Over the last couple of months I have been working on a project that might be of interest to you: https://befinitiv.wordpress.com/wifibroadcast-analog-like-transmiss...
Basically it is a digital transmission of video data that mimics the (advantageous) properties of an analog link. Although I use cheap WIFI dongles this is not one of the many "I took a raspberry and transmitted my video over WIFI"-projects.
The difference is that I use the cards in injection mode. This allows to send and receive arbitrary WIFI packets. What advantages does this give?
- No association: A receiver always receives data as long as he is in range
- Unidirectional data flow: Normal WIFI uses acknowledgement frames and thus requires a two-way communication channel. Using my project gives the possibility to have an asymmetrical link (->different antenna types for RX and TX)
- Error tolerant: Normal WIFI throws away erroneous frames although they could have contained usable data. My project uses every data it gets.
For FPV usage this means:
- No stalling image feeds as with the other WIFI FPV projects
- No risk of disassociation (which equals to blindness)
- Graceful degradation of camera image instead of stalling (or worse: disassociation) when you are getting out of range
The project is still beta but already usable. On the TX and RX side you can use any linux machine you like. I use on both sides Raspberrys which works just fine. I also ported the whole stack to Android. If I have bystanders I just give them my tablet for joining the FPV fun :)
Using this system I was able to archive a range of 3km without any antenna tracking stuff. At that distance there was still enough power for some more km. But my line of sight was limited to 3km...
In the end, what does it cost? Not much. You just need:
2x Raspberry A+
2x 8€ wifi dongles
1x Raspberry camera
1x Some kind of cheap display
Happy to hear your thoughts/rebuild reports :)
Thanks Martin...awesome...I thought this should work
I looked at the swat link you sent...looked at the ground pi app and noticed that it requires $3.99 purchase to unlock it
Right now,I use gstreamer.apk it works the same without the v4l2-ctl camera control built in... I can do that via SSH in terminal
I do get the stream and UDP mavlink data on overlay as well
I downloaded, unzipped and imaged the AirPi from the posted SWAT build on 3 different 16gb micro SD cards (class10)
none would boot...must be an issue with the bootloader in the recent builds
If you're using a Pi2 that could be the issue. I had the same problem. The images were made with a Pi A/B. I got around it by booting the SD card in a Pi 1 - updating then I could run the image on my Pi2.
A good explanation is here: http://thepihut.com/blogs/raspberry-pi-tutorials/16982376-updating-...
That's the issue ... I'm on a Pi2 b+ and I do not have a Pi A/B
Thanks for the heads up Jeremy
Sorry for that Kendall,
and yes I paid the app, I am quite a n00b....
Anyway, I a looking the forums to see if there is an image for the Pi 2
swat says they have this upgradeable image, ie you install and then upgrade
as I mentioned I am a bit n00B so....
I decided to move to Beagle Bone Black for two main reasons:
My needs require a minimum of 4 UART's and multiple GIO for my specific mode functions
I do not need the Graphics processor included in the Raspberry Pi
Thanks for the earlier assistance, guys
So you're not going to do digital FPV, but for some reason it is relevant that you are going to use BBB?
Best of luck Kendall.
Keep us posted on your project.
Sure, I have no choice but use Digital video, but what not use an IP camera with better optics and imagers then bypass the latency in the USB bus or the ACK,NACK in the ETH0
Befinitiv's very elegant "wifi broadcast" will be much more efficient and emulate an analog broadcast..eliminating the dreaded digital blue screen.. I think it's the cats ass, actually
Then again, what do I know ;P