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EAGLE first use: remote control from a Mac computer

This guide shows how to properly set remote control of your EAGLE from a Mac computer with macOS operative system. This article has been written by using a macOS Catalina 10.15.6 and Microsoft Remote Desktop client 10.4.0 (1811). From the Mac App Store of your computer, please search and install the “Microsoft Remote Desktop” app. If you do not know how to install the app from the Mac App Store, please read the manual of your computer. Thanks to the remote control app, you have EAGLE with all your software on your device screen. Start the “Microsoft Remote Desktop” app. Click the + button (top-right), then select “Add PC”.

 

EAGLE first use: Setting remote control from a Mac computer
EAGLE first use: Setting remote control from a Mac computer

 

In the window that opens, in “PC name” enter 192.168.137.1. Then select the “User Account” field and choose “Add user account”. A window will open where you can enter your username and password to log on to Windows.
The values are:
– Username: PrimaLuceLab;
Password: (that shown in the flyer in the EAGLE box)

 

EAGLE first use: Setting remote control from a Mac computer
EAGLE first use: Setting remote control from a Mac computer

 

Then press the button “Save” to save the access data. WARNING: when entering your data check that your device does not automatically insert a space after the word “username” and “password”. Then select the option “Connect to an admin session” and press the “Add” button to confirm and save the access data.  Returning to the main page you will find a new connection.

 

EAGLE first use: Setting remote control from a Mac computer
EAGLE first use: Setting remote control from a Mac computer

 

Make a double click on the connection and  and you’ll see on your device’s desktop EAGLE. Now you are ready to use the software you prefer to control your telescope. NOTE: You can also use another Remote Desktop client, the Parallels Client (you can download from here https://www.parallels.com/products/ras/capabilities/rdp-client/). This client has to be set as the Microsoft one, the only difference is that this will ask also the Port number, please set it to 3389.

 

EAGLE first use: Setting remote control from a Mac computer
EAGLE first use: Setting remote control from a Mac computer

 

NOTE: after being connected to the EAGLE’s WiFi, I start Remote Desktop connection but the error“Unable to connect” appears. How can I fix this?

This error may happen if your Mac is not connected to the internet. In this case, we must configure a manual IP address on your Mac, when connected to the EAGLE. To be able to switch between network configurations easily/cleanly on a Mac, you should create a location for your EAGLE, and switch between locations under the Apple menu. To create a location, do the following:

Open System Preferences, and go to “Network” – once there, select the pull-down menu next to “Location”. Select “Edit Locations”. Click on the “+” symbol; to create a new location, and give it a name in the field provided.

 

EAGLE first use: Setting remote control from a Mac computer
EAGLE first use: Setting remote control from a Mac computer

 

Next, select the name of the WiFi network of your EAGLE. With the network selected, click “Advanced”. Click on the “TCP/IP” tab, and click on the pulldown menu for “Configure IPv4” to change from “Using DHCP” to “Manually”. With “Manually” selected, you must enter a valid IP address for the network of your EAGLE. The IP address of your EAGLE’s AP interface is 192.168.137.1. An address must be selected in the same network range, and it must be unique. This is done by changing the last “octet” of the network address. Your EAGLE ends in “.1” You can select any other address starting with “.2, and going to “.254”. Remember if you have multiple devices accessing your EAGLE, you should choose and assign a unique IP to each device. In this example, I have chosen “.102” – so the IP address I have configured is “192.168.137.102. Configure the netmask and router as shown. The router is the IP address of your EAGLE.

 

EAGLE first use: Setting remote control from a Mac computer
EAGLE first use: Setting remote control from a Mac computer

 

Next, click on the “DNS” tab. Under “DNS Servers” click the “+” symbol to add a server, and again, use the IP address of your EAGLE, like the example above. When done, click OK. Click Apply. Switch to the new location you created under the Apple menu > Location > (your location name).

 

EAGLE first use: Setting remote control from a Mac computer
EAGLE first use: Setting remote control from a Mac computer

 

Check that now your Mac is connected to the EAGLE’s WiFi and start the Remote Desktop connection. If you still have the same error, this could be related to the access data saved in your Mac memory. In order to delete previous saved access data, please enter the “Keychain” and type, in the upper-right field, the name of your EAGLE’s WiFi network. Then select all the results, make a right mouse click and select Delete All.

 

EAGLE first use: Setting remote control from a Mac computer
EAGLE first use: Setting remote control from a Mac computer

 

This will remove all the access data saved related to your EAGLE’s WiFi network. Please connect again to the EAGLE’s WiFi (you will be requested to enter again the “primalucelab” password) and start the Remote Desktop connection to your EAGLE.