Viewing the Spot Database from a Computer, Tablet, or Smartphone with Access to your LAN

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If the PC hosting SpotCollector is connected to a local area network (LAN), you can view the most recent entries in SpotCollector's Spot Database from any other computer on your LAN using a standard web browser, e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome, FireFox, Safari, or Opera. The automatically-generated web page also includes the most recently-reported WWV solar conditions in the upper-left corner, and provides access to the Spot Database Filters. SpotCollector's built-in web server is controlled by the settings in the Web Server panel on the Configuration window's Spot Database tab; these settings determine how many Spot Database entries are displayed, how frequently the display is updated, and whether columns for short path and long path opening probabilities are included. You can alter these settings from your browser by clicking the Config button, modifying the settings, and then clicking the Update button.

If the network name of the PC running SpotCollector is Fido, then the URL http://fido/spots will display the Spot Database in any web browser on your LAN. Alternatively, you can use the network address of the PC running SpotCollector, e.g. .

A smaller web page optimized for display on mobile handsets is also available. Using the above example, the URLs would be http://fido/smallspots and .

You can prevent the web server from responding to requests from PCs on your network by unchecking the Web Server Enable box.

SpotCollector's web server uses port 80 by default, but you can specify another port if port 80 is already in use by another application running on your PC; port 8080 is typically uses as an alternative to port 80. If you specify a port other than 80, you'll need to include this port in the URL specified in your web browser, e.g. http://fido:8080/spots or .