Re: Odyssey of Extending the AR AR.Drone Wifi using TL-WA830RE
Do you know how many miliwatts or dBm the repeater has?
Here are the full specifications. http://www.techbuy.com.au/products/185259/Access_Points/TP-Link/TL-WA830RE.asp
In terms of technical aspect, I am trying to understand the difference between a Wifi-Repeater and a Wifi Extender and how it works. Mine is a Wifi-Extender.
In comparing the setup that a member (Markus Unread) has implemented with the AMP SR300, there are some subtle difference.
Markus specifically mentioned about the extended network having a different SSID which he named "DRONENET". I did not have this setting to play with using the TL-WA830RE. So as we can understand, I was initially doubtful whether I have done things correctly with the TL-WA830RE. For one thing was immediately crucial..
If the SSID of the extended network and the AP (in our case the AR AR.Drone) is identical, how do I know if I am connected to the Extended network or the original AP (the AR.Drone)?? Having this doubt, I went to do a static range test, which I felt was the next logical step in verifying the connections
1) AR AR.Drone 2.0 was place on the deck of my dashboard.
2) The TL-WA830RE was connected to the power adapter and placed on the air-con unit outside my window.
3) The separation between the TL-WA830RE and the AR-drone was approximately 7m to 9m.
4) I walked around and went 4 floors down to the ground floor and walk about 100 m away from my apartment holding my ipad, observing the network list that shows up under the ipad network settings (hotspots surfing)
To my amazement, I was able to connect to the AR AR.Drone at that distance of 100m. I am pretty sure this was due to the work of the Wifi-extender for without the Wifi-extender in the in between, I would not have detected the AR AR.Drone 2.0 even at half the distance because no Line of sight to my AR.Drone in the living room and also not forgetting the walls in between.
At this junction, this are becoming a lot clearer and very hopeful now.
I reckon that I would not do a flight test until I have solved the battery pack power supply issue to the TL-WA830RE. Until I have the battery pack, the set-up is not truly mobile yet as this implementation has to rely on the wifi extender being connected to a wall socket.
Meanwhile, I will try to show some signal strength pictures, with description if possible. It's 2 a.m now where I live so I am going to have to get some rest.
Before I end off, I would like to seek some assistance from anyone who has some knowledge on where to get a battery pack that delivers 12 VDC , 1 Amp
? Markus Unread seems to have found a source. Have pm him and need some answers from anyone who has a referral/source.
Feel Free to comment. Thanks.