Communication Range

How can I increase Solo’s range?

Solo and the Controller communicate via a long-range Wi-Fi network, delivering HD video with low latency at distances of up to half a mile. However, performance can vary depending on your environment. In a obstacle-free and open environment, free from other Wi-Fi signals, Solo can accomplish distances even greater than half a mile. But in urban environments full of obstacles and conflicting Wi-Fi networks, Solo’s ability to communicate as far will be limited.

Remember: As long as you attained GPS lock before taking off, Solo will automatically Return Home if the communication line is broken. However, it is also important to remember to keep a clear line of sight between you and Solo since Solo takes the most direct route home and will not avoid obstacles on its own.

To troubleshoot for range:

1  Fly in an area free of Wi-Fi networks

To get a clear idea of Solo’s range capabilities, fly in an area free of Wi-Fi networks and obvious transmission devices, like cell towers and dish antennas.

2  Check your surroundings for tall obstacles 

Make sure you are maintaining a clear line of sight with Solo. Flying behind buildings and other tall objects can block communication signals and limit your range.

3  Configure the Controller’s antennas 

Antenna configuration can also sometimes help communication range. Position the antennas down and away from the controller so they are approximately perpendicular with Solo in flight, and tilt each antenna out and away from one another at a 20° angle.


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Poor Range: Line of Sight (LOS)


Flying behind buildings and other tall objects can block communication signals with Solo and limit your range.

Make sure to maintain a clear line of sight between the Controller and Solo.

Check for other forms of interference.

Although not common, sometimes the mobile device running the Solo App can interfere with the communication between Solo and the Controller. This can sometimes happen because mobile devices usually have different communication modules such as Bluetooth or the cellular module used to make and receive calls. To make sure your mobile device isn’t interfering with Solo’s communication signals, please try the following suggestions:

  • Rotate the mobile device 180 degrees on the Controller’s holder. This might move the source of interference farther away from the Controller.
  • Turn off the Bluetooth signal.
  • Remove the mobile device from the Controller’s holder and move it away from the Controller to test whether the mobile device is the source of interference.

If you have performed all of the above, you are flying in a Wi-Fi free area, and you are still experiencing severe range issues, it is possible that Solo’s or the Controller’s antennas are not operating correctly, are faulty or even damaged.

To rule out that the antennas are faulty or damaged, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to a remote location where there is zero Wi-Fi interference.
  2. Make sure that no networks are visible on your phone.
  3. Make sure that you are visibly far from any cell phone towers or other powerful antennas.
  4. Make sure no other drones are powered on nearby.
  5. Take off and fly about 10m (30 ft) away and at an altitude of about 5m (15 ft).
  6. Tap the telemetry indicator in the Solo App to see the RSSI value. The telemetry indicator is a distance measurement at the top of the app screen while you’re flying Solo.
  7. Orient the vehicle in four different angles, while hovering at the same location: Facing the pilot, facing away from the pilot, and facing both sides.
  8. Remain briefly in each position and record the average RSSI value.
  9. If any of the four values is less than -55 dB (A larger, more negative, number. For instance, -60 or -80) then the antennas are likely damaged or faulty.  If this is the case, submit a support ticket.


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