Opening the Box: Wi-Fi RedEye

<< Back to Basic Concepts On to Opening the Box: RedEye Pro >>   Assuming you already have a PC or iOS device, your RedEye unit came with everything you need to control your home theater or other equipment using traditional infrared control signals. Inside the box you will find:
  1. RedEye package contentsRedEye device. In addition to controlling your equipment, RedEye also provides a dock for you to charge an iPhone or iPod touch – handy if you have a “decommissioned” phone in need of a home, or you want a home for your main remote control.
  2. Universal Dock Adapters Assortment. We recommend using a Universal Dock Adapter insert when charging your iPhone or iPod touch to reduce strain on the dock connector.
  3. Quick Start Guide. Outlines the initial setup process for your RedEye system. You can download a copy of the guide here.
  4. Important Product Information Guide (not shown). This booklet includes important safety and regulatory information, product warranty, and other details about your purchase. You can download a copy of the guide here.
  5. AC Power Adapter. Appearance may vary slightly depending on country and manufacturing lot.

Step 1: Plug In

Power cord placementFirst things first: your RedEye device needs power, so find a good location in the room with your equipment, and plug it in. You can find the plug receptacle on the underside of the unit, as shown in the picture at right. When choosing a location, it is important that there be a direct "line of sight" between the RedEye device and the equipment you wish to control, because the infrared control signals cannot pass through walls or other opaque objects. Even so, you should not need to worry too much about the orientation of the RedEye device, as it provides 360-degree coverage through its transparent sides. In addition, you should have no problems controlling equipment 30 feet or more away from the RedEye. Once the RedEye is plugged in, you can charge your iPhone or iPod touch using the dock connector on the topside of the unit. We recommend inserting the appropriate Universal Dock Adapter to prevent unnecessary wear and tear on the dock connector and your phone. Dock adapter number placementTo determine which dock connector to use with your model of iPhone or iPod touch, find the Universal Dock Adapter corresponding to your model:
  • iPhone (first generation): #12
  • iPhone 3G/3GS: #15
  • iPod touch (first generation): #14
  • iPod touch (second generation): #16
  • iPhone 4: #19

Step 2: Install the App or Download Software Updates

RedEye app icon If you will be using your RedEye with an iOS device, the next step is to install the RedEye iOS app. You can download the app directly to your device through the built in App Store (just search for “RedEye”), or you can download it to your computer through iTunes and sync your device. If you are using RedEye exclusively with PCs or Android devices, this is a good time to download the latest firmware update, which you can find on the ThinkFlood website, here: http://thinkflood.com/media/browser-app/software-updates/current-release/UnzipMe.zip You can download the Android application from the Android Marketplace. The RedEye app and future software upgrades are free.

Step 3: Connect to your RedEye

RedEye Ad-hoc Network

Your controllers communicate with RedEye using Wi-Fi, so the next step is to set up a Wi-Fi connection. The RedEye device ships from the factory in an “ad-hoc” Wi-Fi mode, and does not require a separate wireless access point to communicate with your phone. In order to establish a network connection to your RedEye, you need either an iOS device or a PC with WiFi card (most laptops have one).[1]

Connecting via iOS

If you are using an iOS device, first open the Settings application on your iOS device and tap on the Wi-Fi option. You should see a new network called “RedEye” in the list. Tap on this network to connect to it.

Connecting via PC

If you are using a PC, look for your network settings (on Windows, look in your Control Panel; on Mac, check System Preferences). Scan for WiFi networks and look for one called RedEye. Connect to this network, and follow the instructions in Accessing the Browser Application to load RedEye’s built-in web application.

RedEye software updateStep 4: Launch the RedEye App and Install Updates

We update the RedEye app regularly, so there is a good chance that the software in your RedEye needs to be upgraded, as well. This will happen automatically when the RedEye iOS app finds your RedEye on the network for the first time. After the software update package has transferred over to your RedEye, the progress bar will disappear and then your RedEye will reboot. If you wait a minute, it should reappear in your Rooms list, and then you are ready to go. If you are using the browser application, click on the Setup link and follow the software update instructions found in Browser Maintenance.    
[1] Unfortunately, the Android operating system does not support ad hoc WiFi networks, so if you will need access to either an iOS device or PC with WiFi card at least until you can get your RedEye on a regular (infrastructure) WiFi network.
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