This tutorial teaches you how to connect the ASIAIR PRO to network, or how to connect the ASIAIR PRO box to the ASIAIR APP. They mean the same as ASIAIR PRO is controlled by the ASIAIR APP on your phone or tablet via network.

What is ASIAIR?
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ASIAIR is an intelligent astronomy control system linked by Wi-Fi, which includes both hardware and software. Hardware is the well-known small box, software is the ASIAIR app, to remote control the astronomy camera, equatorial mounts, and many other related devices to take astrophotography.

ASIAIR App supports both iOS and Android platforms, running on smartphones, tablets, etc. We will call it ‘App’in the following text.

We will demonstrate 4 methods to connect to ASIAIR by using an iPhone.

Using WiFi

There are two methods to connect with Wi-Fi. The first is the AP mode which we are familiar with, another is the station mode, which are available after firmware version 1.4.

Method 1:  AP Mode

AP mode stands for access point mode, using the direct wireless connection broadcasted by ASIAIR PRO to the device. To use, first power on the ASIAIR PRO, and wait for 15 seconds, make sure the red PWR light is on, the green CARD light is flash, and “Wi-Fi” light is on. Using smartphone or tablet to connect the hotspot name similar as “ASIAIR_XXXXXXXX”, the default password is “12345678”, and tick “Keep Connection”, then open the ASIAir app.

WiFi setting-ASIAIR PRO

When the following user interface appears, choose all the appropriate devices, and tune related settings, then click “ENTER”.

confirm page-ASIAIR PRO

This is the most common and fundamental way to connect to ASIAIR PRO. Due to the limited coverage and easy to be interfered with obstacles of the Wi-Fi hotspot, your smartphone or tablets cannot be far from the ASIAIR PRO. To extend the coverage of the Wi-Fi hotspot, you may buy a Wi-Fi repeater, or choose another way to connect: Station Mode.

 

Method 2: Station Mode

STA mode stands for station mode. The station mode could not only extend the Wi-Fi coverage, but also resolved an issue appear on only parts of Android phones: Those phones cannot access the Internet after connected to ASIAIR PRO.

Using station mode, and connect ASIAIR PRO to your Wi-Fi network, the wireless router will bridge your entire Wi-Fi network. You could control the ASIAIR PRO within the coverage of your Wi-Fi network, which obviously covers more area than a single Wi-Fi hotspot. And you could access the Internet at the same time.

Here is how to do it:

First connect ASIAIR PRO as the first method, then find “WiFi Station Mode” under ASIAIR PRO Settings and enable it.

WiFi Station Mode-ASIAIR PRO-1

Please be advised, the station mode only supports for 2.4GHz.

WiFi Station Mode-ASIAIR PRO-2

Then select the Wi-Fi network you want to be bridged and enter the password if necessary.

WiFi Station Mode-ASIAIR PRO-2

You have finished configuring station mode of ASIAIR PRO.

You can view IP Address and other network-related settings after you tap the “info” button in the rightmost.

WiFi Station Mode-ASIAIR PRO-4

In future sessions, just connect to your Wi-Fi network, open ASIAir app, and double confirm it, then tap “Next”. Now you are connected again!

WiFi Station Mode-ASIAIR PRO-5

WiFi Station Mode-ASIAIR PRO-2

Note: Some Android phones or tablets may require you to select the Wi-Fi network again.

After you configured station mode, when you open the app, the app will prompt “Reconnecting” when you are in the coverage of your entire Wi-Fi network.

And if you have multiple ASIAIR PROs in station mode, you do not need to go back to the first step, just tap “Switch Device” in “ASIAIR PRO Settings”, there will be a list for you to switch different ASIAIR PROs.

WiFi Station Mode-ASIAIR PRO-8

WiFi Station Mode-ASIAIR PRO-6

The device name in the list could also be renamed for better identification.

In real world, we strongly recommend you use station mode, which could connect your smartphone and tablets to your astronomy rig without coverage restriction. But sometime, the wireless network might not be reliable. At this time, you might try ethernet connection, which more reliable and have higher data throughput.

Using Ethernet

Method 3: LAN Ports

As the WiFi signal might not be very stable sometimes, you can also try the wired connection way to obtain higher-speed and more stable transmission effects.

Connect your ASIAIR PRO to the wireless router with an ethernet cable. Connect your smartphone or tablets to the wireless router. Open the app, you may see “Connected” after “Wired Ethernet” in “ASIAir Settings”.

