Behringer X32 WiFi Setup & Networking Guide




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December 27, 2016 28 comments
Behringer X32 WiFi Setup & Networking

I have seen and received a lot of questions about getting the X32 connected to a network to be able to use X32-Edit, X32-Mix, and X32-Q. Having the Behringer X32 and Midas M32 connected to a network will give a lot of flexibility that you wouldn’t have without it.

FYI, back in the day, it was called X-Control and Xi-Control!!

First let’s get one thing straight, while the iPhone, iPad and Android apps can ‘adjust’ the monitor mix, it cannot monitor or listen to this mix. You cannot listen to audio from the X32 through your phone.

Router, Switch, Cables?!

Before we get too far, we need to talk about the devices that we use to get our network going! I’ll admit, this bit can get a little confusing if you don’t know what anything is. A lot of the time, people just use whatever equipment that comes with their shentel internet plans, and although that’s great, there may be some other useful equipment to use as well.

Behringer X32 WiFi Setup & Networking

A network in the old days was only connected with network cables, what we refer to as CAT5e cables. A CAT5e cable stands for the type of network cable it is. With the X32 we can use CAT5, CAT5e, and CAT6 cables for the network interface.

A router is the device that gives out IP addresses to everything on the network and is the main brains of the network. We typically will find a ‘wireless router’ to not only allow physical connections with network cables but also allow wireless devices like phones or tablets to connect as well. Network cables are used in a vast array of companies with big to small devices needing to be installed and connected, this can be done by using resources such as a network cabling company like Northeastern Electronics Company that will be able to provide the services required.

A network switch gives the ability to expand the physical network connections as your wireless router will have 4 LAN ports on it. If you wanted to add more ports to connect more devices, you would use the network switch.

A Primer on Networking

The network for the X32 is using the same technology as your computer or laptop. The most important part of the networking side of the X32 are the addresses. We call these IP Addresses. IP address stands for Internet Protocol Address, specifically IPv4, and is a numerical address for each device on a network.

The most common network addresses that we see are between the ranges of

  • –
  • –

The IP address range is set by your router, the most basic off the shelf routers will have an IP address itself of or For this example, I am going to use a router with an address of Most of the routers that are in use out there will make a Class C network which will give 256 addresses. This leaves 253 IP Addresses available to use for the network. This is the breakdown of that:

  • – Network Name
  • – Router IP Address
  • – Available for Network Devices
  • – Broadcast Address

The X32 & M32 allow for 10 remote devices to be connected to it at the same time, so having a limit of 253 devices on your network should not be a problem. This is one reason you should ALWAYS have your network secured!

Subnet Mask is the next thing you need to know. This is also set by your router and is usually ‘’.

Finding Your IP Address & Subnet Mask

So, now that you have had a refresher on IP Addresses, let’s go find them! Turn on your router that you are using and connect to your network with a device.


  1. Connect to your network
  2. Once connected
  3. Go to Settings>Wi-Fi & then press the (i) next to the network name


  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Click into Network and select Wi-Fi or Ethernet (whichever has the green circle)
  3. Press Advanced
  4. Tab to TCP/IP


  1. Open a Command Prompt
  2. type ‘ipconfig’ and press Enter

This will show the IP Address of your phone, Subnet Mask & Router IP Address

In this example they are:

  • Router IP Address:
  • Subnet Mask:
  • iPhone Address:

Start Connecting!

Now that we know the base setup for the router we are using, we can get it connected to our X32/M32.

Connect the X32 with UTP CAT5e or STP CAT5e cable from the wireless router’s LAN ports to the ‘Ethernet’ jack in the ‘Remote Control’ section on the back of the console.


There IS a difference!!! When you look at the back of your router, you will see typically one wan connector and 1-8 LAN connectors. WAN stands for ‘wide area network’ and is for connecting to an external cable company’s fiber network. LAN stands for ‘local area network’ and is made for connecting your devices to.

You WILL have problems if you connect your X32 to the WAN connection, so make sure you connect the X32 to the LAN connection on your router!


Connect the X32 with a CAT5 or CAT5e cable to the router’s LAN port and plug that cable into the ‘Ethernet’ jack in the ‘Remote Control’ section on the back of the console.

