Using Keymote Without WiFi

Oct 02, 2009 by Kevin under Keymote, News, Tips

Have you ever wanted to use Keymote in an area without wireless internet? Until now, that hasn’t been completely possible; however, with the introduction of Keymote 1.0.2 and Keymote Receiver 1.0.6, you can do just that. What you’ll be doing is setting up what’s called an Ad-Hoc network.

Ready? Here we go.

On your Mac, click the WiFi symbol in the menubar. You should see a line that says Create Network. Click it. Enter the name you want, set the channel (whatever the automatic channel is will usually work best), and require a password if you so choose. Click OK and you’re done. What you’ve done, essentially, is turned your computer into an Airport station, sending out a wireless signal that your iPod or iPhone can connect to.


On your iPod/iPhone, open up the WiFi settings. You should see the network you’ve just set up. Connect to it, wait for the WiFi symbol to show up in the device’s status bar, and open Keymote. When you go to pair with your computer, it should show up and you’ll be good to go. If it’s not, you may have to use a direct IP connection. If you click on Keymote Receiver in your Mac’s menubar, it will tell you what your IP address is and what port to use. Simply enter this info into Keymote to set up an IP connection.

A note: unless you have an Ethernet cable plugged into your computer and have Web Sharing turned on and configured, you will not have access to the internet on either your computer or iPod/iPhone.


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  1. racemase

    Hi, pairing works fine but I don’t know why but after several minutes keymote receiver just stops working. Key presses aren’t recognized. So, it’s unusable for me. Any ideas?

  2. mmaitzen

    I tried the new network thing but it did not seem to work in this environment. I would try the IP method but I don’t know what port I’m suppose to use.

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