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Offline Mode (Using Without Internet)

It is possible to control your DynaMount using a Wi-Fi router that is not connected to the internet, we call this “Offline Mode”.

There are several reasons why it might be desirable to run in Offline Mode, for example:

  • Portability — Bring your router and DynaMount with you anywhere.
  • Convenience — Don’t need to complete the Wi-Fi configuration procedure at each new location making setup quick and easy.
  • Confidence — No need to worry about each studio/venue having a good Wi-Fi network that is easily connected to and within range.

 

There are however some drawbacks to controlling your DynaMount in Offline Mode, for example:

  • No Automatic IP Detection — The local IP address of your DynaMount (which is needed for your computer or mobile device to communicate with it) cannot be automatically determined for you behind the scenes. You will need to use another method (described below) to determine you DynaMount’s IP address.
  • No Syncing Between Devices — In Offline Mode, if you for example adjust the microphone position from your smartphone, you can’t then sit down at your desktop computer and have it easily sync up with the latest position change.

 

This guide does not cover the process of actually setting up your Wi-Fi router for use without an internet connection as this will be different for every router. But most consumer routers will function as a DHCP server + switch (assigning IP addresses and managing communication between them) even without an internet connection. Please review the instruction manual for your specific Wi-Fi router. Router tips…

  • Within the settings for your particular Wi-Fi router, it is recommended to either assign a “Static IP Address” to your DynaMount, or increase the “IP Lease Time” so your DynaMount maintains the same IP address from session to session.
  • Some routers may require you to disable “WAN” (internet) in their settings to function properly without an internet connection.

Here are the instructions for controlling your DynaMount in Offline Mode:


  1. Make sure you have followed the steps in Create A Profile, Add A DynaMount To Your Profile, and Hardware Setup.

    • You cannot create a profile or add a new device to your profile while in Offline Mode. You must have previously set up your DynaMount with an internet connection before you can control it in Offline Mode.
  2. If you haven’t previously, complete the steps in the Wi-Fi Setup guide so your DynaMount can connect with the standalone Wi-Fi router.

  3. Now, wherever you take your DynaMount + router, only the remaining steps will apply.

  4. Plug in your Wi-Fi router and wait for it to boot up.

  5. Plug in your DynaMount and verify it is connected to the Wi-Fi router (slow breathing green LED on plastic enclosure). Why did the LED blink orange a few times?

    • Immediately after your DynaMount successfully connects to any Wi-Fi router its LED will either blink light blue once (indicating successful connection to the internet), or it will blink orange a few times (indicating failed internet connection, but still connected to Wi-Fi).
    • It is normal for the LED to blink orange right after connecting in Offline Mode. You can just ignore it.
  6. Verify that your computer or mobile device is connected to this same Wi-Fi router as your DynaMount.

  7. Pull up the DynaMount app of your choice and select the “Offline Mode” checkbox when logging in. Learn more…

    • When Offline Mode is selected, the only user profile that can log in is the profile that had most recently been logged in with an internet connection.

    Offline Mode

  8. From the “Your Devices” list, select the DynaMount you wish to control. Will my settings be remembered next session?

    • As long as you stay in Offline Mode next session, all of your settings and presets will be remembered.
    • However, any changes made to device position, presets, settings, etc. while in Offline Mode will be lost the next time you log in WITHOUT selecting “Offline Mode”. When this happens, the settings last recorded while using the app with an internet connection will be swapped in and take their place.
  9. You will be prompted to enter your DynaMount’s local IP address. Why is an IP address already filled in?

    • The last recorded IP address for your DynaMount is automatically filled in the text box for you but it is not necessarily correct.
    • If the last time you used your DynaMount was with this same router, go ahead and give it a try as the IP address may be correct in this case.
    • Otherwise, please use one of the methods described below to confirm your DynaMount’s local IP address.

    Enter Device IP Address

  10. The easiest method for determining your DynaMount’s local IP address is to install and use a Network IP Scanner app. You can find several in the Google Play Store and iOS App Store. Learn more…

    • Another option is to pull up your wireless router’s control panel to view connected devices and their IP addresses. For example, with Linksys routers go to address http://192.168.1.1 in your internet browser to access the control panel.
    • When viewing connected devices in a network scanner app or your router’s control panel, look for a device with “Broadcom”, “Universal Scientific Industrial” or something similar in its name, this is your DynaMount. It also may show up with a blank label, depending on which network scanner app you use.
  11. Type in your DynaMount’s local IP address, then hit the “OK” button.

  12. The control gauges will be displayed and you can now control your DynaMount.

  13. Remember to keep your app in Offline Mode to maintain presets, settings, etc. that have been set while in Offline Mode.

  14. You’re all set to take your DynaMount + router with you just about anywhere!