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Connecting Reach to the Internet via mobile hotspot

This guide shows how to connect Reach to the Internet via your control device's hotspot to update it to the latest firmware or get the corrections from your NTRIP service.

Video guide

The video below explains how you can connect Reach to the mobile hotspot. We will show the connection to the iPhone's hotspot, but the process is similar for all other iOS and Android devices.

Text guide

Get access to Reach in Emlid Flow

Android device

Make sure mobile data and battery optimization are turned off before connecting to Reach’s hotspot.

To establish the connection between your mobile device and Reach, follow the steps below:

  1. Download the app from Google Play or App Store.

  2. Go to Wi-Fi settings on your device.

  3. Connect to Reach hotspot. It appears as reach:XX:XX.

  4. Enter password emlidreach.

  5. Launch the Emlid Flow app.

  6. Choose Reach from the list of available devices.

Configure Wi-Fi connection settings in Emlid Flow

After connecting to the Reach hotspot in Emlid Flow, set up the connection to your mobile device hotspot:


Check that your device's mobile hotspot is disabled to ensure a successful connection.

  1. On the Receivers screen, tap Wi-Fi.

  2. Tap Add a new network. As your device's mobile hotspot has been temporarily disabled, this network is not visible.


    Make sure that there are no available saved networks to ensure successful connection.

  3. Fill in the credentials of your device’s hotspot:

    • Type the network name
    • Choose a security type
    • Add a password if you have it

    Double-check the password!

    You can unmask the password by tapping an eye symbol at the end of the password field.

  4. Press the Connect button. The Network LED will start blinking—it means that Reach is trying to connect to your device's hotspot.

    But since it is off, Reach will start sharing its hotspot again.

  5. To detect your device's hotspot and connect to it, you need to reboot Reach. Press the power button for a while to turn your Reach off and then press it again to turn Reach on.

    Rebooting Reach using Emlid Flow

    Alternatively, you can reboot your Reach using Emlid Flow. Connect your device to the Reach hotspot again. Then open Emlid Flow and refresh the list of devices to connect to your Reach. After that, tap the name of your Reach and restart it. Finally, proceed to step 7.

  6. Enable the mobile hotspot on your mobile device.

    iOS device

    To ensure successful connection, pay attention to the following:

    • Make sure that your iOS device is not connected to any other Wi-Fi networks. iOS hotspot may drop once your iOS device finds an available Wi-Fi network and connects to it
    • Starting with the iPhone 12 series, enable the Maximize compatibility option on its Personal hotspot page. This will switch its hotspot to 2.4 GHz and ensure connection to Reach
    • Keep the Personal Hotspot page on the iOS device open while the Reach is loading
  7. When Reach reboots and its Status LED is solid green again, check the connection status:

    iOS device

    If the connection to the device's hotspot is successful, you will see the blue notification at the top left corner of the screen.

    • The Network LED starts blinking slowly: it means that Reach is connected to your mobile hotspot

    • The Network LED is solid: it means that the connection to your mobile hotspot failed and Reach returned to the hotspot mode

    Failed connection

    If the connection to your device's hotspot failed, do the following:

    • Check the entered password
    • Check that your network is configured correctly
    • Try connecting to another Wi-Fi network

Access Reach in your Wi-Fi network

When your Reach is connected to your mobile hotspot, access it following the steps below:

  1. Open Emlid Flow.

  2. Refresh the list of available devices.

  3. Choose Reach from the list.

Now Reach is connected to your mobile hotspot and ready for work.

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