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Hi DJI,

Any more news on the LB2 firmware update?
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I think that's still going to take some time. When DJI says soon, it could still be more then a Month away.

But I hope to be wrong.
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P.R Posted at 2017-1-18 06:00
I think that's still going to take some time. When DJI says soon, it could still be more then a Month away.

But I hope to be wrong.

They've been saying soon since May last year and this functionality was the reason I upgraded.
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SkySight Aerial Posted at 2017-1-18 07:53
They've been saying soon since May last year and this functionality was the reason I upgraded.

What functionality are you talking exactly?  F Ports?
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Yes, i need to trigger a couple of latching switches.
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SkySight Aerial Posted at 2017-1-18 11:09
Yes, i need to trigger a couple of latching switches.

DJI needs to release a "switch" a add-on to the remote, a new part so to say, at the same time with the FW Update, to make it possible to trigger the F ports.
So that might delay the release even longer.

A Picture of this new part has already leaked, so maybe (hopefully) they won't take too long to release it.
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P.R Posted at 2017-1-18 15:52
DJI needs to release a "switch" a add-on to the remote, a new part so to say, at the same time with the FW Update, to make it possible to trigger the F ports.
So that might delay the release even longer.

I don't know if that is necessarily the cause of the delay, but logic would dictate that the release of the 'Channel Expansion Kit' and the firmware update would be a dual release. I don't believe it will be much longer. Given that the A3 just had the previous firmware re-released, it will be good to see these latest flight controller firmwares remain solid before adding new things to the mix.
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DJI-Jamie Posted at 2017-1-18 16:04
I don't know if that is necessarily the cause of the delay, but logic would dictate that the release of the 'Channel Expansion Kit' and the firmware update would be a dual release. I don't believe it will be much longer. Given that the A3 just had the previous firmware re-released, it will be good to see these latest flight controller firmwares remain solid before adding new things to the mix.

I don't understand why a switch would be necessary. In the A2, RC switches could be mapped. I only need instantaneous switching as I use latching switches. Also I use GH4 which means there are redundant switches on the RC as the GH4 does not fully integrate with LB2 like the DJI cameras.
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P.R Posted at 2017-1-18 15:52
DJI needs to release a "switch" a add-on to the remote, a new part so to say, at the same time with the FW Update, to make it possible to trigger the F ports.
So that might delay the release even longer.

Hi P.R.

Where did you get your information about a switch being required?
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SkySight Aerial Posted at 2017-1-18 21:50
I don't understand why a switch would be necessary. In the A2, RC switches could b mapped. I only need instantaneous switching as I use latching switches. Also I use GH4 which means there are redundant switches on the RC as the GH4 does not fully integrate with LB2 like the DJI cameras.

The expansion kit allows for the better functionality by adding channels that would otherwise be limited to what's already occupied on the normal LB2 RC.
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Hi Jamie,

What exactly is the expansion kit and will there be a cost involved?  The A3 from launch has been promised the F port functionality with no mention of additional hardware? If it is the case that we have to make another purchase to achieve what we have already paid for then that is completely unacceptable. For months now we have been led to believe that it is merely an LB2 firmware upgrade. There has been no mention of additional hardware until now. Could you make it clearer for us as to what is entailed?
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SkySight Aerial Posted at 2017-1-19 00:43
Hi Jamie,

What exactly is the expansion kit and will there be a cost involved?  The A3 from launch has been promised the F port functionality with no mention of additional hardware? If it is the case that we have to make another purchase to achieve what we have already paid for then that is completely unacceptable. For months now we have been led to believe that it is merely an LB2 firmware upgrade. There has been no mention of additional hardware until now. Could you make it clearer for us as to what is entailed?

If this will be true, it´s time to open a lawsuit because of all the promised features of DJI products, they never delivered.

