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 Indigo Touch not work on local network without WAN? 
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Post Indigo Touch not work on local network without WAN?
I don't have (and won't be able to get) WAN network access from my home. But I've setup a local wi-fi (LAN) network and control all my indigo devices from various computers in my house. I'd like to use indigo touch but have run into some really unexpected behavior as it appears to require access to the outside world to control my devices in my home.

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1) Indigo touch -never- has problems seeing my indigo server on my local LAN (using Bonjour I'm assuming).
2) indigo touch will work over my LAN on my iphone .. IFF my iphone is able to connect via 3G or Edge to the outside world.
2) indigo touch on my ipad won't work at all (since it doesn't have 3G access to the outside network). It just identifies the indigo server and then hangs stating "waiting for network Wi-Fi/3G/Edge".

I ran some experiments at a friend's house using my ipad and, if their LAN is connected to the WAN, then indigo touch works fine. If, however, their LAN is disconnected from the WAN then indigo touch hangs saying "waiting for network Wi-Fi/3G/Edge" - even though it continues to see the indigo server over the LAN.

I guess I don't see any reason that Indigo touch requires access to the WAN inorder to run my lights. In fact, I'm a little curious as to what Indigo touch is so intent on doing on the WAN.

Is there any way to fool indigo touch into working on my network? And if not, I guess the follow on question is, why does it need WAN access when it correctly identifies and is told that it needs to connect to my local indigo server?

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Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:51 am
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Post Re: Indigo Touch not work on local network without WAN?
Indigo Touch doesn't require internet access to work, just a local network connection (assuming the server is on the same network). I just tried the same experiment here - I unplugged the network cable from my cable modem to my router so my local network didn't have internet access. On both my iPhone and my iPad (which doesn't have 3G), which were on my local network, Indigo Touch continued to work fine. I even force-quitted it and started it back up. Indigo Touch found the server via Bonjour and worked without a hitch.

What version of iOS are you using on your devices? Do you have Indigo Touch 1.7 (the latest version)?

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Post Re: Indigo Touch not work on local network without WAN?
Is your WiFi network ad-hoc?

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Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:34 am
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Post Re: Indigo Touch not work on local network without WAN?
hmm.. well - it's encouraging that it's not supposed to be doing this.

So I'm running the indigo touch v 1.7.0.

My local network is being served up from an airport express. I've also run the experiment using an ad hoc network and received the same results. I wonder if it's related to how the addresses are being served up by my airport express/extreme?

Now that I know it's not supposed to be doing this, I'll start trying to figure out what the secret handshake is and what I'm doing differently.

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Post Re: Indigo Touch not work on local network without WAN?
If the problem is Ad-Hoc WiFi related (that is, it only happens when connecting to Ad-Hoc WiFi networks), then we might have a fix for a future version of Indigo Touch. That said, it will be quite a while before we release the next version of Indigo Touch. It is on the schedule, by far out at this point.

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