Wired connection-ASIAIR PRO-1

Tap on “Connected” will display network details. IP Address might be useful if you want to transfer the images out from ASIAIR PRO.

Wired connection-ASIAIR PRO-2

ASIAIR PRO has a built-in Gigabit Ethernet port, which has better reliability and higher data throughput than a wireless connection.

Method 4: Pocket WiFi Router

A Portable Wi-Fi router only has a WAN port, which is also could be connected to ASIAIR PRO. You may set up router based on the instruction of router itself. The portable Wi-Fi router also capable for providing Wi-Fi connection in a small area. You could follow the “Method 3” instruction to set up the network. The “white box” in the following image is the portable Wi-Fi router.

pocket wifi router

 

Conclusion

  Connection Method Advantage Disadvantage Scenario
Using Wi-Fi AP Mode Easy and fast,

Both 2.4GHz and 5GHz supported

Limited hotspot coverage The phone/tablet close to Wi-Fi Hotspot
Station Mode Can connect to the ASIAIR PRO box in the coverage of your entire Wi-Fi network Only support 2.4GHz The phone/tablet and astronomy rig could be covered by the same Wi-Fi network
Using Ethernet LAN Ports Fast and reliable,

Gigabit network

Limited by the length of the ethernet cable The astronomy rig is near the router
Pocket WiFi Router Combined with Ethernet and Wi-Fi, providing flexibility connection You have to pay for it first None

All 4 methods have their own pros and cons. You may choose the most fitted ones.

61 Responses to [ASIAIR GUIDE] Four ways to connect the ASIAIR PRO to network (UPDATED)
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    Okay, I really like the ASIAIR Pro!

    I have an important request. When I’m imaging with my fast f2 HyperStar 11″ Edge the guiding dither and settling eats up way too much time! I have an iOpton CEM60 EC which is a really good tracking mount and it’s adjusted nicely, but it always overshoots a time or two (occillates) when re-acquiring stable guiding so I’m wasting very precious imaging time. Otherwise my guiding is great with that mount, it’s just the settle time. I probably don’t even need to guide because because of the short exposures, but then I can’t Dither which is super important!

    Can you at least offer a dither setting without the guiding feature for fast scopes and good mounts?

    Another better (but perhaps more challenging) solution perhaps is to drop the guide exposures just for dithering and star re-acquisition from every 3 seconds (or so) to perhaps .5 – 1 second. Then of course go back to the 3 second guiding on the guide star imaging, but the camera gain would certainly need to be dropped at the same time or the star would be grossly over saturated…changing the guiding aggressiveness messes with my normal guiding too much causing overshooting then.

    Thanks for the amazing ASIAIR and keep up the helpful programming!




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    New, just bought the ASIair Pro. Air pro will not connect through Wi-Fi. Used LAN to connect, it worked. Firmware update loaded but will not install, “Installing Firmware Failed”. I rebooted and started all over again. No Wi-Fi, and will not install firmware.
    Now my tablet is communicating with it, but the LAN to air pro is needed.




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    Hi.
    Can ‘Airpro’ power ‘eaf’ and ‘294mc pro’ and ‘120mm mini’ simultaneously?




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      We recommend a 12-15V 2-6A power supply. ASIAIR PRO uses 2A while working alone, and the power supply should be able to power all device that connects to ASIAIR PRO.




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    Right hope someone can help I just got a new ioptron cem26 with built in WiFi as well as a hand control
    Now how do I connect it to the asiair pro which telescope mount do I pick? Anyone please!!!




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    I am ready to purchase an ASIAIR, and a ZWO ASI 385 MC.
    My home has 3 WIFI networks on 2.5 and 5 Ghz bands. I wish to connect with multiple Android tablets, meaning 2 at the same time. 1 for controlling the scope, and cameras, and a larger 18″ Samsung Galaxy View 2, just for previewing images (EAA), indoors during colder weather. Just want to know if this is possible.
    SECONDLY. The Galaxy View 2 currently runs Android 8.1. Google Play will not allow me to install the ASIAIR app. I went thru this years ago with my Galaxy View 1. It was a matter of catching up to the devices from Google. My View 2 runs Sky Safari Pro V6 effortlessly. Is there another method to install the ASIAIR app into the Galaxy View 2? A bigger screen is by far better!




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      Hi William,
      1. AIR allows two devices to be connected, but does not provide simultaneous operation of two devices. One device is enough, it can be controlled and previewed.