I had an big chat with tech support, because of the "iOS-App coming soon" from the LB1. First they told me, they never said something like this. After i send them a screenshot from the old DJI website version, they person told me that the Lightbridge 1 App for iOS will "coming soon". But they never delivered. Full Story here: http://www.falschrum.de/2016/10/ ... fuer-dumm-verkauft/

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SkySight Aerial Posted at 2017-1-19 00:43
Hi Jamie,

What exactly is the expansion kit and will there be a cost involved?  The A3 from launch has been promised the F port functionality with no mention of additional hardware? If it is the case that we have to make another purchase to achieve what we have already paid for then that is completely unacceptable. For months now we have been led to believe that it is merely an LB2 firmware upgrade. There has been no mention of additional hardware until now. Could you make it clearer for us as to what is entailed?

Unfortunately its like this, they promised guidance as well, and nothing happened.

There are no actual customizable switches on the RC only the 2 C Buttons, it all depends on how they integrate the new Firmware, and how they allow to map the Buttons, and I don't think they will allow us to map the Buttons. Again I hope to be wrong.

I have a Picture of this "Channel Expansion Kit" if you want, give me some contact Info and I'll send it to you, you can find it on Facebook tough. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/779894332155652/search/?query=lb2) Enter LB2 in the Page Search, and it should be the 3 Post in the results.
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P.R Posted at 2017-1-19 02:07
Unfortunately its like this, they promised guidance as well, and nothing happened.

There are no actual customizable switches on the RC only the 2 C Buttons, it all depends on how they integrate the new Firmware, and how they allow to map the Buttons, and I don't think they will allow us to map the Buttons. Again I hope to be wrong.

Thanks P.R., I've requested to join the group.
I will send you a friend request so that I can PM you.
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P.R Posted at 2017-1-19 02:07
Unfortunately its like this, they promised guidance as well, and nothing happened.

There are no actual customizable switches on the RC only the 2 C Buttons, it all depends on how they integrate the new Firmware, and how they allow to map the Buttons, and I don't think they will allow us to map the Buttons. Again I hope to be wrong.

I would be happy if the C1 and C2 buttons could be mapped to F2 and F3 as it's only a trigger I need.
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vonganzoben.de Posted at 2017-1-19 00:57
If this will be true, it´s time to open a lawsuit because of all the promised features of DJI products, they never delivered.

I had an big chat with tech support, because of the "iOS-App coming soon" from the LB1. First they told me, they never said something like this. After i send them a screenshot from the old DJI website version, they person told me that the Lightbridge 1 App for iOS will "coming soon". But they never delivered. Full Story here: http://www.falschrum.de/2016/10/ ... fuer-dumm-verkauft/

Let's hope a lawsuit is not necessary as I am sure DJI do not want even more adverse publicity. Let us hope they do the right thing and honor their promises to those of us who have had nearly nine months of absolute misery with the A3?
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I have just had a look at this 'so called' expansion kit and if that is what is required to enable the F ports then we have all been strung along for months! I certainly did not envisage a cumbersome add on to the controller to enable a function that is available to SBus users without. I already have two Ground units and this looks something like  a DIY kit from Maplin. DJI, I hope you are not serious about this? I certainly will take steps to get a refund if I have to burden myself with this monstrosity.
vonganzoben.de, maybe we should start a new thread for those of us who would be happy to file a legal challenge?
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SkySight Aerial Posted at 2017-1-19 03:13
Let's hope a lawsuit is not necessary as I am sure DJI do not want even more adverse publicity. Let us hope they do the right thing and honor their promises to those of us who have had nearly nine months of absolute misery with the A3?

So It has been released, 249€ and you loose SDI out if you use this.
Looks like this will be available in 1 Month from now
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DJI. We need some clarity on this.
We've been treated like mushrooms for months now and you then release a paid for add on for what has been clearly advertised as part of the features of the original product! Is this designed for standalone LB2/A3 users or is it specifically for M600? Information please.
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SkySight Aerial Posted at 2017-1-19 04:03
DJI. We need some clarity on this.
We've been treated like mushrooms for months now and you then release a paid for add on for what has been clearly advertised as part of the features of the original product! Is this designed for standalone LB2/A3 users or is it specifically for M600? Information please.

