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Anyone put a PI on a drone with a dongle just for testing?

Why use the hotspot and not connecting directly to the house router via WiFi? Should be in range…

If not in range, use a wifi extender.

Haha, or he can leave the WiFi hotspot on the ground, don’t know why it needs to be in the drone, next to the Pi. WiFi range should be bigger than 500 ft in open air (no walls).

It dropped connection around 250 feet when connected to a house wifi.

Still that’s with the router behind walls i assume.

Just having the HotSpot on the ground somewhere should be sufficient.
The antennas of the Hotspot should be horizontal and 90 degrees to each other if it has two.

Well, we’ll find out, wont we.

The Verizon jetpack range is about 100 feet. It isn’t a normal router with external antennas.

Features & details

  • Expand and improve your Wi-Fi range up to 10,000 square feet with High-Powered 700mW amplifiers.

10,000 sq ft = pi x square of radius
Radius in ft = square-root of (10,000/pi) = 57 feet :frowning:

My router in the living room, faces a big window. I can pick that one up from the end of the street. On 2.4GHz that is, the 5GHz doesn’t reach that far.
Walls really attenuate the 2.4GHz signals.

The Jetpack is facing a big window, the sky, and doesn’t reach that far. PM me your SSID and password, I’ll see if the PI can connect.


Funny. Get a bigger router :yum:

I’m running 2 WRT3200ACM linksys routers. I have one in my house and one in the shop. The hotspot is for camping and now PI-droning. lol

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  • 54Mbps High Power Wireless Access Point TL-WA5110G

  • 2.4GHz High Power Wireless Outdoor CPE TL-WA5210G

Can be turned into a Ubiquiti Nanostation2 by flashing EEPROM. The communication range is about 20 km.
In russian - https://raxp2.blogspot.com/2015/03/tp-link-tl-wa5210g-ubiquiti-nanostation2.html

Я не читаю по русски

without photos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J1o7qFfq3s

The Hak5 team took a quadcopter up on top of a high mountain, attached to it a WiFi Pineapple (a small WiFi equipped Linux computer), an RTL-SDR dongle and a coax collinear antenna and then flew it up high. They ran dump1090, a Linux based ADS-B decoder on the WiFi pineapple and then broadcast the decoded information back to a laptop on the ground.

Although the results were less than favourable, it is still an interesting project to explore. Their poor results may be due to a nearby RF broadcast tower which could have been overloading the dongle, or EMF from the quadcopter motors.


If they are on top of a mountain (like 8000-10000 ft above the sea level) what they think they will add with flying a drone 200-300 ft higher?

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So I could have uploaded a video to youtube and made money on it!!! lol Looks like I’m 5 years late to the party too.

The next time they need to use a rocket to get remarkable results. Or a stratospheric balloon. :slight_smile:

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I wonder if Google sells some of their used “Project Loon” ones… :wink:

LE: They don’t last more than 3 months usually. Their record is 187 days.

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