The first generation of the Bird Buddy feeder doesn’t have local storage, so its camera module requires an internet connection to function in tandem with the Bird Buddy app. Once the camera module is connected to a Wi-Fi network, it uses that connection to send the postcards to your mobile device. This will allow you to ID your feathered friends, and start building your Collections, right from your mobile device!
Wi-Fi Frequency and Range
Bird Buddy's connectivity is supported by the typical wireless standard 802.11 b/g/n with a 2.4 GHz frequency that uses the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) protocol (WPA 3 is possible once you upgrade your unit from the factory firmware). It will not be able to connect to Wi-Fi @5 GHz (and such networks will not appear on the list of available networks during the pairing process). Bird Buddy cannot access mobile data networks, but it can use your phone's hotspot in a pinch.
2.4GHz Wi-Fi generally provides more expansive coverage and will be able to extend the signal outside your living space. Because this frequency is much better for wall penetration, it will work best for the signal reaching your outdoor setup for Bird Buddy.
→ How to check the frequency of your Wi-Fi network
→ If you want to change the frequency of your WI-Fi, it's best to reach out to your internet service provider as this will depend on the type of your internet access point
The range of the Wi-Fi connection will depend on your setup, but you can quickly test it by using your phone. Essentially, wherever your phone can establish a Wi-Fi connection, Bird Buddy should be able to do so as well.
Testing Wi-Fi Connectivity with the mobile app
When setting up your feeder, the app will ask you to walk around a bit with the feeder and your phone to help you determine where the best spot for Bird Buddy is.
When setting up your Bird Buddy, the app will ask you to enable your Bluetooth. Bluetooth is needed to pair your Bird Buddy to your device. After the pairing process, Bluetooth is not needed anymore. Keep in mind that Android devices need the GPS module (location services) turned on in order for the Bluetooth connection to work! The Bluetooth pairing is done entirely through the app, so you can't connect them directly through through your operating system (like you would a Bluetooth speaker).