Is it the M2 or is it me?

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I purchased the new escort M2 dashcam.
I downloaded the Drive Smarter App to my android. Well, I am now into my Fourth Hour of trying to make this thing work. One of those hours was spent on the phone with Escort Service. He was a very nice fellow, but alas, I have not been able to connect to the camera no matter what I do. Here is a partial list of things I have tried.
-Resetting the phone, Re-installing the app. Unpairing the m2 on bluetooth, turning wifi on, turning wifi off, powering off the M2, powering on the M2. It never connects to the dashcam, it wont let me save a vehicle, it cause my wifi to disconnect once the app opens. Almost about to call and set up a return.😭
 

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I don't have one, so I can't provide any Escort M2 specific experience or advice.

Perhaps you already know this and have tried it, but just in case I'll mention it anyways; If it's bluetooth low energy, then you'll want to make sure your phone OS is not paired to the hardware. Unpair it from the OS, and instead, pair it only from within the application itself. Some hardware devices may require a repairing or reset on the device itself, especially if the device only allows itself to be paired to one device at a time for security reasons. An example of such a hardware device would be the OBDLink MX+ that I own.

Let us know what ends up happening with your M2.
 

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Ha, I am sitting at my desk right now still trying to make it work! Thanks for the suggestions. I feel like this yellow brick road is not going to oz.
 

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Well, this was a short thread. I called to get a return authorization for the M2. Already put too many hours trying to make it work.💸
 

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Well, this was a short thread. I called to get a return authorization for the M2. Already put too many hours trying to make it work.💸
Grab one of the dashcams that Vortex has reviewed. There are some great choices with better resolution that are less expensive than the M2.
 

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I feel like the convenience of the M2 is great and all, but, it's pricy and keeps you chained to the Escort ecosystem...if a new detector, like Theia releases, now you need to buy a new dashcam also.
I'd say there are far better options, like the Viofo dashcams, available at a lower price.
 

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Yeah something from Viofo, Blackvue, or Thinkware may make you happier. To be fair, none of them are perfect either and they have their share of issues too, but with the M2, so far I haven't seen a single person report that their app has been working properly. That's kinda wild...
 

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Yeah something from Viofo, Blackvue, or Thinkware may make you happier. To be fair, none of them are perfect either and they have their share of issues too, but with the M2, so far I haven't seen a single person report that their app has been working properly. That's kinda wild...

The M2 seems like a super convenient option for users who already have an Escort RD, but they're sacrificing everything for the convenience.

Sure, you won't have to hardwire the dashcam with the M2 (it just plugs into the detector, right?), but then you're limited to 1080p resolution, you can't have a rear dashcam, it chains you to using only an Escort Rd, no parking mode, right? and the app doesn't even work right.

Literally buy anything else.
 
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good to know.
 

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To answer the question in your title, its not you. History has repeated itself with another overpriced and underwhelming product from Escort. It also repeated itself with a failures at initial launch. Its clear they do not perform basic beta testing of their own products. There are much better dash cameras available for similar cost.
 

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Just a follow up here. I have been reading the success stories from others with their M2, including Vortex, Tonyphx, etc. I honestly wanted this thing to work flawlessly with the drive smarter app. No matter what I did, the app would not work. It simultaneously showed the M2 connected in one area and no dashcam connected in another area. I tried a different android phone, that did not work. Literally spent about 5 hours total trying to make it work. Well, the unit is on it's way back to cedar. I appreciate all the suggestions everyone had for a different dashcam. Thanks.
 

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did you try to reboot the phone?
the app said i'm connected to M2, but setting wont show up.
after i reboot the phone, the setting show up. or maybe i just got lucky that time.
 

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did you try to reboot the phone?
the app said i'm connected to M2, but setting wont show up.
after i reboot the phone, the setting show up. or maybe i just got lucky that time.
Oh yeah, I did that and way more. Even the guy at escort service ran out of ideas
 

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the problem mostly is the buggy beta m2 firmware.
when you go to your phone bluetooth menu, M2 wont even show up 90% of the time, but my RL360C shows up everytime on the phone's bluetooth scan.
 

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I have talked to Escort and while there are those with problems that state their issues here, there are many who don't have any issues. I think I will wait 2 months or so before I pick up a M2 and let them work on some updates before I pull the trigger.
 

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The M2 is my first Dash Camera and I'm not happy about it. First the app as many have stated wont connect. It took about 30 minutes the first try getting it to connect. I had to unpair, reset, turn it side ways and hold my tongue just right. Today I tried to connect as the camera repeats every other day if not everyday the memory card is full reformat the card and repeats file protected, but I haven't saved any files. I'm thinking of returning it.
 

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I am waiting for Escort to release a software update before I buy it. I have learned with so many products to not buy it when it first comes out. They need 1 or 2 software fixes before things run smoothly. It's not just Escort but it's many products from hundreds of company's that have this issue.

I just purchased the Escort Max 3 with firmware 1.5. By then all the bugs were worked out and I'm a happy camper. I'm sure Escort will fix the M2 in the next month or 2. The question is can you wait.
 

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