.msinger, many thanks! I started this journey after seeing your RC Compatibility Chart. If someone on the web says it’ll work;
It took me several steps (and mis-steps) to get this to work. Here’s the twisted path I took:
Our family got started flying drones at the request of my Mom. It was on her bucket list to fly RC Aircraft. I couldn’t afford to buy everyone a brand new drone, so the deal hunting begins! We were able to find used Phantom 3s at a reasonable price. We are now upgrading to Phantom 4s. (used P4s!)
There is a lot of talk about the limited capability of the GL300C RCs. After hearing about the GL658 series RC, I had to find out more. The same Part #54 HDMI Output Module that the Phantom3 uses comes stock on the GL658! That alone sold me on the idea.
#1: Performed factory resets. The GL658 can be reset by pushing C1, C2 (backside of controller), and the record button (red button on left side of RC). I tried resetting the P4 in dji Assistant 2 … no luck.
#2: What Firmware to use? msinger shared this setup: V1.7.80 for the RC, and V2.00.0700 for the AC. Since I was not able to change the AC FW, I was stuck with V01.00.016 for the AC. (There’s another FW that is now verified to work!)
#3: One thing at a time! I knew the AC was good to go (already flown with a GL300C). My first attempt was to just link RC and AC as is. The problem is the RC and AC are from two different families. The RC works with dji Go3, and the AC works in dji Go4. Try as I might, I could not get dji Go4 to recognize the RC. The RC reset was needed to access dji Go3. (before the reset I got the error “disconnected”) Once the RC was connected to dji Go3, I rolled back the firmware to V1.7.80. (at the first screen, before the flight program opens click and hold down the mouse button on the bars at the upper right side of the screen and choose the FW to roll back to from the drop down).
#4: GL658 does not want to open in dji Go4. With AC turned off, open dji Go3. You should see “Connected to Radio Control, Please connect Air Craft”. Click on “Camera” to open dji Go3. Click on the RC icon on the top bar. Under “Status” my RC was set to “Off”. I changed it to “Master”.
#5: With the RC still connected and the flight window open and the A.C. fired up, click on the RC icon on the top of the page and try to link the A.C. At this point dji Go3 closed automatically and dji4 opened. The green A.C. connected banner lit up and dji said: “home point updated”! Voila!!! At this point it was 10:30pm, I had spent several late nights fighting with this, I sent msinger a note “Success!” and went to bed. 10 minutes later I was outside enjoying a well deserved maiden flight! And THEN I had a good nights sleep!
#6: Post flight I restarted the A.C. and R.C. to see if I could link again. This time I was asked if I wanted to open dji Go3 or dji Go4. I selected dji Go4 and put a check in the box to make dji Go4 the default program. Dji Go4 recognized my controller. I did a standard link through the R.C. tab and the beeping started. After pushing the AC restart button, I pushed the button on the right side of the R.C. and presto! It linked up!!! Since then I have tried more restarts. Dji Go4 now boots straight up and I get green lights (R.C. and A.C.) without going through link up.
This was written from memory today. I’ll verify and check this info tonight.
Many thanks go to msinger. Your chart got me going on this crazy ride, and your input helped bring this to a successful conclusion!