Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

Sign up for a weekly email of the latest drone news & information

New P3A Which FW to use?

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Rypper1, May 16, 2016.

  1. Rypper1

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2016
    Messages:
    126
    Likes Received:
    30
    My new P3A is showing "out for delivery" from UPS, can't wait for it to arrive and yes I look out the window every time I hear a vehicle slow down.

    My question is which firmware should I upgrade to assuming it doesn't have the latest already installed. I have been reading about a lot of problems with 1.8.80, here and on DJI's site. It seems that some (not all) can't connect, have limited range, or connection drops with the newest. I'm guessing there is a bug in it that is causing some of these problems. Would 1.7 be the best to install until this is worked out by DJI? I would really hate to be locked out and have to send it in for repairs before it's maiden voyage. Also, I read that once you upgrade to 1.8.80, there is no downgrading with the P3A only. Not sure why DJI would stop you from downgrading on the P3A but allow it on the P3P.
     
  2. robinb

    Joined:
    May 10, 2014
    Messages:
    2,907
    Likes Received:
    503
    Location:
    A place in the sun
    There does not appear to be any problems with latest firmware.

    Only issue is where people have NOT updated both the RC & drone, as the new firmware adds extra encryption, so both must be done at same time.
     
  3. msinger

    Approved Vendor

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2014
    Messages:
    18,975
    Likes Received:
    5,584
    Location:
    US
    I personally would install 1.8 since I prefer to use the most recent release after it's known to be stable. However, any version but 1.5 is technically okay to use. Check out the release notes if you want to see what was changed in each firmware release.
     
  4. Rypper1

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2016
    Messages:
    126
    Likes Received:
    30
    Thank you. I think I will go with 1.8.80. I will also make sure I follow the upgrade guide step by step.

    Dammit! Where is UPS???:tearsofjoy:
     
    sonof40 likes this.
  5. robinb

    Joined:
    May 10, 2014
    Messages:
    2,907
    Likes Received:
    503
    Location:
    A place in the sun
    If you are using an iOS device there is a bug in latest iOS that the camera does not connect correctly.

    (You do have to activate the drone before the camera will work anyhow, and will hang limp until you have logged in using dji go and named /activated drone).

    So soon as you get your drone activate BEFORE doing any updates and confirm drone works correctly.

    If you do get iOS glitch you have to perform a recovery reinstall of your iOS software.
    How to put your iPhone or iPad into recovery mode
     
  6. Rypper1

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2016
    Messages:
    126
    Likes Received:
    30
    I have an ipad mini but from what I have read it isn't fast enough to reliably use. All of my other devices are android. I have an Asus Zenpad S 8.0 that will hopefully work fine, and I also have my phone, a Samsung Galaxy 5 Active. My plan is to make the Zenpad my dedicated device provided it works properly.

    Thank you for the iOS heads-up.