Came across this project on kickstarter. find it a little too incredible, basically this chap is saying he can achieve data wifi (even over 900mhz? Must be a new wifi standard) links over distances of 5 miles... Data rates that are capable of supporting a *HD* video link and mavlink control.Looks like he's all ready to go!"I have a 100% working prototype and the purpose for this Kickstarter is to refine what I have built. ""There are no risks in this project. Piece of cake."What do you guys think? Answer to all of our problems, or just another hack trying to make a quick buck? Details are very sparse.

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  • I was an owner and operator of a WISP about 10 years ago (ironically only about 50 miles from Gavin's market) and a telecom director of operations thereafter, I can say for certain the premise of what he's proposing is not only possible but relatively straight forward.  What's presented is a little oversimplified at the layer 3 level but he's on the right track.   

  • Here is a video of the system:

    • What you show is basically off-the-shelf components that existed for years.

      I think we all know WiFi, within allowed transmission power - have no chance of reacing any decent FPV requirements, it won't reach reliably even 200m.

      (I assume no breaking FCC or other rules, have no very high gain, tracking antennas at both ends)

      Then you still have to show the same system, decent, not too compressed , actual HD , using 900Mhz :)

      You do not focus on the problem with packet loss, and quick recovery - which is non existing until you stream over UDP.

      Luckily, most people know how far Wifi reach, and won't get tricked.  - Also wifi near a 2.4Ghz RX will strongly reduce RC range, (juse the mess an Gopro makes.)  -   not everybody flies planes with 4 meter wingspan and option to separate RX/telemetry/video properly.

      Actually, by posting this video, and not seeing the hard parts, or trying to BS people too much about them - I do not believe you are up to an scam, just eager to get funding and make such hardware. 

      Your next step would be to load it up into a plane, and fly around for range testing - please post that video. 

      • You're absolutely correct about the off the shelf components. Although If I went to walmart and bought a wireless router I would be extremely lucky to get my laptop to connect to it from 100m away.

        How is this possible? Even though I know for a fact I can shoot 5ghz for 15 miles and get 70mbps download and 70mbps download thats with less than 16dBi antennas on both ends of the link (20MHz channel width). (Although 900mHz would provide better signal strength and penetration, but not necessarily better data rates because of interference with other 900Mhz access points in my flying area.) It is because of the radios themselves and their respective configurations and/or mounting locations. 

        The packet loss issue is one that can be improved upon most definitely but with all RF you are expected to at least experience some packet loss. This is why it is so important to have your ACK timeout set properly so the radios aren't waiting an exceptionally long time before retransmitting. 

        The data coming from the Pixhawk to the ground station is UDP, I have also tested TCP also but did not notice any discrepancies in performance from one to the other.  

        The 2.4 Wireless router @ the ground station will in fact affect your 2.4 TX performance to some degree. In order to minimize this effect I have changed the output power of the ground station 2.4 wifi to an extremely low power output (5dB) that allows connections up to 15ft, but doesn't reach the aircraft RX.  If this is still not acceptable you can remove the 2.4 wifi ground station unit entirely and use a LAN cable into your ground station, if the mission requires. 

        I am making range testing video coming very soon.

        Thank you for your comments! 


        • Be aware that FCC rules will limit your output power very much with high-gain antenna, and in Europe, that will be even worse.(tighter rules)  EIRP and directional antenna still need to radiate within some limits in front of antenna.

          this will need to be taken into consideration for a commercial product.

          I'd love to see this system work with low latency, and over 2~3km. 

  • Here I am, the chap you speak of.  Reporting in for any questions that you or anyone may have and I'm here to completely answer all of them.

     You're right on target with the wifi data protocol and the WISP guys have been doing this for years, I myself one of them. ( It's not rocket science to get good data rates over the air it's just a matter of antenna, power, and frequency. I built my first prototype with off the shelf components and it fits on a 3DR Y6 but with not much room to spare. The purpose of the Kickstarter is to shrink the whole system down to a minimal size.  My goal is to have everything on one board minus the camera. If anyone would like a fully functional version the device right now without any Kickstarter involvement you can get it here Any input or suggestions?

    • Please show us pictures of the actual device(s), technical details (inputs, outputs, resolution, fps, compression, latency, modulation, power, antenna etc), demo videos recorded on earth (how clear and smooth, choppy or not, what happens if there are temporary dropouts) and so on. The obvios details to show us how the system works, how good it is.

      The only picture on Kickstarter (the ground statinon) is rather disappointing. The video on the monitor seems to be a usual analog SD transmission&OSD (minimOSD?). Pretty strange considering you are advertising HD streaming.

      • Here is a video of the system:

      • Picture and videos are coming soon it's been raining here lately. Here is a system overview to hold you over:  P.s. (Good eye on the minimOSD) That is in fact nothing more than a analog stream. It was just to show an example of what this system does) except obvously this one is far superior in it's capabilities. I'll be adding photos & videos of the hd stream and whole system ASAP on the kickstarter update page. Stay tuned.3702683956?profile=original

  • Most likely a scam or vaporware.
    I'd like it to be true, but a true Developer would boast how he managed to compress data down, or actual interface like HDMI etc.
    Range would under no circumstances be the same across all frequencies.
    Unrealistic and poor promises.
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