BlueProton DJI Phantom 3 Standard WiFi Signal Range Extender Antenna Kit by ARGtek

Brand: BlueProton
Model: ARGtek-EXT1
EAN: 0718768196421
Category: Electronics (Categories)
Price: $59.95  (127 customer reviews)
Dimension: 2.09 x 6.49 x 4.49 inches
Shipping Wt: 0.94 pounds. FREE Shipping (Details)
Availability: In Stock.
Average Rating: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

BlueProton DJI Phantom 3 Standard WiFi Signal Range Extender Antenna Kit.
(6)-Antenna Kit: (2)+(2) customized high-gain 2.4GHz-2.591GHz 7dBi Panels & Omnis, (1) 10dBi 5.8GHz omni antenna, (1) 6dBi 5.8GHZ panel antenna with stand and installation hardware. Full
Lightweight, durable, pratical and convenient to use in compact design. Full range coverage, strong and stable signal improves both remote control and Wifi video connection performance.

Our antenna kits will extend the range up to 4 times the DJI rating and help with the signal penetration around objects. Increases range from approx. 300m to up to 1200m. Actual range extension will depend on your exact deployment environment, and is not guaranteed.

Installation is relatively simple with guided YouTube video.

This item is for the DJI Phantom 3 Standard only.

Features

  • BlueProton DJI Phantom 3 Standard WiFi Signal Range Extender Antenna Kit

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Top Reviews

I was wrong the first time round, and here's why...
by wyveryx (4 out of 5 stars)
March 29, 2018

Please see amended review below...

Well perhaps I should have done more research, who knows... I saw so many positives reviews that I thought this product would be great. Sadly I was disappointed.

Yes, installation videos are easy to follow.

However, I had difficulty with the 5.8GHz antennae connecting, normally it's a little wiggle, guide, push and you're golden. Not with mine. I'm surprised that I didn't damage anything seating it. But hey, we could chalk that up to just a bad connector.

Alright, flight time.

While I never pushed it to the ceiling using stock, I did reach the 1500ft mark without difficulty. With this I was hitting sporadic remote readings and even some forced RTH's by 800ft. It seemed as if it would lose signal and then regain it after I cancelled the RTH, so eventually made it to the max . Though even at 200ft I could barely travel over 400ft horizontally before sporadic signal issues.

For the Wi-Fi antennae, I could find no fault. If anything there was a slight improvement.

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Well...I was wrong. After my initial flight with the new antennas I did digging around. Found out that sometimes you have to continually modify the antennae position to maintain a decent signal. Also, humidity plays a factor, something I did not know about.

Now while I'm pretty sure that I seated the pins properly the first time, I went back and reseated all the pins again. Perhaps I made a mistake the first time round

This time while I still hit the ceiling of 1640ft, that's just DJI's programming there...I was able to get past 5000ft horizontally at around 350ft and still had decent signal. I did have to raise the controller a bit, but again...A remarkable difference than from my previous review.

So all I can say to those who had, or have, similar issues to what I experienced...double check your work. Yeah, their are easy to follow, but there are others out there as well. Keep an eye on your signal strength and try to modify your antenna to match. As far as flying while extending your remote? Yeah, good luck with that one! :)
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Increased distance
by Roy (4 out of 5 stars)
February 18, 2018

Product was a bit confusing at first to install. No clear instructions other than a YouTube video and not the best. After install it really increased by flight distance 3x. I was only able to go as far as 2 blocks but now, I can no longer see it in the sky. It's far. Signal starts to weaken after 1000 feet but still can control and see video. I am sure that there are better products than than this one but for my use, i am really glad I made this purchase.
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This Upgrade worked for me, and I upgraded a Refurbished Phantom 3 drone.
by Joseph Forbes (5 out of 5 stars)
April 12, 2018

