Connecting to a computer over wireless

You can connect to a wireless-enabled LI-8100A using your Windows computer's wireless connection.

Note: The Cisco wireless card is not compatible with some modern devices and software. Windows 10 does not support this connection. Use the TP-Link instead (see Connecting with the TP-Link Wireless Router).

  1. Check the LI-8100A wireless capability—be sure the Cisco wireless card is installed under the LI-8100A access panel.
  2. Connect to the instrument using serial or USB.
  3. See First Things First for details.
  4. Set the LI-8100A IP address.
  5. In the LI-8100A PC software, click 8100 > Networking and enter the following information:
    • IP Address:
    • Netmask:
    • Connection Type: Peer-to-Peer (ad-hoc)
    • Network Name (SSID): Soil Network 1
    • Channel: 1
  6. The other settings can be left at the default values. Restart the instrument after setting the IP address.
  7. Configure your computer wireless settings.
  8. This step differs depending upon your Windows version, but the steps below should work in Windows 7 and newer versions:
    1. Press the Windows key () and search for IP Address.
    2. Click View Network Connections in the search results.
    3. Right-click the Wireless Network Connection and select Properties.
    4. Double-click the entry called Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
  9. Select Use the following IP address and enter:
    • IP Address:
    • Netmask:
  10. Connect to the LI‑8100 Network.
    1. Press the key and search for Sharing.
    2. Press enter to open the Network and Sharing Center.
    3. Click Connect or Disconnect.
    4. Connect to Soil Network 1.
  11. In the LI-8100A PC software, click the Connect button in the software.
  12. Select TCP/IP and enter the IP address:
  13. Click Connect.