How to connect GHL Doser SA to your network (LAN)

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About GHL Doser LAN connectivity

This article will show you how to connect a Standalone GHL Doser to your network using a LAN connection. After connecting, we will also show you how to access the doser when you are within the range of your network (locally via GCC / GHL Connect) and through the cloud (myGHL).

You will need…

In order to proceed, you will need the following:

ItemPurpose
GHL Doser StandaloneDevice which will be used to connect to your network
Windows computerFor connecting to the doser via USB
USB cableFor connecting the doser to your PC
Ethernet cableFor connecting to the LAN port on the doser and your router

Preliminary step: Download GHL Control Center

Before you proceed with the steps below, you must first download the newest version of GHL Control Center. This program will allow you to access your GHL device settings via a Windows computer.

To download GCC, visit our downloads page and install the program to your PC.

Connect to doser via USB

1. Open GHL Control Center (GCC) and connect to your doser via USB

Not sure how to connect via USB?

If you are not sure how to connect over USB, follow the steps shown here. Once you are connected, you may proceed with the steps below.

Connect ethernet cable to doser and router

1. Take one-end of the ethernet cable and connect it to the doser’s LAN port (as shown here)

2. Take the other-end of the ethernet cable and connect it to an available port on your router

Navigate to Wi-Fi / LAN settings page

  1. Click on System
  2. In the WiFi / LAN section, click on Settings

All your doser’s WiFi / LAN settings will be displayed here.

Configure LAN settings

1. Set the mode to LAN

Setup Doser with Auto IP or Static IP

Now it’s time to specify how the doser will connect to your network. Read the text in the info box below and choose the method you want to use.

Auto IP vs. Static IP: What’s the difference? Which should I use?

Standalone GHL Dosers can join your network using either the Auto IP or Static IP method. Even though both options will get you connected, the method you choose will depend on your specific needs. Here is a brief description of each option…

Automatic IP (Obtain IP automatically): This method allows your router to automatically assign an available IP address to your GHL Doser. With the Auto IP method, your router is free to change and assign a NEW IP address to the Doser at any time. This option is recommended for those who will be connecting to their doser via myGHL cloud ONLY.

Static IP (Use following settings): Instead of having your router assign an IP address (Auto IP), this method allows you to set a specific IP address for the GHL Doser. The IP address you assign be reserved for the doser and cannot be changed by the router. If you plan to connect to the Doser MOSTLY over a local connection (when you are within the range of your Wi-Fi network) AND also myGHL cloud, we recommend setting a Static IP.

— Auto IP setup

  1. Select Obtain IP address automatically
  2. Click Save

3. Click Disconnect

Your doser will now apply the LAN settings you entered. Please allow up to 2 minutes for the doser to attempt a connection. If your network information was entered correctly, the GHL logo light will turn BLUE.

Look at the GHL logo light!

If your network information was entered correctly, the GHL logo on the doser will…

  • Turn solid blue: If myGHL cloud is disabled
  • Flash blue: If myGHL cloud is enabled

Seeing the blue GHL logo light means that your doser is now connected to your network.

Is your doser flashing other colors including blue? Don’t worry!

If the GHL logo light on the doser is flashing blue and another color, don’t worry. This “other” color is a secondary notification. If this “other” color is:

Red: There is an active alarm. Check your doser container fill levels and refill the container if necessary.

Yellow: The liquid in one or more of your dosing containers is starting to run low

For more information on the GHL logo color codes, click here.

— Auto IP setup: Add doser to myGHL cloud

With the doser connected to your network, you can now add this device to your myGHL account. Doing so will allow you to access the doser from the cloud.

To add the doser to your myGHL account, follow the steps shown in this video.

After following the steps in the video, you will be able to connect to your doser by using any web browser to go to the myGHL website.

Want to access the doser via the cloud on the GHL Connect app?

If you would like to use the GHL Connect app to access the doser over the cloud, you can do so by syncing your myGHL account to the app.

If you are not sure how to do this, click here for the instructions.

