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Hero5 Session: Wifi vs. Bluetooth

I have a new GoPro Hero5 Session. I'm trying to figure out the role of wifi vs. bluetooth. I've been reading wifi drains the battery quickly even when the camera is turned off. Can't I just connect my phone with just Bluetooth? Why do both have to be on? Not sure I want to spend my day on the mountain connecting and disconnection my phone to the camera to preserve battery life.


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Re: Hero5 Session: Wifi vs. Bluetooth

@mbeaulieu - One of our moderators (mattb) posted this explanation about the role of wi-fi and bluetooth in our cameras that might help:

 

"Bluetooth acts as the initial handshake between the camera and the phone, as well as maintains the connection after a period of inactivity with the Capture App. In older cameras, the Wi-Fi just stayed on the whole time if you had wireless turned on in the camera, which would drain the battery at a similar rate whether you were actively using the app or not. This is now different with Bluetooth. 

 

So let's say you're lining up your shot with the App and you press record from your phone. You don't have to worry about turning the wireless off after that, because once you get on with your activity and the App hasn't been used for a little while, the camera will revert to Bluetooth. The connection is maintained in case you need to open up the App again and make a change (in which case Wi-Fi will kick back on), but the connection is maintained via Bluetooth and uses very little energy. It's kind of like the sleep mode on your computer; you're hardly using any energy but the device is ready to use again very quickly if needed."

 

So, wi-fi is the connection that you need to send the operational signals to the camera (record, stop record, etc.), and bluetooth is a low power way to maintain communication between the camera and app during standby periods, but bluetooth won't send the operational signals to the camera.

 

The benefit is that you won't have to spend your day connecting and disconnecting signals if you've set up the wi-fi and bluetooth connections already.

 

Thanks,

Jeff

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Re: Hero5 Session: Wifi vs. Bluetooth

@mbeaulieu - One of our moderators (mattb) posted this explanation about the role of wi-fi and bluetooth in our cameras that might help:

 

"Bluetooth acts as the initial handshake between the camera and the phone, as well as maintains the connection after a period of inactivity with the Capture App. In older cameras, the Wi-Fi just stayed on the whole time if you had wireless turned on in the camera, which would drain the battery at a similar rate whether you were actively using the app or not. This is now different with Bluetooth. 

 

So let's say you're lining up your shot with the App and you press record from your phone. You don't have to worry about turning the wireless off after that, because once you get on with your activity and the App hasn't been used for a little while, the camera will revert to Bluetooth. The connection is maintained in case you need to open up the App again and make a change (in which case Wi-Fi will kick back on), but the connection is maintained via Bluetooth and uses very little energy. It's kind of like the sleep mode on your computer; you're hardly using any energy but the device is ready to use again very quickly if needed."

 

So, wi-fi is the connection that you need to send the operational signals to the camera (record, stop record, etc.), and bluetooth is a low power way to maintain communication between the camera and app during standby periods, but bluetooth won't send the operational signals to the camera.

 

The benefit is that you won't have to spend your day connecting and disconnecting signals if you've set up the wi-fi and bluetooth connections already.

 

Thanks,

Jeff

Tourist
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Re: Hero5 Session: Wifi vs. Bluetooth

This is helpful. Thanks!

Nomad
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Re: Hero5 Session: Wifi vs. Bluetooth

Hello,

 

Wifi is what's used to actually transmit data between the GoPro and you phone. Bluetooth is what starts the connection and maintains the connection. 

Tourist
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Re: Hero5 Session: Wifi vs. Bluetooth

Another way I've heard it explained is that the camera's bluetooth is merely a "wifi sniffer," which is just a simpler way to describe its role. Very good detailed explanation by the mod though.  I have found that sometimes it is just quicker to go into my Android's wifi settings and simply select the GoPro network because it may not automatically connect, or may take a bit long to connect.

Sightseer
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Re: Hero5 Session: Wifi vs. Bluetooth

Still not sure I fully understand....when I'm away from my home wifi my Hero 5 works fine( if intermittently) no wifi in the woods but at home?? I have to go to settings disconnect my wifi and reconnect to GoPro therefore losing my connection to the world while I use my GoPro....this seems such a bother...is this always the case? Doesn't it connect automatically once initial setup has been established?

Backpacker
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Re: Hero5 Session: Wifi vs. Bluetooth

My question is similar... while on a camping/hiking trip there was no wifi and I couldnt get my phone to connect to my hero5 session.  However the way I understand it is the session will create its own wifi for the phone to connect to. 

So, if that is the case... why couldnt I connect? 

Tourist
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Re: Hero5 Session: Wifi vs. Bluetooth

Cant connect my phone to the Hero 5 Session anymore. Reset everything, several times. Have iPhone SE 10.3.1 Current version of Capture app and 1.57 FW on Session 5