Can I connect to UGPS using my usual network?

Accessing the internet at the same time as UGPS

To connect to the UGPS topside over Wifi, one needs to use the local network 'UnderwaterGPS' described at the following link. 

https://waterlinked.github.io/underwater-gps/network-settings/#wifi

However, this will prevent your device from accessing the global internet over Wifi (except possibly on a mobile phone or other device connected to a cellular network in addition). To connect to both UGPS and the global internet at the same time, there are several options. We refer to your 'computer' throughout, but solution 1. works for any device, and some of the other solutions may be able to be made to work for some devices.

1. If you are connecting to the global internet over Wifi or ethernet via a router which has an available ethernet port, the simplest option is to connect the G2 topside into the router using an ethernet cable. Put/keep the 'IP' switch discussed in 2. below in the 'Up' position ('Configurable').  The G2 topside will be dynamically assigned an IP address on your local network by your router, and you will need to find out what this IP address is, for example by logging into the router. You should then be able to reach the G2 topside on your device from your usual network at its dynamically assigned IP address. To avoid the step of finding the IP address of the G2 topside, you could set your router up to always assign the same static IP address to the G2 topside, and then configure the G2 topside to use this assigned static IP address in the GUI, under 'Settings -> Topside settings -> Advanced Setups -> Network Configuration', setting it to 'Static' with the appropriate parameters.

2. If you do not have the possibility to carry out 1., the solution we recommend requires connecting from your computer to the G2 topside unit over ethernet. To establish the ethernet connection between your computer and the G2 topside unit, we suggest to put the 'IP' switch in the bottom right of the G2 topside unit, to the upper left of where 'Water Linked' is written, into the 'Down' position, which will give the G2 topside the static IP address 192.168.2.94. Then use a static IP address on your computer in the same subnet, such as 192.168.2.93. See the following link for a few more details on getting this ethernet connection to work.

https://waterlinked.github.io/underwater-gps/network-settings/#ethernet

You will need to restart the G2 topside unit for these networking changes to take effect.
You can check whether the ethernet connection is working by going to http://192.168.2.94 in your browser.
Once you have the ethernet connection, you can make a 'network bridge' between it and your usual wireless connection; if you search for 'network bridge' on the internet, you should find plenty of info on how to do it, it is quite simple for most operating systems. Here are some instructions for Windows 10 for instance.

https://www.howto-connect.com/setup-bridge-connections-on-windows-10/

Once this network bridge is made, you should be able to use both the UGPS system and your usual wireless network with access to the global internet at the same time.

3. If you are able to connect to the global internet over ethernet rather than Wifi, you can do the same as in 2., but instead use the local 'UnderwaterGPS' Wifi network to connect to UGPS, and create a network bridge between it and your ethernet connection to the global internet.

4. If you wish to connect both to UGPS and to the global internet over Wifi, it is possible in principle to make a 'network bridge' between the G2 wifi network and your usual Wifi network, but you will need two Wifi interfaces on your computer. Most computers don't have two hardware wifi interfaces, but you might be able to do it using a 'virtual interface' for one of them. Whether this is possible will depend upon the drivers your computer has.  There are some instructions for Windows 10 at the following link.

See the answer with the most votes at the following link for some discussion of this in case you are using Linux.


5. If you wish to connect both to UGPS and to the global internet over ethernet and cannot plug into a router as in 1., you can use a 2 (or more) to 1 ethernet switch into which you can plug both the ethernet cable to UGPS and the ethernet cable to the global internet. For this to work, however, you would need to assign your computer a static IP address on the router from which your ethernet cable to the global internet is ultimately connected, and assign the UGPS topside a static IP address in the subnet through its GUI, as discussed at the end of 1.