You can Connect your AstroBox via ETHERNET to your Router/Local Network and via USB to your Printer – but not your laptop directly.
The main benefit of Ethernet is that you can still use your AstroBox without using the WiFi Dongle. The downside is that it can be a bit more inconvenient and limited in physical mobility of the AstroBox.
You can use AstroPrint Desktop to find your local AstroBox/Printer and upload the GCODE directly to your AstroBox.
It will look like this:
(Note: While the interface looks SIMILAR, this is DIFFERENT from your AstroPrint Cloud Dashboard)
What you can do is pair your AstroBox with your cloud account, then upload your STL file(s) to your cloud file manager. This way, you don’t need to deal with GCODE as our cloud slicer with slice the STL and automatically send the GCODE to your printer from anywhere around the world.
Notice the three green icons on the top left of the screenshot above. You wan’t all of these to be green to indicate that it is cloud connected + printer is connected + Wifi is connected.
We use CURA Engine, so it is MOSTLY the same, but you won’t find ALL the settings and idiosyncrasies of your standalone CURA on our AstroPrint CURA. At the moment, you cannot import settings.
That’s a question with too many answers. Have you read this blog post?
The point of AstroPrint is so that you DON’T have to use your SD card to print.
So, you shouldn’t be using the SD card – instead, you should pair your astrobox with your cloud account so you can print from anywhere.
Time lapses can be started automatically in the MONITOR screen:
They’ll be automatically saved in the “Print Captures” app in your cloud dashboard.
No, that feature is still being implemented.
Once you pair your AstroBox with your cloud dashboard, there’s no reason to use the Local version IMO because you can do anything you want (with the most features) from the cloud.
Does that help? If not, let me know and I’d be happy to clarify more stuff