Connect a Parrot Rolling Spider Minidrone to a Mac Using Bluetooth

Note

In version 17.2.2 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.

To connect the Parrot Rolling Spider minidrone to your Mac using Bluetooth®, follow these instructions:

Prerequisites

Before you begin:

  1. Turn on the Parrot Rolling Spider minidrone. The On/Off button is located under the minidrone, near the vertical camera.

    Wait until both the LEDs turn green and are stable.

  2. Ensure that your Mac has a Bluetooth 4.0 adapter. To check the Bluetooth version on your Mac, see Finding the LMP Version of Bluetooth Adapter on Your Mac System.

  3. Turn on the Bluetooth support on your Mac. To turn on the Bluetooth support:

    1. Browse to System Preferences > Bluetooth.

    2. Click the Turn Bluetooth On button.

Unlock the Network Preferences

To edit the network preferences, you must have administrative privileges. If you are already logged in as an administrator, you can skip the steps in this section.

  1. In System Preferences, browse to Network.

  2. Click the lock symbol to edit the network preferences.

  3. Enter the administrator credentials and click Unlock.

Pair the Minidrone with Your Mac

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

Note

During the entire process, ensure that:

  1. The Parrot minidrone is switched on.

  2. Both the LEDs on the minidrone are green.

To pair the minidrone:

  1. Browse to System Preferences > Network > Bluetooth_RS and click the Set Up Bluetooth Device… button. Your computer searches for all the Bluetooth-enabled devices in its range. Wait a few seconds for the minidrone to appear.

  2. From the devices listed, right-click the minidrone that you want to pair with your computer and select Connect to Network.

    The name of the minidrone appears as any 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)

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

  3. Right-click the minidrone again and select Pair from the menu. The Pair option might not appear immediately.

    When you right-click the minidrone, the Not Connected status below the minidrone changes to Connected. The minidrone is now paired with your computer.

Connect the Paired Minidrone to Your Mac

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

Note

During the entire process, ensure that:

  1. The Parrot minidrone is switched on.

  2. Both the LEDs on the minidrone are green.

Complete the following procedure immediately after the minidrone is paired. Otherwise, the pairing may time out and you have to repeat the entire process again.

To connect the paired minidrone:

  1. In the Bluetooth window, click the Back button.

  2. In the left pane, select Bluetooth_Parrot.

  3. From the Device list, select the minidrone that you paired and click Connect.

  4. After a successful connection, the Connect button changes to Disconnect and the Device list is disabled. The minidrone is now connected and ready to use.

    Note

    If the Connect button does not change to Disconnect and the Device list is not disabled, it indicates that the connection has timed out. In such a scenario, repeat the pair and connect procedure again. When repeating the steps, ensure that you complete the connection procedure immediately after the minidrone is paired. Otherwise, the pairing may time out and you will have to pair and connect the minidrone again.

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