Airtame has two built-in WiFi antennas, either of which can be used as a hotspot if you prefer for certain users not to connect to Airtame. This independent WiFi AP (access point or "hotspot") can be managed by accessing an Airtame's settings and scrolling down to the advanced settings.
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 you're initially installing Airtame and connecting your computer or laptop to the dongle for the first time, 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).
By default, WiFi forwarding is disabled. If you were to enable WiFi forwarding, anyone connected to the Airtame's AP will have access to the WiFi network Airtame is connected to. This is useful if you have guests coming in to present. This way they can connect to Airtame's AP and have Internet access that is forwarded from your own network, connected to Airtame.
By enabling WiFi Forwarding, people connected to Airtame's AP will have access to your network as if they are connected directly to it, which may cause security issues. You can prevent that by setting the correct rules for access from your network controller settings.
Enabling 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 splashscreen if the "show access point on splashscreen" is enabled in the settings.