The AirEnabler can be setup in under 5 minutes assuming you know how to join a Wi-Fi network and download a App from the App Store.
Note: For car use, the AirEnabler will work right out of the box. For home use, it is recommended to configure the AirEnabler to Wireless Client Mode or Wired Client Mode. More info and instructions below. Please don't hesitate to contact support if you have any questions or issues setting up the AirEnabler.
The instructions below assumes you're running the latest version of iOS 7 or 8. If you're not running iOS 7 or 8 it is recommended that you upgrade first.
1) Connect the micro USB cable and included USB Audio Adapter to the AirEnabler. Once the blue LED on the AirEnabler stops blinking (~40 seconds), it is ready. Note that the green LED on the USB Audio Adapter should also be on.
2) Attach the 3.5mm audio cable to your existing speaker system. Use the headphone output on the USB Audio Adapter. If your stereo or receiver uses RCA inputs, you will need a 3.5mm to RCA audio cable. If you want to use your stereo or receiver's S/PDIF optical input, you will need a after market USB DAC with a optical output.
3) Join your iOS device to the "AirEnabler_xxxx" wireless network. If you don't see the "AirEnabler_xxxx" wireless network right away, try turning Wi-Fi off and on again. This will refresh the available wireless networks. Note that when connected to the AirEnabler's Wi-Fi network, it is normal not to see the wireless icon next to the carrier's name (AT&T, T-Mobile, etc).
4) On your iOS device, open the Control Panel (swipe up from the bottom) and tap on AirPlay and then select AirEnabler. If you don't see the AirPlay option, please see the Troubleshooting page. Note that the USB Audio Adapter (or compatible 3rd party DAC) needs to be plugged in for the AirPlay option to appear.
Note: The instructions above assumes you're using an iOS device with 3G/LTE cellular access (e.g., iPhone). If you're using a iPad/iPod with Wi-Fi only, you'll need to set a static IP Address on your iOS device for it to work properly with the AirEnabler in it's out of box Standalone Mode.
AirEnabler's Three Operating Modes:
Standalone Mode (Default/Factory Mode) - The AirEnabler broadcast its own unencrypted/open Wi-Fi network with SSID name of "AirEnabler_xxxx" ("xxxx" being the last 4 char of the device's MAC Address). iPhone/iPad automatically maintains 4G/LTE connection for GPS, Email, Siri, iMessage and internet radio streaming such as Pandora or iTunes Radio. Use this mode if you're installing the AirEnabler in your car.
Wireless Client Mode - AirEnabler connects to existing home wireless network similar to how your iPhone/iPad connects to your home Wi-Fi network. All existing computers and iOS devices connected to your wireless network will be able to AirPlay to the AirEnabler. Internet access, such as streaming Pandora or iTunes Radio, will come from your home Internet Service Provider, not your iPhone's 4G/LTE connection. For home use, this is the recommended mode.
Wired Client Mode - AirEnabler connects to existing network via a wired Ethernet cable. All existing computers and iOS devices connected to your home network will be able to AirPlay to the AirEnabler. Internet access, such as streaming Pandora or iTunes Radio or checking email will come from your home ISP, not your iPhone's 4G/LTE celluar connection, saving you valuable bandwidth on your limited cellular data plans. As an advanced optional feature, the AirEnabler can broadcast an additional Wi-Fi SSID network to extend your Wi-Fi network coverage (Wired Client Mode + AP Mode). Wi-Fi client devices can connect to either the additional Access Point broadcast by the AirEnabler or your existing home Router (Access Point) to AirPlay.
TL;DR; To summarize, if you're using the AirEnabler at home, use Wireless Client Mode or Wired Client Mode. For car use, the AirEnabler will work right out of the box in the default Standalone Mode.
Instructions for Configuring the AirEnabler and Switching Operating Mode:
1) On your iPhone/iPad, download the free "Telnet Lite" By MochaSoft App from the Apple App Store.
2) Connect to AirEnabler's Wi-Fi network - "AirEnabler_xxxx" if not already connected. If you don't see the "AirEnabler_xxxx" wireless network right away, try turning Wi-Fi off and on again. This will refresh the available wireless networks. If you still do not see the "AirEnabler_xxxx" wireless network, please reset it using the below instructions.
3) Launch Mocha Telnet Lite and setup a connection to the AirEnabler at 192.168.1.1.
If you have issues connecting to the AirEnabler via the Telnet Lite App, please make sure that you do not have a network ethernet cable plugged into the AirEnabler. If you're using a iPad/iPod with Wi-Fi only, you may need to set a static IP Address on your iOS device otherwise you may experience disconnect issues.
4) Switch modes by executing one of the available commands and following the prompt.
If you experience a "I/O error" with any of the commands, please try resetting the AirEnabler first and then reconfiguring.
set-mode wirelessclientswitch to Wireless Client Mode (join your existing home Wi-Fi network). After executing the "set-mode wirelessclient", a listing of available Wi-Fi networks will be displayed. Enter the number that corresponds to your home Wi-Fi network name. You will then be prompted for the Wi-Fi network password. The AirEnabler will reboot and automatically connect to your home Wi-Fi network. If you made a mistake entering the password, you can reset the AirEnabler using the instructions below to try again. Note that if your Wi-Fi network is hidden (SSID broadcast disabled), you will first need to enable SSID broadcast on your home router before the AirEnabler can join your home Wi-Fi network (and then re-disable SSID broadcast after configuration).
set-mode wiredclientswitch to Wired Client or Wired Client + AP Mode (join your existing home network via Ethernet cable)
switch to Standalone Mode or to change Wi-Fi SSID name and/or enable Wi-Fi encryption. Note that the default Wi-Fi channel is 11, but 1 and 6 are also good channels to use. If you want to enable encryption, please use psk (WPA) or psk2 (WPA2). Do not use WEP encryption as it is not secure and buggy.
change default AirPlay name of "AirEnabler" to something different such as "Living Room" or "My BMW"
If you're using the AirEnabler with a speaker system that has it's own volume control (e.g., car or home stereo), make sure to turn the volume all the way up on your iPhone first, then adjust the volume on your speaker system for the cleanest sound.
You can pick up a aftermarket USB DAC to further enhance the sound quality of the AirEnabler (for the audiophiles) - Compatible USB Sound Cards / Audio Adapters / DAC.
How to Reset AirEnabler:
The AirEnabler can be reset back to "factory" or default Standalone Mode (how it was sent to you) by using the following instructions: