amcrest camera cannot find network host

Whenever you receive an error message that your Amcrest Camera cannot find network host, it’s likely due to network connectivity issues. 

The second most common issues are usually due to an incorrect configuration or an internal software error. 

To fix the error message you first have to verify that the network connection is stable. Afterward, the best way is to perform a software reset on your camera.

Now that we know the general troubleshooting, we need to know what causes the error message in the first place. 

Why My Amcrest Camera Cannot Find A Network Host?

why my amcrest camera cannot find network host

If your Amcrest device has connection issues, then your only option is to troubleshoot its setup, connection, and software. 

Regarding hardware configuration, this can do with the power supply setup. On the software side, either a driver update or device reset can prove the handiest.

Here are the most common reasons users experience when their Armcrest camera cannot find a network host.

1. Connection Strength Issues

If the Wi-Fi strength is insufficient or too far away from the device, you will experience connection issues.

2. Wrongly Configured Camera Settings

If some settings are mismatched, this might prevent your camera from automatically connecting to the Network Host.

3. Internal Software Error

the internal error

This error can only be cleared by performing a soft or hard reset of your device.

4. Improperly Connected Cables

Depending on your camera model, there are specific ways it should be connected.

5. There Is a Hardware Malfunction

In this case, no amount of troubleshooting will help, but only a device replacement.

Now that you can correctly identify the root causes, we can jump straight into troubleshooting this issue.

How To Fix Amcrest Camera Cannot Find Network Host?

how fix amcrest network

As the issue implies, the most common reasons are poor network connectivity or issues with your overall network setup.

There are ways to accurately determine if your network has sufficient bandwidth to support the devices:

Solution #1 Check Your Network Speed

The most common issue for the error message Cannot Find Network Host is insufficient network upload speed.

On average, a 720p-1080p Amcrest camera would require a steady upload speed of at least 1-2 MB per second

To investigate if this is the root cause of the problem, you can run a network speed test to show how fast your upload and download speed is.

Higher resolutions can take even more bandwidth.

check the network speed

If you have multiple devices connected to the same network, this can cause an increased demand for bandwidth. 

  1. Open any online network speed test website.
  2. When the page opens, click on the Go button and let the test run
  3. Verify that the upload speed results are within the Amcrest recommended requirements 
Note: If your network speeds are too low, please don’t hesitate to contact your network provider for further assistance. 

Solution #2 Verify That The Device Is Not Too Far Away

If your chosen Amcrest camera device is too far away, its Wi-Fi signal strength might need to be better.

Therefore, to have a stable connection, you need to ensure no distance issue with your camera.

Common factors that might affect or impede connection are: 

  • Physical barriers such as concrete walls
  • Microwaves, refrigerators or cordless phones 
  • Other electronic devices that emit a strong signal

In the case that you use a POE device for your network connection, verify that is Ethernet cable is appropriately set up. 

Note: You could also try using a Wi-Fi repeater to extend your Wi-Fi range drastically. This way, your camera can more easily communicate with your network.

Solution #3 Power Cycle the Camera

power cycle the camera

While the power source might differ depending on the model of camera you have, it would either be an AC power adapter or the Ethernet cable (for POE cameras).

That would be the cable that you want to use for this solution.

  1. Unplug the cameras power source
  2. Please wait 45 seconds so that any residual electricity is gone 
  3. Reinsert the power cable back into the camera port

Once these steps are completed, verify if the error message is still present. If it does, please follow the next solution.

Note: Ensure that you wait one minute when plugging the camera back so it has time to reinitialize its software. 

Solution #4 Perform a Manual Reboot

perform a manual reboot

A manual reboot is performed via the built-in Amcrest User interface that you can access via a device such as your PC. 

Here are the exact steps for performing a Manual Reboot of your device:

  1. Launch the Camera’s web user interface
  2. Go to the interface portal and login in with your username and password
  3. Find and click on the button called Setup
  4. Click on System located on the side panel
  5. Select the option called Auto Maintain from the drop-down menu
  6. Finally, click on the option called “Manual Reboot” and click Ok for the popup message

These steps will keep your saved logins and configurations and reboot your camera automatically.

Once the process is done, please check if your device can properly find the Network Host.

Note: You can also perform this step with your Wi-Fi router and other devices that store or transfer data to your camera.

Solution #5 Update your Amcrest Firmware

update amcrest firmware

If your device is not running the latest proprietary software version by Amcrest, it might malfunction.

We will show you both how to check what version your device has currently and also how to update it.

To check if your firmware is up to date from the Amcrest view application follow these steps:

  1. Open up the Amcrest view application
  2. Click on System on the left side of the panel 
  3. Click on Upgrade from the drop-down menu 
  4. Lastly, click the button “Check Version” 
  5. Wait until the software automatically checks if new updates are available. 
update the cctv firmware

Here are the steps for manually installing the latest updates.

  1. Open any internet browser and go to this site.
  2. You can find your exact required update by selecting your model number
  3. Download the updated file (usually in .bin format) 
  4. Open the Amcrest application and click on System
  5. Then click on Browse next to the Select Firmware file field
  6. Chose the recently downloaded file and then click on Upgrade
Note: Please wait until the update is finished, signified with an automatic reboot and see if the issue persists.

Solution #6 Perform an NVR Factory Reset

A factory reset will revert all settings to their original ones and erase any saved user data.

Depending on the device you have, the exact steps will differ significantly.

perform a factory reset

Here are the most general steps to perform a factory reset for most devices:

  1. Find the reset switch for your device (usually on the back side)
  2. Hold the switch down for at least 45 seconds 
  3. Let go of the power switch and let the device perform the reset

When you log back in via the Amcrest software, you will need to reconfigure your device to how it was set up.

Lastly, verify if the same issue of not finding a Network Host persists. 

Note: Please don’t attempt to physically fix your camera by opening its outer shell, as this might void your warranty. 

Bottom Line: 

Now you can better understand the causes for the error Amcrest camera Cannot Find Network Host; we hope you can successfully resolve the issue.

If none of the troubleshooting steps above helped, your camera may have defective Wi-Fi circuits. In that case, you can look to replace it if it is still under warranty. 

Nicole B