Probably for both.
When will the FW be available? I hope for some Improvements.
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Seen this? F - Cannel board for N3 A3 and Lb2 https://youtu.be/DxeibG_Aong
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https://youtu.be/DxeibG_Aong

Without extra extention Kit
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P.R Posted at 2017-1-19 02:07
Unfortunately its like this, they promised guidance as well, and nothing happened.

There are no actual customizable switches on the RC only the 2 C Buttons, it all depends on how they integrate the new Firmware, and how they allow to map the Buttons, and I don't think they will allow us to map the Buttons. Again I hope to be wrong.

There is an email address on this website:  http://www.fdi.gov.cn/1800000121_39_2571_0_7.html which I believe is a government website which goes into some detail about Chinese consumer Law:  E-mail: service@fdi.gov.cn , Perhaps we should start directing our experiences to the Chinese authorities?
They are obviously looking to improve their reputation in the global market and this type of practice clearly is against Chinese Consumer Law.
Those in the US just need to tweet Mr T!!
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SkySight Aerial Posted at 2017-1-19 10:09
There is an email address on this website:  http://www.fdi.gov.cn/1800000121_39_2571_0_7.html which I believe is a government website which goes into some detail about Chinese consumer Law:  E-mail:  , Perhaps we should start directing our experiences to the Chinese authorities?
They are obviously looking to improve their reputation in the global market and this type of practice clearly is against Chinese Consumer Law.
Those in the US just need to tweet Mr T!!

That is actually a good Idea!

I have been talking to DJI on Twitter for a while now, because Twitter is the only place where you get an answer from DJI.
My biggest Issue with the DJI is that the Ronin MX is still not working, couldn't use it for 1 Week now.
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I think I will start a new thread on this topic if this looks like it will get support. I have officialy asked for a refund of my A3 as I cannot endure this scenario any more..
I am so angry about being treated like something picked up on the DJI shoes.
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SkySight Aerial Posted at 2017-1-19 00:43
Hi Jamie,

What exactly is the expansion kit and will there be a cost involved?  The A3 from launch has been promised the F port functionality with no mention of additional hardware? If it is the case that we have to make another purchase to achieve what we have already paid for then that is completely unacceptable. For months now we have been led to believe that it is merely an LB2 firmware upgrade. There has been no mention of additional hardware until now. Could you make it clearer for us as to what is entailed?

The channel expansion kit just came out. Like P.R. mentioned, this can be used with M600/Pro and A3/N3 with LB2:

http://store.dji.com/product/mat ... ion-kit#/?_k=c2kwu3

The module is relatively new development, and for the most part I feel that it's one of the better ways of getting the same functionality as a Futaba RC. With the way Lightbridge 2 was physically designed, the F Channel functionality was not going to meet expectation as is. The Lightbridge 2 RC itself has been limited based on the types of channels (switch/knob wise) and the encoding/interface that has gone into it. This would allow for components that are assigned to the F channels to be used at the same time as with the other (and more or less fixed) functions on the regular RC without having to having to switch back and forth with changing C1/C2 functions.

An additional update may still be needed to have everything come together, but I am trying to get confirmation on that as soon as possible given the recent development.
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Jamie, thank you very much. That looks very good!
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DJI-Jamie Posted at 2017-1-19 12:17
The channel expansion kit just came out. Like P.R. mentioned, this can be used with M600/Pro and A3/N3 with LB2:

http://store.dji.com/product/matrice-600-series-remote-controller-channel-expansion-kit#/?_k=c2kwu3

The RC and the F-Ports are everything that someone needs to control 3rd party gimbals and cameras if you look at the video linked by fans9efd1eab,

I see no technical limitation for a solution to map controls of the RC to the F-Ports without an additional piece of hardware connected to the RC..
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fanse2fa4e88 Posted at 2017-1-19 15:46
The RC and the F-Ports are everything that someone needs to control 3rd party gimbals and cameras if you look at the video linked by fans9efd1eab,

I see no technical limitation for a solution to map controls of the RC to the F-Ports without an additional piece of hardware connected to the RC..

