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.
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:
- Go to a remote location where there is zero Wi-Fi interference.
- Make sure that no networks are visible on your phone.
- Make sure that you are visibly far from any cell phone towers or other powerful antennas.
- Make sure no other drones are powered on nearby.
- Take off and fly about 10m (30 ft) away and at an altitude of about 5m (15 ft).
- 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.
- 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.
- Remain briefly in each position and record the average RSSI value.
- 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.