LEGO RC range test – new Powered Up hub wins with 50m!

While I was filming the review video of the new 60197 Passenger Train set I realized that the operating range of the remote is much better than I thought it would be based on the early reviews. Since I was able to test it indoors only with 10m distance (easily passed, even through 2 walls) I decided to compare it with all the different LEGO RC solutions I have. Took all the equipment outdoors to a remote area without any interference and tested the operating range.

The aim was to find the distance where the connection was stable and the remote/app was still able to reconnect. I tested the following:
– LEGO Power Functions IR
– LEGO Powered UP hub with remote / with app control (LEGO Powered Up app 0.3.12)
– BuWizz v1 (BuWizz app 1.5.2)
– BuWizz v2 (BuWizz app 1.5.2)
– SBrick (SBrick app 4.4.13)

All applications were tested on my Huawei P9 smartphone with Android 7.0.

You can see the results in the video, I was really impressed by the performance of the new Powered Up hub. I’m not sure why the early reviews reported a significantly different range, I tested it in different conditions (indoors, in a garage, outdoors) and the performance was always very good.


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