      2. GooglePlay has restrictions on the installation of software. There are many restrictions, such as region (for example, prohibited in China), device hardware (devices with non-general Android systems), software version (over-old system version), age (minor) Protection) and so on.
      At present, the distribution area of our APP is: global, the age limit of Google account is: 3 years old +, and the supported system version is: 5.0 and above.
      If it is a popular model and the network status is normal, there should be no problem with the installation. If there is problem, please download the APP on our English official website .




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    I am able to connect to the ASIAIR PRO through direct ethernet connection and through station mode, but I can not connect directly through AP mode.

    I’m using an iPhone 7 with latest software. My phone connects to the wifi network, but when I run the app it cannot find the network.

    I have tried to reset but it does not fix the issue. How do I fix this AP connecting issue?

    Thanks.




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    I second that request. I have all asi cameras and two eaf but would hate to be restricted to
    a tablet interface 100% of the time. Love your products but this limitation is a deal killer

    Don Singer
    Portland, OR




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    Hi, is it possible to use ASIAIR PRO with my phone in the middle of the dessert, no wifi connection?




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    I have a Celestron AVX and Skylink Module. Is it possible to connect the mount via WiFi (via the Skylink) to the ASIAIR Pro? Perfect would be station mode, WiFi to mount and SkySafari on iPad.




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    I use the pocket router as shown in your photos. It works fine, but I had to place it in such way, that it stays unobstructed by the mount and /or telescope. Like that, I get good signal strength for all scope positions. WIFI signal of the ASIAIR Pro is too weak to bridge the distance from my scope position in my garden to my living room (about 15m).




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    Is it possible in the future to have also 5Gh support in Station Mode?




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    Can You change the default wifi password on the ASIAIR PRO ?

    I can see this can be an issue at star parties if there are other ASIAIR units near by.




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    Is it possible to connect my laptop to the asiair pro so I can see my larger sceen?




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      Sorry the ASIAIR PRO can not connect laptop. You can use the ASIAIR PRO via iPad.




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        If I bought an ASIair I could be happy with using it to setup and control some sessions using an iPad provided I could at other times feed the connected cameras through to a PC via the WiFi or wired Ethernet. In this mode it would act as a camera hub. The icing on the cake would be to have the LiveStacking available as a video stream. Being able to view images on a large high resolution monitor is important.

        Phil




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        I connect to AAP with my 10″ Galaxy Tab A tablet. The tablet has the ability to cast its screen to any smart TV. Now, we can sit in our living room and watch the proceedings on our 55″ flat screen smart TV. Cool!




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      Yes you can do this is Download an Android Emulation like BlueStack . On the BlueStack application Download ASI AIR Mobile App. Good Luck .

      I am trying to Get 3 ASI AIR Pros to Connect to home Network. This way I can Control Three Telescopes No luck yet




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      Yes, just download NOX android emulator then install ASIAIR app in it. Works great faster longer range than a tablet.




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    Hi.

    I can’t use internet when I use ASIAir Pro by android phone.

    I changed my phone’s IP settings from DHCP to static but it has no effect.

    How can I use internet when I using ASIAir Pro?




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      You can connect your ASIAIR PRO to your family internet, change the connection mode in the ASIAIR app to Station mode.




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    If i use your 64 GB thumb drive I dont have the ports I need to operate. I need one main camera one to guide one to focus one for mount. So what would you recommend I have a Pegusus box pro do you recmmend it to be used?




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    i have the white box in the photos my network shows but it says that it can not conntect like my password is wrong or something.

    It does show wired connected but my phone shows connected yo asair pro.

    So im confused. In the wifi setting on the app it has the white box as saved. But when i choose to connect to it. It ask for a password then it fails all the time.




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    Hi I am having the same problem on my home wifi as Yuntao – I can see the network but it does not connect – is this something that can be fixed?




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    My home network has no password, the station connection will not allow me to continue without a password. How can I connect to a open wifi network with no password?




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      You could connect ASIAIR with your home network directly first, then choose the station connection. And you must click your open wifi network in the ASIAIR manually. After that, you need wait for a while. The ASIAIR PRO will connect to your open wifi network.




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    Can this AIR be used on a laptop using the Windows 10 Pro O/S?

    If so, then what is the speed of the LAN when connected via Ethernet?




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      Sorry the ASIAIR can not be used on a laptop, maybe you could install Android virtual machine on your laptop. And the speed of the LAN is depend on your home net and wire cable.




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    I cannot connect ASIAir Pro to my home wifi network. My home wifi is using Net Gear Orbi mesh, I can find WiFi SSID from the list, when I input password, after several seconds, it said connect failed. I also tried to “disable” 5G network, but the issue is still the same.




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