I really like this upgrade. For me, I deal with the Information Technology industry, and wireless is one of my key skill sets. The original capabilities of the DJI Phantom Controller with it's puny one antenna makes you wonder. That is some great range for such a small antenna. So the obviousness of adding larger antennas to the controller will make a difference.
The problem I had with my Controller was losing the Video feed. Constantly when using my ipad2 I would lose the video feed, but keep receiving the telemetry, at a certain range/distance of flying my Phantom 3. Switching over to using my Android Tablet & smartphones resolved this issue to a point, but it would always persist. After upgrading my Phantom 3 Controller's antenna setup, I have noticed a improvement to the range of control and telemetry has increased significantly, still lose video feed, but that never one of my concerns of the DJI Phantom. There is always the Return to Home options with these.
Other Reviewers I've noticed have had their complaints about this upgrade, and I have mine which feel similar to what other 1 ~ 2 star reviews state, but I happen to have an understanding how the Wireless frequencies work, and the environmental interferences that happen that complicates things. Many users seem like Suburb/City users, and I can tell you, your range is limited due to so many wireless signals that can complicate your experience. I've attached a Wifi Signal Scanner to my Phantom to map neighborhood wifi signals to discover a whole lot about how many signals can be in an area.
This upgrade has helped in its intended ways. I certainly have a noticeable range increase, and holding the controller in key in ensuring AoA (Angle of Attack) As long as the Antennas are aimed right in the direction of the drone, I can get far away out of Line of Sight (LoS).
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Do your homework!
by Kevin M. Reed (1 out of 5 stars)
June 21, 2018

I returned this and bought a ITELITE reason being is I installed 100% correctly double and triple checked and got the exact range as the stock antenna (500ft to 700ft), granted I was flying over my neighborhood with lots of wifi, the stock antenna and ARGtek gave identical results only one is way larger. . . do a quick search and you'll see it's a commen occurrence, with the ITELITE DBS antenna I'm getting a easy 2,500ft to 3000ft in the flight paths that I tested the ARGtek that only yeilded to 500ft to 700ft and believe me I wanted this antenna to work I tried it multiple times in all configurations. Go with the ITELITE DBS and you'll be very happy.
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Difficult to Install/Constant Signal Loss
by TeacherDave (1 out of 5 stars)
February 21, 2018

This was not easy to install like a few videos posters have suggested. The most difficult part of the installation is connecting the three wires without damaging them. After installation, I experienced signal loss and multiple lost signals to the video feed.
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Great results. Full review and comparison for Phantom 3 standard
by Damon smith (5 out of 5 stars)
March 23, 2019

I am new to drones and really was looking to buy for fun, but i wanted the P3A for range alone. However, since a friend had lost two, i stayed within a strict budget. This antenna was the missing link. I bought a barely used P3S for $220. Since i budgeted $300 for a drone, i decided to spend $80 on upgrades. After much research and testing i ended up with my most expensive upgrade being the BlueProton. The other must have was the Litchi app $25. I am completely satisfied!

Heres how it compared to other Antennas I tried.

Flight conditions : rural mid day Southern California

Weather 58 to 62 degrees, heavy cloud cover and 10 to 15 mph wind( another reason i wanted a DJI)

Interference : Medium to strong from the local airbase, power lines and lots of WIFI in my condo complex

Stock Antenna (pointed towards drone w/ line of sight): 200ft altitude= 1443 feet before it started cutting out

Cd/DVD- still done at 200ft alt. slide one to the base of the Antenna, the foil in the cd increases the surface area. This does work and once you lose the drone if you tinker around you can get signal... around 25 extra feet in my conditions

DIY -Windsurfer (again at 200ft alt on same flight as CD) WIFI booster (cost you less than $5 to make) It does work. problem is i had to lower the antenna to less than optimal angle 1593 feet

Finally the BlueProton

Installation was straight forward. Found a great video on it. Hardest part was getting the back off and removing the glue. But the only extra tool i used was a thin blade that wasn't sharp.

Test results using the range increasing panel Antennas(make sure you have the right one in the middle) I had to go higher because it went further -Test done at 300 feet , max 2050 feet. 25% increase.

Video quality was MUCH better. Plus i think i could have gotten more range, my signal was going from 2 bars to 0, back up. I feel it was interference. I completely believe the 4000 to 6000 feet is obtainable under the right conditions.

Hope this helps someone.
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Fairly satisfied
by JimmyJoe (3 out of 5 stars)
May 5, 2019

I had really high expectations that these antennas would really extend the range of my Phantom 3 standard drone, but they did not. They did help to stabilize the flight and prevent the controller from losing contact with the drone. In other words the standard antenna isn't the greatest and these antennas are a little better in my opinion.
I do live in a fairly wooded location and I think without all the trees I probably would get better reception.

