DJI Digital FPV System Maximum Range Test (1200mW Hack) – How Far on 4GLte Parrot Disco?
Today, we're gon na fly it as far as we can that away and we're gon na try to see how the line of sight is again with the digital fpv. Goggles already did a flight in 700 milliwatts strictly but there's a hack, and you can make these up to 1200 milliwatts. So today, we're just going to be testing the stock antennas with 1200 milliwatts and see what the absolute maximum distance we can get. We got four miles on the 700 milliwatts line of sight and let's see if we can get farther on the 1200 milliwatts let's. Do it Music, just so you guys know kind of what this is all about. If you guys were curious and you've seen some of my videos on this plane, this is the 4g mod for the parrot disco. This one's been discontinued, but if you can get one, you can do this for gmod, so you can fly it over a 4G modem, and this is the modem here. I just have some antennas on it. It hasn't really been confirmed. If antennas really do work or not, but it seems they seem to work fine in this area, there's the 4G modem that has a t mobile SIM card in it again. If you want to learn more on this, go ahead and visit you eight V Powell comm the link in the description as well it's a little bit. You know it takes a little bit of time and effort to do the mod, but it is definitely possible at a very low cost I'm using just the dual 3500 Titan batteries here in parallel, so we're essentially getting about seven thousand a major power, and I do Have my little track emo in there and never fly this plane with this much money into it, especially the DJI setup and everything without my track emo, because if this goes down and this plane runs out of battery, this little tracker will run for a few days.
So at least you can go and track it on your phone and find your plane, even if you crash, and battery unplugs or there's, no more battery power never fly without my track, emo on more expensive planes and drones. So again guys. I just want to reiterate: there was maybe some confusion in my last 700 milliwatts test with the DJI fpv system. This is completely separate there. All I'm doing is plugging in the power, so there's no telemetry or anything plugged in to a flight controller or anything. So you can do this if you want to just use it as a video, only standalone system and that's. What I'm doing here anyway enough talking about it, just wanted to fill you guys in on the plane I'm, using here perfect platform for testing long range fpv. So anyway, let's get this thing up in the air and see what it can do really launch directly in that direction. That seems to be where the winds coming from let's cross, our fingers and watch come on baby whoo, okay, good it's up I'll. Just do a right thinking lighter until I set all this stuff up. You vise, okay, it's in 25, milliwatt right now, so I'm gon na go with this hat guys. You can go from 25 to 200 to 500 to 700 to 1000 to 1200. So go ahead and do that so we're in 1200, milliwatts good let's go back and let's see how far we can get so again.
I'Ll have the goggles up on the screen and I just got on a lighter and we want to fly where we want to fly. Is this way to the left, oops so I'm pushing to the left just a little bit there we go, so you guys will be able to see my recorded goggles also be having the screen on my iPad. Also the disco directly on the disco to the video. So you guys can see all the video I'm taking right now and then also on the air unit from time to time. I'Ll have that pop up, so my iPad screen, I don't have my iPad screen the my disco telemetry in view, and I have the goggles on so I'm gon na – have to pick up my goggles and take a look here at the screen. So we're about 300 feet and we've got 82 power left. So hopefully, hopefully we can um go for a ways you know before we lose disco power, but I know this is a pretty good. Gon na go down a bit a little bit high. This is a pretty good angle of attack here, because there's 4G antennas down in Kihei and that'll give us good disco 4G signal to fly in so anyway, I'm. Just constantly. Looking at my iPad screen 200 feet high we're, going at about 40 feet per second, and we just reached one mile I'll have that pop up on the video.
