Just thought I would offer a few trouble shooting pointers – in case you are having issues connecting your iPad to the Janome MC15000 OR perhaps have no idea how to do it……This would then be a good place to find out!
Giving your machine a special name: The naming of the machine is irrelevant to the setting up of the connection to the iPad. This is done on the SET menu screen for wireless connection. If you would like to give your machine a name different to the Janome MC15000 default name, go ahead. But it does not affect the connection process either way. Just remember what name you give your machine so you can choose the correct machine later in the connection process.
Follow this process for connecting your iPad to your JANOME MC 15000:
- First – switch off the Janome MC15000 and iPad – close down the Ipad completely by holding down the on/off switch. Don’t just close AcuEdit.
- Then switch on the iPad again and ensure that the 2 App’s open correctly. Do not try to connect to the machine yet.
- Now switch on the Janome Mc15000. Go to the SET menu and select the wireless tab at the top. You will recognise which tab by the universal wireless icon with its little bars.
- Ensure this screen on the JANOME MC 15000 indicates that the Wireless Lan is switched ON – this means the ON icon should be black. If it is switched OFF then it obviously won’t detect your router/network!
Now touch the “gears/cogs” icon at the bottom of the screen.
- Ensure DHCP is switched ON.
- Touch SEARCH and you should see your network router name come up. Scroll to the next page on the list if necessary. There may be some other networks showing – if you are close enough for the JANOME MC 15000 to pick them up. Ignore them all except YOUR network name. Touch that.
- You should know the name of your wireless network as well as the internet code/password/encryption key that your internet service provider supplied to you. If you do not know this, STOP at this point as you will have to find this out before you can continue. The next screen is called Encryption Key Entry comes up: it is case sensitive so be sure to enter it correctly.
- If your name of your network does not show up, then you are probably too far from the router OR it is not detecting it for some other reason. If you live in a large home, it could be that your router is situated too far from where you work on your JANOME MC 15000 & iPad. You could try to establish this is the problem by moving much closer to where your router is situated (just walk there with your iPad & it should show up when you get close enough). This is easily fixed: Just go to any electronics store and purchase a small wireless router. I think this is a much easier way to fix the problem than trying to move either your router or sewing set-up to be closer to one another. I have a portable router (it is real small – about the size of a cell phone so can easily fit into a purse or laptop case). The reason I need one is because I demonstrate this connection process all over Western Canada and there is no guarantee that I will always be close enough to someone else’s router – or cheeky enough to ask for their password?! Now, you need to understand that my router does NOT have an internet connection. It is just a wireless router. This is how it was explained to me and I think the analogy is pretty good: Imagine the router is the Mother Hen and that the JANOME Mc15000; iPad and computer are the chickens. As Mom’s we all know that if we want those chickens to play nicely and talk to one another, we have to be close by to act as the go-between!! The router does just that: if the iPad wants to talk to the machine it needs to go through the router. Same for the wireless connection to the computer. So the router is VERY important. Without it you won’t be able to establish a connection between the JANOME MC15000 & iPad etc. It does not have to be an internet connection. The router in our homes & offices provides wireless internet for our computers as well which is why we think we have to have internet for this connection. Well, at least that was what I thought until the mother hen & chicken analogy was explained to me and that made a whole lot of sense – hope it does for you too! Thank you, Bill!
- Then another screen (below) comes up. Touch OK for this as well:
- Now you will go back to the Ipad and follow the further steps below.
- Now go to the iPad: Open the AcuEdit app and touch the target machine – second icon from the top right of the screen. It will take a little while as that little circle turns but your JANOME Mc15000 should show up on the Target Sewing Machine screen (see below). It will appear with either the default name or the name you may have given to your machine.
- Touch your machine name & then DONE in the top right corner of this pop up box.
- You will need to have a design on the AcuEdit screen to send to the JANOME MC 15000 so pull up any design. Use the Design icon (little flower on bottom left corner of the screen) to access all 480 designs built into the JANOME MC15000 as well as designs saved on the iPad etc.
- Now touch the middle icon of the three in the top left of the screen: the Send/save icon. Press SEND.
- The design should then “magically” appear on the machine screen!
This may seem like a lot of steps. I broke it down like that to make it easier but once you have done this a few times, you will do it without thinking…….just like driving your car, it becomes an automatic learned behaviour. There is always a learning curve with something new. We just need to go through that learning curve & later we may wonder what made us so nervous?! Trust me, when we first got this incredible MC15000 and the NEW iPad WIRELESS technology for connecting, I felt very stupid. I did not understand it and could not get it to work initially. But perseverance & practice have paid off & I am very confident now. You will be too!!
One other thing you should know: ask me how I know?!
If you have RESUME FUNCTION switched on in the JANOME MC 15000 SET menu, and you perhaps did not complete stitching the previous design you were busy with, you may have to first cancel or OK the resume function message that will pop up on the machine screen before the design will successfully & magically move from iPad to machine.
You may be unaware this might be the connection/sending design issue if you do not have the embroidery arm open and the Embroidery mode selected. NOT that you do have to have the machine set up like this – It will send the design regardless. But unless the Embroidery Mode is selected, you may be unaware this might be the reason as this resume mode message won’t show up unless you are in Embroidery mode.
The message that comes up is: design transfer was unsuccessful/ no wireless Lan connection. To fix this: Select embroidery mode & cancel or OK the resume function message; try to send the design from the iPad again and VOILA! ………you will see I am right…….as I say, ask me how I know!
One further point about connecting the JANOME MC15000 to your computer: we have been talking up to this point about WIRELESS connection. You DO, of course, also have the cable provided with the JANOME MC 15000 for connecting WITH WIRES! Personally I never use this cable. I prefer to use a USB stick to transfer designs and NOW I use the iPad too. BUT I just wanted to remind you that you do have the cable option should you prefer to use this. Of course, it won’t work with the ipad – that is ONLY wireless but you can use it between computer & MC15000.