Connecting Awair to Advanced Network Configurations

Awair is compatible with 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n networks. For most users, reviewing the following aspects in your router’s settings will resolve any connection issue:

  • Frequency: Awair is only compatible with 2.4GHz networks. Awair will not discover or pair with 5GHz networks.
  • Mode: Awair works best with routers set to mixed access mode (802.11b/g/n). Due to the stricter access rules, Awair may not be compatible with 802.11ac or 802.11n-only modes at this time.
  • Channel: Generally, channels 1 and 11 have the least amount of interference. However, you may find that your Awair performs best on other channels, so it may take some tweaking and analyzing your environment to find your optimal configuration. Wi-Fi scanning services (such as NetSpot) can be helpful to find right channel for your environment.

If you’re trying to connect your Awair to a corporate or high-security network, we recommend taking a look at the following best practices. This article provides an overview for the following:

If you continue to run into trouble getting your Awair connected to your network, please reach out to us so we can help. We’re happy to troubleshoot over email or schedule a phone call at your convenience.



Advanced Networking Highlights

  • Your Awair requires outgoing TCP & TLS connections on Port 443 (legacy 8883).
  • The connection on Port 443 (legacy 8883) is indefinite.
  • For adding device-specific permissions, every Awair has a standard MAC-48 address listed on the back of the product.
  • Awair does not support networks requiring two factor authentication, login portals, or managed login networks. You may be able to connect your Awair to these networks by setting device-specific permissions (e.g. MAC Whitelists). 


Network Encryption Methods

Awair recommends using a password protected Wi-Fi network. Because of the extra security it allows, we specifically recommend using WPA2 (WPA2 + AES) as the network authentication method. However, your Awair is also compatible with WEP, WPA, and open networks.

Your Awair is not compatible with WPA Enterprise, WPA2 Enterprise, or WPS encryption methods. Awair does not support networks requiring two factor authentication, login portals, or managed login networks--however, you may be able to establish a connection to these kinds of networks by adding your Awair’s MAC address to your network’s whitelist.



Managing TCP Ports

Basic security firewall configurations will commonly allow outgoing connections from all devices, but high security configurations may block all or a portion of this traffic. If your firewall is particularly restrictive, try adjusting your firewall’s policies to allow your Awair to make outgoing TCP connections on Port 443 (legacy 8883).

Your Awair uses one long-term secure communication protocol to send data back to Awair’s servers. After connecting to your Wi-Fi network, your Awair will open an ongoing TCP connection on Port 443 (legacy 8883) to Awair’s servers, secured with standard TLS encryption. If severed, your Awair will continuously attempt to re-establish this connection.

Once per hour, your Awair will check for and download firmware updates when available. This check is done via a TCP connection using TLS security and HTTPS protocol, initiated on Port 443 to Awair’s servers.

All connections to your Awair are outgoing, no incoming connections are established.



MAC Address Whitelists

You can add your Awair to your network by whitelisting its MAC address (this method is sometimes referred to as MAC address authentication or filtering). You can find your Awair's unique MAC address on the back of your product, it’s the 12-digit number starting with “70”.

Whitelisting your Awair by MAC address is often the best way to connect Awair to managed login access points requiring secondary authentication.



Testing for Network Compatibility

If you’re unable to connect to your Awair after trying the methods above, your network may be incompatible with Awair. While not the most elegant method, the quickest way to test the compatibility of your Wi-Fi network is to use a mobile hotspot.

By setting up a mobile hotspot or tethering to your phone, you’ll be able to quickly determine if your Awair’s connection issue is rooted in the advanced configuration of your Wi-Fi network.

However, if you’re unable to connect your Awair to the network created by your mobile hotspot network, it’s possible your Awair’s hardware may be defective. This rare situation is covered under our 1-year warranty and we’re more than happy to replace your product if needed. Please reach out to us so we can help!


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