As requested by many users we've developed a system so you can connect with your observatory from anywhere, even if you don't know how to configure your router to "open ports" and things like that. We call this the "Zero Configuration" system, as the only thing you'll need to supply is your email address.

This is available for testing for Dragonfly customers. PlatypusGNS, and Solo users will benefit from it once the system is fully tested.

So, if you own a Dragonfly and want to try it out, these are the steps you have to follow:

At your observatory:

Nothing else needs to be done at the observatory. Once applied, your Dragonfly will register itself in the system and will listen for remote connections.

Now, at the remote place (well, remote is probably proper for the observatory, but anyway...):

  • install the new software:
  • again, run Dragonfly Main
  • ... and go to Configuration - just configuration, fill, using the same email. Make sure it is.
  • last modify the network timeout, depending the quality of the internet at your observatory. I'd try 1000ms (so 1 second) to start with.

When connecting using the system, it will look for a Dragonfly (product), with your same key (email) and same name (dragonfly in the example, it could be whatever name).
Click ok, and it will start trying to connect, using different methods.

You'll then see a log window, shown mostly for my benefit: if you see anything weird, please capture the screen and send it to us

You can close the window when it has connected.

Last thing worth doing is changing the "refresh period" in the Dragonfly software (the control panel with all the relays and sensors) at home; not being the connection local, I suggest increasing the time to at least 500ms.

And that's it!