So you guys can see that and I'm really just trying to point my goggles exactly in the direction that the disco is so you know, so we have the best possible line of sight with the goggles, probably gon na be hitting a little bit of wind gusts Up there go down a little bit so we're, not too high, so I'm, just gon na head directly out towards a whole Lobby. That should be a pretty good plan of attack there and, as you can see, the the video from the air unit, the DJI air unit is a pretty wide screen. So you can see part of the disco pretty wide angle lens. But then, when I look at my tablet, it's a lot more narrow cool, looking good they're gon na try to keep it. You know as much as possible just over the barren land here. So we don't fly over any homes or houses come down a little bit. I want to get going too high because the mountain does slope down here. You'Ll turn this way for a little bit there we go we're just gon na cross. This subdivision, maybe I'll, actually go around it. Just so nobody can say anything that's, so I'm, not gon na go over that subdivision. We'Re gon na stay clear of it kind of go around it, so go to the right a little bit more and if you guys look at the iPad screen, we're at 2 miles just over 2 miles and I'm going to tilt the disco camera down.
Picking up the goggles for a second, so I could see my disco screen: okay, a little more to the right, so we're, just on the edge of the houses here, you don't want to go too high, so or you know too much over them. So once we pass over them, we're gon na turn to the left looks like we just passed them and we're gon na turn to the left, nice, okay, just kind of get back on track to where we were going I'm gon na tilt this camera down we're At 2.4, miles guys just testing out this digital fpv system again I'll have the fpv goggles recording we're, just gon na fly straight. This way, cool, pretty good direction, looks like the 4G signal is good on the iPad here until town again see where we're at good. Not over any houses, so we're in a good direction, just keep flying out this way and let's have a look at our goggles. I had to put them up for a second, so they might have been looks like they're getting a little pixelated and I can hear that fan in the goggles is going pretty hardcore, oh yeah, so this is 1200 mil a lot. I don't see in some pixelation guys. Hopefully I didn't have to reboot the goggles or just make sure they're. Still in 1200, milliwatts go back in the settings. We want to go all the way down to device and then we're at max power, yeah we're.
Still at 1200, real quick I'm going to switch it down to 1000 let's see if we get a change boom, just switched it to 1000, one more time: I'm gon na go down to 700. This is what I was last time: I'm at 700, milliwatt and that's. What the fpv is looking like, you see that guys so a little pixelated I'm gon na go down to 500. Now 500 milliwatts. I would assume yeah it's, really pixelated let's quickly go back up to 1200. Go yeah just came in a little clearer, so apparently it immediately sends the signal straight to the air unit to kind of change its settings, which is good, so you can kind of change that on the fly it seems seems like turn a little bit further to The right, oh there's, that a cinder cone there let's go down. I think I'm, a bit high, even though I'm only a couple hundred feet from my launch altitude. I think I'm, a little high, so go down just a tad. The FPV is looking good, though I think we're a little more left than my last flight, so we're still gon na see just exactly how far we can get with 1200 milliwatts, even though I'm frying, my brain cells, 3.8 miles. So this is about where the you see on that iPad 3.8 miles guys. So this is about where the 700 milliwatts test crapped out and so we're gon na see.
If that's the case here remember, it was like three to four: I was getting really pixelated. In 700, there goes it's getting pretty pixelated ooh yeah that's pretty bad. Actually, you can see that I'll have it up on the screen. A lot of pixelation, no it's. Just pretty much just chopping out so yeah we're at right around four point: one miles: I'll have the iPad and there we go. I just got the DJI screen of no signal so still around four miles in the same spot, just popping the goggles up for a second. If I turn my head a little more that way, I think I was kind of facing the wrong direction, see if we, if we do get signal back just looking at the Disco screen here on my iPad and gosh it's crystal clear, cuz that's flying over 4G Tilt the camera down a little that's having no issues whatsoever. We are a little negative on our altitude, though so maybe what I'll do is turn right a bit there. We go make sure I'm pointing the goggles in the exact right spot and just come up a tad temporarily real quick see if we can get signal back on these goggles. No, nothing so we're still at about four miles guys with the goggles set in 1200 milliwatts. So perhaps it's better to set it up there, if you can temporarily, if you're, just close range for penetration, but for long distance I'm, not really seeing much of a difference, maybe a tiny bit of an improvement.
