AR Drone 3.0 Router Mod Type (Bebop Router Mod)

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AR Drone 3.0 Router Mod Type (Bebop Router Mod)

Post by solaris8x86 » 26 Jun 2015, 17:21

AR Drone 3.0 Router Mod Type
~ A mod of without the need of Sky shit and 10 times more FPV smoother & signal reliable than a Sky shit ~

AR Drone 3.0 Router Mod Type - also known as Bebop Router Mod, is an exclusive AR Drone Mod model developed in Hong Kong which inherited some of the technologies used on AR Drone 2.0 Router Mod Type which lasts for a 3 years field experiment. The stability is time proven due to the technique of this mod has been engaged in more than 6,000 flight lapses practically in a daily basis and it is still survive as of today. Hereafter in this article, the AR Drone 3.0 Router Mod Type is called 3.0 RMT for short.

Note that, this mod is not for sales. I am just showing the possibility to turn a Parrot crap into a super quadcopter. :)


To learn how this mod in a flight action. Please learn from these videos:
http://www.ardrone-flyers.com/forum/vie ... =83&t=8516
http://www.ardrone-flyers.com/forum/vie ... =83&t=8517


To transform a stock Bebop drone into 3.0 RMT. There are 3 steps required:

Phase 1 - Stock drone hardware DIY upgrade. This article covered.
Phase 2 - A outdoor router (commercial grade) that supports rain drops resistant, UV resistant, high temperature resistant (important), 802.11n protocol and 1T1R radio transmission scheme (Bebop's default is 2T2R). Read here: http://www.ardrone-flyers.com/forum/vie ... =65&t=8526
Phase 3 - AR Drone 3.0 firmware programming enhancement that requires Linux programming knowledge. This article not covered.


PHASE 1
1. The finished look of 3.0 RMT (front) and 2.0 RMT (back).
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2. Custom made RF booster which exclusively tuned for working in a noisy RF environment. (factory-tuned).
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3. The 3.0 RMT employs the latest Circular Polarised technology developed by iBCrazy. Known as AirBlade. Which has a higher efficiency than the traditional CP antennas like Cloverleaf and Skew Planar while flying at low altitude. These antennas are home-made with VSWR meter calibrated. VSWR is less than 1.2 @ 5GHz low band.
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4. Cleaned up the stock color with polycarbonate thinner.
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5. Using raw material to make a custom embedded heatsink.
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6. Right, I know not everyone having this cutting machine...
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7. Adding some non-silicone Heat Transfer Compound (CPU glue) in between the booster and the heatsink as a conductive material.
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8. The heatsink is now embedded into the original Bebop bottom structure.
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9. Custom-tuned-booster locates in the bottom of the drone.
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10. Up-side-down look.
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Advancing Bebop 2 to Router Mod with deep explanation: http://youtu.be/cumh4VZonVE
Bebop 2 Flight Record #0010 Finale (must watch): http://youtu.be/1pNyMSKwWaQ

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Re: AR Drone 3.0 Router Mod Type (Bebop Router Mod)

Post by solaris8x86 » 26 Jun 2015, 17:22

11. Testing for the bottom structure. Make sure it fits the position as expected.
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12. The antenna rights in the middle. So, the RF beam can go out and come in 360' degree without the line of sight blocking issue.
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13. No matter from which direction. The antenna beam is now having the best angle to reach the ground station (router).
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14. This overcomes the technical design error by Parrot that the antennas are installed on the legs. So the landing vibration no longer able to shake off the antenna.
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15. The 3.0 RMT is modified to use 1T1R bi-directional radio transmission scheme. Unlike the original 2T2R design. The 1T1R is better working in a RF noisey environment because it consumes less bandwidth. Which means the WiFi transmission has less channel overlapping issue comparing to wide channel (2T2R).
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16. Time to deal with the battery compartment. In order to use a trapezoid HD battery @ 2000mAH (DIY). The battery housing must be enlarged and be flexible. Nothing can be better than using carbon-fibre as the material of the extension parts of the battery housing.
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17. Cutting...
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18. The battery compartment is now openable and retaining a trapezoid shape as the stock battery. It is just "thicker" because a 2000mAh battery is thicker. That makes the HD battery becomes replacement and cost trimmed because buying the expensive Parrot junk battery is no longer necessary. The trapezoid HD battery has a main advantage is that it maintains a very good weight-centre to the whole drone. Unlike other aftermarket rectangle shape HD batteries. The weight-centre shifts to the rear of the body making the drone more difficult to balance itself during a turn.
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19. Rear view of battery compartment.
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20. Custom made of trapezoid shape 2000Ah 25c battery. It is unavailable in the market at this time. And it is exclusive to 3.0 RMT only.
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Advancing Bebop 2 to Router Mod with deep explanation: http://youtu.be/cumh4VZonVE
Bebop 2 Flight Record #0010 Finale (must watch): http://youtu.be/1pNyMSKwWaQ

