Optec WiFi 802.1b/g Wireless Network Option
Designed for FocusLynx and Gemini control circuits
The FocusLynx and Gemini Control Hubs include a wired Ethernet connection and interface as standard. However, many users prefer to use wireless Ethernet with their telescope setups. The Optec WiFi wireless networking option eliminates the need for any communication wires to the control PC or tablet.
With the WiFi Option in place, an Ad-Hoc network is created by the wireless module that allows easy communication and integration into any existing 802.11b/g wireless network.
Control of the FocusLynx hub can be accomplished through Optec's iPhone or Android OS apps (you can find the apps on Optec's Webpage) using the built-in wireless web pages allowing the user to focus through most any smartphone. Concurrent communications ensure FocusLynx or Gemini Commander software, ASCOM client software, connected hand controllers, and smartphone are all updated simultaneously.
For ease of installation and configuration of the WiFi Option, we have prepared a video demonstration for the first generation FocusLynx WiFi board. Watch the video below!
- WiFi Modul: Microchip MRF24WG0MB
- WiFi Typ: IEEE 802.11b/g 2.4GHz RF Transceiver
- Network Compatibility: 802.11b/g Networks
- Antenna: Integrated and external type MRF24WB0MB included
- Temperature Range: -40°C to +85°C
- Network Protocols: SoftAP, WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA-2-PSK supported
- Range: up to 400m (1300 ft.) [long-range antenna available]
- Optec FocusLynx Controller Hub
- Optec Gemini Controller
- Starlight Instruments FocusBoss II Controller
Windows 10 does not enable support for Ad-Hoc networks by default, so the Optec WiFi can be configured using the SoftAP interface. With SoftAP, the Optec WiFi board creates a temporary net using a simplified DHCP server. To configure, you wil first attach your PC or mobile device to this network, attach the Optec WiFi board to your WPA-PSK or WPS2-PSK wireless network, then re-attach to your local wireless network and re-establish your connection to the hub.
The Optec WiFi can be set for a static IP address as well as act as a DHCP client. Use of a dedicated home wireless router and DHCP server is highly recommended.
- 802.11b/g wireless add-on board
- external antenna kit
- Two 4-40 x 0.25" pan head mounting screws
- 3/32" allen key
If you have any further questions, please send us an email to kontakt (at) baader-planetarium.de.
More detailed informaton about the Optec Motorfocucer Programm by Baader Planetarium you can finde here.