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Charissa
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I searched a bit, but could not get a definitive answer. Should we use a OTG cable in place of a normal usb cable, to connect the RC to Smartphone, and why?
What is the use of a OTG cable, why is it different than a normal usb cable?
Would it improve input lag, etc?

Any advise.
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It is the same cable to my knowledge, OTG (On The Go) simply means that you can connect your mobile device to the RC via cable (for Mavic you actually need the cable connection).
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Hi, thanks for reaching DJI Forum. We do appreciate bringing this query to us. The names refer to two different parts of the USB technology, but they're very similar. After all, if a device "supports USB-OTG," it must support acting in "host mode". The converse is often the case, but not always. Most Android devices that support host mode do so via USB-OTG, but there are a few counterexamples: the original Asus Eee Pad Transformer, for example, has USB-A sockets in its keyboard, allowing it to act in host mode without a USB-OTG cable. And of course PCs support host mode without USB-OTG. So although the terms are usually used to mean the same thing in the Android world - can I plug a USB stick into my phone? - and for most devices it makes no difference which you're talking about, there is a distinction.
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DJI Gamora Posted at 2018-8-17 03:42
Hi, thanks for reaching DJI Forum. We do appreciate bringing this query to us. The names refer to two different parts of the USB technology, but they're very similar. After all, if a device "supports USB-OTG," it must support acting in "host mode". The converse is often the case, but not always. Most Android devices that support host mode do so via USB-OTG, but there are a few counterexamples: the original Asus Eee Pad Transformer, for example, has USB-A sockets in its keyboard, allowing it to act in host mode without a USB-OTG cable. And of course PCs support host mode without USB-OTG. So although the terms are usually used to mean the same thing in the Android world - can I plug a USB stick into my phone? - and for most devices it makes no difference which you're talking about, there is a distinction.

Thanks. So the supplied cables with the Mavic Air is all OTG cables?
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Charissa Posted at 2018-8-17 03:49
Thanks. So the supplied cables with the Mavic Air is all OTG cables?

Hi, yes that is correct. Should you have any concerns don't hesitate to reach us. Thank you.
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Charissa
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Thanks, appreciate. Wonder, the cables that comes supplied with new smartphones, to charge the device, would they also be OTG cables?
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Charissa Posted at 2018-8-17 03:53
Thanks, appreciate. Wonder, the cables that comes supplied with new smartphones, to charge the device, would they also be OTG cables?

Should work the 'OTG' cable is just an adaptor.
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Aardvark Posted at 2018-8-17 08:04
Should work the 'OTG' cable is just an adaptor.

Yes, they do work.
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DJI Gamora Posted at 2018-8-17 03:42
Hi, thanks for reaching DJI Forum. We do appreciate bringing this query to us. The names refer to two different parts of the USB technology, but they're very similar. After all, if a device "supports USB-OTG," it must support acting in "host mode". The converse is often the case, but not always. Most Android devices that support host mode do so via USB-OTG, but there are a few counterexamples: the original Asus Eee Pad Transformer, for example, has USB-A sockets in its keyboard, allowing it to act in host mode without a USB-OTG cable. And of course PCs support host mode without USB-OTG. So although the terms are usually used to mean the same thing in the Android world - can I plug a USB stick into my phone? - and for most devices it makes no difference which you're talking about, there is a distinction.

nice detailed reply Gamora , so nice to see instead of the stock responses most Admins use ...lol lol
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GoFly Drone Posted at 2018-8-17 08:47
nice detailed reply Gamora , so nice to see instead of the stock responses most Admins use ...lol lol

Hi, thank you for your appreciating. Should you have any concerns don't hesitate to reach us. Thank you.
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DJI Gamora Posted at 2018-8-17 08:52
Hi, thank you for your appreciating. Should you have any concerns don't hesitate to reach us. Thank you.

Agree, thank u for your time and effort. Appreciated.
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Charissa Posted at 2018-8-17 09:43
Agree, thank u for your time and effort. Appreciated.

Hi, thank you as well. Have a safe flight always.
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DJI Gamora Posted at 2018-8-17 03:42
Hi, thanks for reaching DJI Forum. We do appreciate bringing this query to us. The names refer to two different parts of the USB technology, but they're very similar. After all, if a device "supports USB-OTG," it must support acting in "host mode". The converse is often the case, but not always. Most Android devices that support host mode do so via USB-OTG, but there are a few counterexamples: the original Asus Eee Pad Transformer, for example, has USB-A sockets in its keyboard, allowing it to act in host mode without a USB-OTG cable. And of course PCs support host mode without USB-OTG. So although the terms are usually used to mean the same thing in the Android world - can I plug a USB stick into my phone? - and for most devices it makes no difference which you're talking about, there is a distinction.

Nice information
learnt something new today  
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jacksonnai Posted at 2018-8-18 03:23
Nice information
learnt something new today

Hi, thank you. Have a safe flight always.
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Fewer good reply from the admin. They should do more like this no just copy the standard answer.
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DJI Gamora Posted at 2018-8-18 03:33
Hi, thank you. Have a safe flight always.

You are welcome
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So is there difference with the cables? I mean the DJI cable is plugged in at the side of the Mavic Air, and I always see transmission and connection errors (even on the beach with nothing around 2 miles) But when I use a regular USB cable  from my iPhone and plug it to the USB on the RC at the bottom front it seems to be better. Why? Recommendations?
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Charissa Posted at 2018-8-17 03:53
Thanks, appreciate. Wonder, the cables that comes supplied with new smartphones, to charge the device, would they also be OTG cables?

Hi, yes that would work. Thank you
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GDL Posted at 2018-8-18 03:50
Fewer good reply from the admin. They should do more like this no just copy the standard answer.

Hi, thanks for appreciating. Have a safe flight.
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Schuffd Posted at 2018-8-19 08:43
So is there difference with the cables? I mean the DJI cable is plugged in at the side of the Mavic Air, and I always see transmission and connection errors (even on the beach with nothing around 2 miles) But when I use a regular USB cable  from my iPhone and plug it to the USB on the RC at the bottom front it seems to be better. Why? Recommendations?

Hi, can you please send a photo of the supplied cable? Is it somehow loose when plugged in or damaged? Let us know so we could help you. Thank you.
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The cable seems normal to me, its since he first time I use the Mavic air (February 2018)
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DJI Gamora Posted at 2018-8-19 09:38
Hi, can you please send a photo of the supplied cable? Is it somehow loose when plugged in or damaged? Let us know so we could help you. Thank you.

So any idea?
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Hi, seemed to be fine to me. But have you noticed when you run your thumb and index fingers thru the cables are there any nodes? We don't know for certain here on our end maybe the wires are about to cut off or loose.
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