As you can see, the video from the 4G is just fine plenty of signal. Looking just great, we got out there really quick. So I think what I'm going to do is I'm, going to say final verdict still around for miles so I'm going to turn around with the disco, because I think we have a little bit of tailwind and I'm gon na just fly directly from screen here. But the gobbles up for a sec let's turn this plane around and come home or do we want to maybe fly almost part ago so that's 72, but I'll tell you what we'll do a turnaround? We'Ll come back. We'Ll get a nice view of the Haleakala mountain here gosh. I was a little nerve wracking in the beginning. Sorry about that kind of calmed down by now I'm going to turn the disco around and see that Haleakala melt in there. It looks beautiful as usual and we're gon na come on back. Maybe we'll do a fly. Pass. This um cinder cone again a little bit of fpv break up let's, move this camera down and fly to the left a little bit still trying to keep an eye on the DJI digital fpv it's not coming in yet. But we do have pretty good signal on the 4G, maybe a tad bit um tad bit of lag at the moment. So I want to get too close to the ground, but we'll just do a little bit of a dive bomb on this guy here, that's a little scary when the FPV is doing that isn't it there we go just came in clear, let's go down, yeah Peavy Seems a little bit laggy, so I want to be careful so what I'm gon na do is I'm going to check my map still at 4.
3 miles away and turn to the left. So this is what you get guys with the FPV. Sometimes, when you're flying 4G, you see how it's really kind of blotchy and there's a lot of lines. That'S the thing about this: if you have like signal congestion on the FPV I'm neon, the 4G or there's some other problem with the network, are they're tearing your speed. This kind of stuff can happen, so you might occasionally get that there we go. Our video just came back in right at three point: nine miles, that's good, so let's do this again. I want to turn around one more time. I'Ll turn to the left. This time get a little pixelated okay, nice kind of flying over that cinder cone again, maybe I'll pull the disco camera down. So you can see this thing there's the edge of it see that okay, so let's just fly out this way until we lose signal again. Might be out a little bit of a higher elevation just right towards Lahaina that West Maui point pick up the disco camera again right about there and just see on the fpv goggles, give it another chance right. Super pixelation right at four miles: okay! Well, that's! What I'm getting want to press buttons back, submit yeah, so right up four one, four point: one miles it cut out again: oh I don't think I started recording the the fpv goggles again. So hopefully i can remember to do that again.
Let'S turn around and let's come on home, guys. Okay, now this time, I'm gon na turn so we're coming right back at us come on there we go and I'm gon na keep looking at the goggles for a minute. There, okay Bay just popped back in right at four miles, Wow wonder if there's like a and they're clear. Oh my gosh. I wonder if there's like a hard coded limit of four miles on these never know could be and I'm gon na start. Recording the gobbles again see guys can see this well, there they're recording again, both goggles and the air unit. Tell you what we'll do we'll go into just because we're here and we're doing all these tests. Fpv is super clear right now, we'll go into settings again and we'll go down to the device just using the menu on the goggles. You guys can't see this I'm gon na go down to oh wow, that's cool guys it does it as soon as you push up to the next level. It changes it. You don't even have to press in on the top button to confirm it. So I went down to 25 mil away. You see that that's 25 ml, Oh wat, breaking up like crazy 200 ml. Oh wow it's, actually doable so little blotchy up to 500 that's how it's looking 700 perfectly fine like before 1000 and there's 1200. So big big difference between 25 mil awhile for the won't, even yeah.
