How to set up an Airtame with an Ad-Hoc connection:
- Unbox and connect the Airtame device to a display (See: Steps 1-2 of our Setup Guide)
- On a laptop with administrative rights open the Airtame App and you will see a "Setup" icon next to the name of the Airtame you have just connected.
- After selecting the "Setup" icon, name the Airtame. You will then see an option for Ad-Hoc network under "Select the network you would like the Airtame to connect to"
- Once the Airtame application has finalized the setup you will be able to select OK and start streaming to the Airtame by connecting to it's access point.
How to use the Airtame in Ad-Hoc mode:
- On the device you wish to stream from select the Wi-Fi named after the Airtame device.
- Once your computer has connected to the Airtame you will see a green "You are connected" banner on the bottom of the Airtame's Homescreen.
- You can now open the Airtame app and select "Share Screen" or "Share Window"
👉 Please note that in this mode you will only be able to stream offline content. If you would like to have internet connectivity and use the Airtame's AP you can enable Wi-Fi forwarding (See more below)
Features within Airtame's setting that are relevant to using it as a hotspot:
- WiFi frequency bandwidth
- WiFi channel selection
- WiFi toggle ON/OFF
- Unique MAC address
- Assigned IP address
- WiFi forwarding toggle ON/OFF
- Select a password for your AP if enabled (optional)
Airtame access points (APs)
When using the Airtame as an Ad-Hoc network you establish a connection with one of Airtame's APs, therefore disabling it from establishing another connection. Moving forward you can either integrate Airtame into your own WiFi network (recommended) or you can stream to the device in the so-called Ad-Hoc mode (directly connected to it).
By using a WiFi scanner, you can determine which channel, in your environment, is less congested, therefore switching to that channel, will most likely improve the signal strength, resulting in a better streaming performance.
Customizing Access Points
In the above image, you can see the different variations of how you can manage the access points on Airtame.
- Dual AP mode - both APs are enabled, allowing anyone to connect to Airtame.
- WiFi + AP - One of the APs is connected to your own WiFi network, while the second one is open, enabling guests to connect to Airtame.
- WiFi only - One of Airtame's APs is connected to your WiFi network, while the second one is disabled. This way Airtame is strictly isolated within your network, allowing anyone connected to that network, be able to start a stream.
You can always enable dual AP mode by holding the button on Airtame for 3 seconds. This is useful if, for example, you would like to connect Airtame to another network but you're not able to access the device management panel (which is accessible when you connect to Airtame's AP/hotspot).
Airtame’s own ad-hoc wireless network does not provide internet access, it provides a direct link between your connected device and the Airtame. This allows a user to share local content from the streamed from device to the Airtame in a direct peer-2-peer link. The Airtame’s WiFi forwarding feature allows you to bridge the Airtame’s own ad-hoc wireless network to the local networks configured on your Airtame device which could be used to provide internet access to a user who is connected to the Airtame’s own ad-hoc wireless network.
Enabling the Airtame device’s WiFi forwarding will give users connected to Airtame’s own hotspot direct access to the other networks configured on the Airtame. If you have an Ethernet connection on your Airtame or a WiFi connection to your local network, WiFi forwarding will give anyone connected to the Airtame’s own ad-hoc wireless network access to those networks and the resources on them.
By default, WiFi forwarding is disabled.
Reasons to use Wifi Forwarding:
- You only have one WiFi network that guest will not have access to. So you can have the guest access the Airtame and internet via the Aitame AP
- You have the Airtame device connected via ethernet and you need guests or WiFi only devices to be able to stream to the Airtame. (As well as have internet connectivity)
Reasons to not use WiFi Forwarding:
- You concerned about your network security and do not want unknown users accessing any internal network resources
- You do not want to bridge your internal network to any other network
Enabling a password for Airtame's APs means that whenever someone tries to connect to the WiFi network created by Airtame, they will be asked for a password. You can choose a password in the "custom" field in the settings, or have Airtame generate a random one which will stay the same. In either case, the password can be shown on the Homescreen by editing the Homescreen Overlay text.