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Laser Scanner



FARO® Knowledge Base

Remote Control of the Focus3D From a Mobile Device


The latest FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D firmware enables you to quickly and easily access the Focus3D Home screen using only your mobile device wireless connection and web browser. Just place theFocus3D in a location and position that provides the best quality scan. Then, directly control the Focus3D from anywhere that is within the range of your mobile device wireless connection.

With this update, the Adobe Flash Player is no longer required. This firmware is officially released and supported. As of December 2014, the mobile device control feature is actively in beta testing.

Focus3D With Mobile Device

Caption: Controlling the Focus3D in the field with a mobile tablet


Please review this table before you begin to ensure your success.

Time to Complete To update the driver and connect the mobile device to the Focus3D could take up to an hour including the download time.
To make the connection only takes 15 minutes or less.
Skills Needed
  • Ability to work with the wireless settings of your mobile device
  • Ability to use the mobile device browser
  • Ability to install the Focus3D firmware
  • Ability to work with and navigate the Focus3D touch screen
  • Enabled wireless feature on your mobile device
  • Internet connection
Compatibility Safari on the iOS, Android browser, Chrome on Windows mobile devices
Supported Hardware FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D
  • X 30/130/330
  • S 20/120
  • Basic 3D scanner is not supported
    To upgrade to an S 20/120 so you can access the Focus3D from a mobile device, contact us.
Mobile Devices
  • iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Android devices
  • Windows-based tablets
  • For other mobile devices, contact FARO Support.
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Make Sure the Focus3D is Using the Latest Firmware

  1. On the Focus3D, go to Manage > General Settings > Scanner Details and write down the number in the Firmware Revision field.
  2. Click here and compare that number to the version number listed for the Focus3D Firmware Update.
    For the Focus3D X 30/130/330 use the Focus3D X Firmware Update version number.
    For the Focus3D S 20/120 use the Focus3D Firmware Update version number.
  3. If the numbers match, you are already using the latest firmware and can continue with step 5. If they do not match, you need to upgrade the firmware by continuing with step 4.
  4. Upgrade to the latest firmware.
    For Focus3D X 130/330 click click here.
    For Focus3D S 20/120 click click here.
  5. Continue to Connect the Mobile Device to the Focus3D and Access the Home Screen.

Connect the Mobile Device to the Focus3D and Access the Home Screen

  1. On the Focus3D, go to Manage > General Settings > WLAN and write down the IP address, Port number, Network Name, and Encryption Key. Check that the WLAN Status is on. The toggle button should be green. For information about these settings, see the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D manual, Chapter 6, the WLAN/Connecting to the Scanner Via WLAN section.
  2. On your mobile device, make sure that the wireless setting is on.
  3. In the wireless settings network list, select the Focus3D network name you wrote down earlier.
  4. When prompted, enter the Encryption Key you wrote down earlier.
  5. Open a web browser and go to http://<PutScannerIPAddressHere>:<PortNumberHere>/ui/. For example,

Confirm Results

The browser displays the Focus3D Home screen. For some browsers, it may be necessary to allow blocked content.
Focus3D Home Screen in Mobile Browser

Next Steps

See the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D manual for information about how to control the Focus3D.

See Also


connectivity, wi-fi, wifi, wlan, lan, network, connect, connection, blue tooth, bluetooth, bluetoth, apple, flash, adobe, flv, browser