There goes see that holy smokes and there's 200 milliwatts, so you're gon na see the biggest difference between 25 and 200, of course, and then, as you work, your way up, it just becomes clearer and clearer, 1000 and there's 1200, which will leave it out. I'Ll back up all the menus, and there you have it guys so we're gon na get a little more clarity, maybe a better penetration for like fpv racing and doing some closer proximity fpv, but um as far as let's go up a little bit as far as Long range fpv goes still recording that thing on yeah Osmel still on good as far as a long range fpv, not much of a difference between 700 milliwatts and 1000 to 1200. So I wouldn't, even even bother to you, know, save your brain. Unless maybe you got some stuff to penetrate, like you're, trying to go through things but line of sight not really necessary. As far as this test goes right, some people may have some different results: that's. What I'm getting here? There'S? Really, no any Ference here either so I'm going to go up because we're getting a little low, so let's go up on the plane and we're gon na fly directly behind us once we kind of get back to our location. Turning to the left a little bit there, we go look at the map again, that's, what's, so cool about this disco. Is you have just this map here, that's so easy to access, so I'm gon na turn to the left and just make sure this disco is coming directly back at us and let's just have a good time coming on back I'll kind of talk about what we See maybe there should be some cattle here we're at already it okay, so we're flying at 50 feet per second about back, so you can see that that's about a 10 foot per second breeze differential coming out.
We were fighting some wind and no actually we're fighting. We should be fighting win now. Who knows, I think, it's pretty variable today, so that's, the thing about wind guys here and in Hawaii is you're. Gon na have some super variable winds anyway, I'm just gaining altitude, because I don't want to crash into anything because we just passed our zero altitude now we're up to about a 100 feet and we're at 53 left so here's. What I'm going to do hit return to home and we'll just press it here up on the top left of the screen? I just tapped it and what that's gon na do is it's gon na make darn sure I'm coming back directly at us and it's going to go up to the altitude that it went the highest during the flight. So apparently I went up to like 320 feet. Whoops pressing menu buttons again back alright, so let it come on back and then what we'll do is we'll pass us and we'll. Let it fly behind her head while having these goggles facing forward and we're gon na just see how good it is in 1200, milliwatts. Behind the goggles, are we gon na stay this high, probably not I'll, probably go a little lower but that's how it's looking good everything's recording? Hopefully it looks like my disco, fpv kind of froze up a bit we're 0.9 miles away, fighting a bit of wind, no yeah I'm, just gon na leave it this high.
So we're not bothering anybody since we're, you know we're flying over a little bit of residential areas here. So I don't want anybody to hear this thing buzzing over their house as much as possible, so definitely not going to have any issues. This close with all bunch of mellow out right, maybe we'll, do the same thing behind the head: we'll we'll go from 25 milliwatts and on up and really get a feeling for how it is getting kind of close still at 320 feet high we're about a half Mile away now, okay – and maybe what I'll do, is, cancel or return to home. Oh that just puts it in loiter. I forgot about that. Redo return to home it's, not interesting how the camera goes perfectly horizontally. When you put it and return to home. It has some kind of ability to stabilize the roll access when it's in return to home. I hear it coming on back and to get out of return to home I'm, just gon na press the right stick to the left, just a tad there. We go so that cancelled return to home and there's a park on that so I'm gon na. Let it fly over our head and twelve hundred mil a lot and see really how good it is in 1200 milliwatts flying behind our head. I mean we will also switch to the different power settings as well so I'm, just gon na stay in this exact orientation with the goggles, and here we go okay, so we're a thousand feet away.
Probably don't want to fly on the road right, so we'll go to the left of the road about. There looks good okay at least we're going fighting the wind right now, so we'll have an easy time coming back, but I am gon na need to probably land this way so I'm going to circle around again into the wind and land so anyway, it's looking fantastic. All right yeah, the goggles are as clear as they ever were, how those recording for you guys. So you can see that and our distance is 2600 feet. What'S our speed, forty two feet per second okay, so I don't know. I think it was pretty variable up there in the key area. You can see how we're going out at 40 and then coming back we're coming at 50, but right here it feels like the winds blowing that way so that's just um Maui winds for you. We'Ve got this Haleakala mountain that blocks the winds once you get more towards the Wailea key here, Wailea area over to the left. That way where we were flying so that's, probably the reason for the wind differences. Okay, we're just approaching a mile now this is where it kind of cut out last time. Remember that so stay going this way. So, looking at my iPad screen again, one mile let's take a look at the FPV on the goggles, so this is where it cut out in 700, milliwatts, okay and now I'm, actually going directly through my noggin, so with 1200 milliwatts 5.
