My RPi has been going pretty steadily for a while now; almost a year, actually. However, on more than one occasion, I’ll get a notification from FlightAware or I’ll catch an Anomaly report on my ADS-B page that my feeder hasn’t updated to FlightAware for some time. When I look at the unit, I’ll notice that my Edimax Wifi Adapter is not “blinking”. This is usually indicative that the Pi is not connected to my network.
However, simply unplugging to Edimax wifi dongle and plugging it back in resolves the issue. I’m not exactly sure what is causing this, as it has happened a handful of times now. However, I wanted to see if anyone else was experiencing this issue, or if anyone has a remedy for such?
Is this a issue also with the LAN port on the RPi? Because I put a Pi at my brothers place yesterday and everything was working fine, with no issue. I set it all up from my place and run it for 12 plus hrs before taking to his place. I am tracking a lot less planes at his place, then mine. But every few minutes or so, It would show the data feed and feeder check in a few minutes off.
So today I hooked it up at my parents place and it did the something. Could this be happening because I am only tracking a few planes? Does the LAN port go into power save mode or sleep mode.
I brought it back home and hooked it all back up. Changed what I needed to changed and it’s working fine. But I am tracking my planes per minute.
Isn’t there a heartbeat/keep-alive that can be configured in Dump1090? If I recall correctly the heartbeat duration is configurable, which would keep the network link active (wireless or wired). I realize that’s a band-aid to mitigate the real issue, at least in the case of the power save issue.
Although disabling PS on mine did greatly improve things, it is still rare that the thing runs for 24+ hours without the wifi dongle crapping out. As soon as I have some free time I’m moving things around in my house so that I can get this thing on wired Ethernet.
I was running mine over homeplugs/powerline adaptors for about a year (feeding FR24, before PiAware existed) - very reliable (Radio hams hate them, some early ones generate a lot of radio noise)
I’m now using a Vonets VAP11G ethernet bridge, it ads 4ms to the ping time but seems reliable. (the reason for the switch is because I put the ADSL on a separate VLAN, the home network and ADSB network are completely separate)