NOTE: You can use UTP (unshielded twisted pair) or STP (shielded twisted pair) CAT5e or CAT5 cable for this connection. There is no need for a shielded cable like the AES50 ports. Also, as the X32/M32’s Ethernet port is a 100Base-T connection, there is no need for a gigabit router or CAT6 cables.

X32-Mix App Tutorial - Ethernet Connection

After the network cable is connected, press the ‘setup’ button and tab over to the ‘network’ tab. Once there choose an open IP address on the network for the X32 and put that and the other information into the addresses.

In my example I am using the following:

  • IP Address:
  • Subnet Mask:
  • Gateway:

X32-Mix App Tutorial - IP Address

Ready for Connections!

At this point, your Behringer X32 or Midas M32 is ready for remote connection with any of the approved apps like X32-Edit, M32-Edit, X32-Mix (iPad), M32-Mix (iPad), X32-Q, M32-Q, Mixing Station.

I would suggest using a higher IP address for the X32 itself. That way the possibility of the router giving out a duplicate IP address to another device on the network is quite low. I will typically use an address of or something in the x.x.x.200-254 range.

What About a Direct Connection?

Now someone is going to bring up the question of what about a direct connection from my computer to my X32?! Technically, yes you can have a direct connection without the router. To do this you can take a CAT5e cable direct from the computer to the X32 (older computers may require a CAT5e Crossover cable. I have been able to connect with a normal cable with my MacBook Pro and MacBook Air). You would need to manually set the IP address inside of your Mac, Windows, or Linux device as such:

Computer IP Information:

  • Computer IP Address:
  • Subnet Mask:
  • Router IP Address:

X32/M32 IP Information:

  • Console IP Address:
  • Subnet Mask:
  • Router IP Address:

While this may seem easier, manually setting those numbers on your computer will get tedious. This also limits you to one connection.

A Bunch of Tips

GET A WIFI SCANNING PROGRAM!!!!!!! This is probably the biggest thing that will help you in your setup especially if you are traveling with the X32/M32. A Wi-Fi scanner program like Acrylic WiFi Professional (or the free version Acrylic WiFi Home) will scan the 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrum and display the Wi-Fi networks that are present, their amplitudes, and what channels they are on. This will help you specifically choose your wireless network channel to give better wireless connectivity.

DD-WRT Firmware

DD-WRT was first created as an open source firmware upgrade for the ever popular Linksys WRT54G wireless router. DD-WRT was a free download that could be installed onto the router for expanded functionality for the router including boosting Wi-Fi signal transmission power. DD-WRT is has expanded to be available for a number of different Wi-Fi devices and will expand the functionality of any router which it supports.

Check it out at

Use 5GHz When Possible

The 2.4GHz spectrum is very crowded, I would recommend finding a router that has 5GHz as well as 2.4GHz. If you are in direct sight of the router, 5GHz will work well but will not go through many walls or rows of people. 2.4GHz while more crowded will penetrate through more rows of people and walls. But having the option for both is always a good idea.

Use External Antenna’s When Possible

You do it for your wireless receivers and IEM’s, why stop there! Getting a set of professional Wi-Fi antennae that can connect to your router can not only give you a better line of site to the mix position but also can boost the receive and transmit signal of your router. Make sure to use really good low loss coax like LMR400 or RG-8X with short lengths and quality connectors between the router and the wireless antenna. The higher in frequency you go with RF, the less forgiving it is with finicky connections and cheap coax, not to mention the loss is significantly higher at 2.4GHz and 5GHz.

Also, using directional antennae can also help boost your signal if mixing FOH from an iPad with your Rackmounted X32/M32 onstage.

A few good products that would work well are:


Please…. Secure your Wi-Fi network! Also, please do not use WEP as the security protocol. Just Google “WEP Network Hacking” and enjoy learning how insecure it really is!

