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. 2.5A 5v microUSB Power Supply with On/Off switch.


A 16GB 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. Download and install the App on your device before you continue.

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3. 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.

WiFi Password: stellar@mate

4. Access

Depending on how you want to connect to StellarMate, proceed with the following options:

4.1. Direct Connection via HDMI

If you have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, you can directly connect to StellarMate. Use the supplied HDMI cable to connect StellarMate to your display. If you do not see the StellarMate Desktop on your monitor, simply restart StellarMate from the On/Off switch on the power cable. It is recommended to use a wireless keyboard/mouse. Simply plug the wireless USB stick supplied by your keyboard and mouse in one of StellarMate USB ports and it should be recognized. Now you have full access to the StellarMate Operating System!

4.2. Connection via Ethernet

Use a regular Ethernet cable to connect your unit to your router/switch. Once connected, you can access it from any browser by typing its hostname. The default hostname is stellarmate.local, so you can open any browser and type in the following address to load StellarMate Web Manager:


You should now see the StellarMate Web Manager. In Ekos, just use stellarmate.local

4.3. Connection via WiFi & HotSpot

On your smart phone/tablet, open 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. On iOS, you must first manually connect your phone/tablet to the StellarMate HotSpot, and then proceed to detect it. Simply go to your settings, and then select StellarMate HotSpot from the list of nearby WiFi networks. For Android, the App automatically switches to the StellarMate HotSpot and establishes connection. However, if that fails, then try connecting to the HotSpot manually and scan again. 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 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.

5. What's next?

Congratulations! StellarMate is now ready to be used! Now it is time you connect your equipment to the gadget!

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Created : 2017-06-28 05:12:42, Last Modified : 2018-02-04 03:32:42

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