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A good phone/tablet for longer range flight w/ FC40?

Discussion in 'Phantom FC40 Discussion' started by notsojazzyjeff, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. notsojazzyjeff

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    I have an iPhone 6 and anytime I get slightly high up the thing disconnects. I heard that this is a common problem with IOS so I considered a repeater, but I heard that some tablets can get the same range a repeater without the extra hardware. I found threads on other forums that recommend a Lenovo Thinkpad or Kindle Fire. The lenovo was a little older and harder to find and the kindle can be difficult to get the app on since it doesn't run traditional andriod. Can anyone suggest some other options a good tablet or phone solution that can get really long range with the FC40 camera? I am looking to buy something ASAP.

    THANKS!
     
  2. jamwatn

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  3. dtitus6297

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    Pretty much any wifi only tablet will get you better distance cause they have a stronger wifi chip. Kindle fire has been very popular
     
  4. J.James

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    Ive gotten the best range with a kindle fire and I also have moded it to take an external antenna and got even more range still. But even with moding it I got a heck of alot better range then on any phone.

    They also are not all that hard to install the fc40 app on. You just have to use a 3rd party app market like 1moble to download and install the app.
     
  5. notsojazzyjeff

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    Thanks! I think I may go with the kindle fire if its not hard. Is this the kindle fire HD/HDX or just the standard? :cool:

    Also, can you recommend a good mounting solution to the phantom controller
     
  6. J.James

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    The one i used is just an old regular non hd kindle fire.

    Mounting was a bit of a pain and I had to use a combination of one of the normal fpv monitor mounts and then the top half of a mount that was meant to hold various size tablets to the back of a car head rest. I could of also just used some good velcro tape on the back of the kindle to be able to attach it the fpv mount.
     
  7. notsojazzyjeff

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    Thanks. I found used 1st gen Kindle Fire on eBay for $35 and as for my mount I think I'm going to use the GripPro universal mount as seen in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22B943gYGaw

    I honestly haven't flown my FC40 in some time because the short range was so annoying that it kept disconnecting and then I would have to land and spend a bunch of time trying to reconnect. A real pain in the butt. Cant wait to get in the air again.
     
  8. dtitus6297

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    For mounting I use a square jellyfish mount off Amazon to clip the tablet on and whatever carbon fiber or aluminum mount kit u prefer to attach that mount to the transmitter. Cost me 25 bucks total and we'll worth jt