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Flight Controllers

All Mavlink based boards are supported (PX4, Ardupilot).

The Ardupilot project is often adding support for other flight controllers. The full list of supported flight controllers can be viewed here http://ardupilot.org/plane/docs/common-autopilots.html.

To mention some supported board:

  • Pixhawk
  • APMx
  • Cube
  • Matek
  • Navio+
  • Navio2

Connection Methods

There is two ways to connect the FC to Raspberry PI, either using USB (preferred) or GPIO There is no diffrence in performance but the USB connection is easier and more elegant.

USB

  • Connect a micro USB cable between the FC and RPI as shown in the picture bellow.

USB cross-sectional

Use a USB cable with large cross-sectional area to minimize the voltage drop supplied to Fligth Controller.

'Usb'

GPIO

  • Its very imporant to connect tx, rx and ground if you want to use GPIO, and not only tx & rx.

Warning

RPI cannot be powered by FC telem port. Make sure you use proper power source for rpi.

'Gpio'

Supported Raspberry Pi boards

  • Pi0w
  • PI 2
  • Pi 3
  • Pi 4

Pi0w

Pi0w runs fine with UAVcast-Pro, however the CPU usage will be between 50 > 100%.
Some functionalities has been disabled to reduce the CPU load!

If you intend to use other programs with UAVcast-Pro then Pi3 or 4 version is recommended.

Power supply

It's important that Raspberry Pi gets voltage between 4.8 and 5.3v. If you use LTE modem, make sure you are not overloading the USB port per. design.

Read the modem specification / datasheet and make sure the modem is not consuming more than MAX output defined in the table below.

USB Camera

If you use USB camera, make sure you include the camera consumption as well.

https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/hardware/raspberrypi/power/README.md

  • Limited by PSU referes the value from the (Recommended PSU current capacity). Make sure you use a proper power supply that are able to deliver above this value.

'pi power table'

If you need to add external power, please see instructions bellow. This is one solution, where we attach the power directly to the USB +/- pins, and one wire to the RPI fuse. The latter will make sure RPI is booting automatically when powered.

Note

Make sure you connect the modem to correct USB port where external power supply is connected.

'raspberry power supply' 'raspberry power supply'

Modem

UAVcast uses modem manager and network manager to control the LTE connection. Check out this page to find supported modems, Supported modem

Note

Please send a mail to support@uavmatrix.com or open a new PR on github if you know of other working Huawei modems in your country!

Country Carrier Recommended Modem Recommended APN
Australia Telstra E3372h-153
E3372h-607
telstra.wap
telstra.internet
Austria bob A1 Telekom Austria E3372h-153
E3372h-607
bob.at
Bulgaria Vivacom E3372h-153
E3372h-607
internet.vivacom.bg
Czech Republic O2 E3372h-153
E3372h-607
internet
Czech Republic Vodafone E3372h-153
E3372h-607
internet
France Bouygues E3372h-153
E3372h-607
mmsbouygtel.com
France Orange E3372h-153
E3372h-607
orange.fr / orange
France SFR E3372h-153
E3372h-607
websfr
Germany T-Mobile E3372h-153
E3372h-607
internet.t-d1.de
Germany O2 E3372h-153
E3372h-607
internet
Germany Vodafone E3372h-153
E3372h-607
web.vodafone.de
Greece Cosmote E3372h-153
E3372h-607
internet
Greece WIND Hellas E3372h-153
E3372h-607
gint.b-online.gr
Hungary Magyar Telekom E3372h-153
E3372h-607
internet.telekom
Italy Iliad E3372h-153
E3372h-607
iliad
Italy TIM E3372h-153
E3372h-607
ibox.tim.it
Italy Vodafone E3372h-153
E3372h-607
web.omnitel.it
Latvia Tele2 E3372h-153
E3372h-607
mobileinternet.tele2.lv
Malaysia DiGi E3372h-153
E3372h-607
diginet
Netherlands T-Mobile E3372h-153
E3372h-607
internet
Norway Telenor E3372h-153
E3372h-607
internet.public / internet
Poland Orange E3372h-153
E3372h-607
internet
Portugal Vodafone E3372h-153
E3372h-607
internet.vodafone.pt
Singapore Singtel E3372h-153
E3372h-607
e-ideas
Singapore StarHub E3372h-153
E3372h-607
shwap
Spain Movistar E3372h-153
E3372h-607
movistar.es
Spain Yoigo E3372h-153
E3372h-607
internet
Sweden Halebop E3372h-153
E3372h-607
halebop.telia.se
Sweden Tele2 E3372h-153
E3372h-607
4G.tele2.se
Sweden Telenor E3372h-153
E3372h-607
internet.telenor.se
Sweden Telia E3372h-153
E3372h-607
online.telia.se
Switzerland Salt E3372h-153
E3372h-607
internet
Switzerland Sunrise E3372h-153
E3372h-607
internet
Switzerland Swisscom E3372h-153
E3372h-607
gprs.swisscom.ch
Switzerland Swisscom E3372h-153
E3372h-607
corporate.swisscom.ch APN User: testprofil and APN Password: temporary
Turkey Turkcell E3372h-153
E3372h-607
mgb / internet
UK EE E3372h-153
E3372h-607
everywhere
USA AT&T E3372h-510 various
USA Sprint No info No Info
USA T-Mobile E3372h-510
E3276s-505
MS2372h-517
fast.t-mobile.com, epc.tmobile.com
USA Verizon E3372h-510 vzwinternet

Modem LED Status

  • Green, flashing twice every 2s: The USB-Modem is powered on.
  • Green, flashing once every 0.2s: The software of the USB-Modem is being upgraded.
  • Green, flashing once every 2s: The USB-Modem is registering with a 2G network.
  • Blue, flashing once every 2s: The USB-Modem is registering with a 3G network.
  • Cyan, flashing once every 2s: The USB-Modem is registering with a 4G network.
  • Green, solid: The USB-Modem is connected to a 2G network.
  • Blue, solid: The USB-Modem is connected to a 3G network.
  • Cyan, solid: The USB-Modem is connected to a 4G network.

HiLink or Stick modems

Some Huawei USB modems have a mode called "HiLink" which provides for "driverless" installation on Windows, Macintosh and Linux computers. These modems usually have the HiLink logo marked on the outside, or have letter H in the model name. Example E3372H. All modems in the table above is HiLink!

Stick modems is a regular modem where you need to send AT commands to establish a cell connection. UAVcast has all the connection stuff you need integrate a stick modem.

HiLink Advantages

The big advantages being that the connection time is very fast and hassle free. A HiLink modem uses a web browser to access the modem settings.

It acts more or less like a plug and play modem, you don't need to configure any parameters in UAVcast-Pro or Raspberry Pi.

HiLink Disadvantages

Hilink modems does not support Port Forwarding out of the box. You certainly almost every-time need to flash new firmware to access the Port Forwarding menu in the modem web interface.

However, if you use VPN connection then HiLink is a perfect choice as VPN does't not require any port forwarding.

Camera

There are several cameras that works with UAVcast-Pro,

'UAVcast-Pro and GoPro'

  • Supported GoPro cams:

  • HERO7 Black

  • HERO (2018)
  • HERO6 Black
  • HERO5 Black
  • HERO4 (Black and Silver Editions)
  • HERO3+ (Black and Silver Editions)
  • HERO3 (White, Silver, and Black Editions)
  • HERO2)

    • GoPro example video from one of our users.
  • Other cameras may also work. search for (camera type) and gStreamer.

Mission Planner and QGroundControl supports video stream by default on port 5600.