As I've used the XR18 more I was gaining more confidence in it, UNTIL last night. I probably experienced every issue that's been listed in the forum so I won't repeat. Let's just say Connection Lost was the message of the night. I was no more than 20 ft from the Xr as the radio signal flies and could usually see the antenna visually. So, anybody know the following:
1. My Airport Utility showed that the channel I was on had other competitors so I changed it - I thought. Later, Airport showed the Xr was still on the old channel. Can this not be changed from the iPad app? Sure looks like it can.
2. Airport showed my Xr signal was about 20db above the competitors. That should be enough for capture in most radio systems, clearly not here. Anyone with test gear ever check this out.
3. During break, I restarted several things trying to get the channel to change. Once it finally reestablished communication it took forever to update. Several scribble strip labels never did update although the colors did. Is there no periodic refresh to make sure iPad and Xr stay in sync
Please don't tell me to buy a router or cables; I know all that but bought this thing to make setup quick and easy. Up until now, it has been just that. Now I have increased empathy for others who've posted these issues.
Chris Janton;55907 wrote:
One thing that I have found very useful is to put the iPads/Androids into "Airplane Mode" before connecting.
When in Airplane mode all that random radio stuff should be off. Both my iPads and my Androids let me turn WiFi on and connect to my XR18 with no problem, and no congestion that I have seen (I don't frequent places with 300 phones trying to network).
It certainly shouldn't hurt, and you really don't want your control devices talking on the phone while performing anyway
TJ Miller;55906 wrote:
I'm back to the same thing I've been preaching on this forum since the beginning. There is exactly ONE method for using the XR that is reliable enough to be used in mission-critical, i.e. LIVE settings. That is the XR connected via Ethernet connection to a decent quality wifi router. Period. Seems as I read these forums and every problem report, the common issue in all of them has been using the internal Wifi of the XR (either in client or AP mode). Meanwhile, I gig 4-6 times a month with my XR in this configuration and have not had a single "Connection Lost" or other random failure.
Everyone's got their own theories on this but I simply cannot agree with anyone that wants to claim the XR's wifi is as reliable as the Wifi NIC's on my android tablet, iPad and laptop devices. The firmware side of it is missing things that are very basic functionality on other Wifi devices and it's behavior is far more erratic. The internal wifi is fine if you're in a controlled environment where you can minimize interference. The same is not true of live environments.
Finally, I'll also mention that despite not having experienced any Wifi failures with this configuration, at every gig I do still have a laptop connected to the router via Ethernet as a worst case scenario backup. Wherever possible, I recommend this as well.
P.W. Fenton;55871 wrote:
Here's the thing I think most folks are not realizing. It's not really an X-Air problem. It's our tablet devices, Android, Apple, and Microsoft alike.