Unlike other home-based neurofeedback solutions, EEGer provides home-users with essentially the same version of the software used by clinicians. Home use with EEGer allows clients the convenience of operating the system remotely while not sacrificing the quality of training they receive. 

A home-user must work with a supervising clinician to use EEGer in home use mode. The supervising clinician’s system is used to control the session plan and session permissions for the home use system. The supervising clinician is also responsible for instructing the home-user on the basics of neurofeedback and how to run a session using EEGer. This includes applying electrodes, operating the computer, navigating the software, checking impedance, identifying artifact, correcting errors reported by the software, and sending and installing files.

While very similar to EEGer’s clinical mode, the home use mode is different in a few important ways:

  1. The home use license cannot run an infinite amount of sessions, session permissions and expirations are set by the supervising clinician.

  2. The home-user must have an initialized Client ID installed to run live sessions. Client IDs are initialized by the supervising clinician.

  3. Functionality related to creating new clients, editing client information, or altering the session plan are restricted in home use mode.

  4. Some menu options are labelled differently than they are on a system using EEGer’s clinical mode.

The EEGer software has a useful feature which allows the clinical software to be put into home use mode for training or testing purposes. This is helpful for troubleshooting and for the supervising clinician to familiarize themselves with the differences in the home use software. More information on this feature can be found in the Forced Home Use Mode section of this guide.

The ability to supervise home use systems is enabled on the clinical system by EEG Store using an updated clinical keyfile when the supervising clinician begins supervising a home-user.

Home use systems require enabling keyfiles to run live sessions, similar to clinical systems. Home use keyfiles are installed in the same way that clinical keyfile are installed. The home-user’s EEGer dongle must be connected to the computer when installing a new keyfile, as some keyfiles write information directly to the dongle.

Home use keyfiles will still work as intended if it is accidentally installed onto the clinical system. To revert any changes to the clinical system, reinstall the latest clinical keyfile before closing and reopening the software.

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