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Cheering Tech Case Remote review: The inexpensive box that adds Wi-Fi to your dSLR

MSRP: $129.00

The Good Cheering Tech's Case Remote is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to add Wi-Fi capabilities to a dSLR for full remote control from an Android or iOS device.

The Bad Android users might find the app is somewhat flaky, and latency when firing the shutter remotely can be high.

The Bottom Line Though it's far from perfect, the Case Remote offers an inexpensive way to add Wi-Fi capabilities to many Canon and Nikon dSLRs.

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Successfully funded to the tune of almost $40,000 by eager backers on Indiegogo, the Case Remote is a small black box that adds wireless capabilities to many Canon and Nikon dSLRs.

A full list of compatible cameras can be found on the Case Remote website, with support for other brands like Pentax, Fuji and Sony coming in the middle of 2015. The Case Remote is currently available worldwide via Amazon or Ali Express for $129, which converts to about £85 or AU$160 at current rates. and it can be found at smaller regional online retailers as well.

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Case Remote isn't the only third-party Wi-Fi offering out there for dSLRs. The CamRanger, Weye Feye and iUSBport are its main competitors, all letting you wirelessly control your dSLR from the comfort of a phone or tablet.

But they're all bigger and more expensive than the Case Remote.

On the other end of the spectrum, products such as the Eyefi SD card have been around for quite some time. This supports wireless transfer of images between camera and mobile device rather than full remote control. There's even an option for the cheapskates out there: a free app that lets you trigger a dSLR remotely via infrared on your Android phone.

Design and features

The Case Remote is a small, square box measuring 2x2 inches with just one physical button at the top. Enclosed in the button are two lights to indicate the battery and system status.

Battery life is shown by an alternating green/yellow/red light, while the system status light flashes blue when the device is starting or updating. A solid blue light means it's ready to go.

At the side is a Micro-USB port, though you'll need to supply your own power adapter to charge the internal battery.

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To connect the Case Remote to your dSLR, you need another cord so they can talk to each other. Usually it's a Mini-USB-to-standard-USB cable, though mileage may vary according to each particular camera model.

This is a bring-your-own-cable kind of deal, and the manual recommends you use the one that was supplied with your camera for best results -- hopefully you've still got it lying around somewhere.

All the accessories provided in the Case Remote box. Lexy Savvides/CNET

While the Case Remote is small, it still needs to be secured somehow so it doesn't get in the way of shooting. There's a standard 1/4-inch screw hole so it can sit on the dSLR's hotshoe using the included mount, but this means you won't be able to attach anything else like a flash unit or cube spirit level.

Once the physical connection is established between the Case Remote and the dSLR, download the Android or iOS app depending on your mobile device. Turn the Case Remote on and it will establish an ad hoc network that your phone can connect to.

Use the SSID and password provided on the back of the small instruction manual in the box to get things started.

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