Jhawk19 wrote:Hey guys, there is a lot of information here! Seriously!
So to bring it all back to a simple level for me, what's the most economical way to extend my range with the least amount of modification using "off the shelf" items?
I would still like the solution to be portable and possibly battery operated, although my Ram 1500 has a standard AC outlet that I can use to plug things in, like extenders, etc...
Your help and advice would be greatly appreciated!
Well, what I've just done is buy a Â£17 TP-LINK TL-WA730RE from Amazon, plugin an external "laptop" battery pack at 12V (even though the supply should be 9V, it works fine) and then press the Range Extend button on the back after placing the AP near the drone after it's powered up. Works great. I have *not* done any range tests yet.
The above is the simplest thing - no config required apart from the button press.
I also bought the TP-LINK 15dBi omni antenna and a 3m "low loss" cable to stick on a tripod/lighting stand and play with once I get out into the field with longer life batteries (and am far enough away from civilisation not to screw anyone else's real WiFi).
The "final" part of this is to grab a TL-WA7210N outdoor AP when they ship them, but that's probably not going to actually be required.