Connect a Parrot Rolling Spider Minidrone to a Windows System Using Bluetooth

Note

In version 17.2.2 or later of Simulink® Support Package for Parrot® Minidrones, the IP address of Parrot Rolling Spider has been changed from 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.3.5. Therefore, if you have upgraded the Support Package to version 17.2.2 or later, you must perform the Hardware Setup process again for Parrot Rolling Spider.

Note

The in-built Bluetooth® module of your Windows® system is not supported. To connect a Parrot minidrone, you must have an adapter that uses CSR Bluetooth stack. Ensure the following when you purchase a CSR 4.0 or Cinolink Bluetooth 4.0 USB Dongle adapter:

  • The package must include the Driver Installation CD for the adapter

  • The adapter must also support Personal Area Networking (GN) (for connection to Parrot Rolling Spider) or Personal Area Networking (NAP) (for connection to Parrot Mambo)

After connecting the adapter, you need to install the Bluetooth driver for the Bluetooth adapter. Ensure that you install the Bluetooth driver using the Driver Installation CD. The CSR 4.0 dongle fails to communicate with the Parrot minidrone if the Bluetooth driver is not installed on the Windows system.

The configuration instructions and screen shots included are for Cinolink Bluetooth 4.0 USB adapter on Windows 10. Similar configuration steps are applicable for Bluetooth adapters from other manufacturers on Windows 7 and Windows 8.

To connect the Parrot minidrone to your Microsoft® Windows computer using Bluetooth, follow these instructions:

Prerequisites

Before you begin:

  1. Switch On the Parrot Rolling Spider. The On/Off button is located under the minidrone, near vertical camera. Wait for both the LEDs to be green and stable.

  2. Insert your Bluetooth 4.0 adapter into a USB port on your computer. To find out if your adapter is Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 compatible, see Finding the LMP Version of Bluetooth Adapter on Your Windows System.

  3. Install the correct Bluetooth driver for your adapter (refer this link to download the driver). After installing the driver, restart the computer.

  4. Turn on the Bluetooth support on your computer. To turn on the Bluetooth support, perform these steps:

    1. In the notification area on your taskbar, right-click the Bluetooth icon.

    2. Select Turn Bluetooth Radio On from the menu.

Add a Parrot Rolling Spider Minidrone to a Windows System

Before you begin, complete the steps mentioned in the Prerequisites section.

Note

During the entire process of connecting the minidrone to your computer, ensure that:

  1. The Parrot Rolling Spider minidrone is switched on and the battery is charged.

  2. Both the LEDs on the minidrone are green and stable.

To add a Parrot Rolling Spider minidrone over Bluetooth:

  1. Open Windows Explorer and click This PC/ My Computer.

  2. In the Devices and drives/ Other Devices section, double-click My Bluetooth Devices.

  3. In the top-left corner, click Add Device and select Audio /Video Device from the menu.

    Your computer searches for all the Bluetooth-enabled audio/video devices in its range. Wait a few seconds for the Parrot Rolling Spider minidrone to appear in the list.

    Note

    The minidrone must appear within a few seconds after you click Add Device > Audio /Video Device. If not, click the Search Again button to scan for the Bluetooth-enabled devices again.

    The name of the minidrone appears as one of these:

    • RS_YXXXXXX, where Y is the first alphabet of the color of the minidrone and each X is a number. For example, if the minidrone is white, the name appears as RS_WXXXXXX.

    • the media access control (MAC) address of the minidrone (for example, a0:14:3d:4b:10:5f)

  4. From the devices listed, select the minidrone that you want to connect to your computer and click Next.

    If your minidrone is not available in the list of devices, see Minidrone Not Found in Bluetooth Scan Result.

  5. The minidrone is now connected and ready for use.

    If the connection is unsuccessful, see Bluetooth Connection Fails.

  6. After a successful connection, the minidrone appears in the This PC/ My Computer > My Bluetooth Devices.

Set Up a Bluetooth PAN Connection for Parrot Rolling Spider

Before you begin:

  1. Complete the steps in the Prerequisites section.

  2. Make sure that the minidrone is connected to your computer, as described in the Add a Parrot Rolling Spider Minidrone to a Windows System section.

Note

During the entire process, ensure that:

  1. The Parrot Rolling Spider minidrone is switched on and the battery is charged.

  2. Both the LEDs on the minidrone are green and stable.

To set up a PAN connection:

  1. Browse to This PC/ My Computer > My Bluetooth Devices.

  2. Right-click the connected Parrot Rolling Spider minidrone, and select Open Services from the menu.

    If the Open Services option is not available, ensure that a correct Bluetooth Personal Area Network driver is installed on your computer.

  3. Right-click Personal Area Networking (GN) and select Connect.

    If the Personal Area Networking (GN) option is not available, ensure that a relevant Bluetooth Personal Area Network driver is installed on your computer.

  4. As the computer attempts to establish the PAN connection, it prompts you twice to continue pairing. Click the prompt every time it appears. Otherwise, the Bluetooth connection may fail.

  5. A 'PAN connection established' message appears after a successful connection.

    If the PAN connection is unsuccessful, see Personal Area Networking (PAN) Connection Fails.

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