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ITELITE + RE500 vs RE700

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Vision + Mods' started by bernek, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. bernek

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    I was wondering is it worth getting a ITELITE DBS antenna over a RE700 extender ?

    I have a RE500 now and I'm not sure about the boost in range I will get with ITELITE DBS atennas ... could a single RE700 be better compared to the setup I want to make ? (RE500+ITELITE).

    Buying RE700 + ITELITE is out of the question since I don't want to spend that much.

    So my bottom line question is:

    Should I get a RE700 to replace my RE500 or I should get an ITELITE DBS Atenna for my RE500 ?

    Thanks !
     
  2. bernek

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    I'm sure this has been talked over and over again just wanted an updated answer since the range extender had a few updates and I'm using RE500.
     
  3. Mark The Droner

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    IMO you should get the 700 because you want to maximize the fundamental elements of your controller before you start doing other more sophisticated mods.
     
  4. bernek

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    I just need around 3000 feet range. I wont get it only with RE700 but I might get it with ITELITE DBS + my RE500 ?

    I just want to make just one step to improve range and I'm aiming for around 3000 feet (that would be 1000 meters for me).

    Futher down the road maybe in a few months I would get a RE700 for the ITELITE DBS antennas.

    The mods aren't difficult at all to mount the ITELITE.
     
  5. Mark The Droner

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    I'm not sure if any one of the changes would get you 3000 feet. The stock P2V is less than 1000 feet.

    Surely you can afford an extra fifty bucks for a used 700.
     
  6. bernek

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    Well its more like 100 here but I will look into finding one :) Then with RE700 and ITELITE DBS maybe I get my desired range :)

    Thanks.
     
  7. Jeyb

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    Hi i have re700 and my max range is about 700 meters then the phantom goes back to home
     
  8. bernek

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    With RE500 I only get 300 meters thats the reason why I'm trying to upgrade/mod. 700 meters would be just fine for me maybe. I will look into a second hand RE700.

    Another question would be will I get maybe 1000 meters with RE500 + ITELITEDBS ?
     
  9. Jeyb

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    With re 700 you will get the double, one friend of me they put this antennas and they take 1,200 meters ImageUploadedByPhantomPilots1460917962.114180.jpg ImageUploadedByPhantomPilots1460917972.567703.jpg
     
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    Thanks for the pictures. Is that a kit or they made it from parts ? Also they get 1200 meters from RE700+antennas or RE500+antennas ?
     
  11. Jeyb

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    Its re700 and this is not a kit he make it alone.
     
  12. bernek

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    Any chance to get the plans ? small donation maybe ? I could try making one :)
     
  13. phxbird57

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    Bernek I have a Re700 and put just exturnal antenna on it and I'm getting on a good day 5600. On an average day 3000 ft. Besides the Re700 cost the mod may run you $10 and a little time. On the controller side all I've done was a wind surfer on the conrtroller and a cloverleaf in the drone.
     
  14. bernek

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    What kind of antenna ? directional ? any pics would help :) I was thinking about getting 2xpanel atennas for RE500 and cables. It would be very cheap for me :) for the RC not sure if needs any modding maybe a panel antenna also ? (5.8 GHz for RC and 2x2.4 GHz panel directional antennas for RE500)

    How does it sound ?

    RE500 - 2 x Antenna WIFI/WLan, 2.4Ghz, 12dBi http://www.traiect.ro/USR_uploads/ProdImgShop/Poze mari/0620023M.jpg

    and

    RC Control - 1 x Antenna panel WLan, 23dBi, 5.5Ghz http://www.traiect.ro/USR_uploads/ProdImgShop/Poze mari/6-0069M.jpg

    Maybe this last one for RC is a little big I could go for only 14-16 dBi gain I think...
     
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    Or maybe this one for RE500:

    http://www.traiect.ro/USR_uploads/ProdImgShop/Poze 01082009/6/0620028S4.jpg

    Band [MHz] : 2400-2500
    Gain [dBi]: 14
    SWR: <1.3
    Half power beam H/V [dgr]: 40/40
    Front back ratio [dB] : >32
    Polarization: vertical/horizontal
    Number of elements 1
    Impedance [ohm] 50
    Dimensions [mm]: 150*100

    or

    http://www.traiect.ro/USR_uploads/ProdImgShop/Poze mari/0620020M.jpg

    Band [MHz] : 2400-2500
    Gain [dBi]: 12
    SWR: <1.5
    Half power beam H/V [dgr]: 32/35
    Front back ratio [dB] : >32
    Polarization: vertical/horizontal
    Number of elements 1
    Impedance [ohm] 50
    Dimensions [mm]: 110*110*30
     
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    There was one other thing I did I moved the range extender out from the bar maybe 2 inches. I tried it farther and it did not seem to make a different. I put a wind surfer on the antenna for the range extender also. Yesterday I was out 4400 ft with no problem and it was windy.

    IMG_20160418_143856895[1].jpg IMG_20160417_085929981[1].jpg
     
  17. phxbird57

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    bernek You may want to just try putting antenna on your Re500. I know they changed the internal antennas on the Re500 to the Re700. You may just get what your looking for just by doing that. I think with the Cloverleaf on the drone it makes it easier for me to get out to 4400ft before I was getting maybe 3200ft. I'm looking for a range of 1 to 1.5 miles. To fly around with. If I need to go farther I have my P3a. Easily goes 3+ miles
     
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    Why do you use omni antenna on range extender ? instead of a directional panel one ? I think the range would be much better and omni antennas signal pattern looks like a DVD so height is problematic and also range. Using a panel would be much better I think ! I will buy 2 x panel directional antennas with 35/35 degrees half beam for 2.4 GHz. They are really cheap :)

    For the RC I wont do anything just yet... maybe add a small directional also if range would be problematic. The antennas we need are circular polarized antennas I guess.
     
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    I did have a shorter one on the range extender and found this to work a little better. I had both all ready. I was thinking on getting a panel and see if it works any better. With the setup their both pretty matched. If I lost one I lost the other.
     
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    Went out this morning it was a little winded. Did my best so far 6019ft. I keep losing my signal at 5900ft and it would turn around to come home and I would get a good signal so I over rode the RTH and flow it backwards to get the 6019ft make. I have the clover leaf on the back and the regular antenna on front.
    Willis West
     
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