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Post by solaris8x86 » 26 Jun 2015, 17:23

21. The battery compartment can be opened.
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22. Note that, a plastic ribbon is used to fixate the battery internally.
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23. A magnetic lock is added to against bound-off-force when landing.
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24. A T-connector is used instead of the stock connector (Tamiya-mini). Because it is more tight and more durable for multiple times application.
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25. Once the trapezoid battery is loaded. It fits in exactly as expected.
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26. The T-connector has been "thinner" by the sanding machine a bit. Now it fits in the compartment too.
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27. Battery compartment closed. And it is done. It is the only Bebop Mod that can retain the original form after a HD battery upgrade mod on this planet.
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28. Some racing style stickers are added. Red bull is not bad at all.... :mrgreen:
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29. The original shape and form has been retained from the rear.
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30. Testing of the total TX power it can produce. 1,200mW @ 5GHz is equivalent to a range of 500mW @ 2.4GHz can reach in terms of RF wave length. And the TX power is now about 60 times stronger than the stock drone's output (20mW). Too little TX power is a major design error by Parrot engineering team and the root cause of FPV lagging. That's why the stock Bebop cannot having a smooth and stable FPV linkage. Now with this mod overcomes the major weakness of a stock Bebop drone. Come on man...punishment should also be made to Parrot employee. :twisted:
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Advancing Bebop 2 to Router Mod with deep explanation: http://youtu.be/cumh4VZonVE
Bebop 2 Flight Record #0010 Finale (must watch): http://youtu.be/1pNyMSKwWaQ

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Re: AR Drone 3.0 Router Mod Type (Bebop Router Mod)

Post by solaris8x86 » 26 Jun 2015, 17:25

As of June 2015

31. Finally, 4 x 12v LEDs is added to the body structure too. Standard aviation warning lights (left-red, right-green). I hate to use down-step regulator (12v -> 5v UBEC) so I directly employed 12v LEDs.:P
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Advancing Bebop 2 to Router Mod with deep explanation: http://youtu.be/cumh4VZonVE
Bebop 2 Flight Record #0010 Finale (must watch): http://youtu.be/1pNyMSKwWaQ

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Re: AR Drone 3.0 Router Mod Type (Bebop Router Mod)

Post by GPHDTECH » 21 Jul 2015, 03:18

First and foremost its pleasure to read and see your craftsmanship....Awesome work!!

Thank you for sharing the insight. What is preventing you from giving out more details?

Once again, Thank you..GPHDTECH

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Re: AR Drone 3.0 Router Mod Type (Bebop Router Mod)

Post by dani-1307 » 01 Feb 2016, 15:56

Hi solaris8x86,

the result of your tuning-drone is very awesome! I've a question about your "custom made" RF boosters.. Maybe you've got an detailed howto or a wiring diagram of the booster and an description of connecting the booster to the drone?

And have you tested the rage of your rf-tuning?

It would be really cool, if you could tell me more about your project.

thanks in advance and greetings,

dani

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Re: AR Drone 3.0 Router Mod Type (Bebop Router Mod)

Post by solaris8x86 » 02 Feb 2016, 04:45

dani-1307 wrote:Hi solaris8x86,

the result of your tuning-drone is very awesome! I've a question about your "custom made" RF boosters.. Maybe you've got an detailed howto or a wiring diagram of the booster and an description of connecting the booster to the drone?

dani

There is an IPEX RF connector beneath the motherboard labelled [J6] on the PCB. It is a RF chain output for the antenna 1. [J7] is for connecting to the antenna 2. Connect [J6] to the booster 2.4GHz or 5GHz for RF amplification. WiFi is a bi-directional protocol. So you must use a bi-directional booster (the booster's spec will tell).
Advancing Bebop 2 to Router Mod with deep explanation: http://youtu.be/cumh4VZonVE
Bebop 2 Flight Record #0010 Finale (must watch): http://youtu.be/1pNyMSKwWaQ

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Re: AR Drone 3.0 Router Mod Type (Bebop Router Mod)

Post by Cheesenacho » 14 Feb 2016, 21:48

That is incredible....wow, is all I can say!

Does this work with the Bebop 2? Any FPV video you could share with the forum?

Thanks,

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Re: AR Drone 3.0 Router Mod Type (Bebop Router Mod)

Post by l.hoornweg » 14 Oct 2016, 21:25

Great job with a more thant great result!

Could you tell us how you mounted the antenna with what hardware?
I found some articles on the internet saying that such antennas are frequency specific.
os either you boost your 2.4 gHz or your 5.8gHz reception.
however, you bought 2 signal boosters, one for 2.4 and one for 5.8gHz.
which did you assembled where, and how?

I'm very curious to know, not just to mod my own BBP2, but also for my future diy build drone.

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