Connection Issues with an iPod Touch or iPhone and the Laser Scanner LS
There can be some difficulties when setting up a WiFi connection between the iPod Touch / iPhone and FARO® Laser Scanners. The problem occurs only when the iPod Touch / iPhone should connect to a so-called "Ad-Hoc Network", which connects 2 computers with each other. This is exactly what we use for the WiFi connection to our scanners.
Intense tests and web research showed that this is not a problem of our laser scanner or the WiFi stick but caused by a flaw in Apple's firmware for the iPod Touch / iPhone since the current version 1.1.3.
Many other people are affected by this, as you may see when you search for that topic on the internet (i.e. http://www.ipodtouchfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34950&highlight=wifi+workaround&page=2 or http://www.ipodtouchfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34513 ).
Until Apple will hopefully fix this issue with the next firmware update for the iPod Touch / iPhone, we found a WORKAROUND to make the iPod Touch / iPhone work with the LS.
What you need:
- Your LS with the Fritz! WiFi stick plugged in and the scanner turned on
- Your computer, connected to the LS via Ethernet (normal operation mode)
- Your iPod Touch / iPhone
- A WiFi access point (i.e. your private WiFi router or any public access point) and the access data for this access point (note: you need the password in HEXADECIMAL numbers. NOT the clear text "pass phrase")
What you have to do:
- Start your LS
- Connect your computer to the LS
- Make sure the WiFi access point is up and running
- Start the iPod Touch / iPhone
- Connect to the WiFi access point first (with the access data you have to know)
- The principle steps are shown in Chapter 3 of the attached document. BUT DO NOT CONNECT TO THE SCANNER!
Note: you need the password in HEXADECIMAL numbers. NOT the clear text "pass phrase"
- Connect to the LS via WiFi
- First connect with the Internet Explorer of your computer to the LS to retriev the scanner's network ID, IP adress, sub-net mask and WEP password. This is explained in Chapter 1 of the attached document
- Connect your iPod Touch / iPhone to the LS Follow the instructions in Chapter 3 of the attached document.
- Now the iPod Touch / iPhone should connect to LS!
DO NOT delete you network connection settings from the iPod Touch / iPhone.
DO NOT RESTORE your iPod Touch / iPhone via iTunes
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