Let's install and setup SmartAP AIRLink

Minimum Installation Setup

1. Connect WiFi and LTE antennas

Take SmartAP AIRLink Enterprise and connect WiFi and LTE antennas.

SmartAP AIRLink with antennas from the set

WARNING: DO NOT power the AIRLink without antennas! Powering up the system without antennas may cause malfunction of the radio modules and permanent damage. Powering up without antennas voids warranty.

Connect the WiFi antenna to the WiFi socket (middle) by gently pushing on the antenna connector:

AIRLink with WiFi antenna connected:

Connect LTE antennas to LTE1 and LTE2 sockets (sides):

If it is not necessary, do not remove the antennas from the connector. The connectors are quite fragile and are rated for only a limited number of matching cycles. Bad connection can result in reduced RF communication performance.

2. Connect FPV camera

Camera connection is not necessary but recommended. This will allow you to test your setup and video streaming after the initial software setup described in the following sections.

First of all, take something sharp and unlock the CSI camera port connector by pulling it a bit at each side:

Then insert the FPC cable from the camera and gently push back the black part of the connector mechanism until it locks itself tightly:

Repeat the same procedure with the camera socket. Once done you should have the camera connected to AIRLink.

3. Connect power supply

Take the main power supply cable and connect this to the power source.

We recommend to use SmartAP PDB for the power distribution. It has a current sensor and DC-DC converters for 5V and 12V to power SmartAP AIRLink and other peripherals.

  • Connect power cable to 12V output of SmartAP PDB.

  • Connect power monitor cable (voltage and current) to the dedicated pins on SmartAP PDB.

DANGER: Make sure to connect the cable with the right polarity. Reversing polarity may damage the equipment permanently and will void warranty.

The recommended power supply voltage is 12V. The acceptable input voltage limits are 10V - 20V.

Next, connect the power cable to AIRLink as shown on the image below:

Minimum installation setup is complete. If you would like to test the system you can refer to the next section and power it up for the initial configuration. If you would like to connect the other peripherals, please refer to the Full Installation Setup below.

Proceed to the initial power up or set up the other peripherals.

It's recommended to start with the Minimum Installation Setup for the very first power up.

Full installation setup

1. Connect GNSS Receiver

GPS connector goes to GPS 1 port

2. Connect RC Receiver

RC Receiver output goes to SBUS port of SmartAP AIRLink

3. Connect Telemetry Radio Module

4. Connect HDMI Payload Camera