Once your account is synced, a new connection will be viewable in the app. This new connection will be your dedicated cloud connection for your GHL device.

— Auto IP setup: Find the assigned IP address (OPTIONAL)

In order to connect to the doser through your network, you will first need to find out what IP address was assigned to your doser by your router.

You can do this by logging into your router settings and seeing the list of devices that are connected to your network. Within that list, you will see the Doser and its assigned IP address.

Once you have that IP address, write it down. The next step will be to create a new a dedicated connection for the doser in GHL Control Center and/or GHL Connect app. This dedicated connection will allow you to access the doser when you are within the range of your Wi-Fi network.

The setup steps for each platform are directly below the “Static IP setup” section.

— Static IP setup

  1. Select Use following settings
  2. Click on Setup wizard…

3. Type-in the IP address you want to assign to the doser, then click OK.

NOTE: The IP address you assign MUST NOT be in-use by another device on your network.

TIP: Having the Doser’s IP address end in .150 or .200 will work for most users.

STEP 3 (Alternate method)
If you want to bypass the wizard, you can manually type-in your network’s information…

IP address: Type-in the IP address you want to assign to the doser
Subnet mask: *** See below ***
Default gateway: *** See below ***

How to find the subnet mask and default gateway
1. In the Windows search bar, type-in CMD and open Command Prompt
2. Type-in IPCONFIG and press the Enter key on your keyboard

The results will display your subnet mask and default gateway:

4. Click Save

5. Click Disconnect

Your doser will now apply the LAN settings you entered. Please allow up to 2 minutes for the doser to attempt a connection. If your network information was entered correctly, the GHL logo light will turn BLUE.

Look at the GHL logo light!

If your network information was entered correctly, the GHL logo on the doser will…

  • Turn solid blue: If myGHL cloud is disabled
  • Flash blue: If myGHL cloud is enabled

Seeing the blue GHL logo light means that your doser is now connected to your network.

Is your doser flashing other colors including blue? Don’t worry!

If the GHL logo light on the doser is flashing blue and another color, don’t worry. This “other” color is a secondary notification. If this “other” color is:

Red: There is an active alarm. Check your doser container fill levels and refill the container if necessary.

Yellow: The liquid in one or more of your dosing containers is starting to run low

For more information on the GHL logo color codes, click here.

— Static IP setup: What’s next?

Now that your doser is connected to your network, your next step will be to create a dedicated connection for the doser in GHL Control Center and/or GHL Connect app. This dedicated connection will allow you to access the doser when you are within the range of your Wi-Fi network.

We have provided the steps for each platform below…

Connect via GHL Control Center

This section will show you how to connect to your GHL Doser using GHL Control Center.

1. Click Administrate (top-left)

2. Click NEW

3. Select the GHL Doser

4. Set the Type of connection to Network (TCP/IP)

5. Give this connection a name; GHL Doser LAN

6. In the Host-Name field, type-in the IP address of your GHL Doser

This will either be the IP address which was assigned to your doser by your router OR the IP address you assigned to the doser during Static IP setup.

7. Click Save, then click Close

8. Select your newly made connection by either clicking Connect or by double-clicking the respective icon.

Connect via GHL Connect app

This section will show you how to connect to your GHL Doser using the GHL Connect app.

1. Open the GHL Connect app

2. In the My Devices page, press ADD DEVICE

3. Select your GHL Doser, then press NEXT

4. In the Host/IP field, type-in the IP address of your GHL Doser, then press NEXT

This will either be the IP address which was assigned to your doser by your router OR the IP address you assigned to the doser during Static IP setup.

5. Give this connection a name; Doser Wi-Fi — Doser Home — etc.

6. Press DONE

Your new connection will now be listed. This will be the connection you choose when you are within the range of your Wi-Fi network.

RECOMMENDED: Add your doser to the cloud

If you would like to connect and control your doser from anywhere in the world, we recommend adding your device to the cloud.

The steps for that can be found here.

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