Here is the list of security protocols currently out there (Dec 2016) ordered best to worst:

  1. WPA2 + AES
  2. WPA + AES
  4. WPA + TKIP
  5. WEP
  6. Open Network (AKA NO SECURITY!)

Lastly, don’t title your Wi-Fi network something like Soundboard, you are just ASKING for trouble. Along with the Wi-Fi network name, or SSID, routers have the option to not transmit the SSID. The pro of hiding the SSID is that bystanders will not see the Wi-Fi network pop up when they are looking for a Wi-Fi network to connect to. The con is that you have to manually type the network name and password, this may or may not be a turnoff. I know that for my uses inside of a church, having to manually help the band connect their phones to the console sounds like a bit too much work. I personally would rather title the network something obscure like “FBI Surveillance Van” 😉

Static IP Addresses

There is a lot of people who will suggest using Static IP addresses for your devices. This is basically where your wireless device will set its’ own IP address manually, rather than having the router assign one to that wireless device. There are pros to this like having a more rugged network and having devices not changing their IP addresses. However, this is getting a bit more advanced with networking and is really outside the scope of what I am trying to suggest with this post. There are some major cons with using static IP addresses like #1 needing to train your musicians how to set their device to a manual IP, and #2 when you have a lot of volunteers, you have a LOT of devices so the possibility of accidentally having two devices with the SAME IP address goes a lot higher.

There are some major cons that I see with using static IP addresses like #1 needing to train your musicians how to set their device to a manual IP, and #2 when you have a lot of volunteers, you have a LOT of devices so the possibility of accidentally having two devices with the SAME IP address goes a lot higher.

If you have a solid crew/band ALWAYS working the same setup (like a well-planned tour) using static IP addresses would work wonderfully as each person’s device is known and teaching a handful of people how to do it once isn’t all that bad.

My honest suggestion is to have the router do the work of dishing out IP addresses. Plug your wireless router into the same power conditioner as the X32 so that when you power your system on, you power your router on at the same time. This will restart your network every time you turn on the X32 which will refresh your IP addresses on the network.

Know WHO is on your network!

This goes hand in hand with the security of your network AND the last section that we just went over about static IP addresses. Know who you give out the password of this network! This is your network for your sound board, NOT for accessing the internet. In fact, I don’t EVER attach my audio console network to the internet or the church’s network. I want this network to be isolated. Why? Because if ANYTHING goes wrong, who is the person to blame? Think of giving out the password of this network as letting someone come play with the faders on your board. If you don’t trust them touching the physical audio console, don’t trust them on your network.

That is all!

Thanks so much for reading through this, if you have any suggestions on ideas to add to this post, please let me know. I really want it to be a resource for people who are setting up their X32 network for the first time.

  1. Sean Williams says:

    Great Information. Even though I some baasic knolege of how networks function I find this very helpful..

  2. Barney Garrett says:

    Newbie kind of qustion but is the behaviour the same if you just use the FX send and return (it seems to me that this is just another way of achieving parallel compression) rather than as in insert on an Aux bus ?

  3. Dan Robba says:

    Great info! Thanks! This has been helpful. For now, I’m using an older router which I think is only 2.4GHz. I’d like to get a 5GHz router. Most/all of the postings I’ve read looking for recommendations for the best router to tie to the X32 are a couple years old. Do you have a recommendation from the current list of routers available? Thanks!

  4. Joseph Yang says:

    Thanks for the post! I’ve set this up and got it working with my iPad and iPhone apps, but it’s still not connecting to my Macbook x-32 edit app. I’ve downloaded and opened the app, went to Set Up to input the same IP address I put into the iPad/iPhone app, but for whatever reason it’s not connecting. Do you have any idea what the issue could be?

    1. dbbaudio says:

      I would make sure that you don’t have any firewalls blocking the access from the app to the network. If you don’t have that, I would restart the computer and try again! Also, with Macs, if you hardwire the internet connection, you will need to turn off wifi for the Mac to force the ethernet connection. For some odd reason, some Macs will automatically default to using WiFi even if you have a hardwired connection.

  5. Jean-Francois Nolin says:

    I just find your site tonight and I fine it verywell donne.
    I have been a corporate sound engineer for several decades.
    The standard in big hotels is that, I always mix that with the IPad … outside the city, I can get away from the router without any problem. When I am downtown, there are evenings that if I go more than 20 feet from the router the communication is simply cut. Have you explored these problems and have you any proposals for me?

  6. Tim Schrock says:

    How do you have your band connect to the board without giving them too much control of the board?

