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RRULL
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Wifi range

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Hello,

I think that I have no luck with this drone ... I have the following issue now.

The range of the drone's wifi is about 3 meters range, not enough to do my test outside. Before I was no problem with that.

I am not an expert in wifi but what do you think it is causing that? I was adding some sensors to the drone and during the manipulation I have damaged a little bit the antennas (as you can see on the two photos in attachment).

If you can affirm that this is the cause, can I simply buy another antenna (http://us.yuneec.com/Aero-Drone-WiFi-Antenna-sold-in-pairs http://us.yuneec.com/Aero-Drone-WiFi-Antenna-sold-in-pairs ) and replace them to get it working?

PS: I am not in the following case :

Regards,

Rudja

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Yun_W_Intel
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The stock antennas do not propagate the signal very well beyond a few meters. It's good for bench top development but not very useful in the field. You can take a look at this instructable below which details how to connect an omnidirectional wifi antenna to help extend your range up to ~50m.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Intel-Aero-Drone-Extending-Wifi-Range/ Intel Aero Drone - Extending Wifi Range: 9 Steps

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idata
Community Manager
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Hi Rudja,

 

 

Thanks for reaching out.

 

 

I have gotten the same results as you about the Wi-Fi range when using the drone outdoors. In my opinion, that's the normal behavior and it's not an issue with the drone or the Wi-Fi connectivity. Although, please let me do some research on this to confirm if this should work this way, or if there is something we are missing. I'll let you know once I have additional information.

 

 

Have a nice day.

 

 

Regards,

 

Leonardo R.
RRULL
New Contributor I
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Hi Leonardo,

Thanks for your reply.

I have forgotten to put a photo in my last message.

I don't think that is a normal behaviour because even in indoor environment, I got same results. Even a raspberry pi 3, without added antenna, have more range.

Ok, I will wait your confirmation.

Have a nice day!

Regards,

Rudja

idata
Community Manager
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Hi Rudja,

 

 

Thanks for the information, I will continue investigating about this, and I will contact you soon.

 

 

Have a nice day.

 

 

Regards,

 

Leonardo R.
RKint
Beginner
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I'm experiencing the same problem.

With drone acting as an access point, the wifi distance range is very short when connecting with a laptop.

That can't be normal. What good is a drone that must stay within ten feet?

- Randy

Yun_W_Intel
Employee
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The stock antennas do not propagate the signal very well beyond a few meters. It's good for bench top development but not very useful in the field. You can take a look at this instructable below which details how to connect an omnidirectional wifi antenna to help extend your range up to ~50m.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Intel-Aero-Drone-Extending-Wifi-Range/ Intel Aero Drone - Extending Wifi Range: 9 Steps

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Lucas_M_Intel
Employee
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but 3m is way too low. I suspect the antenna is disconnected inside the case.

I'd have to measure to give exact numbers, but I go way farther than that with stock antennas and using an external 5db antenna on host

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