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Setup WiFi connection via Router

Using a WiFi router can create a more robust wireless network (relative to an 'ad hoc' network generated by your laptop), and provides the option to the use of directional WiFi antennae to isolate the signals coming from your iPhone or iPod touch.

TIP: By using your router to assign a static IP address to your iOS device and manually creating an entry for your iOS device in the Directory List of the MIDI Network Setup / MIDI Studio dialog on your mac, you will be able to connect immediately and reliably to your iOS device every time (without needing to rely on the 'Bonjour' wireless protocol). This is a very convenient setup if you are using WiFi regularly. Feel free to email us if you need help getting this setup.

For a router-based setup we recommend:

  1. Keeping the distance between the Motion Synth and the router to a minimum (this will reduce the likelihood of signal loss).
  2. Connecting your laptop/computer to the router via an ethernet cable, not WiFi (this will reduce latency).
  3. Using high quality router with a fast processing speed (a fast router can employ encryption with little increase in latency).
  4. Using directional antennae, with the strong reception area of the antennae pointed directed towards the Motion Synth and away from your audience.

To get setup:

  1. Use the router to create a normal WiFi network (you can still use encryption if the router is fast).
    1. The router does not need to be connected to the internet, but being connected to the internet will not interfere with the MIDI setup.
    2. Warning: Using an unencrypted WiFi network may present a security risk for your iOS devices or connected computers, regardless of whether you are connected to the internet.
  2. Connect your iPhone or iPod touch to the WiFi network.
  3. Connect the router to your laptop/computer via an ethernet cable.
  4. Create a MIDI Network session as described here (these instructions are for mac OS but the available tools for other operating systems should be similar, as described here).

WARNING! WiFi interference in live venues

Ad hoc networks between laptops and iOS devices can get 'drowned-out' by mobile phone signals in live venues. The bigger the crowd the bigger this problem becomes.

In this scenario it is better to use a MIDI cable (eg iRig MIDI) from your iOS device to the MIDI target, or set up a special wifi router that can isolate your signals from the crowd, and is connected to your laptop via ethernet.

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public/setup_wifi_connection_via_router.txt · Last modified: 2022/03/12 03:20 (external edit)