8 gigahertz through my head back To the plane, probably not a super good idea, so if you get dizzy or have problems with Wi Fi definitely might not want to do this. I think I'm gon na just cross over this road just for a second, so we're going more at a direct reverse direction. Okay, oh when I put my hand up to pull my goggles up, I got a little glitch 1.3 miles. Looking good definitely gon na get more with the higher setting going in the opposite direction. 42 feet per second, a little blotchy just took my on the way let's see if it heals it signal. I want to go right in between here where there's not too many houses, okay, starting to get pretty blotchy. I want to turn the plane to the right. The FPV looks different than what the plane FPV looks like let's point: the nose right about there. There we go kind of going through more of a rural area. Right here still got pretty good signal right when I said that I'll have that recording guys 1200 milliwatts flying directly behind me and that's 1.7 miles unusable until just then just got it back. Okay! Well, that's good enough for me now: it's, just totally locking up so I'm gon na hit return home boom, just hit it on the iPad and four G's, pretty good, not as good as last time I'm, seeing quite a bit of breakup. So there we go.
That was I'm, seeing the DJI screen of no signal, and that was one point eight miles about. So we got like almost another mile with 1200 milliwatts going behind us, so that's when you're gon na again want to use. It is for penetration because in the front we're maxing out it four miles right there. It just came back in let's, make sure we're still recording yeah, so it just came back in it's a little pixelated at 1.2 miles. So the reconnection takes a little while to to heal itself. It seems, Oh only seeing one recording up there, I'm gon na double tap, to stop all the recording and then tap again, because I was only seeing the SD card recording on the craft. So remember that happened last time. If you're trying to record your flight, you lose signal and you're only seeing one thing recording, which is the air unit on the craft, double tap that stop everything tap once again to start the recording, because you may not be recording on your your goggles. If you really want that and you're doing these long range flights, so we're coming back 40 feet per second just to return to home. Looking great real, quick let's tap these settings down since we're out here. Oh, we only have 32 percent power left we're. We were fighting some wind going that way and burning some power. Let'S switch it really quick down to 25 mil alot, see that there's down to 25, and you see the pixelation up to 200 that's what it looks like up to 5 little clearer up to 7 up to a thousand and up to 12 leave it on 12.
Back out of everything, yeah clear yeah, that was like a half a mile away. We did that so gosh 20, if you guys have to use 25 ml a lot like in UK I'm. Sorry guys that really sucks, but you be not supposed to be using over 1000 milliwatts over kind of cheating there a bit with the 1200. But you know just for testing reasons. Just really wanted to see so I'm going to need to land this guy's now so I'm gon na leave these goggles recording put them on the ground here and I'm gon na try to land. This thing oh there's, like a flock of birds, checking it out so let's, see if we can do this, which way is the dang wind coming coming in at us ooh there. She goes hard right. Don'T wan na hit any power lines they're still flying with 4G guys cool huh, but I think this is a pretty good height, so we'll come in, make a turn I'm pulling left on the stick. Now we're gon na slow us down and I'm gon na see how close I can kind of land to my feet. Ooh, oh oh, went a little bit too low, but there we go. We landed about 50 feet away are usually to hit landing, so it stops the motor can't. Well that's right check it out. We are landed little harm done well, we only had nine percent power left, so we were fighting some wind out there.
