Introduction to Glove Networking

The MiMU Gloves communicate back and forth over networks with a computer running Glover. They can connect in three ways:

  • via USB
  • in Glove Network mode via a WiFi hotspot created by one of the gloves
  • in Router Network mode, via an external WiFi Router

Video: How to Connect Your Gloves

1. Connecting via USB

When the gloves are plugged into ports on your laptop, they can be charging while you use them. Cables connect directly between gloves and computer.

Tip: If you need more USB ports on your computer, be sure to use a USB 3.0 hub, such as this one from Sabrent.

2. Wireless WiFi Connection

The Mi.Mu Gloves can communicate wirelessly using WiFi in one of two ways:

2.1 Glove Network

The gloves make their own WiFi network with one glove serving as the WiFi hotspot (default - this is how the gloves were shipped to you)

Tip: You might notice that the glove which is connected to your computer's WiFi and which is serving as the gloves' WiFi hotspot shows its battery depleting faster than the other one. This is normal. If you would like to extend that glove's battery life, try configuring the gloves to an external router network.

2.2 Router Network

If the gloves are configured to use a router network (in Devices -> Glove Setup), they will connect to an external router that then connects to the computer. Some of the benefits of a dedicated router include:

  • Improved glove battery life since neither glove is having to serve as a WiFi hotspot
  • More control over network traffic in busy WiFi environments
  • Ability to access internet with the same router as the gloves to simplify things like live-streaming or screensharing
  • Widely available compact, lightweight, inexpensive travel routers that can make for a very convenient and self-contained portable system.

There might be some downsides to custom configurations of glove networking, such as

  • Increased system complexity and potential for things to go wrong
  • A bit more networking knowledge is sometimes needed for troubleshooting
  • High degree of variability in router performance and capabilities depending on region, hardware, and local environment.

Usually, the benefits will outweigh the risks, so this section of the documentation provides a basic guide for getting up and running with an external router.

As always, the MiMU team is available to help by emailing [email protected].