    1. dbbaudio says:

      You can have them use the iPhone app, it only has access to adjusting the Mix Busses!

  7. Shawn Sharp says:

    Is it possible to have a direct connection to the router connected to the x32 and have internet via a separate wifi connection on a mac? I’m using the x32 in a home studio and can’t figure out how to have both internet and x32 edit control.

  8. Graham Arends says:

    Hi Drew!

    Have you heard anything about the X-32 Q app being updated for iOS 11?

    Thank you so much for all that you do, you site and blog have been a blessing to our church.


  9. Richard Vega says:


  10. Joshua Lopez says:

    I have the latest X32 Edit software (3.1) and when I click the Manual ip button, nothing happens. I’ve tried using it though wifi and through ethernet. I’m new to this so if there is a step that im missing any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

  11. Yannick Réformat says:

    First, Thank you for all your work, advices and videos !
    Sorry for my poor english but i’m french.
    I have a trouble with my rj45 connector on my x32.
    I’ve worked with my console ( connected to a WiFi router (linksys wrt54g
    After a stop then a restart, I lost the connection between the console and my router without changing anything.
    On my router, I have no more the small flashlight, either at the level of the connector rj45 of my console (the connections are still ok with my PC
    What / Where could be the problem of losing the connection ?
    It seems like the network card of the x32 was switch OFF !?
    Thank you for your work, videos and for your advice.
    Cordially Y Réformat.

  12. Vinh Le says:

    Which 5 gigahertz wifi router would u recommend forx32

  13. Angel Campos says:

    How do you know what to put for “gateway”

  14. RLM says:

    Thank you for the information! Sorry this is coming so long after the original article was posted. We recently connected the board to a network, used the iPad app a few times, and are now having an issue where different channels on the board seem to get a volume surge followed by distortion, which auto-corrects itself in a matter of 20 seconds to a minute. We’ve unplugged the board from the network, and the iPad has not been present at times where this has occurred. Have you heard of anything like this? Is it possible connecting it to our network could have caused this? Thanks again!

  15. Fred Betcher says:

    So the X32 sets up it’s own network correct? Or does it have to be connected to an internet network as well?

  16. Rj DeSanto says:

    I cannot connect my PCs wired or wirelessly to my X32 via X32 Edit, but my phones connect fine. I have turned off firewalls and everything. My PC IP address is in the range of the router and console. Any thoughts?

  17. gabe says:

    Hey Drew,
    I have been trying for weeks to get the X32 to talk to my iPad, iPhone and computer but with no luck. Is there a specific router I should be using? Thank you for your help!

  18. Captain Betty says:

    An alternative to static IP is to assign devices an IP address in your router’s address reservation/device table (locks the IP to the MAC address). This way you leave your device in DHCP mode but your router will always assign it the given IP address you gave it.

  19. .Mike Honeycutt says:

    Is there a way to change the gateway on the app? I only see 4he IP address?

  20. Dawn Beard says:

    I’m having difficulty connecting a second iPad. It’s connected to the correct WiFi airport. When I press “connect”, I says “listening” but never connected. Is there something else that needs to be done? The first iPad was connected to the mixer and working

  21. Paul Finch says:

    First thank you for all the videos and information that you’ve posted. My question is: what would be the negative aspect of simply engaging DCHP on the console and having all fields populate automatically?

  22. Jared says:

    Which actual routers do you recommend? I’ve heard Ubiquiti routers work well but I have no clue on which model to purchase. Looking at some ~$150 netgear that seem to fit the bill, just want to make sure I get a solid model.

  23. okoro ugochukwu goodfriday says:

    please i will like to know how to use my midi in , in my x32 please

  24. Aaron Freund says:

    So from a labtop can I have a speaker in another room off the labtop if I’m connected thru wifi

  25. Alberto Suarez says:

    What could cause an Airport Express 2nd Generation to sometimes work or not? I am having a really hard time to get it to work, when it does, it works great, but the minute I turn off and on again my system, is a real pain in the B…. to get it to work again, sometime taking as long as hours to get it to work, even when I follow the same steps as in the X32 guide, and every other video, forum out there.

    Can you please help?

    Thanks in advance and have a nice day,

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