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#267856 14-Feb-2020 13:05
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I have an aquarium light in my house which has it's own WIFI signal. I can connect my laptop to this wifi network and then control the light via it's internal network. 


The question I have is.


Can I get my router to connect to this wifi network all the time so I can access it on my computer while connected via Ethernet to my router

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  #2420989 14-Feb-2020 13:30
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I don't know if you can do this via your router. Wi-fi is not my strong suit. I do know you could plug a wi-fi dongle into your computer's Ethernet port and probably do it that way.



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  #2420990 14-Feb-2020 13:31
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YES:    (Assuming that the light can be a wifi client as well as a server-but it should do this)


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  #2420996 14-Feb-2020 14:09
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Yea usually with these sorts of devices, smart plugs, smart bulbs etc, they put out their own temporary wifi network so you can connect directly to them.
Then you use the app for the device to configure it to connect to your router wifi network and once that's done the temp wifi from the device is turned off.

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  #2421000 14-Feb-2020 14:12
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How could I try this, I'm on a Vodafone Ultra Hub.



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  #2421004 14-Feb-2020 14:16
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How could I try this, I'm on a Vodafone Ultra Hub.







they are saying your light needs to connect to your router not your router to the light.


im guessing you can connect to the light which will allow you to set it up to allow it to connect back to the router by selecting your main wifi network and adding the credentials. much like how the google home works when first pairing it.




what model light is it. have you read the literature what came with it? what did it say?

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  #2421011 14-Feb-2020 14:26
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What app does the light use? Most of those will let you connect them to a wifi network and connect it up to their cloud server so you can control it.


Would help to know what the product was.


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  #2421142 14-Feb-2020 17:15
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If it's a cheap Chinese light then you will need a router that can connect as a client like the Christmas lights I have played with. I've done it with a openwrt router that I have flashed. But it is geek level hacking which isn't for the faint of heart.



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  #2421661 16-Feb-2020 10:02
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How could I try this, I'm on a Vodafone Ultra Hub.





On your phone, download the app that goes with the aquarium light and install it. The disconnect from your home Wifi, and connect to the new Wifi network that is your aquarium light. Open the aquarium light app, and use it to tell the aquarium light the name and password of your home network. Turn off the aquarium light, turn it back on, and reconnect your phone to your home network. Your phone should now be able to control the aquarium light via your home Wifi network.



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