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.

79 Responses to [ASIAIR GUIDE] Four ways to connect the ASIAIR PRO to network (UPDATED)
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    I can connect in AP mode using my iPhone, but I cannot connect in AP mode using my iPad. I did not purchase cellular data with my iPad. Do you need cellular data on the iPad to connect in AP mode?

    Jerry




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    Can you use the asiair for observation?




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    Como puedo transmitir por redes sociales la aplicacion de AsiAir como por ejemplo en un facebook live¿?




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    Hi

    I would like to ask if asiair pro or plus has an option to connect to the mount via bluetooth?




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    Sarebbe possibile ricevere un manuale con la spiegazione di come si usa asiair tutte le funzionalità.Grazie




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    Is it possible to connect an adaptador Wifi USB to ASIAIR PRO to solve communication coverage problems? Like BrosTrend 650Mbps Linux Adaptador WiFi USB or similar.




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    Can celestron astro fi connect to wifi with zwo asi air pro? If zwo asi air pro can do .how to do it?




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    I love the idea of the station mode, but I can’t seem to get it to work. It asks me to enter my WiFi password, but rejects it every single time. I tested my password by disconnecting my phone from the WiFi, then reconnecting using the same password and it works. I suspect that there’s either a bug, or it’s only capable of a specific network encryption type. Does anyone know which specific network encryption type(s) it supports? Also, it doesn’t seem to have an antenna, I am wondering if one can be added, or what is the max distance it can be from the router. I’m having similar issues with the station mode on my Star Adventurer Pro, and there doesn’t seem to be much troubleshooting guides yet.




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    Is it possible to change the wifi channel on the ASIAIR Pro? Mine is on Channel 11 and conflicts with other wifi signals in the area.




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    Hello,
    I was reading that the AsiAir can connect to two devices.(Phones/Tablets) What would that entail? Would one device act as the ‘system operator’ with all the controls while the other device works as a ‘viewer’?

    Thanks,
    Phil




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    I decided not to buy Asiair pro because of the many reported issues with WiFi. I will wait for the final resolution of the wifi problems and also the addition of the Bleutooth capacity. thank you




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    Will the asiair pro ever get an update for the Meade lx85 mount?




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    I can connect with the ap mode but, when I try to connect to my wifi with station mode it doesn’t behaves as explained in the article. After I inserted the Wi-Fi password it lost connection e wasn’t able to pass the password to asi air pro. After sever times closing the app and do it again it seems to save the network but when I go out of range of the asi air pro it lost connection . If I connect to the Wi-Fi the app doesn’t see the asi air pro… I’ve tried all day long. Can you help me?




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    When can we finally get support for our existing focusers like Moonlite etc.? I see the same question has been asked for years by other users. I am sure ZWO will sell a lot more ASIAIR units if other focusers are supported.




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    Hi, this is the first time I use my ASI294MC with the ASIAIR Pro and while imaging I found the screen full of RGB noise!! What could be the reason? Do i need to change any setting in the ASIAIR Pro? I’m using this camera for the last one year and never faced this issue with any imaging software




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    How can I get the ASIAIR Pro to save pictures in 16 or 32 bit? They seem to only be saved in 8Bit. I am using the ZWO533 MC camera. Also, after downloading the pictures, they are as tiny as can be. Is this because of the 8Bit?
    thanks for your help




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