It does help extend the range over the standard antenna that came with my controller.

To the flat panel antennas were split in the area where they screwed on to the antenna bar.

Installation was fairly easy because I watched several YouTube videos and it shouldn't be a problem to reverted back to its standard antenna if I choose the sell the drone.
The Phantom 3 standard drone is a nice beginner drone.
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Junk!!! All 6 antennas are Dual Band!!!!
by RC Pickups (1 out of 5 stars)
March 20, 2019

Anybody that knows the first thing about radio knows that you build your antenna to match the frequency you will be using. Well for some reason rather than shipping DEDICATED 2.4ghz and 5.8ghz antennas the seller decided to ship 6 Dual Band antennas rather than four dedicated 2.4ghz and two dedicated 5.8ghz antennas. The dual band antennas don't work nearly as well as antennas designed for one frequency only. What a poor decision on ARGtek's end. Stay away from this kit. Buy the ALFA 2.4ghz and 5.8ghz panel antennas with seperate IPEC cables instead. You'll get much better range.
*EDIT* Seller sent me correct "dedicated" antennas. The range is better than the dual band antennas but still can't get past 2,200' with Phantom 3 Standard.
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Easy to install
by Jeremy (5 out of 5 stars)
June 15, 2017

It does as advertised. Easy to install, just follow the directions in the video. You should have a hot glue gun as a non-conductive adhesive to keep the connectors in place.

You're using physics to improve your connection, this is nothing magical. Instead of having the 2-2.4 ghz wifi antennae inside the plastic controller, it moves them outside. Less reluctance for the magnetic waves since they don't penetrate plastic = better range. As far as the center antenna, the 5.8ghz, the new omni-directional antenna is better signal strength. You can connect the directional (square) antenna to "beam" the signal in a "straight line" rather than radiating it in a 360 degree circle. You're basically taking the output power and "concentrating" it forward rather than distributing it all around you, which can get you more distance. You are NOT increasing your transmission power (which would be done at the radio on the controller and on the drone), so nothing magical is going to happen ie: flying it from Philly to NYC. But what will happen is that you WILL see better range, because you're using better antennae.

My Drone: DJI Phantom 3 Standard

Time to install: I went from opening the box to in the air in about 70 minutes. This was with watching the video start-to-finish.

My experience: I do electrical things for a living (power production), amateur radio operator 20+ years ago, and have a general understanding of physics. You do not need any of this expertise to do the installation, however, just watch the video. I believe what's being sold here is truly an upgrade, as it's just improving the transmission and reception from the on-board radios. As far as installation difficulty, I'd let my teenager do it. Again, the video is wonderful - you need not know anything about electronics. If you figured out how to fly your Phantom, you're overqualified to do this installation.

Distance gains: I fly off of my townhouse deck, so my rear 180 degrees is all concrete and wood walls. I only have about 45 degrees in front of me where it's clear for 50 feet, then 200 foot tall trees are all on my forward horizon. With that said, I get further X distance if I increase my Y height. Keeping things equal, I went from about 1400 Ft X distance at 500 ft Y altitude to 1900 with the conversion, using the new long omni-directional antenna. Using the new directional (square) antenna, I pushed it to over 2400 feet. Again, trees in the way. I expect 1 mile+ on a clear location, such as a beach.

Recommendation: Use the omni-directional antennae when you're standing in a field and wish to fly all over without having to turn yourself to "beam" towards the drone. If you want the longest gains and you're able to move your body to maintain an invisible, uninterrupted line between you and your drone, go with the directional (square) antennae. You'll get at least double your current range.

Changing the antennae takes about 5 seconds each. Just carry them both with you and adjust depending on where you're flying.

Good luck!
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Which was basically me finding a handful of people on YouTube that could give me the best visual and
by Noa (4 out of 5 stars)
July 5, 2017

It's not a system you can just add on. You'll need some tools in order to do this properly. It didn't really come with instructions to assemble it either. Which was basically me finding a handful of people on YouTube that could give me the best visual and description of how to assemble it.
Also...I've been range testing and I can't say the difference is drastic. Maybe an extra football field of range but some youtubers might have exaggerated that they could get miles out of it. Last night during the fireworks 💥 I completely lost signal all together for like 30seconds to a minute... not sure if that's with the new update, or the 3rd party connectors though...

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