My Glowforge Pro arrived yesterday, and there I was… Internetless!
I have uncharitable things to say about Spectrum/Time Warner that don’t belong here.
Let’s skip right past that to the part where I hooked up an Alfa R36 (Portable Wireless Router) to an Alfa AWUS036NH (USB WIFI adapter) which then grabbed onto the Verizon Wireless hotspot on a Samsung Galaxy 7, and bingo, we had a good local WiFi LAN, and a steady but low bandwidth connection to The Internet.
I called over some excited pals, and we proceeded to slice up a bunch of non proofgrade wood and acrylic into coasters and rulers and whatever else.
Things to take away from this post:
- Scraggly low bandwidth internet works.
- If your designs are simple enough, they don’t take all that long to push up to app.glowforge.com and become available at the forge.
- When reading the pdf embedded in the setup.glowforge.com site (or sent to you as part of a mid-expectation email), be sure to click “Continue” on the pdf page before attempting to disconnect from your local network and join the ad-hoc network. If you do this step as you read it, the setup.glowforge.com site won’t load the app that searches for your glowforge on its ad hoc network.