Networking Options

To use Lightform, your device needs to be connected to the same network as your computer. Our preferred and recommended choices are Ethernet and Wi-Fi pairing, with Ethernet being our most robust option. 

Please select your device: 

LFC 

In this article:

  1. Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi from your computer)

Option 1: Wi-Fi Pairing

Pairing your LFC to a secured Wi-Fi network is the most convenient option as it does not require additional setup materials. Learn more about the Wi-Fi pairing workflow or get connected using our step-by-step networking guide

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Option 2: Ethernet

Connecting the LFC 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.

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

  1. Locate your router
  2. Plug one end of the ethernet cable into the LFC and the other into the router (either ethernet port will work). If you have a switch connected to your router, you can plug one end into the LFC and one end into the switch.
  3. Connect your computer to the same network as the router, either through Wi-Fi or through an Ethernet connection directly to your computer or laptop (preferred). See more about sharing an internet connection with your computer at Option 5 below. 

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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 a data connection from a phone (Wi-Fi or cellular):

  1. Create a hotspot on your phone (see howAppleAndroidWindows*Android and Windows phones may vary). Note: When pairing to a mobile hotspot on iPhone/iOS, you must open the "Personal Hotspot" page before you turn on your LF device, and it must stay open/awake until you have finished pairing your LF device to the hotspot network. Do not let the phone go to sleep or leave the page, as this will disrupt the network.
  2. Pair to the hotspot network

Option 4: Pairing Mode

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

To connect to the LFC via pairing mode:

  1. Turn on your LFC
  2. Change your computer's Wi-Fi network to the LFC (e.g., 'Lightform Dazzling Faerie')

Now you'll be able to scan, stream, and publish content to the LFC without an internet connection! 

 

Note

You cannot update the firmware when the LFC is in pairing mode. The LFC 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 LFC for the fastest experience. It also gives the LFC 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 LFC's ethernet from your computer, you must have:

  • Internet access over Wi-Fi from your computer
  • An ethernet cable and ethernet adapter (connection from your computer to the LFC)

Windows

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

  1. To start, make sure you have an ethernet cable ready, your LFC is turned on, and that your laptop/computer has an Internet connection (either through Wi-Fi/mobile hotspot or through a secondary Ethernet port). 
  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 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 LFC will connect. Make sure to select the appropriate adapter in the dropdown just below labeled "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 LFC to your PC. Within about 30 seconds the device should make the connection, and show up as Online in Lightform Creator. You will now be able to use your LFC 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*.

Mac

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 LFC. (Note: we are using Linksys USB adapter in this example.)

If the ethernet adapter is connected to the LFC, and the LFC is powered on, the ethernet adapter will attempt to connect to the LFC. 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 the dropdown
  3. Select the network interface connected to the LFC 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 LFC 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 LFC to adjust to the new network conditions. You should now be able to locate the LFC in your devices from Lightform Creator.

LF1 

In this article:

  1. Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi from your computer)

Option 1: Wi-Fi Pairing

Pairing the LF1 to a secured Wi-Fi network is the most convenient option as it does not require additional setup materials. Learn more about the Wi-Fi pairing workflow or get connected using our step-by-step networking guide

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.

Ethernet_Setup__1_.png

 

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, either through Wi-Fi or through an Ethernet connection (preferred).

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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 a data connection from a phone (Wi-Fi or cellular):

  1. Create a hotspot on your phone (see howAppleAndroidWindows*Android and Windows phones may vary). Note: When pairing to a mobile hotspot on iPhone/iOS, you must open the "Personal Hotspot" page before you turn on your LF device, and it must stay open/awake until you have finished pairing your LF device to the hotspot network. Do not let the phone go to sleep or leave the page, as this will disrupt the network.
  2. Pair to the hotspot network

Option 4: Pairing Mode

If you have no internet connection, you can use the device in 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 Wi-Fi network to the LF1 (e.g., 'Lightform Jumbo Turkey')

Now you'll be able to scan, stream, and publish content to the LF1 without an internet connection! 

           

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Note

You cannot update the 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 Wi-Fi from your computer
  • An ethernet cable and ethernet adapter (connection from your computer to the LF1)

Windows

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

  1. To start, make sure you have an ethernet cable ready, your LF1 is turned on, and your laptop/computer has an Internet connection (either through Wi-Fi/mobile hotspot or through a secondary Ethernet port). 
  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 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 labeled "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*.

