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  1. #21
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    Are they satellite connected? Upload data when they connect to wifi?

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    All of DJI's drones, as far as I know, have to have
    an internet connection while in flight, or they must
    have a local map available in the device's cashe. This
    map allows GPS coordination & location features. Once
    that device is connected to the net, then the download
    ensues. And constant updates are required in order to fly.


    Quote Originally Posted by apamburn View Post
    Are they satellite connected? Upload data when they connect to wifi?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny C! View Post
    All of DJI's drones, as far as I know, have to have
    an internet connection while in flight, or they must
    have a local map available in the device's cashe. This
    map allows GPS coordination & location features. Once
    that device is connected to the net, then the download
    ensues. And constant updates are required in order to fly.
    So can a firewall not block it's attempts to phone home?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny C! View Post
    All of DJI's drones, as far as I know, have to have
    an internet connection while in flight, or they must
    have a local map available in the device's cashe. This
    map allows GPS coordination & location features. Once
    that device is connected to the net, then the download
    ensues. And constant updates are required in order to fly.

    Can you download a map-pack with a web-browser or do all the downloads need to be through the drone app?


    Fully agree about the ccp stockpiling all the drone data. Same reason why I don't do any of the smart home stuff that requires internet access.

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    Just did some reading and it looks like the main concern is the app, not the drone itself, as far as I can tell.

    The app you use to control the drone phones home, requests permissions to basically access anything on your phone, and also includes the ability to self update outside of the play store.

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    Grain of salt as to the source
    https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/1/22...nt-of-interior

    After extensive software analysis the DJI drones are not havesting data or sending it back to China.

    I have a mavic pro 2 and use it all the time - and honestly, google maps and google earth will give the chicoms all and more of any info they need in real time of places, locations, layout, etc.

    The drone is a lot of fun, and during BLM "mostly peacefull" events that had a parade/demonstration through my AO last year, I used it to see what was going on while I was a mile plus away. I also use it to see what's going on around my home and block from time to time. Great tool. FYI you can go very high (120 meters/393 feet) and up to 35 mph so it can be a nice tool that is hard to hit or see.

    If you are really interested in drone technology I suggest going through an FAA drone course. Lot's of hours of drone time as well as all the legal info. Since the FAA has no go zones around airports, cities, etc. the software of the drone will not let it fly in those areas. If you have an FAA license you can request permission in real time to fly in that area ( I use this at restricted oil refineries, powerplants, etc. for my work for inspection purposes).

    I limited app access on my phone with my DJI 4 app - though it maybe sucking up data in the background I do not know about. Since I keep no intel in anyway on my phone not too worried. It's also a work phone with no info on it at all which I do suggest for anyone using DJI as opspec best practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HermosaBeachPatriot View Post
    Grain of salt as to the source
    https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/1/22...nt-of-interior

    After extensive software analysis the DJI drones are not havesting data or sending it back to China.

    I have a mavic pro 2 and use it all the time - and honestly, google maps and google earth will give the chicoms all and more of any info they need in real time of places, locations, layout, etc.

    The drone is a lot of fun, and during BLM "mostly peacefull" events that had a parade/demonstration through my AO last year, I used it to see what was going on while I was a mile plus away. I also use it to see what's going on around my home and block from time to time. Great tool. FYI you can go very high (120 meters/393 feet) and up to 35 mph so it can be a nice tool that is hard to hit or see.

    If you are really interested in drone technology I suggest going through an FAA drone course. Lot's of hours of drone time as well as all the legal info. Since the FAA has no go zones around airports, cities, etc. the software of the drone will not let it fly in those areas. If you have an FAA license you can request permission in real time to fly in that area ( I use this at restricted oil refineries, powerplants, etc. for my work for inspection purposes).

    I limited app access on my phone with my DJI 4 app - though it maybe sucking up data in the background I do not know about. Since I keep no intel in anyway on my phone not too worried. It's also a work phone with no info on it at all which I do suggest for anyone using DJI as opspec best practice.

    -HBP
    They studiously ignore mentioning the app of course. Grain of salt, indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apamburn View Post
    So can a firewall not block it's attempts to phone home?
    I don't know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar01 View Post
    Can you download a map-pack with a web-browser or do all the downloads need to be through the drone app?

    I don't remember if the map has to be loaded in
    the app or not. It's been 2 years since I have flown
    any of mine. I think the map just has to be loaded
    on the phone, and not actually in the app, but
    don't hold me to that.
    Last edited by Johnny C!; 07-12-2021 at 01:38 PM.
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    So FBI drone footage of Rittenhouse. Figured it was a good thing to add; Especially since it seems people are trying to bury it hard. Things to think about.

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