Networking Options

The LF1 needs to be connected to the same network as your computer.

Our preferred and recommended choices are WiFi Pairing and Ethernet, with WiFi being our primary and most convenient option.

In this article:

  1. WiFi Pairing (most convenient)
  2. Ethernet (most reliable)
  3. Mobile Hotspot
  4. Pairing Mode (when there is no internet access)
  5. Share the internet connection from your computer (must have internet access over WiFi from your computer)

Option 1: WiFi Pairing


Pairing the LF1 to a secured WiFi network is the most convenient option as it does not require additional setup materials. Learn more about the WiFi pairing workflow.

Option 2: Ethernet


Connecting the LF1 directly to your router makes the connection both reliable and fast. Thus, this option is the best for permanent installations. The wired network must be connected to a router, using a switch without a router is not supported directly.

To connect the LF1 to a router using an ethernet cable:

  1. Locate your router
  2. Plug one end of the ethernet cable into the LF1 and the other into the router. If you have a switch connected to your router, you can plug one end into the LF1 and one end into the switch.
  3. Connect your computer to the same network (you do not need to plug the ethernet cable into your computer).


Option 3: Mobile Hotspot

This option works well for when you are on-the-go,  when you need to setup a new connection often, or when you are in a new environment with unknown networking conditions.

To use data connection from a phone (WiFi or cellular):

  1. Create a hotspot on your phone (see howAppleAndroidWindows*Android and Windows phones may vary)
  2. Pair to the hotspot network

Option 4: Pairing Mode

If you have no internet connection, you can use pairing mode to connect directly to the LF1's network.  Note: You cannot update software, firmware, or access the internet when the LF1 is in pairing mode.

To connect to the LF1 via pairing mode:

  1. Enable pairing mode on the LF1 by pressing the Pairing Button on the back of your unit
  2. Verify that it is in pairing mode by ensuring that the LED color is cyan
  3. Change your computer's WiFi network to the LF1 (e.g., 'Lightform Jumbo Turkey')

Now you'll be able to scan, stream, and publish content to the LF1!



You cannot update firmware when the LF1 is in pairing mode. The LF1 must be connected to the same network as your computer (using any of these other options) in order to update the firmware.

Option 5: Share Internet Connection From Your Computer

This option gives your laptop direct ethernet access to the LF1 for the fastest experience. It also gives the LF1 internet access in situations where your internet is guarded by a captive portal, such as the login screen at a hotel or coffee shop.

In order to directly connect to the LF1's ethernet from your computer, you must have:

  • Internet access over WiFi from your computer
  • An ethernet cable and ethernet adapter (connection from your computer to the LF1)


To enable internet connection sharing in windows, follow the instructions below.

  1. To start, make sure your LF1 is turned on, your laptop/computer has an Internet connection (either through Wi-Fi/mobile hotspot, or through a secondary Ethernet port) and you have an extra Ethernet cable ready-- this will connect your LF1 and computer in the steps below.
  2. In the bottom right-hand tray, right-click the network icon (either a Wi-Fi signal icon or Ethernet/PC icon, depending on which you are connected to), and select "Open Network & Sharing Center."
  3. From the window that opens, select "Change adapter settings."
  4. Determine the adapter that is providing Internet for you (either Wi-Fi or Ethernet). Right click the the correct adapter and select "Properties."
  5. Click the "Sharing" tab.
  6. Ensure that the first checkbox is checked ("Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection"); this is how the LF1 will connect. Make sure to select the appropriate adapter in the dropdown just below labelled "Home networking connection" -- this will be the same adapter name as the one you determined in the prior steps. Press OK to save these settings.
  7. Now attach an Ethernet cable from your LF1 to your PC. Within about 30 seconds the device should make the connection, and the LED should show blue to indicate this. You will now be able to use your LF1 within Lightform Creator.
  8. If you need to undo network sharing (i.e. so your Ethernet port behaves normally), repeat the same steps as above, except that you should ensure the "Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection" checkbox is *unchecked*.


To enable internet connection sharing in mac, follow the instructions below.

Step 1 Verify Network Interface

Open System Preferences and select Network.

The network service list on the left shows you all the network interfaces that are part of this location. Identify the network interface with the direct ethernet connection to the LF1. (Note: we are using Linksys USB adapter in this example.)

If the ethernet adapter is connected to the LF1, and the LF1 is powered on, the ethernet adapter will attempt to connect to the LF1. The status indicator will remain red while the adapter tries to connect. It takes a few seconds to successfully connect, at which point the indicator will turn yellow.

Step 2 Change Sharing Settings

Return to the System Preferences screen and select Sharing

  1. Select Internet Sharing from the service list, but do not turn it on. Do this by only clicking on the Internet Sharing text (and not selecting the checkbox)
  2. Select Wi-Fi from the Share your connection from: dropdown
  3. Select the network interface connected to the LF1 in the list of available network interfaces under To computers using: (e.g., 'Linksys USB')

Step 3 Enable Internet Sharing

Click the checkbox next to Internet Sharing. A pop-up will appear making sure that you want to share your internet connection. Select Start.

The LF1 will take a moment or two to adjust to the new network condition. You may need to unplug the ethernet and plug it back in at this point to force the LF1 to adjust to the new network conditions. You should now be able to locate the LF1 in your devices from Lightform Creator.

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