Mac

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 the 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.

LF2

In this article:

  1. Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi from your computer)

Option 1: Wi-Fi Pairing

Pairing your LF2 to a secured Wi-Fi network is the most convenient option as it does not require additional setup materials. Learn more about the Wi-Fi pairing workflow. or get connected using our step-by-step networking guide

Wifi_Pairing.png

 

Option 2: Ethernet

Connecting the LF2 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.

Ethernet_Setup.png

 

To connect the LF2 to a router using an ethernet cable:

  1. Locate your router
  2. Plug one end of the ethernet cable into the LF2 and the other into the router (either ethernet port will work). If you have a switch connected to your router, you can plug one end into the LF2 and one end into the switch.
  3. Connect your computer to the same network as the router, either through Wi-Fi or through an Ethernet connection directly to your computer or laptop (preferred). See more about sharing an internet connection with your computer at Option 5 below. 

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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 a data connection from a phone (Wi-Fi or cellular):

  1. Create a hotspot on your phone (see howAppleAndroidWindows*Android and Windows phones may vary). Note: When pairing to a mobile hotspot on iPhone/iOS, you must open the "Personal Hotspot" page before you turn on your Lightform device, and it must stay open/awake until you have finished pairing your device to the hotspot network. Do not let the phone go to sleep or leave the page, as this will disrupt the network.
  2. Pair to the hotspot network

Option 4: Pairing Mode

If you have no internet connection, you can use the device in pairing mode to connect directly to the LF2's network.  Note: You cannot update software, firmware, or access the internet when the LF2 is in pairing mode.

To connect to the LF2 via pairing mode:

  1. Turn on your LF2
  2. Change your computer's Wi-Fi network to the LF2 (e.g., 'Lightform Dazzling Faerie')

Now you'll be able to scan, stream, and publish content to the LF2 without an internet connection! 

 

Note

You cannot update the firmware when the LF2 is in pairing mode. The LF2 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 LF2 for the fastest experience. It also gives the LF2 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 LF2's ethernet from your computer, you must have:

  • Internet access over Wi-Fi from your computer
  • An ethernet cable and ethernet adapter (connection from your computer to the LF2)

Windows

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

  1. To start, make sure you have an ethernet cable ready, your LF2 is turned on, and that your laptop/computer has an Internet connection (either through Wi-Fi/mobile hotspot or through a secondary Ethernet port). 
  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 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 LF2 will connect. Make sure to select the appropriate adapter in the dropdown just below labeled "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 LF2 to your PC. Within about 30 seconds the device should make the connection, and show up as Online in Lightform Creator. You will now be able to use your LF2 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*.

Mac

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 LF2. (Note: we are using Linksys USB adapter in this example.)

If the ethernet adapter is connected to the LF2, and the LF2 is powered on, the ethernet adapter will attempt to connect to the LF2. 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 the dropdown
  3. Select the network interface connected to the LF2 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 LF2 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 LF2 to adjust to the new network conditions. You should now be able to locate the LF2 in your devices from Lightform Creator.

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    Brave Williams

    You mentioned above "Connect your computer to the same network (you do not need to plug the ethernet cable into your computer)".

    I was not able to get the wifi and the LFC to pair by only hardwiring the LFC.  I had to hardwire both as our office has many networks and I could not get them matched up.  

    I'd suggest adjusting the wording to a hard wire connection to both devices if nothing else works.

     

    Thanks!

     

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    Kevin

    Hi Brave- Great point! We just reworded the article to make it clear that Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection to the same network should work, but Ethernet is preferable for stability and ensuring you can see your device.

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    Kym LaRoux

    Sharing Step #7 for Windows:

    Now attach an Ethernet cable from your LF2 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 LF2 within Lightform Creator.

     

    There's no other mention of an LED on this page. What LED does this refer to?

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    Kevin

    Thanks for pointing this out -- this was an error in the document. Only the LF1 has an LED, the LFC and LF2 utilize the projector (testcard) to show statuses instead. We've corrected the article, sorry for the confusion!