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First setup

Intro

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the following steps:

  • install the ReachView 3 App
  • connect and place the GNSS antenna
  • connect to Reach M+/M2
  • perform firmware update

To do that, you will need Reach itself, an external GNSS antenna, a Wi-Fi network with Internet access and a smartphone or tablet.

Install ReachView 3

To manage Reach M+/M2, we recommend using ReachView 3 app for iOS or Android. Download it from the App Store or Google Play before updating.

Google Play Store (Android 5.1 or later)App Store (iOS 14.0 or later)
Download ReachView 3Download ReachView 3
Using Reach with Android devices

Some Android devices have the Battery optimization setting enabled by default. Make sure you disabled it for ReachView 3 to avoid disconnection.

Connect antenna

To connect the antenna to Reach, follow the steps below:

Plug the antenna cable into MCX socket on Reach M2.

caution

There should be no obstacles near the antenna that could block the sky view higher than 30 degrees above the horizon. Do not test the device indoors or near buildings. Do not cover the skyview for the antennas with laptops, cars or yourself. RTK requires good satellite visibility and reception.

tip

To learn how to properly place the antenna, check the Antenna placement guide.

Power up Reach M+/M2

To power up your Reach, follow the steps below:

  1. Take the Micro-USB to USB cable that comes with the package.

  2. Plug the Micro-USB end of the cable into the Micro-USB port on the Reach and plug another end into a 5 V power source such as a USB power bank, USB wall adapter or USB port of a computer.


caution

Do not plug two power supplies at the same time as it may damage the device.

After the device is powered up, the Network LED will be blinking for about 30 seconds and then becomes solid. Reach is now broadcasting Wi-Fi.


tip

You can read more about power supply in this guide.

Connect to Reach M+/M2

Using Reach with Android device

Turn off the mobile data on your device before connecting to Reach's hotspot.

To connect to your Reach, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the list of Wi-Fi networks on your smartphone or tablet.

  2. Connect to a network named reach:xx:xx.

  3. Type the network password: emlidreach.

Once you successfully connected to Reach's hotspot, you can go to ReachView 3 and set up connection to your Wi-Fi network.

Set up Wi-Fi connection

note

Make sure that your Wi-Fi network uses 2.4 GHz band.

To connect Reach to your Wi-Fi network, follow the steps below:

  1. Open ReachView 3 and choose your Reach from the list.

  2. Tap the Set up Reach button to open Updater for the further setup process.

  3. On the Updater page, tap the Plus button in the Wi-Fi section.

  4. Enter your Wi-Fi network name, security type, and password.

  5. Tap the Connect button.

Reach M+/M2 will stop broadcasting Wi-Fi and connect to your network. The Network LED will blink rapidly while scanning for networks. Once Reach connects to Wi-Fi, the LED will start blinking slowly.


When the connection of Reach with the Wi-Fi network is established, you can connect to your unit using ReachView 3:

  1. Connect your smartphone or tablet to the same Wi-Fi network.

  2. Open the ReachView 3 app.

  3. Choose your Reach from the list of available devices.

note

If there is only one receiver, the app will automatically try to connect to this Reach.

tip

If your device did not connect to a Wi-Fi network, it will switch back to hotspot mode. In that case, repeat the steps and double check your network name and password.

Update Reach firmware

After connecting to Reach M+/M2, the app will check the available firmware updates. Follow the steps below to get the latest update:

  1. Tap on the Set up Reach button to open the Updater.

  2. Enter the new name of your Reach and tap Save.


    note

    You can leave the default name for your Reach. Tap on the Skip button to skip the step.

  3. Wait until it checks for the latest update. If there is an update available, press the Upgrade Reach Firmware button and wait until updating and installing process is over.


    note

    The process may take several minutes.

  4. Tap the Reboot and go to the app! button to reboot Reach M+/M2.

  5. Wait for the Network LED to stop blinking, showing that Reach M+/M2 has joined your Wi-FI network again. Close the Updater page.

  6. Refresh the list of available devices.

  7. Choose your unit from the list of available devices.

    note

    If there is only one receiver, the app will automatically try to connect to this Reach.

After first setup

Your Reach M+/M2 is ready for work. Do the same with all other units.

Now you can set up base and rover connection following the instruction from the Base and rover setup guide.