- Jul 19, 2012
- Reaction score
- Washington State
Great point! Yeah I'll add that note in too, especially for people who don't have a separate card reader already.I totally agree with this assessment. You can use USB to computer or remove the card. That is how I would interact with the Dashcam side of things.
Sounds similar to how things worked sometimes with previous Escort detectors. Crazy that it once took you a good half hour...I think you have nailed all the issues and work arounds. What do you think about adding to the line below something about how it will be difficult to get the detector setup for WiFi because of the app being so finicky, but keep trying as eventually it may go through.
Also, I have found if I'm having issues with getting the detector to work correctly with the app, I have to do the following:
- Better yet, if you use WiFi (in-car or parked near home wifi), update over WiFi instead since that works better.
- Close out the app.
- Go to the bluetooth settings of your phone and "Forget the device" for the MaxCam360.
- Re-run the app and wait for the "pair with MaxCam" popup.
- Try again.
- If it doesn't work, repeat from step 1 until it does. It took me a good half hour once to get the darn thing to connect and function enough to setup WiFi etc.
That's a great point. I didn't think of that, but that's exactly how you approached it. I can add that in too. Thank you.Yeah this is an excellent summary. Even if you're not necessarily interested in the dash cam functionality as a primary selling point, the RL360c is pretty much impossible to find right now, and this gets you most of what the RL360c offers minus stealth and 35.5 performance. It's definitely a lot of appealing points but the connected/app side of things is a huge detractor.
Yeah it's hard to fully recommend it if you're gonna skip the app stuff, especially given that it's the only way you can update your detector. The RD testing I did was with fw 1.5 (labeled as 1.4) so that part should be current. I ran into a bunch of issues updating with the app when the app was reporting I had 1.2, but hopefully that's been improved with 1.5. I haven't been able to test it again since after updating over wifi. I love the idea of in-app updates like the V1, but it has to work properly...I'm not sure how much you've tested the radar detector side of things under firmware 1.2 versus 1.5, but if there's important radar fixes in 1.5, getting the app/wifi experience to work enough for that could be a dealbreaker. Otherwise, I'm 100% with you. Just don't bother with the Drive Smarter app experience until Escort fixes. Not like connecting it to wifi gets you anything other than firmware/database updates at the moment anyway.
haha well I've been discussing this stuff with Escort and so far they've been receptive to listening to issues. Apparently the stuff I'm sharing usually isn't news to them and often times when I share an issue, they're already aware of the issue and working on it so it's nothing new.This is a great comprehensive list. I would also add that I had really good luck connecting it to an iPhone hotspot, while it struggled on my home wifi until I changed a few settings on the network. But of course to make things frustrating, you can't set it up from the same phone you're broadcasting a hotspot on because the app only lets you configure networks it thinks you're connected to *facepalm*
It might not be worth souring your goodwill with Escort over, but I'll be harsh and say that Escort historically has overpromised and underdelivered in terms of software updates. It might takes weeks or longer for basic fixes to things that are horribly broken, but hoping to wake up one day and have Drive Smarter be the promised revolutionary all in one app? I will buy everyone here a MaxCam if that happens
At the end of the day, I just wanna be fair in my assessment. If it's good, that deserves to be acknowledged. If it's bad, people deserve to know that so they have an accurate expectation. If manufacturers don't like what I have to say, well as long as what I'm saying is true, then just do a better job so I have better news to report. I dunno.
You're right about them overpromising and underdelivering regarding software updates. That's a big motivation behind the "hey don't buy it based on the promise of future updates" warning.