Thank you for purchasing StellarMate! Please follow this guide before you starting using your StellarMate Gadget.

1. Package Contents

After unboxing your package, you should have the following items:

  1. StellarMate Unit.
  2. 1.8m HDMI Cable.
  3. 3A 5v microUSB Power Supply (Earlier versions came with 2.5A Power Adapter with On/Off switch).
  4. 2-meter 12v DC to 5v DC microUSB cable. This can be plugged to any 12v field battery to power StellarMate.
  5. Optional Mount to USB cable (can be purchased separately on checkout).

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A 32GB (or more, depending on your order) MicroSD card is already inserted into the StellarMate Gadget when it is shipped. It might have moved or detached during shipping, please make sure it is secured into its designated slot at the bottom of the unit.

Connect the microUSB power supply cable to StellarMate and then turn power on. You should initially see a red blinking red following by green. Your StellarMate is now ready to be used!

2. StellarMate App

StellarMate App is the Official App for StellarMate gadget. It is avaiable for both Android and iOS smart phones and tablets. It is primary designed for tablets in portrait mode. While it can be used for phones, for the best experience, use it with a tablet/iPad. Download and install the App on your device before you continue.

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The App is required to connect to the unit and configure it for first time use, so do this step now and do not skip ahead!

3. Regiteration

On the bottom on the StellarMate Unit you will find the Device Serial Number. If you purchased StellarMate OS, the Device Serial Number is automatically generated for you. In order to use StellarMate, you must complete the following steps:

  • Register an account on
  • Activate your account after receiving verification email.
  • Go to the Licence Management page. You can register new devices and view existing registered devices and licenses.
  • Enter the device serial number to generate the Licence Key. On future visits, your devices and licenses will be listed in this page.

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After the licence key is generated, you are ready to use the StellarMate App. The StellarMate App needs the following information ready:

  • Device Serial Number.
  • Licence Key.
  • Username (registered username on
  • Password (use same password when registering on

4. Login Information

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StellarMate unit is shipped with a full featured Linux Operation System that you can directly access. The default username and password are:

username: stellarmate
password: smate

This is the same username and password you will use when access the unit over Web VNC as well. It is highly recommended to change the default password after your first login to the system.

When StellarMate is first started, it shall create a HotSpot named stellarmate. This is HotSpot SSID and the hostname of the unit. This information is required when you connect to the unit from browsers. The HotSpot SSID is protected.

HotSpot Password: stellar@mate

Before using the StellarMate App to configure your unit for the first time, please use the networking settings in your iOS/Android phone/tablet to connect to the HotSpot first. Once connected, proceed to run the StellarMate App.

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5. StellarMate App Initial Setup

StellarMate App must be used to configure StellarMate for the first time. This step is necessary to set up the initial time zone and geographic settings for the unit to properly operate. After downloading the StellarMate App from the iOS/Android stores, go to your device network settings and join the stellarmate WiFi hotspot. Your mobile OS might warn you about no internet; please ignore that and proceed to launch the StellarMate App.

From the main screen, click Add:

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Then select Auto Detect if you want the App to automatically scan for the gadget. If you already know the IP address of the gadget, select Manual:

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The App will scan for StellarMate gadgets nearby. If the gadget is added, you will be redirected to the My Mates page where you get to access several of the unit functions:

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When accessing StellarMate directly via Hotspot (Access Point), the unit IP address is always Therefore, if you are having issue accessing the unit via its hostname, you can simply use the IP address in your browser to access StellarMate Web Manager (

You can perform the following functions:

  • Change Name: You can change device name (and its hostname) to another name without any spaces. For example, if you rename it to myobservatory, the host name shall be changed to http://myobservatory.local.
  • Change IP
  • Connect to WiFi / Forget WiFi
    • Connect to Home WiFi: Select a WiFi network as detected by StellarMate and then supply the password if it is protected. After a successful connection, please wait up to 2 minutes before using any of the unit functions again.
    • Forget WiFi: WiFi network information is removed and StellarMate reverts to HotSpot mode (IP Address If the Unit is connected to your LAN via Ethernet, you can still access it via its LAN IP address like before.
  • Access Web Manager
  • Access VNC Viewer
  • Restart Device
  • Shutdown Device
  • Remove Device from App: If you encounter any issues with StellarMate, you can simply remove it from the list and then re-discover it again.

6. Connecting to StellarMate

Depending on how you want to connect to StellarMate, click on any of the following options

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Created : 2017-06-28 05:12:42, Last Modified : 2019-05-20 04:35:00

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For software updates, I was able to use the default "smate" password. 747Flyer @ 2019-02-14, 12:44
Hello. It is a user of Stellar Mate.
You will be prompted for an authentication password by software update. What is this authentication password? takashi inagawa, Aboutupdateauthentication @ 2019-02-12, 09:06