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Mavic Mini FCC Canada- No 2.4 and Poor range

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Hi Everyone
I am new here. I am relatively new to DJI. I had spark and recently i purchased new MM.I bought it in Canada and i see on the remote it says its FCC version however my range is pretty bad for what its claimed. I am getting max 700m (2100ft) in unobstructed area.
I've noticed when I try to change channels manually I only have 4 channels available and they are all in 5.8 Ghz.
Is Canadian Version missing 2.4 or did I get defective drone ? also I was thinking FCC versions suppose to have more channels than this.
Thanks in advance for your help
 

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Western Canada welcomes you. We might be neighbors, or 3000 miles apart. Can't tell from your ID.

The North American flight controller has only the one frequency, 5.8g but it is a higher power transmitter and is capable of much more range than the CE European controller that can switch between 5.8 and 2.4, but is more limited in range.

Leaving it on AUTO probably works best but if you want, go to manual and choose a lower frequency channel with the shorter bars. Make sure the flat side of the antennas are pointed at the mini, not the tips at the AC and there is a good LOS (line of sight) and no trees, buildings in the way.

Hope that helps, fly safe and enjoy.
 
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Western Canada welcomes you. The North American flight controller has only the one frequency, 5.8g but it is a higher power transmitter and is capable of much more range than the CE European controller that can switch between 5.8 and 2.4, but is more limited in range.

Leaving it on AUTO probably works best but if you want, go to manual and choose a lower frequency channel with the shorter bars. Make sure the flat side of the antennas are pointed at the mini, not the tips at the AC and there is a good LOS (line of sight) and no trees, buildings in the way.

Hope that helps, fly safe and enjoy.
Thanks for quick reply. I am from Ontario. You have way nicer places to fly than me ;).
Antennas are pointed properly. I fly with my friend who has been flying for many years and he is getting double the range at same location when he flies spark.
Is it normal for Canadian version to only have 4 channels available ? ( picture)
 
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Hi, Maple Ridge BC here, 4 Channels only for me, going to film high water issues today.
Thanks for reply. I still don't know if max 700m is normal or should i be asking for warranty exchange. I'll try to connect it to tablet tomorrow to see if there is any improvement
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Put your device into "airplane" mode and take off the smart watch, see if this helps

you need this sort of location and conditions for longer range



You could also try some cheap boosters - 6 pole for 5.8ghz systems

 
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Thanks for reply. I still don't know if max 700m is normal or should i be asking for warranty exchange. I'll try to connect it to tablet tomorrow to see if there is any improvement
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Hi, if the photo you're showing above is of the area where you're getting a limited distance, it's full of trees, not open fields or an "unobstructed area" all the way from you to the mini. As I mentioned earlier you might not have perfect line of sight. As you can't see the mini at 700 meters, the angle now from you to it might be lower than you think and the mini might now be slightly hidden behind a tree that is 100 meters or whatever from you and blocking some of the signal

I don't understand you saying you'll "try to connect to tablet tomorrow". The display device has nothing to do with the video and data connection and distance range. It's between the AC and controller and a clear Line of Sight between them.
 

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Put your device into "airplane" mode and take off the smart watch
usually i turn off my smart watch and phones blutooth
Hi, if the photo you're showing above is of the area where you're getting a limited distance, it's full of trees, not open fields or an "unobstructed area" all the way from you to the mini. As I mentioned earlier you might not have perfect line of sight. As you can't see the mini at 700 meters, the angle now from you to it might be lower than you think and the mini might now be slightly hidden behind a tree that is 100 meters or whatever from you and blocking some of the signal

I don't understand you saying you'll "try to connect to tablet tomorrow". The display device has nothing to do with the video and data connection and distance range. It's between the AC and controller and a clear Line of Sight between them.
hi
I was thinking that there might be some kind of compatibility issue with either my phone or android as my friend ad same location using spark and old iphone is getting 1.5km.
My old ipad os is not compatible with fly app so i won't be trying it anyways. I'll try airplane mode and report back.
 

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ok I've tried switching on airplane mode turning off my other phone and watch and i did see some improvements.
900m to video cut off and 1200m with antenna booster. Flying over some trees but i took off from large empty field and kept it at 100m to clear as many trees as i could.
Not what i was expecting from it but i guess its acceptable for its price range.
Thanks all for feedback .
 

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ok I've tried switching on airplane mode turning off my other phone and watch and i did see some improvements.
900m to video cut off and 1200m with antenna booster. Flying over some trees but i took off from large empty field and kept it at 100m to clear as many trees as i could.
Not what i was expecting from it but i guess its acceptable for its price range.
Thanks all for feedback .
I.2km on 5.8ghz is pretty good.

Were you using the 5.8ghz Yagi Extenders, they might give you another km ?

 
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