I have an Ardustation and it's working fine, but it is much more fun to
have the screen of the computer showing telemetry, although I'd like to
have the feature of tracking antenna (that's only available with the

So, my question is: is that possible to have my computer receiving the
telemetry wirelessly (as normal) and then I have my Ardustation
connected to my computer via FTDI cable receiving the same data?

The setup should look like that:

-)----[xBee]------COM1----->[Computer ]>-----COM2--------[Ardustation]

The xbee should be connected to com1 in my pc for instance, receiving the telemetry data and displaying in the GCS, and the PC should be
retransmitting the same data to COM2 (where the FTDI cable coming from Ardustation should be

This way Ardustation can receive the telemetry via FTDI cable and drive the antenna.
Any ideas on how to perform that?


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Hi Rana, sounds great. Thanks for the heads up.
I'll have a try and let you know the outcome. Did you try that before?
Do I use the FTDI usb cable, or do I need to connect straight to a serial port?

Hi Rana,

I've tried yesterday your suggestion. I was monitoring the FTDI com port in the computer, connected to Ardustation but couldn't see any data coming in from Ardustation.
The com port settings are correctly adjusted to match the Ardustation speed settings.
Did you make any special setting to yours or did it work straight as it was?

Also I'm having a specific issue with my Ardustation - it seems to only work with the baud rate set to 19200 in Ardustation program and the xBee setup to the same speed. Anything else causes Ardustation to not display anything and strange data coming in.

BTW, my Ardupilot and other side xBee are setup for 57600 once I'm using EM406.

Hi Rana, please note below the screens showing how I've connected my ardustation to my PC and also the terminal screen showing just the "Welcome!" text coming from Ardustation, nothing else. The ardustation is working fine and receiving telemetry data perfectly.

Did you change something in Ardustation program or the way you connect it to the PC?

Not that this helps your current situation at all, but we are adding this functionality with just a standard mini-USB cable (FTDI is on board) on the new ArduStation Mega.
Hi Rana, thank you for the information. Now I understood how I should connect the ardustation to my PC. I'll try and let you know.

Hi Scott, good to know. I'll also try ardustation mega when it's available for the public, looks good.

Hi Rana, me again... I've tested inverting TX & RX in the FTDI cable and it worked perfectly! Now my ardustation is transmitting telemetry data to my PC. Thanks for the headsup.

hello Leonardo / Rana
i am joseph attard from malta and i would like to receive data serially on PC just as Leonardo did.

i used a vero board to connect the 6 pin serial connector on the ardustation as an interface to the FTDI-USB cable. i connected the RXI from the ATmega328(which is also connected to Dout of the Xbee) to the RXI of the FTDI cable. i did an open circuit on the veroboard so that i disconnect the RXI of the ATmega328, otherwise i will be shorting the TX and RX of the ATmega328. is this correct?

also, do i have to programme the XBee pro modules using the XCTU software before they will start working?

i thank you very much
joey attard
What's the time line on the Ardustation Mega?
Even a simpler solution.  I have an Xbee on my ArduCopter, Xbee on my ArduStation, and one Xbee on my PC.  They are all programmed with the same network ID, and when the ArduCopter transmits telemetry data, both the ground station and the PC receive it.

I'm using the DigiXtend 900 modems instead of the Xbee pros.  Since they are soooo expensive, I do not want to but a third.  So I'm looking into hijacking the MAVLink in order to use the telemetry for both ArduStation and the GCS software.  Is this the same setup that I will need for the Xtends, use the Xtend on my COM1 port--->ArduStation in COM2 port with FTDI to USB?  And when you mean invert TX and RX, what exactly are you referring to?

You need to connect your ardustation to the PC via FTDI cable, inverting TX with RX between the FTDI and ardustation. That's all. Just one COM Port. Your modem stays only in Ardustation.

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