Rather than connect a mobile device directly to iSTAR Pulsar whilst in Right mode, a user may instead connect iSTAR Pulsar in Left mode to a mobile device's Hotspot should it have this functionality.
This provides the benefit of having both devices connected to one another while still maintaining an internet connection via the mobile device's data plan, and without being limited to a Wi-Fi network's limited range.
It is currently only possible to connect iSTAR Pulsar to an Android device in this manner - the ability to do so with an iOS device will soon also be available.
Here's how to set up a tethered connection:
Connect mobile device to iSTAR Pulsar in Right mode - further details on doing so may be found within this artice:
Launch iSTAR Pulsar Mobile App, confirm connection between app and iSTAR Pulsar device:
Browse to main menu, select "Network Connection":
Tap button to "Search for networks", wait for Wi-Fi list to populate (around 10 seconds):
Look for the hotspot related to the mobile device - note the exact name of the network.
The hotspot shown here will often be the name of the mobile device, NOT any custom name that has been set for the hotspot by the user. In this scenario, the device name "HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro" is displayed, users should note this exact name including any capitalisation and/or punctuation:
Browse to the mobile device settings, ensure hotspot name EXACTLY matches the name detected by iSTAR Pulsar above.
If the hotspot name within the mobile device settings does not exactly match the name found by iSTAR Pulsar, then it will not be possible to connect the two devices - users must ensure that these are exactly the same, changing the name of the hotspot within the mobile device settings if necessary:
Copy or note down password for the mobile hotspot, most mobile devices have a visibility toggle to show/hide the password:
Browse back to iSTAR Pulsar Mobile App, register the mobile hotspot to iSTAR Pulsar as a wireless network - this is done just like adding any other network, as documented within this article. Users may wish to leave the option to "upload on this network" set to "Off" to avoid accidentally uploading via the hotspot, as this could incur data charges:
Browse back to mobile device settings, and enable the hotspot. As soon as the mobile hotspot is enabled, a users mobile device will disable the Wi-Fi functionality to do so - this means that connection between mobile device and iSTAR Pulsar will temporarily end:
Move iSTAR Pulsar mode switch to the Left:
iSTAR Pulsar will now connect to the mobile hotspot, the top status LED (Wi-Fi) will pulse green while it attempts to do so, then turn solid green when connection has been established:
To confirm that connection has successfully been established, users may check the mobile hotspot settings, and should see that 1 device is connected to the hotspot currently:
While the mobile app will have lost connection with iSTAR Pulsar when the hotspot was enabled, it will reconnect to it again once the tethering connection is established - users should note that this may not happen immediately, it can take a minute or two.