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, I've changed the settings. I'll let you know how it goes. I quickly benchtested the video and when I first started it up it was lagging by a few seconds but it soon settles to around ~200ms after 30secs or so...
Definitely need to get rid of that 2.4GHz that you are using for control. The interference decreases the range significantly.
Cheers Maulkans - I'll fire up the soldering iron and make some!
Fantastic, was leaning towards this setup and I'm glad someone has real world experience in it, great work mate
In my experience a lower intra-frame frequency is better when flying at the edge of reception as although the image is garbled I can still get a sense of what I'm seeing. A higher intra-frame frequency seems to cut out the whole picture more and it's more difficult to surmise what you're actually seeing although the picture may appear "cleaner".
To our non euro counterparts, has anyone successfully ordered the CSL 300mbit wifi units? I've found some but they're 20 euro a pop and freight is 40 euros, so I'd be looking at 80 euros total just for the RX side of things.
Would this one work? Same chipset so possibly?