Wifi & the Cloud
Does Glowforge need a Wi-Fi connection?
Yes. You just need power and Wi-Fi to use your Glowforge. This lets you connect to the cloud servers hosted by Google, which we use to make many of the coolest features possible.
However, you only need the connection to start the print. If you lose your internet connection while printing it will finish.
Glowforge supports the most popular home wifi network types, open and WPA2-protected.
Do I need a paid subscription to use my Glowforge?
No. All the software you need to use your Glowforge is included, forever, for free, with your purchase. If you'd like additional design software, free catalog designs, and other add-ons, you can subscribe to Glowforge Premium.
Can I use an ethernet adapter?
The product does not have a wired Ethernet adapter, and requires a Wi-Fi connection to work. However, it is possible to get an inexpensive wired ethernet to Wi-Fi bridge from any electronics store. It can also work with cellular internet adapters like the MiFi device and with cell phone hotspots.
Can the Glowforge print without a Wi-Fi connection?
No, a Wi-Fi connection to the internet is required to print.