Installation is simple, install the app on the iPad and just follow the steps on screen. You’ll be asked what Auralic device you want to install, get instructions on connecting the Mini and fill in the password for your Wifi access. After that the install program will automatically check for updates. The last step is to tell the Mini where the music is after which it will start indexing your music collection. Depending on the size of your collection this can take considerable time, during which you do need to keep the iPad app up and running. The number of tracks that can be indexed using the Lightning DS control software is not published but my 8500 plus albums - 128,000 tracks - gave no problem. And if you use uPnP, there is no limit other than that of your server.
In the app the settings menu lets you change the name, choose operating mode - lightning or uPnP - switch on Airplay and Bluetooth, choose for wired or wireless LAN, several reconstruction filters, digital out over SPDIF or USB, DSD over PCM on or off and the functions of the buttons on the top front. There are many other settings of which I only mention languages, where the choice is English, German and two languages that use Chinese characters. The settings menu also gives access to the on-line user’s guide.