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Questions about range extender antenna mod

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Vision Discussion' started by jeffrg270, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. jeffrg270

    Mar 4, 2014
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    Hi all,

    Just a quick question about modifying the antenna... I just performed the modification to the range extender - I have yet to try it but I have both a 5 DBi and an 8 DBi antenna - not sure how much range increase either one will give me - just waiting for the weather to improve and the wind to die down.

    I've left the aircraft and the transmitter stock.

    My questions are:

    1) What are experiences with the 5 DBi and the 8 DBi antenna as far as range increases, when leaving everything else stock? If I can get anywhere near 2000 ft distance before wifi cuts out I'd be thrilled.

    2) What is the range of the stock transmitter (controller)? One thing I do NOT want to do is have the phantom lose the transmitter signal BEFORE the wifi cuts out. I still want to be able to control the aircraft and bring it back into wifi range, rather than have the "return to home" kick in even though I have good wifi signal.

    3) Is battery life of the range extender significantly decreased by adding a bigger antenna? I hear about people recharging the range extender every 3-4 flights (which already seems pretty frequent) but will having a 5 DBi or 8 DBi mean recharging a lot more often?

    Thanks in advance for sharing your experience!
  2. mr_3_0_5

    Dec 24, 2013
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    I got around 1500 with the 5 dbi and 1800 with the 8dbi
    The control signal should be fine at those distances
  3. Skipholiday

    Jan 24, 2014
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    Anchorage Alaska
    I charge my eXtender every flight
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