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Product Review: GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac & Wi-Fi Remote

Remote Control and Wi-Fi Enabling your GoPro Camera

By Jeff Foster | August 20, 2012

The controls on your GoPro camera are no longer out of reach!




The new GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote allow you to control your GoPro camera from up to hundreds of feet away - which includes powering up your camera, changing all the menu settings, triggering the camera to shoot and powering it off again to preserve battery life. The Wi-Fi BacPac and Remote have their own built in rechargeable batteries, so they're no further drain on your GoPro camera. I've got two GoPro Hero2 cameras already so I wanted to test out the new Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote on both of them shooting at the same time while my hands were otherwise "full". I'll share my results plus point out some very important items you need to be sure to look at when setting up your system - plus some things to be aware of.

(If you're looking for the technical specs and my overview of pros/cons, then please see the last page of this review)






What comes in the Wi-Fit Combo Kit:




Wi-Fi BacPac (with built-in Li-ion Battery)
Wi-Fi Remote (with built-in Li-ion Battery)
Remote USB Charging Cables (for both devices)
Remote Attachment Key
Remote Attachment Strap
Waterproof Backdoor
Non-waterproof Backdoor
Instruction booklet (READ THIS FIRST!!!)



The GoPro Wi-Fi Combo Kit comes with all of the accessories you see here.






If you're like me, you usually skip over the instruction booklets/manuals and just follow your intuition and just start slapping parts together... until you hit a wall. I have to say in this case, you HAVE to follow the instructions exactly or your devices just will NOT WORK!

But if you STILL don't want to read, then at least watch this video from the GoPro website.



Get instructions and watch the installation/update tutorial video on the GOPro website.



Starting with updating the Cineform software (available free from the GoPro website: http://gopro.com/support/cineform-studio-software-support/ ) - this will be important for updating the firmware in all your components. You have to follow the correct order (this is the voice of experience talking!) as listed in the instruction booklet... otherwise, it won't work correctly!







It's very important to follow the firmware update instructions closely!



It's also imperative that you charge up both the Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote fully with the provided cables before attempting the firmware updates. The Wi-Fi BacPac has a battery level and signal indicator LCD on the back which also lets you know if it's powered on. The Wi-Fi Remote requires that you remove the attachment prior to attaching the USB cable. This did seem like an odd attachment design for the USB cable on the Wi-Fi Remote but thinking possibly it was designed as such as to not lose the remote if you're charging in your car or off a laptop remotely.





It's really important to be sure both of your GoPro Wi-Fi accessories are fully charged before updating firmware or putting to use!





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