3a. Connecting your Devices

Connecting your devices

In order to see and interact with what you're creating, you'll need to connect your device to Studio. There are some differences in how Android and iOS devices connect, but both require the Pixate mobile app. Download and install the Android or iOS app before moving on to the steps below.

Please note, the below steps will mention connecting to a network. This does not mean you need to be connected to the internet, just connected to a network in general. While all methods are effective, these methods are ordered, taking into account ease of setup and strength of connection. Start with the first method. If that doesn't work, try the second method, etc.

Android

iOS

Android

OS X

Bluetooth

Requirements

  • Device and system must be paired via Bluetooth
  • IP/AP Isolation must be disabled

1. Start Pixate Studio and either create a new prototype or open an existing file. Pixate Studio needs to be open before establishing a connection to your mobile device.


2. Click on the Pixate Helper app in the menu and turn on Bluetooth classic. This is necessary for getting the devices to communicate with one another.


3. Open the Pixate mobile app on your device. Studio should be selected by default and a list of computer names will be shown. These are systems that have Pixate Studio open. Tap on the name of your system.

This list will show all devices that are paired the device you're using; including wearables, speakers, etc. If you've followed the steps correctly, you'll see your system name with "Studio detected" below it. If you've connected to other systems with Studio, these will show on the list with "Studio detected" as well. If you only see "Paired" for your system name, make sure you enabled Bluetooth Classic in the Helper App.


4. In Studio, click the Connect menu in the top right corner. This will show a list of the devices trying to connect to your system. Locate your device and click the green check.


When the device is connected, you'll see the phone icon turn green. To disconnect the device, click the trash can icon.


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IP Address/Port

Requirements

  • Device and system must be on the same network
  • IP/AP Isolation must be disabled

1. Start Studio and either create a new prototype or open an existing file. Pixate Studio needs to be open before establishing a connection on your mobile device.


2. Once in a prototype, click on the Connect menu at the top of the screen. To get your computer's IP address and port number, click on the Information icon, next to your computer name.


3. Open the Pixate app and tap Manual Enter IP Address. This will prompt you to enter your computer's information, from the Connect menu. Alternatively, you can tap Scan QR code at the bottom of the IP Address screen, to scan the QR code in the Connect menu.


4. Your device should now show up in the Connect menu. Locate your device and click the checkmark to connect.


When the device is connected, you'll see the phone icon turn green. To disconnect the device, click the trash can icon.


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USB tethering

Please note, this method requires the installation of a third party USB driver. You will need to enable tethering on your device, before following the below steps.

1. Install this USB driver to allow Android tethering. Follow all directions when installing.

2. Connect your device via USB and go to System Preferences > Network and select your device to get the local IP address.


3.On your Android device, tap Manual Enter IP Addressand enter the IP address of your mobile device and the port number of your computer from the Connect menu. When you're done tap Connect.

If all network connections are disabled (Wifi, etc.) the device's IP address will be the only one to show up under the Connect menu.


4. Your device should now show up in the Connect menu. Locate your device and click the checkmark to connect.


When the device is connected, you'll see the phone icon turn green. To disconnect the device, click the trash can icon.


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Windows

USB Tethering

Requirements

1. Connect your Android device to your system, via USB charging cable. Windows should automatically install any drivers it needs. On the device, go to Settings > Wireless & networks > More > Tethering & portable hotspot and turn on USB tethering.


2. On your Windows system, go to Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center. Here you will see your connection with your device as it sets up. It may say Identifying... for some time as it establishes the connection. Once the device is connected fully, the listing will have a name, like "Network 3".


3. Start Studio and either create a new prototype or open an existing file.


4. Once in a prototype, click on the Connect menu at the top of the screen. To get your computer's IP address and port number, click on the Information icon, next to your computer name.

Please note, there maybe multiple IP addresses listed. You can see the others by clicking on the currently selected IP address. If the process doesn't work with the first IP address, try the second.


5. Open the Pixate app and tap Connect using IP Address. This will prompt you to enter your computer's information, from the Connect menu. Alternatively, you can tap Scan QR code at the bottom of the IP Address screen, to scan the QR code in the Connect menu.


6. Your device should now show up in the Connect menu. Locate your device and click the checkmark to connect.


When the device is connected, you'll see the phone icon turn green. To disconnect the device, click the trash can icon.


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iOS

OS X

Bonjour/Multipeer

Requirements

  • Wifi and Bluetooth need to be enabled on device and system

1. Start Pixate Studio and either create a new prototype or open an existing file. Pixate Studio needs to be open before establishing a connection on your mobile device.


2. Open the Pixate mobile app on your device. Studio should be selected by default and a list of computer names will be shown. These are systems that have Pixate Studio open. Tap on the name of your system.


3. In Studio, click the Connect menu in the top right corner. This will show a list of the devices trying to connect to your system. Locate your device and click the green check.


When the device is connected, you'll see the phone icon turn green. To disconnect the device, click the trash can icon.


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IP Address/Port

Requirements

  • Wifi needs to be enabled on device and system
  • Device and computer need to be connected to the same network

1. Start Studio and either create a new prototype or open an existing file. Pixate Studio needs to be open before establishing a connection on your mobile device.


2. Once in a prototype, click on the Connect menu at the top of the screen. To get your computer's IP address and port number, click on the Information icon, next to your computer name.


3. Open the Pixate app and tap Manual Enter IP Address. This will prompt you to enter your computer's information, from the Connect menu. Alternatively, you can tap Scan QR code at the bottom of the IP Address screen, to scan the QR code in the Connect menu.


4. Your device should now show up in the Connect menu. Locate your device and click the checkmark to connect.


When the device is connected, you'll see the phone icon turn green. To disconnect the device, click the trash can icon.


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Windows

IP Address/Port

Requirements

  • Wifi needs to be enabled on device and system
  • Device and computer need to be connected to the same network

1. Start Studio and either create a new prototype or open an existing file. Pixate Studio needs to be open before establishing a connection on your mobile device.


2. Once in a prototype, click on the Connect menu at the top of the screen. To get your computer's IP address and port number, click on the Information icon, next to your computer name.


3. Open the Pixate app and tap Manual Enter IP Address. This will prompt you to enter your computer's information, from the Connect menu. Alternatively, you can tap Scan QR code at the bottom of the IP Address screen, to scan the QR code in the Connect menu.


4. Your device should now show up in the Connect menu. Locate your device and click the checkmark to connect.


When the device is connected, you'll see the phone icon turn green. To disconnect the device, click the trash can icon.


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