GoPro Wifi Bacpac thread

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by klinquist, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. klinquist

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    I picked up the just released GoPro Wifi Bacpac for my HERO2 camera yesterday. It is advertised as having several capabilities:

    a) comes with a remote to remotely control the camera (actually up to 50 cameras!) from up to 600ft away
    b) use your smartphone as a viewfinder & remote control
    c) Live stream video from wherever you have a wifi connection. The manual shows the facebook and youtube icons...

    The wifi bacpac is the same size as the LCD or battery bacpac, as expected. It comes with a new rear "door" (both waterproof and non-waterproof versions) to accomodate for the larger size. It has its own power button so the new rear door has an additional "push through" button on it.

    It has its own battery contained within and the manual says that if the wifi bacpac's battery is fully depleted, it will use the camera's battery as a backup. I have not tested the battery life, I *hope* it at least equals the camera battery.

    It looks like the bacpac has both wifi and bluetooth radios in it - I will have to use a frequency counter to see if the remote control it comes with is actually using wifi or BT (for my own curiosity).

    I like the design of the remote control - it comes with a wrist strap as well as a clip that you can easily attach to a zipper pull or keychain. The clip is removed (by moving a slider on the bottom) and a special USB adapter is plugged in to charge and to update the firmware. I have not yet tested the battery life of the remote control.

    The remote works well - it has a display on it that mirrors the display on the camera itself.

    Unfortunately, capabilities b) and c) above have not yet been implemented. When you try to enable wifi from the new wifi menu setting on the gopro, it says "coming soon." The GoPro app for the iphone does not yet exist.

    Some tech blog writeups have said that an existing wifi network will be required to use the smartphone gopro app as a viewfinder & camera control. Combing through the manual, I believe this is NOT true. I believe that the wifi bacpac will form its own ad-hoc wifi network which you can connect to with your phone.

    I look forward to reviewing the full capabilities of this device once all the features are implemented. Using wifi as a transport protocol means I can sniff the traffic and maybe do some creative things.
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  2. klinquist

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    A reply from GoPro as to when the full capabilities will be available (via a software update):

    Hi Kris,

    Thank you for contacting GoPro!

    We don't know the exact release date. This item should be released in the next couple weeks.

    Please let us know if you have any further questions.

    Many Thanks,
    Kellie F
    GoPro Support
    www.gopro.com/support
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  3. SnoDrtRider

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    I've often thought that a remote shutter/record button would be great for conserving battery and SD card space on the Gpro. I haven't used my old Hero in a long time because it is just a PITA but once this set up gets sorted out I may need to spring for a new HD and the WiFi back.
    Many times I have been riding down a road and thought "This would make a nice shot" but haven't taken the time to stop and take the photo.
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  4. dacrazyrn

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    Which one is the camera? I see no lens.
    The remote control with smartphone would be better through a bluetooth…wouldn't it? Unless you want to pay that extra money to the corps for Hotspot smartphone. Not worth it just for that.
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  5. ktm950se

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    Following this closely...

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  6. EmmEff

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    Neither. On the left is the "back" (or module) for the GoPro camera, on the right is the remote that communicates with that module to control the camera (not shown, not included).
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  7. klinquist

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    You don't need an existing wifi hotspot (or paying for the ability w/ your cell provider) for this - the wifi bacpac can (err...will, once the software is updated) form its own ad-hoc wifi network.
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  8. dacrazyrn

    dacrazyrn ED RN Adventurer

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    so you connect an existing GoPro into it…K. Good if you already own one. Good idea to bring those in.
    Must be working on a camera with all this incorporated into it. ?? I wouldn't be interested in buying all that and THEN a camera.
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  9. GoGo Gadget

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    I doubt they are. This seems to be their format. They have the base camera, then various backpac add-ons so you add the capability you want. Extra backpac that is a larger battery, LCD view screen that the base camera lacks, or this wifi add-on.
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  10. Aviatordoc

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    I have one on order as well and get it by tuesday.
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  11. klinquist

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    I must say that updating everything was a breeze on my Mac.

    (I also use Windows for many things, I happened to use my Mac for this... )
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  12. GB

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    Thanks for the review.. very interested in this.

    Does the camera or the remote indicate the status of the camera? (recording, pause.. etc.). :ear
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  13. klinquist

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    The remote has an LCD that mirrors the one on the camera. It also has a red LED that blinks with the camera's LCD.
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  14. SportFaller

    SportFaller Dirt dont hurt, MUCH

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    One of the most frustrating technology days I've ever had.

    followed every step just as listed on the gopro site, and no joy.

    camera says it successfully updates, but I plug it back in and it wants to run the update again.

    bacpac update freezes in the "importing to device" stage and forces a CineForm restart

    I should have known better than to buy one from the first batch.

    Guess I'll try tech support monday, was hoping to use it riding tomorrow...
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  15. Fernw3h

    Fernw3h Been here awhile

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    Damn, and I just bought one of those LCD screen pacs. Should I take that back in favor of this?
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  16. GB

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    For my usage, the remote on/off was the only thing missing. Thanks for all your feedback on this..

    The GoPro support team have always replied to my inquiries in a timely manner and when one of my cameras crapped out, they replaced it no questions asked. Gotta like that service.
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  17. Dajudge70

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    I had problems updating the wifi backpack also. I finally rebooted the computer and everything worked fine. Mine was hanging up on "updating firmware of the backpack." so if you run into this, reboot the machine and try again.
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  18. Dogscout

    Dogscout Been there done that

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    I am a bit annoyed with this. There are three items that need charged. Backpack, camera, remote. I bought the camera and wifi kit for a trip I'm planning to Africa and I'll have limited USB ports available to charge things. I'm really hoping that the battery life n this is better than a few hours.

    Any thoughts on keeping these all charged easily?
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  19. EmmEff

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    You don't need to charge USB devices using a computer. You can get a plug-in AC adapter that includes multiple USB ports for charging. For example.
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  20. John Smallberries

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    I am doing a 3-day ride in Austria next week and had the same concern. I bought a 6000 mAh backup battery with two USB ports from Radio Shack. I also got a travel USB hub to handle all of these devices. I have a spare GoPro battery as well. I will let you know if the whole gadget-palooza actually works.
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