Certain areas – oh great flight, four G's – still working and that's kind of cool – how it beeps like that right. So if it does think it crashed, even though we kind of landed it, but we didn't hit the landing button on the controller, it'll think it's a crash. If the motor hits like the propellers hit the grass and it cuts out without you pushing that, but you hear that little beeping kind of cool huh, even though they discontinued this disco, you guys you can still find it around, do some cool stuff with it and Just an overall fun plane, not really for manual kind of flight. You know like acrobatics. This is more like a smart kind of like a drone, but in a plane form. If you do want to see the playlist on this don't forget to check out the links in the description. I'Ll have all my disco flights and transplant flights, but anyway, let's get on the bench here and talk about this for a sec, pretty awesome, but a little bit different than what I expected. And so I was thinking I might get another mile or two with it. In the 1200 milliwatts power selection, but as you can see, we actually only went just slightly over four miles. It was definitely stronger up to four miles than it was that's the 700 milliwatt test, and if you want to see that test go ahead and not check the link, I had pop up here and also in the description that I'll have all the tests.
I have on these goggles, but then, when we were out there remember, I was cycling through 25 milliwatts, all the way up to 1200 and you could really see a huge difference between like 25 and 200 and then from 200 and on up. Basically, just the clarity got quite a bit better, but it seemed like the range you could still go out about that for miles. So behind our head coming this way and we had the goggles still facing forward that's when you could really see the difference in the 1200 milliwatts setting, but the 700 milliwatts saying in the last video right at 1 mile. It just completely dropped totally rubbish reception and we drop signal completely, but, as you can see on the 1200 milliwatts setting flying directly behind our head pretty much line of sight, I mean there's a couple trees, but we were pretty high up there flying directly behind her Head, we almost got like 2 miles. I think it was 1.7 1.8 before it really got. Garbled and kind of cut out so definitely way more penetration, even though it was going through. My skull, which might well not want to do, I would say, for a long range line of sight flying doesn't really matter. You could keep it on the seven hundred to a thousand no problem, but if you really wanted that penetration, maybe through buildings, trees, just the best possible penetration you could get and the clearest possible signal, then invite might be worth it to bump up that signal.
But what I did notice it didn't seem to drain this battery quite a bit more with that higher power setting on the air unit. So quite a bit more battery drain, you're gon na you're gon na find when you do bump up those power settings. So if you're running this on, like you're racing drone and you're, trying to get those 1200 milliwatts penetrations, then just keep in mind that you're gon na you're gon na degrade your your battery life your flight time quite a bit and don't miss the next video guys. I'M going to be doing on this I'm, actually gon na get some patch antennas for the digital, fpv, goggles and we're, going to do that same test with a couple of patch antennas, more directional, which will actually go right in the place of these little guys. Here that come from DJI there's, a couple patches you can get, which should give us like way better signal facing out front and I'm also going to put better antennas on the actual air unit. So we're going to do that same flight coming up here, pretty soon. We'Re just gon na see if we can get any more range between 25 milliwatts, all the way up to 1200 milliwatts with those new directional patched antennas, because those are supposed to be pretty darn good anytime. You have a directional antenna that has a larger surface area and it's made just for a certain direction. You usually get better range, but we're just going to see really how far we can take it with those patch antenna.
So stay tuned for that one as well and make sure you subscribe, so you don't miss it any of you guys. There do hope you enjoyed that. I will have had the video on everything up kind of switching in and out small screens and big screens. So you could see exactly what was going on through the whole flight with the commentary, and I hope you really enjoyed that it was enjoyable for me and that's. Why? I do these things just so. You know exactly how far we can push these things and what she can expect in owning a expensive device. Like this I mean these DJI goggles in the air system. I also have the controller they're, not cheap items, so I think it's really valuable information to know exactly what you're getting and how far you can kind of push these things how they perform before you go ahead and and buy something like this, because they're not cheap And you know christmas is coming around and you may be wondering exactly how far you can go and what kind of penetration the different power settings are and keep in mind. This is strictly only separate fpv. You can actually integrate this in with your beta flight flight controller, on race, drones and stuff, and you can get some of the OSD from those up in here and you can control them with the DJI controller as well.