Connecting Sabre to your iOS Device

The Sabre app for iOS is available in the App Store for $9.99, just search for Cognisys, or click here.

You do not need to install this software to use Sabre, but you might appreciate the portability of a phone or tablet to configure it. Additionally we offer a free version for PC or Mac. Sabre also has two built-in modes, such as auto-mode or manual mode that can be used right out of the box with no additional configuration.

The following instructions and screen shots may vary slightly due to operating system versions, phone/tablet sizes, orientation, etc. The basic functionality and process remains the same. The screen shots were captured on a phone but the tablet version is very similar. You can see some of the tablet screen shots at the bottom of this page.

The first step is to turn on your Sabre. Sabre uses Wi-Fi (802.11) to communicate so be sure Wi-Fi is turned on (the blue light above the Wi-Fi button on Sabre will illuminate). If it isn't, press the Wi-Fi button.

Click on Settings

On your iOS device, go into your apps and then click on settings.

Wi-Fi Settings

Now go into your Wi-Fi settings.

Wi-Fi List

Here you will see a list of available networks.

In this case the device is connected to “QuickSilver”.

Press the “Sabre” wireless device to connect to it. Your Sabre will have numbers and letters after it that uniquely identify it, so it will not look exactly like the one shown. Once connected you should see this:

Sabre Connected

Now we need to run the Sabre app. Press the “home” button and launch the Sabre app.

Launch the App

A splash screen will appear, and depending on the speed of your device, it may take a couple of seconds for the app to load.

Auto Tab

You will then be presented with the “Auto” tab.

App Icons and Navigation


You’ll notice the icons at the bottom are a certain color. This indicates if the app is currently communicating with Sabre.

    Not connected
    Sabre detected an object

At the top of the screen you will see five icons available:

Write: Permanently save the current settings, and change Sabre to the current tab you have selected.

Read: This will read all the settings from Sabre and display them in the app. You do not have to press this button for each tab – all the information will be read with one button press.

Defaults: Load the factory defaults into Sabre.

Shutter: Activate the shutter outputs on Sabre per their settings.

Lights: This will switch the color scheme from light to dark for day and night use.

Additionally, on every screen you will see a “?” icon below the “Lights” icon. If you press this a pop-up window will show up explaining the settings on the current tab you are using.


To move from tab to tab, you can press the tab indicator at the bottom, or swipe your finger sideways to get to the next tab. For smaller displays, not all tab indicators will be visible at the bottom. For the additional tabs you will have to press the “More” button and then select the tab that you want.

For details about each of the settings, please refer to the owner’s manual.

Note: You will have to select your Sabre from the available Wifi networks prior to launching the app.