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Using SkyPortal (or SkySafari+) over HomeBrew Bluetooth AUX connection

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#51 mlord

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 09:46 PM

Just back at using this again, for the first time since May/2021.

 

The current version 4.3 of the app Something is broken -- DO NOT UPGRADE if you can avoid it!  It no longer works for bridging our BT connections.  I am getting in contact with the author to try and resolve this.


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Posted 14 October 2021 - 10:53 PM

Actually, even when I restore the old (June/2021) version of the app, it no longer works.

 

Anyone else still able to use Bluetooth?



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Posted 14 October 2021 - 11:08 PM

Yes I use it, just tried it, works fine with SkySafari (Celestron WiFi) over Bluetooth bridge v4.3.
I don't use much SkyPortal, tried direct connect, still over Bluetooth bridge, not working for me either.

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Posted 15 October 2021 - 07:25 AM

Okay, neither astro app connects for me, but good to hear that the BT Bridge is still working for you.

 

I need to do some digging to see what's up here.



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Posted 15 October 2021 - 09:33 AM

Digging around, everything looks normal.  The UDP broadcast packets are visible and correct.  I even changed the payload to exactly match what the HomeBrew WiFi sends.

 

But the apps simply either don't see the broadcasts, or are ignoring them, and so they never even try to connect to the TCP server on port 2000.

 

WiFi works fine, so the UDP broadcasts (same payload) are fine.

 

???  Anyone else ???



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Posted 15 October 2021 - 12:43 PM

Okay, something has changed either in SkySafari or in Android.

 

I got SkySafari(Pro) working again on my Android-10 tablet, by changing the broadcast address to 255.255.255.255, AND by ensuring the Android tablet is also connected to my home WiFi.  It will not work unless WiFi is connected to something.  Which poses a problem when "in the field".   SkyPortal on the other hand, won't connect at all.

 

On my Android-10 smartphone, neither works

On my Android-11 smartphone, same deal: neither works.

 

I may try changing the broadcast data to exactly mimic what Celestron WiFi sends, and see it that helps SkyPortal.



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Posted 15 October 2021 - 02:42 PM

That is weird?

 

On my Android 11 phone, nothing matters (forget my WiFi network and leave it on disconnected, or turn off WiFi), SkySafari still connects fine.

Also SkyPortal connects fine ... i was doing it wrong and had it configured for Direct Connect instead of Access Point.

Even tried Flight Mode with BlueTooth on to simulate  a "no service area" and both SS & SP connected fine.

 

Broadcast is still configured as 127.255.255.255

 

All my apps and OS updates are up-to-date


Edited by coollick, 15 October 2021 - 02:45 PM.


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Posted 15 October 2021 - 03:05 PM

..Also SkyPortal connects fine ... i was doing it wrong and had it configured for Direct Connect instead of Access Point.
 

Seriously?  How long has that been A Thing??   smile.gif

 

Okay, switched over to "Access Point" mode in the SkyPortal/SkySafari app settings, and it all works now.  Duh.. 

 

Thanks!!!


Edited by mlord, 16 October 2021 - 09:25 AM.

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