Amp'ed RF WiFi Camera Module - WFV3918

The WFV3918 from Amp'ed is a small footprint, low cost RF video module, supporting 720p video resolution, both live streaming and SD card storage, with up to 300m range line-of-sight (5Ghz band). Easily accessible via the VLC mobile app, the WFV3918 can be used to transmit video and audio remotely from your next project!

This module combines an HD camera sensor with the ACC1340, Amp'ed's fully integrated WiFi Radio single chip solution, and the AK3918E HD IP Camera SoC. It also includes a MEMS microphone and speaker output.

  • Hardware
    • WiFi: ACC1340
    • CPU: AK3918E
    • 25mm x 45mm
    • MEMS microphone
    • Speaker output
  • Video
    • 1280x720P, 25 FPS
    • H.264/MJPEG encoding
  • WLAN
    • 802.11a/b/g/n
    • High Band: 5GHz (2.4GHz optional)
    • Output Power, +24dBm for 5GHz
    • WiFi Direct
    • Soft Access Point
    • Security: WPAI/WPA2, AES, WEP
    • 300m line-of-sight range

Amp'ed RF WiFi Camera Module - WFV3918 Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Programming

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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

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  • saccade / about 4 years ago / 2

    The data sheet is terse, to say the least. Can this be configured to join an existing WiFi network, instead of running on its own?

    • The data sheet has been updated to hold more info and their is a 2nd supporting document that explains how to configure for an existing Wi-Fi network.

      • santaimpersonator / about 4 years ago * / 0

        Thanks for linking... I added it to our documentation tab.

        Since there has been a bunch of updates within a short time span... for the most up-to-date documentation, please double check the product page on the manufacturer website and select the WFV3918 product.

  • TechEdMike / about 3 years ago * / 1

    Had issue with 1-2 second lag in the video stream using VLC player on Windows 10 laptop. Amp'ed support responded quickly after they saw I was trying to send them a message. Turns out the preferences in VLC player needed to be changed (Tools->preferences->Inputs/Codecs->Default Caching Policy->Lowest Latency). Now the latency is about half. There is also an http interface for configuration so you don't have to use USB which seems to need a serial converter to work.

  • Member #834699 / about 4 years ago / 1

    To amplify the previous comments--the documentation on this is poor. The delivered package has no documentation with the device, just a postcard with a QRS code--scan it and it just takes you to the same documentation here on the Sparkfun site. Just clicking around on the downloaded app, it was easy to get streaming video that works very well--good resolution picture with a connection that doesn't rely on some hosted WiFi connection. But how do I get it to record video and audio? I put in an SD card, hoping that some functionality would be enabled on the VLC app--but no, nothing. To answer several previous questions, I see no way for it to join an existing WiFi network--the connection is an independent local one, direct from the camera device to your phone or tablet device.

  • Member #1255994 / about 4 years ago / 1

    I have the same question as saccade. The datasheet is bare bones. It is not clear that this can be configured to join a wifi network. Can it? The datasheet only describes a direct connection via its soft access point.

    • Check the new data sheet and 2nd supporting document on changing networks. It's supported in the product.

  • Member #32185 / about 4 years ago / 1

    I cannot get this to work. Can attach at, but how to get video? the magic incantation doesn't work.

  • tangobravo / about 4 years ago / 1

    Link to datasheet not working...

    • Evan_Double_U / about 4 years ago / 1

      @tangobravo, thank you for passing this along! The datasheet link has been fixed. Happy reading and happy hacking!

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5

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Tried twice. Won't work.

I tried the setup procedure per the documentation but it failed to work. I exchanged it for another one, same problem. I contacted the manufacturer and they are sending me an updated unit. Hopefully it will work. They said the 3-cell battery pack is too low in voltage, and all the newer units they are producing have a 4-cell pack. Also the unit doesn't match the documentation. SW1 is non-existent. Sparkfun has old stock. Make sure it has the 4-cell pack before you buy it.

Good camera for the money

The WiFi feature works well. Good image quality and range when hooked up with my iPhone. I have been using it as a second point of view hooking up my camping trailer. The image latency trough the VLC software is too much to for backing the trailer but the EasyPlayerRTSP that AmpedRF recommended worked fast enough.

The flex cable for the camera is easily damaged at the board. I built a simple camera holder to protect the cable and doubled it back to the back of the board. Disconnect the camera If you are handling the board at all. The sooner you mount the camera, board and battery into a holder the better. Add some stress relief on the power plug while you are at it so you don't rip the wires out at the plug.

I have had excellent support from AmpedRF by email. They have helped me turn on the record to micro SD function, do firmware update and even sold me a new camera at a reasonable price when I damaged the flex cable (hence the advice).