Nanit Local Only (What Does it Mean and How Can It Be Fixed)


Recently, I bought the Nanit baby monitor to my home. I noticed that the app states “local view only” about once per week

I was able to see the video feed and volume fine. However, I didn’t know what the alert meant so Nanit reached out directly.

Only Nanit’s local view – How to Fix It

If your Nanit baby monitor gets stuck in local view, it is likely that your Internet is down but your WiFi is active. You can fix this by unplugging your router, waiting 60 seconds, then plug it back in. This will reestablish the Internet connection and take you out of your local view.

If you’re anything like most people, your first reaction will be “Huh?” Is my Internet down

No, the Internet and WiFi do not exist in the same way. It’s mind-blowing to know. I’ll tell you in a moment.

Before I do that, however, I need to clarify another point.

Your Nanit baby monitor will still need power and active WiFi connectivity.

Your Nanit must be set up using an active Internet signal. Only after that can it use WiFi (in case you lose Internet later).

It must be connected to the same WiFi network that you used to set up your camera.

You will need to restart your Nanit on the WiFi network to get the monitor working on another network. This requires the Internet.

WiFi vs. the Internet

This is most likely something you’ve experienced before: Your phone doesn’t have strong WiFi signals and your phone can’t connect with the Internet.

This is because they are two completely different things. Understanding how and why they differ is key to understanding why “local only” keeps popping up in your Nanit app.

WiFi is a technology that connects your computer to your smart phone or other devices. To connect wirelessly with your LAN (Local Area Network)

Consider WiFi to be a replacement for the cable people used to have to connect to their routers.

On the other hand, the Internet is the name for the many millions of smaller, connected networks that exist around the globe.

Sometimes the connection between your Local Network (and the Internet) can drop. There are many reasons for this, which we’ll discuss in detail.

Your smartphone and Nanit can, for instance, have strong WiFi signals and be connected to your router (your Local Network). But not the Internet.

Your Nanit will still function if you use your router (Local Network) when this happens.

This is a fantastic feature that you should have. It means that your Nanit can be used even if the Internet is down, as long as there is power and WiFi.

How to restore your Internet connection

Okay, now we know that our Nanit shows “local view only” due to our Internet being disconnected but our WiFi remains active.

This is why we must get our Internet back online.

There are many ways to restore your Internet connection. The easiest is to unplug the router/modem from your wall and wait for 60 seconds before plugging it back in.

After you have plugged your router back in, unplug the Nanit monitor. Leave it unplugged for 60 second before plugging it in again.

This will allow most people to get back online and away from their Nanit.

If your router doesn’t respond, I suggest a hard reset. You can usually find a small reset button on your router. Press it for about 15 seconds.

This will reset your router to factory settings. You will need to reset your Internet with a new name and password.

If your Internet provider’s network has gone down and you still have Internet problems, you might try unplugging the router/modem.

In such a case, I would contact your Internet provider and they will help you further.

Causes of lost internet connection

There are several reasons why your Local Area Network may lose connection to the wider Internet.

The most common reason for this is an issue with your Internet Service Provider.

These issues can include fiber cutting or core outages, and can cause your Internet to go down for days or even minutes.

My Internet went down several times during my time in Boston. Both were caused by workers accidentally cutting through my ISP’s fiber underground.

A common reason why the Internet is down is because of technology/hardware failure.

The truth is that no matter how much you spend on the most recent router technology, it will fail at times.

Most often, the failure can be repaired by restarting your router. However, it is possible for the router to become permanently damaged. A new router is needed in this case.

Human error is another factor in losing Internet connections.

Examples of human error include incorrect WiFi passwords or loose wires, improper router/modem setup, and not properly setting up the modem equipment.

It’s not difficult for a child to pass you and pull out a few cords without you even knowing.


If the Nanit baby monitor app says it is only in local view, this means you have lost your Internet connection. You are now using your WiFi or your Local Area Network.

Understanding this is key. WiFi and the Internet are not the same thing.

WiFi is a collection of technologies that allow your phone, computer and other devices to connect to each other. To connect to your Local Area Network (your Router). ).

The Internet is a network of hundreds of millions of smaller networks that connect all over the globe.

Although your WiFi establishes a connection to the Internet, sometimes it is lost. However, your WiFi is still active.

This is a wonderful feature because you can still use your Nanit monitor even without an active Internet connection.

There are many reasons why internet connections may drop. The most common include issues with your ISP or your modem/router, human error, and issues with the router/modem.

Resetting your router or unplugging it will help you reestablish an Internet connection. If neither of these options work, contact your ISP immediately so they can assist you.


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