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Az Gti stuck in "Internal Wi-Fi is off" mode.


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My Az GTi mount had been working well, apart from occasional Wi-Fi drop-outs, until yesterday, when the batteries ran low.

I'd left it running unattended for a while, and when I came back found it had stopped tracking and the red LED was continuously rapidly flashing. This isn't described in the users manual, but I presumed it was a low power indication.

I plugged in an external battery pack, that I know to be good as it has been used before and has 8 of the same batteries as the internal battery pack, but now when I switch it on the LED flashes a couple of times and then stays steady on. The manual says that this indicates that the internal Wi-Fi is off and, sure enough its SSID is now never broadcast. There is no explanation in the manual as to why the Wi-Fi should be off, nor how to switch it back on, which is a shame, as the mount is now effectively "bricked", as I don't have a Synscan handset or Wi-Fi dongle to try. I've put new batteries in the internal battery pack and tried that, but get the same result.

Has anyone else had this experience, or better, know of a solution? Is there a secret internal factory reset button that can be accessed by removing the cover? - or will I have to return it for repair? The Az Gti firmware is the latest Equatorial compatible version.

 Thanks!

Pete

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Have you tried removing the internal batteries and disconnecting the external power source, leave it without power for a while then reconnect a good supply?

It might boot into a good state after total discharge of the electronics.

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Hi, thanks for your reply.

I've had the batteries out for 1/2 an hour or so and just re-tried it. Still the same result. ☹️

I also tried leaving it powered on for over 4 hours without attempting to connect to it, as this is supposed to reset the Wi-Fi, but this had no effect either.

 

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No, I might have another go at running it for 4 hours and trying to make sure nothing tries to connect to it (which is supposed to reset the WiFi) but I'm a bit sceptical - I think I may have blown it up....

Are you having problems with yours?

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