Hi, I have a Victron Installation with a CCGX on my canal boat. I use my iPhone hotspot for internet access but i dont have a router. How can I connect my laptop to the CCGX please ?
Good afternoon Tim. Ha, ain't global fun.
If you ever decide to go a PAYG (WAN) wifi link, get one that can route, or at least capable of bridging to a router (any ole router). Don't expect it to plug into the GX and work.
If you want the ethernet cable out from under your feet, a Victron (LAN) wifi dongle will link to a wifi router.
Good morning Tim.
Thank you for the extra information.
John beat me to it, and I agree, Internet Connection Sharing is going to be the best option for you.
You'll need to connect an ethernet cable between your laptop and your CCGX and then share the interface that your hotspot has set up. The CCGX should automatically pick up an IP address and upload its stored data to VRM.
Hi Tim. For a Win laptop (can't speak for Apple), connect an ethernet cable to the CCGX. Then 'share' your wifi network connection. If you need help with that ask again, but I won't waste type for now if you don't use Win.
Downsides: 1/ Very occasionally can be flaky and lose the link. Needs unsharing and sharing again to reset it. Pretty rare really, but can happen.
2/ It will allocate a 192.168.137.xxx address to the GX, and if you shut the laptop town overnight that address *may* change on rebooting. You won't notice that if you're just watching the VRM portal, and the data will continue to upload fine. But if you want to have direct LAN access to the GX screen you may have to ask the VRM portal what it's been changed to (or the local screen).
Clumsy? Imperfect? Sure, but the little inconveniences haven't dissuaded me from doing it for nigh on 2 years.Highly recommend the VRM portal, once you experience it you'll be sold.
Agreed that a router would be better, but the lack of one shouldn't stop you..
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