Home WiFi Connection

You must first complete the First Time Setup guide before proceeding with this tutorial.

By default, StellarMate operates in HotSpot mode. Even if configured for WiFi connection or LAN, StellarMate always switches back to HotSpot mode when the other connection mode become unavailable. This is to enable you to always access the device regardless of network avalibility.

Connecting to WiFi Network

Use the StellarMate App to connect to your WiFi network. From your mobile OS, connect first to the StellarMate HotSpot, then launch the StellarMate App and go to My Mates. Here you can see a few controls to configure StellarMate.

app mates


Click on the Connect to WiFi Network button. The App should display a list of detected WiFi networks in the vicinity

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Click on the desired WiFi network and you will be prompted to enter a password. Enter the password carefully and press enter. Next the unit will switch StellarMate to WiFi mode and it will scan for it in the local network

app wifi search


This process can take up to 2 minutes. If successful, you should receive a success message and you can go back to My Mates page to access your StellarMate over WiFi. If the connection fails for whatever reason, StellarMate will fall back again to HotSpot mode where you can restablish connection and try again.

Once StellarMate is joined to a WiFi network, it will always try to connect to this network unless it is out of range. In this case, it will default back to the HotSpot.

StellarMate Address

Whether you are accessing StellarMate from PC, Mac, or Mobile, you can always reach it by the address stellarmate.local This is the address that should be used in Ekos if you are using Ekos on a PC/Mac to connect remotely to Ekos. To access StellarMate Web Manager, type in stellarmate.local:8624

Alternatively, you can find out the StellarMate WiFi IP address from the My Mates page and then use the IP address directly to access the unit. For example, if the IP address is, you can then enter in the browser to access StellarMate Web Manager.

Connecting your equipment

StellarMate supports connecting to your equipment via WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, or USB. USB is the primary connection method for most astronomical devices. Make sure all equipment are sufficiently powered and initailized before connecting them to StellarMate. For mounts, most mounts need to be already aligned before you connect them to StellarMate.

To learn more about connecting your equipment to StellarMate, find out more in the detailed equipment connection guide.

Downloading Ekos

Ekos is the official Astrophotography Tool used for StellarMate. It is part of KStars, a popular planetarium application for Windows, MacOS, and Linux.

Download and setup KStars on your system before proceeding forward.

Connecting from Ekos

When you use Ekos on your PC/Mac, set the profile to Remote and set the Address to stellarmate.local

Make sure INDI Web Manager checkbox is checked.

stellarmate profile

It is recommended to use the Ekos Profile Wizard to setup your first profile.The wizard automatically starts up the first time you fire Ekos in KStars. To start it again, please the wizard icon in Ekos summary screen.

ekos profile wizard

Click Next to proceed to the next screen

stellarmate equipmentIn Here you need to select if your equipment is select to StellarMate or elsewhere:

  1. If you are running Ekos within StellarMate OS, then select Equipment is attached to This Computer.
  2. If you are running Ekos on a PC/Mac, then select Equipment is attached to StellarMate.

 stellarmate address

In case you selected #2 above, you have a choice to specify the StellarMate Address & Port. These settings are for advance usage of StellarMate, so just click Next.

profile wizard done

Next select your equipment profile name and any additional services you want to run then proceed to create the profile.

ekos start

To connect to your equipment and start using Ekos, simply click the Start button as illustrated above.


Created : 2018-12-05 09:24:27, Last Modified : 2018-12-05 09:28:41

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