Airtame has two built-in WiFi antennas which are often used when the user does not want Airtame connected to any network. This independent Wifi AP can be managed by accessing Device management panel of your device and then switching to Airtame network sub-tab.
Visible components on this tab:
- WiFi frequency bandwidth
- WiFi channel selection
- WiFi toggle On/Off
- Unique MAC address
- Assigned IP address
- Show Access Points on Splashscreen toggle On/Off
- 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 connect your computer/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 you, for example, would like to connect Airtame to another network and you're not able to access Device management panel.
By default, WiFi Forwarding is enabled, which means that anyone connected to 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. You can disable this feature at any time by toggling the slider off.
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's settings or disable WiFi Forwarding.
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, which could be one set by you by selecting Custom or it could also be a random one. Both will be shown on the Splashcreen if "Show Access Point on Splashscreen" is enabled.