Installing the AppThe RedEye app is always available for download from this page. It is also available from If you plan to download the app from this website, you need to enable installation from "non-Market" or "unknown sources." To do this, open the main Android settings, select the Application section, and then make sure the "Unknown sources" box is checked. Next, you can download the app using the following link: http://thinkflood.com/media/android-app/RedEye.apk If you download directly onto your Android device, the application will install right away. Alternatively, you can download to a PC and then transfer to your Android device using a USB cable.
Android LimitationsThe RedEye app for Android is limited to control of networked RedEye hardware -- that is, RedEye (WiFi) and RedEye Pro. Although RedEye mini compatibility is a popular request, RedEye mini requires further research into the headphone jack on various Android handsets, as well as additional development using the Android NDK (Java code cannot keep up with RedEye mini's real-time audio processing requirements). Configuring RedEye hardware (adding devices and activities, for example) requires a personal computer (Windows, Mac, or Linux) and standard web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or Chrome). You can also use an iOS device for configuration if you wish.
Ad-Hoc NetworkingAndroid does not support ad-hoc (also known as peer-to-peer) WiFi networks. This is unfortunate, as out of the box ad-hoc networking is the only way to connect to a WiFi RedEye. As a result, when you are configuring a WiFi RedEye for the first time, you will need either a PC with a WiFi networking card (virtually all laptop and many desktop PCs sold today have these), or an iOS device. If you are installing a RedEye Pro, you can get around the ad-hoc networking issue by plugging into a wired Ethernet connection. If you are using a PC with WiFi card to make the initial connection and move your RedEye over to a regular (infrastructure) WiFi network, you should first download the latest firmware update. Because the RedEye ad-hoc network is not connected to the Internet, you will need to download the update package before you switch your PC to connect to your RedEye unit. Once you are on a regular WiFi network, your Android device can connect and install future updates. To connect to your RedEye unit from your WiFi-capable PC, first plug in the RedEye unit and give it a minute or so to boot up completely. Then on your PC open your wireless network settings (for Windows PCs, check your Control Panels; for Mac, check System Preferences) and search for a network named "RedEye." Connect your PC to this network. From there, follow the instructions in our user manual for the following:
- Accessing the browser application
- Opening the setup portion of the browser application
- Installing the software update package
- Connecting to your home WiFi network
Bonjour CompatibilityTo discover RedEye hardware on the network, we use Apple's Bonjour technology, also known as Zeroconf. Bonjour/Zeroconf uses multicast networking. Although generally supported by most WiFi devices, the following HTC handsets do not support multicast:
- HTC Evo
- HTC Aria
- HTC Desire
- HTC Slide 3G
- HTC Hero