Tech Tip: How to Wirelessly Tether to Capture One Using Air Direct

Posted by: on Sep 24, 2020

Tech Tip: How to Wirelessly Tether to Capture One Using Air Direct
Are you ready to get started with your Air Direct and your software? Read on, I’ll show you the connection steps, I’m using a Sony to Capture One for Sony with Air Direct, but first, have you downloaded the Air Direct Utility (ADU) software to your computer? If not, please do that now.

Go to our website to access the download for both Windows and Mac.

Click Download for the ADU software for your computer. Follow the install procedure as per your computer.

Connect Steps

Step 1

Connect the Air Direct to your camera. Insert the correct supplied compatible connector cable to your camera’s USB data port and the opposite USB C end into the Air Direct. At this point, keep the camera turned off.

Step 2

On the Air Direct, select a WiFi speed, either 2.4GHz or 5GHz, set the switch to a WiFi network and set the switch to ADU.

The Air Direct can transmit over one of two WiFi speeds; 2.4GHz and 5GHz – we recommend using the frequency best suited for your purposes, (you’ll want to make sure your computer or laptop can connect to a 5GHz, most newer systems have this capability.) Typically, 2.4GHz is best for longer distances and 5GHz is best for larger files sizes and faster speeds. *Note: 2.4GHz is typically slower than 5GHz. And 5GHz cannot reach the distances of 2.4GHz.

Once you have the switches set correctly for your session, turn the Power On.

Step 3

The Air Direct WiFi network (indicated by the blue light) will initiate. After 10 seconds, the blue light will blink fast for approximately five seconds, then slow blink for approximately 10 seconds, then turn to a solid blue light. Once solid, pause for approximately 5 seconds, now the Air Direct WiFi Network is ready to connect to your computer.

Step 4

Access the Wi-Fi Settings on your computer and connect to the Air Direct Wi-Fi Network (2.4 or 5GHz). Enter the default password, 12345678. The password will be remembered by your computer. We recommend setting the AIR_DIRECT Wi-Fi as your priority. On a Mac go to your Network Preferences, shown below. On a PC check Connect Automatically in the Wi-Fi selection popup.

Step 5

On your computer, launch the Air Direct Utility (ADU) software. Make sure you do this before you open your software, this is the number one step users tend to forget. The ADU connection links your Air Direct to your computer. You will be notified You are Connected when the connection has been made.

Click Help > Check for Updates to make sure you are running the latest ADU software. Be sure to update the firmware when you are prompted.

Step 6

Open the tethering software of your choice, turn your camera on and begin your session. The ADU must remain running and connected while using the Air Direct device to tether to your software.

I’m connecting to Capture One for Sony. I follow the same steps: Open software, start New Session, name the session, then turn on the camera and over the ADU connection, Capture One for Sony recognizes my camera and I’m ready to shoot.

Tethering Tips: Same as when you tether to your computer with a cable. We highly recommend:

● Ensure your camera is supported by the tethering software.
● Turning off Dropbox and Google Drive from syncing in the background.
● Disable any firewall, anti-virus software from running while tethering.
● Close all other tethering programs when shooting tethered – only have one open and connected to your camera at a time.
● Make sure your camera is up to date on its firmware.
● Check power levels on your camera, the Air Direct and laptop.
● For Sony, Fuji and Lumix – turn Charge via USB Power Off, and set camera to PC Remote

Want a visual step-by-step? Check out this video that directs you how to connect the Air Direct into Capture One.