press Menu and navigate to the WFT Settings menu
From the WFT Menu select Set up
Select Load Settings and select Set 1 – the settings you just uploaded
From the WFT Menu select Communication Mode and chose FTP
Congratulations! You should now be ready to shoot. You should see a flashing green LED on the WFT, and the LCD screen on the WFT will show the signal strenth of the connection to the computer. Transfer speed should be good up to about 20m distance.
OK, now you have the connection set up, you need to decide how you want the images to be transferred:
7. Customising the WFT-E4
Once you have the wireless transmitter up and running you can customise how you would like the camera to behave with the options in the Setup section of the WFT menu.
Transfer only JPEGs
Transferring RAW files is quite slow, as they are 25MB each. You can set the camera to shoot RAW and JPEG you can transmit just the JPEGs, which is much faster. The RAW files will be saved to the memory card in the camera. This is detailed on page 33 of the manual:
- Set the camera to shoot RAW + small JPEG.
- Under the WFT menu on the camera select Setup then select Transfer type/size
- Under RAW + JPEG Transfer select JPEG only
Transfer only the images you want
You can chose to have the WFT transmit every image as you shoot it, or configure it to only send the images you want while you review them on the rear screen when you hit the SET button.
To transmit all images immediately as you shoot them (page 32 of the manual):
- Under the WFT menu on the camera select Setup
- Under Automatic Transfer, select Enable
To transmit only the images you chose (page 34 of the manual):
- Under the WFT menu on the camera select Setup
- Under Automatic Transfer, select Disable
- Go back to the Setup menu and under Transfer with SET, select Enable
This is great if you don’t want your client to see all your setup shots, or if you are shooting fast moving sequences, you can send just the good images.
8. That's it, you're done!
I hope this helps anyone who is having trouble getting FTP mode to work on their WFT-E4. Once you get it up and runnning the device is great.