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Sony wireless card compatibility guide

One feature of Sony cameras which we think is rather unique is their optional wireless support for some of the key IP cameras in their product line-up.

This support allows wireless connectivity for high-end domes such as the SNC-RZ50N or the SNC-RX series, something not found in any of the other ranges we support.

The way they offer this support is by using a wireless Compact Flash card. This card needs to be inserted directly into the camera’s Compact Flash card slot or into the camera’s alternative data slot using an appropriate adapter.

The card comes in two models. The SNCA-CFW1 or the SNCA-CFW5. The main difference is in the wireless speeds. The SNCA-CFW1 works to IEEE802.11b 11Mbps speeds while the SNCA-CFW5 works to IEEE802.11g 54Mbps. Although the SNCA-CFW5 card is only supported by multi-codec cameras. See compatibility tables below for information.

Compatibility tables:

Sony SNCA-CFW1 Wireless Compact Flash Card

Sony SNCA-CFW1 – 2.4Ghz IEEE802.11b – 11Mbps

SNC-P5 *
SNC-CS50 **
SNC-RZ25 *
SNC-RZ50 ***
SNC-RX530 **
SNC-RX550 **
SNC-RX570 **


* Camera has Compact Flash slot. Card can be inserted directly

** Camera only has PCMCIA (PC Card) slots. A commercially available CF card to PCMCIA card adapter is required for use

*** Camera has both Compact Flash slot and PCMCIA slot. Choose either a direct connection or use a CF to PCMCIA adapter

Sony SNCA-CFW5 Wireless Compact Flash Card

Sony SNCA-CFW5 – 2.4Ghz IEEE802.11b/g – 54Mbps

SNC-CS50 **
SNC-RZ50 ***
SNC-RX530 **
SNC-RX550 **
SNC-RX570 **
SNC-CH140 *
SNC-CH180 *
SNC-RS44 *
SNC-RS46 *
SNC-RS84 *
SNC-RS86 *
SNC-RH124 *
SNC-RH164 *


* Camera has Compact Flash slot. Card can be inserted directly

** Camera only has PCMCIA (PC Card) slots. A commercially available CF card to PCMCIA card adapter is required for use

*** Camera has both Compact Flash slot and PCMCIA slot. Choose either a direct connection or use a CF to PCMCIA adapter

Note

Two other Sony cameras are currently marked as wireless compatible, the SNC-RZ30N and the SNC-Z20. Currently these cameras cannot use either the Sony SNCA-CFW1 or the SNCA-CFW5 cards, instead they used to use a third-party card which has since been discontinued. We are working to find a solution and will update the Resource Center when this is available.

More information:

To find out how to configure a wireless card please consult our guide how to get your Sony camera to work on your wireless network.

Published on June 19th, 2008 by Greg

3 Responses to “Sony wireless card compatibility guide”

  1. Brett says:

    I know it has been a while since this post but I am having the same problem with the SNCA-CFW5, after a period of inactivity it will no longer connect (just keeps searching), however the mac is showing it the camera settings…

  2. Greg Innes says:

    Does it not need to be configured again with the relevant SSID and Encryption details?

  3. Henry N Narsing says:

    Hi,
    I had my SNCA-CFW5 on my RZ50N running excellently but when I tried to use the card after a period of inactivity, it failed. It never came on again. The camera is fine. Any word? Thanks.