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Hiker
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Driving me nuts Hero 7 black and bluetooth

Ok. My old hero 4 didn’t have Bluetooth. But on the hero 7, I thought that Bluetooth was a way to initiate WiFi. I thought that meANT that I no longer had to leave WiFi on; that I could turn it off and then the same Bluetooth that saw the camera in the first place when first setting up in app, could connect to camera and then turn on WiFi. Sure having Bt on all the time was using power, but that much would be much less than WiFi so it was a step in the right direction.

So when I got my Hero 7 black I tried this - turning off WiFi and turning off camera and then trying to initiate connection in the app. I was hoping, but no luck. But them I realized I had never tried to pair my phone with the camera in the traditional method. Do I did that. And saw the Bluetooth connection seemed to stay connected after I shut off the camera agin with no WiFi,

But I didn’t really see anything in the manual supporting my ad theory and I also didn’t find anything about disabling Bluetooth (like you would turn off WiFi) to get that extra juice.

So, am I wrong. In order to wake camera up, Bluetooth paired or not, do I have to have WiFi on? If so, Bluetooth is only really there to make the initial pairing easy?? Or I’m I messed up as messed up can be? Or should I be able to wake up a “wifi OFF” namers wth bluetooth and have THAT turn on WiFi?? So then what is the purpose of bt pairing with phone? Sure I know about remotes and stuff, but phone?

Set me straight. I’m a quick learner!

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Explorer
Posts: 11,210

Re: Driving me nuts Hero 7 black and bluetooth

By WiFi, are you referring to Connections?
Yes, connections need to be turned on. WiFi on/off is handled by the camera.

When you initiate a connection, first Bluetooth is used to establish the connection and then WiFi is turned in automatically. When the camera is turned off or the connection terminated, WiFi is automatically turned off after awhile, but Bluetooth stays on for 8 hours and then shuts off. With connections on, only Bluetooth is turned on when you power on the camera. WiFi only gets turned on when you initiate a connection or QuikStory auto Download starts.

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Explorer
Posts: 11,210

Re: Driving me nuts Hero 7 black and bluetooth

By WiFi, are you referring to Connections?
Yes, connections need to be turned on. WiFi on/off is handled by the camera.

When you initiate a connection, first Bluetooth is used to establish the connection and then WiFi is turned in automatically. When the camera is turned off or the connection terminated, WiFi is automatically turned off after awhile, but Bluetooth stays on for 8 hours and then shuts off. With connections on, only Bluetooth is turned on when you power on the camera. WiFi only gets turned on when you initiate a connection or QuikStory auto Download starts.
Hiker
Posts: 25

Re: Driving me nuts Hero 7 black and bluetooth

Got it now I think. So you’re saying the connections needs to be turned on - And that Bluetooth is waking up and turning on Wi-Fi and initiating the connection back to the phone? I guess I was thinking of the “wireless connections” being Wi-Fi and turning it off like an old hero4 user that I am.

But now it makes sense that you can’t really keep the Wi-Fi on and the wireless connections refers to both the Bluetooth and the Wi-Fi working hand-in-hand together. Bluetooth to power up and turn on Wi-Fi.

Thanks. I guess I could re-read the manual and see where I missed this it I was thinking too much like a hero 4 user!
Hiker
Posts: 25

Re: Driving me nuts Hero 7 black and bluetooth

Yeah , after a one hour test with “wireless connections” ON, battery stil Is at 96 % . Way cool. So it was working the way I thought, and no Bluetooth off setting in msnusl because “wireless connections is really “Bluetooth turn on and initiate WiFi” — but that would mean having to scroll words on the screen!

Thanks a heep
Adventurer
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Re: Driving me nuts Hero 7 black and bluetooth

Hero 4 has wifi and Bluetooth,, Hero 5 started using BLTE. today the Hero 7 uses wifi in various ways.

 

Wake up  allows you to simply turn the camera on by voice and record video until the battery is depleted, you can get around 8 hours in standby  for available recording,

 

wi-fi can be left on  and BLTE acts as a sniffer when the actual camera is turned off and no  activity is  given in a 10 minute time the BLTE turns off wi-fi the battery then starts to  drain a percentage or so every day. with  theconnection wifi on/off.

 

 bluetooth is used  twice two separate connections made one for  the wireless connection,  one for Lve stream.

 

just some notes if we did not know.

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Hiker
Posts: 25

Re: Driving me nuts Hero 7 black and bluetooth

I like the fact they changed “WiFi” to “wireless connections” to inform you that this is not just WiFi but BT slapping around WiFi and saying “stay frosty you power hungry fool, I’m going to shut you down until you needed. “

This is a real game changer for me. I missed the memo on this being available as early as the 5.

Thanks