I am newbie to Flightaware. I received the NooElec NESDR mini 2 on 8/27/15 plugged it in to the Raspberry Pi B+ which was pre loaded with PiAware and started receiving 2-6 aircraft from my basement - really great. The day after that I built a collinear antenna from RG6 and spare parts lying around. Credit Youtube and a packrat-ish nature. Today I moved the setup to my shed connecting through a WiFi link to a sub LAN using an antiquated 54mb/s WiFi router connected to the house main router and BANG, I’m seeing 30+ flights, probably more! Definitely worth the effort!!
I am a little concerned about saturating the 54mb/s router. Does anyone know if a 54mb/s WiFi router is adequate? More specific questions: what is the size of each message sent from my PiAware setup to Flighatware.com? I can calculate the rest. Also, how often often does an aircraft transponder transmit? Yes, my receiver will probably not likely see all transmissions, but I’d like to calculate worst case?
I might add another receiver at some point and will likely use the same sub LAN. This will double the traffic at least. The 2nd PiAware will have its antenna in the attic space which will see over the tree line.
I would appreciate all input on your experiences.