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  • in reply to: New wifi bridge #472

    Bill B
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    Try this one… https://pixhawk.org/peripherals/8266 I’ll get back with a more detail reply later today

  • in reply to: Cannot add Mission Items on map #469

    Bill B
    Keymaster

    Thanks for the report. I’ll look at adding a fix to that behaviour whenf no HOME point is reported by the autopilot. I can add you to the beta list so you get to test the sooner. I can use the email address you signed up to this form with with if you like?

    One question would be, what should I default the home location to? I could either set it to 0,0 or report it as your current location? What would be your preference?

  • in reply to: MAVlink #463

    Bill B
    Keymaster

    Ok. Sounds good, I’ll be glad to help out, if you need it.

  • in reply to: Bug: Maps Centres of West Coast on Africa #453

    Bill B
    Keymaster

    It should centre on home, there is a little black ‘compass icon’ in the lower left of the screen that will centre the map on the vehicle/home. If it centers of the west coast of Africa, it means your drone thinks that’s home and will return there on RTL.

    Can you post a screen shot?

  • in reply to: Support for wifi modules #450

    Bill B
    Keymaster

    Those modules work, and I have two here on my desk that I tested MAV Pilot with. That said they use TCP connection which is ok if you are using the device as a bridge to a long range radio. But if you are using the radio onboard, it’s better to use the ESP8266 with firmware that supports UDP connections, as they are much more reliable.

    The units I recommend are the AdaFruit Huzzah
    The Serial WiFi 1.0 from Deal Extreme
    You could also got for an ESP8266-01, but you’ll need to find 3v3 power to run it. (The above suggestions have built in voltage regulators for 5V or 3.7V
    You will need a FDTI cable to reprogram the FW to enable UDP

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  • in reply to: Wire Connection instead of WiFi #444

    Bill B
    Keymaster

    It just really expensive to create a device that connects to the Lighting connector for small developer. Connecting using WIFi incurs minimal latency compared with the telemetry ground module.

    You can use this ESP8266 module from AdadFruit module which is only $10 or even this ESP8266 module from Deal Extreme for $7

    I was going to update my Support pages to show how to connect them as a bridge or directly to the autopilot. I just have been very busy.

  • in reply to: MAVlink #442

    Bill B
    Keymaster

    Do you have more details of your setup? Are you using TCP or UDP

  • in reply to: MAV Pilot 1.2 Issues #441

    Bill B
    Keymaster

    MAV Pilot 1.3 is now released that fixes the problem

  • in reply to: New wifi bridge #423

    Bill B
    Keymaster

    I just had a couple of the ESP8266 modules arrive. I have had this ESP-07 module (from DealExtreme
    I have been playing around with different configurations. At the moment it’s been TCP only, and I’d like it to be UDP
    I also had a Pixhawk WiFi Model from HobbyKing working. I wouldn’t recommend it as I cannot reconfigure the SSID or password. So if you have two nearby, it’s going to cause a access point switch and loss of connection.

    I’ll try and get a basic summary of what I did to get the ESP-07 working and modes. The configuration will be the same as the ESP-01 (but it requires different wiring setup)

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  • in reply to: TBS Crossfire Support #420

    Bill B
    Keymaster

    I contacting TBS for further information about their product. I’m not sure I can get Apple App approval to connect to the TBS Crossfire without being part of the Made for iDevices program. It’s one reason I have opted to stick with WiFi for connectivity.

  • in reply to: New wifi bridge #476

    Bill B
    Keymaster

    RE: debug/log window
    It’s coming in the next release
    Message View

  • in reply to: Wire Connection instead of WiFi #467

    Bill B
    Keymaster

    Sorry, I should say MAV Pilot will work with any WiFi module that states it is Pixhawk compatible.

    You can connect the module directly to the autopilot and have about ~500m range (depending on conditions)

  • in reply to: Wire Connection instead of WiFi #464

    Bill B
    Keymaster

    As i said before, i was thinking of using an iPad with OTG cable but realise that Wifi is more convenient.

    It won’t work you need to have the Apple iAP decryption chip for that to work which requires going through Apples ‘Made for iDevice’ (MFI) program. The WiFI Bridge as documented on this site is the easiest solution to connect to a long range radio. (though using an ESP8266 instead of the XBee Module)

    see http://www.communistech.com/support/

    The ESP8266 modules are better. the one you linked was a ESP8266-01 which requires a regulator to power it as its 3.3V. The deal extreme board I linked to has a regulator onboard and a switch to allow easy programming of new firmware. There is developments for better firmware here https://github.com/dogmaphobic/mavesp8266

    As for interference from 2.4GHz WiFi and 2.4GHz RC Spread Spectrum radios. You are correct that they can interfere with each other and reduce range. The point is this only really happens when the antennas are close together. I have had no noticeable issues myself using MAVPilot and WiFi/Bridge and RC Control

    Most interference issue with range and drones is caused onboard the drone, when you have 2 or more transmitting antennas in very close proximity. This causes the receiving stage of the radios to de-sensitize reducing range. By maximizing the distance between the antennas greatly improves the situation. If you are only using the WiFi to 915MHz bridge you also improve this as then you have only one 2.4GHz radio on the drone (RC Control)

    That said people are working on WiFi control from the RC Transmitter. Which will be cool and solve the telemetry and control being then on the same frequency and technology. Then range can be extended with just better and directional antennas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-0GJ21oUO4

    Hope that helps. 🙂

  • in reply to: New wifi bridge #445

    Bill B
    Keymaster

    Steve send me an email and I help you out, if you still need to get this setup. (bill at communistech com)

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