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Mambo Troubleshooting Tips

During competitions, we have noticed a number of issues arise as teams connect to their quadcopters. ROAVcopters has developed the following recommendations to aid teams as they compete with their Parrot Mambo quadcopter. 


General Connection issues 


  • First and foremost, ROAVcopters recommends renaming your drone to something that is significant to your team e.g., your school name or team ID.
    • This is done by long pressing on the name of your drone after you are connected in the Free Flight Mini Application. Note: your drone needs to be reset after renaming is complete
  • Insure that your quadcopter us running the latest firmware version. Instructions found here: https://community.parrot.com/t5/Mambo-Knowledge-Base/Update-Parrot-Mambo-Software/ta-p/153647
  • Drones tend to connect better with hardware that is newer and that is not bogged down by bloatware. Make sure that phones connected to your drone are not running extra apps in the background.
  • Insure that no other Bluetooth device is connected to your phone as you connect to your drone.
  • If all of the above are not working to connect your drone, reset all devices (cellphone, flypad, and drone)

FPV Connection issues

  • ROAVcopters recommends teams install a wifi analyzer tool onto a cellphone or laptop that allows the analysis of wifi channels. This allows teams to change the channel that their drone sends video on to a less crowded channel, therefore limiting interference. Below is a list of recommended wifi analytics tools.
    • Android Application: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pinapps.amped
    • IPhone Application: This isn’t possible on iPhones and iPads. Apple restricts apps from accessing this Wi-Fi data directly from the hardware. If you jailbreak, you can install an app like WiFi Explorer or WiFiFoFum from Cydia to get this functionality on your iPhone or iPad.
    • PC Laptop Application: https://www.ampedwireless.com/wifianalytics/
    • OSX Laptop Application: The native tool works great for what we are doing. To access the native tool, hold the Option key and click the Wi-Fi icon on the menu bar at the top of your screen. Select “Open Wireless Diagnostics.” Ignore the wizard that appears. Instead, click the Window menu and select Utilities. Select the Wi-Fi Scan tab and click Scan Now. The “Best 2.4 GHz Channels”
    • If all of the above are not working to connect your drone, reset all devices (cellphone, flypad, and drone)

Programming issues 

  • To insure that Tynker connects properly to your drone, enable “Classroom Mode.” Classroom mode pairs each tablet with a single drone so that your code doesn’t run on the wrong drone by accident.
    • To turn on Classroom Mode:
      • Go to the Tynker app and click the user icon in the top left corner.
      • You’ll need to answer a simple math question, then click the “Settings” button at the bottom of the screen.
      • Click the blue “Classroom Settings” button at the top right.
      • Check the “Classroom Mode” box.
      • Enter the unique name of the drone (you can find this by pairing with the drone and going to the controller).
    • Drones tend to connect better with hardware that is newer and that is not bogged down by bloatware. Make sure that your IPad that is connected to your drone is not running extra apps in the background.
    • Insure that no other Bluetooth device is connected to your IPad as you connect to your drone.
    • Often times you need to go into the controller interface in Tynker, click on the name of your drone, then back out to your project screen to connect to your drone. The icon indicating connection may not go green immediately, so give the device 15 seconds before you attempt anything else.
    • If all of the above are not working to connect your drone, reset all devices (cellphone, flypad, and drone)

Warning Lights Indications 

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