In the video that was provided, the user is connected to a UART port on the M100 that is not available on the M600 so I do know know whether that would even be a legitimate workaround. The M100 and the M600 are different in their own right in what they are capable of both software and hardware wise.
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DJI-Jamie Posted at 2017-1-19 16:15
In the video that was provided, the user is connected to a UART port on the M100 that is not available on the M600 so I do know know whether that would even be a legitimate workaround. The M100 and the M600 are different in their own right in what they are capable of both software and hardware wise.

According to the hardware overview in this document (https://developer.dji.com/onboar ... ck-start/index.html) also the M600 has an UART port supporting Onboard SDK.
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Jamie, can you please confirm for us that the new Matrice 600 Series - Remote Controller Channel Expansion Kit is compatible with a stand alone A3/LB2 on a NON-DJI aircraft and NON-DJI gimbal?
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fanse2fa4e88 Posted at 2017-1-20 16:34
According to the hardware overview in this document (https://developer.dji.com/onboard-sdk/documentation/quick-start/index.html) also the M600 has an UART port supporting Onboard SDK.

The standalong UART connection on the M100 is different from the M600/ A3's. The M600/A3 uses an API, which has some UART pins, in order to use SDK but it is not exactly the same.
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I had checked with the Development team prior, who had indicated that the F Channels could not be customized via SDK before any of these recent firmware updates. At this point, that still has not changed. I can only see this as the only physical limitation with the A3 that has kept it from having the same exact functionality with the M100 in the SDK realm.


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GeoPilot Posted at 2017-1-24 09:05
Jamie, can you please confirm for us that the new Matrice 600 Series - Remote Controller Channel Expansion Kit is compatible with a stand alone A3/LB2 on a NON-DJI aircraft and NON-DJI gimbal?

Yes, this Channel Expansion Kit is compatible with the standalone A3/LB2 combination. This would allow for you to use a 3rd party gimbal when you weren't really able to do it before.
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In addition, I did confirm that a Lightbridge 2 firmware update will still be needed, but that will be coming out shortly.
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DJI-Jamie Posted at 2017-1-25 15:09
In addition, I did confirm that a Lightbridge 2 firmware update will still be needed, but that will be coming out shortly.

This is great news, Jamie! Thank you for your involvement in this forum and getting us the answers we need.
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GeoPilot Posted at 2017-1-25 15:22
This is great news, Jamie! Thank you for your involvement in this forum and getting us the answers we need.

You're welcome.
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Jamie, is there any info regarding the new LB2 firmware update containing a fix for the HDMI output problem?
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DJI-Jamie Posted at 2017-1-25 14:51
The standalong UART connection on the M100 is different from the M600/ A3's. The M600/A3 uses an API, which has some UART pins, in order to use SDK but it is not exactly the same.
A3/M600

Yes the pin layout of the connector is different - but that's all. As my solution also works with N3 (latest firmware 1.7.0.0) I assume it will also work with A3 and M600. Limitations to F-Ports mappings do not affect my solution.

Testing with N3 + LB2:


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DJI-Jamie Posted at 2017-1-25 15:09
In addition, I did confirm that a Lightbridge 2 firmware update will still be needed, but that will be coming out shortly.

Do I need to do this a new version of DJI Go?
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3x3q Posted at 2017-1-28 16:40
Jamie, is there any info regarding the new LB2 firmware update containing a fix for the HDMI output problem?

I'm looking into that.
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