- May 28, 2016
- Reaction score
- United Kingdom
- Dash Cam
- Viofo WR1, A119 Pro. VicoVation Opia 2, Mobius 1
Warranty service doesn't get me a refund. It just replaces a poorly designed unreliable product with the same thing. Plus having to pay for shipping.
I think Viofo knows the WR1 is a dud. There is no support for it. It is a wifi camera with slow file transfer speeds and they didn't even make the firmware so you could record 1 minute files.
We got one firmware update that was supposed to make wifi file transfer speeeds faster but I didn't see any difference. The other change was:
So they improved not supporting disabling something? There are so many double negstives in that sentence that I have no idea what it means.
- Improved: Not support disable auto recording while external charger plugged
I would have to disagree with your assessment. I've had a camera since very shortly before it was released to the public, so probably apart from other testers who had one a bit earlier, the longest period certainly of anyone who bought one.
Mine is permanently in my car and used daily. I never drive without it. I can only remember in the entire period I've owned it of 1 missing recording. It's never broken down or had any issues. In fact I'd say it has been entirely reliable and totally fit and forget, so far at least.
As for the WiFi, I've mentioned this is another thread, but why do you want to transfer large files via WiFi? Wifi is more suited to making camera adjustments that downloading 300mb+ files. You're expecting a £60 dashcam to have the WiFi speeds of a £700 Smart Phone or dedicated home WiFi router which itself costs more than whole camera.
To put it simply, if you want to get recordings off the device, why not use a USB cable and a pc? That's what I do on mine as I don't have a Smart Phone and it takes only a second or so to cut and paste an entire 300mb+ file from WR1 to pc. It's far easier. WiFi is best for adjustments.
I downgraded the firmware and have been running it a week without a problem so will see.
Sounds a bit as if the Firmware didn't upgrade properly given there have been no other reports that I've read on here of anyone else having WiFi issues following an upgrade. Firmware updating is always risky as it can brick or adversely affect any device. My advice with firmware is only upgrade it if you really need to. Your choices now are stay with what's working, or risk another attempt. Just make sure you 100% follow the procedure if you attempt it again (not saying you didn't the first time, but it can happen sometimes that something is pressed or disconnected slightly too early, or you can simply follow the procedure and get unlucky).