Topic: Connect to existing WiFi

I love my AR Drone, but when I first heard about it, I kinda thought it would be part of a standard WiFi network - the real possibility of flying it from the other side of the world.  In the house the home WiFi really has a bad impact, I just wish I could join it to a WLAN rather than the Ad Hoc.

Having said that, respect! the best flying toy - ever!!!!!

Re: Connect to existing WiFi

Hi there mate,

Have you put on the newer firmware to the drone and updated the app as well?  Made a big difference for me.

Also, on the wifi interference front.  Download a freebie tool called InSSIDer and run it with your wifi and the drone powered on ready to use.  You'll see all the wireless networks you laptop is picking up and the channels each wifi network is using.  If you home and drone network's are using the same channel I'd recommend swapping over your home wifi channel on your router to something different.

Hope that helps a bit :-)

Simon

AR Drone, Orange/Yellow

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Newer firmware and software certainly seem less prone to interference.

Ad Hoc was necessary to allow control in the middle of a field. Might be a problem with Quality of Service to have it on a WLAN, if other network traffic slowed a critical command. And delayed control over the internet might be a hoot.

I understand the lack of ability to run on an ad-hoc network is also the stumbling block for our poor deluded Android cousins wink

AR Drone, Orange/Blue, iPad
Check out  http://www.ardrone-flyers.com  for more AR Drone info.

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Vance wrote:

I understand the lack of ability to run on an ad-hoc network is also the stumbling block for our poor deluded Android cousins wink


Mmm apparently no longer....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ8m0kJJ5DM

Downloadin issider now....  thanks for the tip

5 (edited by i3laze 09-05-2010 15:29:13)

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I intend to buy ARDrone smile

From UserGuide and this thread i didn't understand if ARDrone can connect to existing WiFi-network.
As coming AR.FlightAce software, it seems the ARDrone SHOULD gain the ability to connect to another WiFi.

Ad-Hoc is excellent, but is an optional thing.
So, is ARDrone "WiFi-client mode" available \ will be available?

I got existing modern (802.11g/n) outdoor WiFi-network over 1km radius, OpenSecurity (doesn't use WPA/WEP) - it's gonna be great to roam all over the place sitting at the window (where iPhone catches WiFi-signal).

6 (edited by i3laze 10-25-2010 13:41:42)

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Any info about "AR.Drone as WiFi-Client' mode?

Is it /planned/ to be implemented?

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Lol, nope. Call local IT specialist.

My question about WiFi-Client mode is still open.

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Any updates / estimates on WiFi-client mode?
I rely on this question for making a purchase.

Got campus wifi here.

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i3laze wrote:

Any updates / estimates on WiFi-client mode?

very interesting question... any suggestions? would appreciate an outlook :-)

10 (edited by i3laze 02-16-2011 03:46:25)

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Found this can be done via CLI: http://www.ardrone-flyers.com/forum/vie … hilit=wifi

iwconfig ath0 mode managed essid YOUR_AP_SSID

I wonder:
WHY THE HELL NO OFFICIAL SUPPORT IN THE FORUM and NO WIFI-CLIENT MODE DONE for a YEAR?

It is deadly stupid to stick to Ad-Hoc and 192.168.1.1 address.
Small changes in GUI and WiFi-client mode is done!
That's Linux! Even wpa-supplicant is already rolled out and tested!

My city has metro-WiFi. That's really fun to explore.
And you limit fun to local L2-connectivity within Line of Sight.
CCNA.

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Small update on existing WiFi-zone usage. AR AutoConnect:
https://sites.google.com/site/androflight/arautoconnect

12 (edited by susan10 07-08-2013 06:11:24)

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I have a problem when I try to connect via telnet to the drone ar gives me an error (Cannot connect via port 23) but if I try to telnet 192.168.1.1 80 connects perfect, it can be done on port 80?

Pd: im trying with a router wifi 3com like Ap i hope its works ADS Press

13 (edited by ozwizard 09-10-2012 05:13:44)

Re: Connect to existing WiFi

The drone itself acts as a router, thats why it can't connect to another router like a wrt54g. With factory software is can't function as a client of another router, but routers can be reconfigured to relay the drones signal and extend the range. The drone emits a standard wifi signal for clients to connect to, so you have to configure your router to act as the client. With the wrt54g routers, you can use this firmware for the router:

http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato

its called tomato, once you install that and reboot the router you configure it as a relay point rather than a router. You will use the setting from the drones wifi signal when you configure the router/relay. Here is a demo with two routers connecting to each other, but in our case one of the routers would be the drone:

http://www.howtogeek.com/104007/how-to- … d-routers/

The router acting as a relay for the drone should considerably extend the range, but only in the vicinity of the router. Netgear makes a out of the box wifi extender if you don't want to diy. I have connected multiple devices to the drone simultaneously and its no different than any other non encrypted network.

Re: Connect to existing WiFi

ozwizard wrote:

The drone itself acts as a router, thats why it can't connect to another router like a wrt54g. With factory software is can't function as a client of another router, but routers can be reconfigured to relay the drones signal and extend the range. The drone emits a standard wifi signal for clients to connect to, so you have to configure your router to act as the client. With the wrt54g routers, you can use this firmware for the router:

http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato

its called tomato, once you install that and reboot the router you configure it as a relay point rather than a router. You will use the setting from the drones wifi signal when you configure the router/relay. Here is a demo with two routers connecting to each other, but in our case one of the routers would be the drone:

http://www.howtogeek.com/104007/how-to- … d-routers/

The router acting as a relay for the drone should considerably extend the range, but only in the vicinity of the router. Netgear makes a out of the box wifi extender if you don't want to diy. I have connected multiple devices to the drone simultaneously and its no different than any other non encrypted network.

The range of the signal would be longest if the drone and operator were equally distant from the relayrouter, because the router is just repeating the signal.