Elgato's Wi-Fi products such as Key Light, Light Strip and Ring Light use a networking protocol to communicate with the Control Center app on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices.
The aim is to make pairing such devices to a network easy and seamless.
- What Network Protocol(s) Do Elgato Wi-Fi Product Use?
- Which Elgato Products Use Bonjour/Multicast
- Computer Configuration
- Router Configuration
What Network Protocol(s) do Elgato Wi-Fi products use?
Bonjour - Bonjour is the discovery protocol created by Apple that is widely used today across many product ranges which makes adding smart devices to a network easy.
Learn more about Bonjour - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonjour_(software)
Multicast - Once the Wi-Fi device has been paired, Control Center and the device communicate using Multicast packets.
Learn more about Multicast - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multicast
Which Elgato Products use Bonjour/Multicast?
These products use either or both of the network protocols:
- Key Light
- Key Light Air
- Ring Light
- Light Strip
- Stream Deck Mobile
Windows and Mac computers do not need any additional software installed for Bonjour discovery.
Windows: Bonjour is installed with Control Center.
macOS: Bonjour is natively supported and does not require installation.
Bonjour uses Multicast packets to find devices such as Elgato's Wi-Fi networks on the network.
To ensure that devices can find Elgato Wi-Fi products, these services should be enabled on the Wi-Fi router and/or access point.
Some routers may give this configuration and protocol different names. Below are some common setting names.