Mavic range sorry, stupid question

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  1. Mudcat

    Mudcat New Member

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    I understand the Mavic can fly using controllers wifi for short distance, but why does the range increase when having you phone connected?
     
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    Because it doesn't use WiFi when connected to your phone via a usb or Lightning cable.
     
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    Thank you..
     
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    The Mavic can be flown via W-Fi with a mobile device. When using the remote controller to fly, it can fly further since it's able to use OcuSync then.
     
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  5. John Locke

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    This assumes you flick the physical switch on the craft to the lightbridge mode (Ocu-Sync) so it links directly to the RC instead of the phone. I just wanted this to be clear for the newbies out there.
     
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  6. John Locke

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    Just to be clear, the RC (controller) does not use Wifi to control the craft, it uses Lightbridge (OcuSync) to control the craft. This is for long distance range. For long range control the craft must have the communications switch set to the "RC" setting (see photo). The phone that's connected to the RC is primarily to display the data being provided to the phone via USB cable (video and telemetry). Much of the telemetry is also shown in the RC display.

    When controlling the craft with a PHONE ONLY, this if for short distances. To do this the craft must have the communications switch set to WiFi (photo below). This is only good for quick selfies, or shots with the craft less than 100' away to be safe. Wifi in a phone isn't that powerful, hence the short distances. Just like when you connect to an access point, it's good for about 100', presuming a good solid connection.

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  7. Chase R

    Chase R Well-Known Member

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    Another quick warning around using Wi-Fi.

    If you are connected with Wi-Fi in an area that you have been previously connected to another Wi-Fi network, if you drop the Mavic's signal you will likely pickup the second network and not reconnect to the Mavic. Aka you have to close the DJI GO app and switch the Wi-Fi back to the Mavic or it will go into whatever disconnect behavior you have setup. Highly recommend choosing your lost connection behavior carefully because you will not be able to guide the Mavic home if the home location isn't set correctly.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    On Android you can use Apps like "WiFi Priotity" to give the Mavic highest Priority.
    On iOSs you're f... unless you are jailbroken

    Ender
     
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