CONNEX / CONNEX Mini User Guide

CONNEX / CONNEX Mini User Guide
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CONNEX / CONNEX Mini User Guide
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: About This Guide
1
Important Notice .................................................................................................................................................................................. 1
Limitation of Liability
..................................................................................................................................................................................
and Warranty
2
Chapter 2: Introduction to CONNEX
4
About CONNEX and
..................................................................................................................................................................................
CONNEX Mini
4
CONNEX Air Unit ..................................................................................................................................................................................
(Transmitter)
7
CONNEX Ground..................................................................................................................................................................................
Unit (Receiver)
10
Contents
CONNEX Mini Air..................................................................................................................................................................................
Unit (Transmitter)
14
CONNEX Mini Ground
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Unit (Receiver)
18
Getting Started -..................................................................................................................................................................................
Air and Ground Units
21
Chapter 3: Safety Instructions and Maintenance
22
Safety Symbols ..................................................................................................................................................................................
and Instructions
22
Potential Hazards
.................................................................................................................................................................................. 23
Chapter 4: Specifications and Supported Features
24
Technical Specifications
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Supported Remote
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Controls, Gimbals and Telemetry Flight Controllers
26
Supported Resolutions
.................................................................................................................................................................................. 27
Chapter 5: Setting Up CONNEX
28
Recommendations
..................................................................................................................................................................................
and Best Practices
28
Placement Guidelines
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– Air Unit Cable Antennas
28
Placement Guidelines
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– Ground Unit
31
Setting Up the CONNEX
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Ground Unit
31
Setting Up the CONNEX
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Air Unit
34
Mounting the Air..................................................................................................................................................................................
Unit Antenna Accessories
37
Connecting the Telemetry/MAVLink
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Port
39
Controlling the Drone
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Camera Gimbal
39
Chapter 6: Setting Up CONNEX Mini
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Setting Up the CONNEX
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Mini Ground Unit
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Setting Up the CONNEX
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Mini Air Unit
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Connecting the CTRL
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Port for MAVLink Telemetry
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Connecting the CTRL
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Port for CAN bus Telemetry
47
Controlling the Drone
..................................................................................................................................................................................
Camera Gimbal
48
Chapter 7: CONNEX Operational Instructions
49
Ground Unit – On..................................................................................................................................................................................
Screen Display (OSD)
49
Alert and System..................................................................................................................................................................................
Messages
53
Multicasting to Multiple
..................................................................................................................................................................................
Ground Units
54
Chapter 8: CONNEX Management Application for Windows / MAC
55
Management Application
..................................................................................................................................................................................
Overview
55
Installing the CONNEX
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Management Application
56
Message Alert when
..........................................................................................................................................................................
running the Management Tool Installation Process in Win8/10
57
Connecting the Air
..................................................................................................................................................................................
Unit or Ground Unit to a Computer
58
Contents
Upgrading the Air..................................................................................................................................................................................
Unit or Ground Unit Firmware
59
Configuring the Link
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Between the Ground and Air Units
61
Checking the Ground
..................................................................................................................................................................................
Units Registered to an Air Unit
63
Unregistering Ground
..................................................................................................................................................................................
Units
64
Configuring Fail Safe
..................................................................................................................................................................................
Parameters
66
Chapter 9: CONNEX Management Application for Android Devices
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Management Application
..................................................................................................................................................................................
Overview
68
Installing the CONNEX
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Management Application
69
Connecting the Air
..................................................................................................................................................................................
or Ground Unit to Your Mobile Device
70
Working with the..................................................................................................................................................................................
CONNEX Mobile Application
71
Configuring the Link
..................................................................................................................................................................................
Between the Ground and Air Units
74
Checking the Ground
..................................................................................................................................................................................
Units Registered to an Air Unit
76
Unregistering Ground
..................................................................................................................................................................................
Units
77
ConfiguringIIFail Safe
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Parameters
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About This Guide
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This user guide describes how to set up and use the CONNEX and CONNEX mini wireless video link in order to
transmit video from a drone. The user guide consists of the following chapters:
Chapter 1, About This Guide - this chapter
Chapter 2, Introduction to CONNEX
Chapter 3, Safety Instructions and Maintenance
Chapter 4, Specifications and Supported Features
Chapter 5, Setting Up CONNEX
Chapter 6, Setting Up CONNEX mini
Chapter 7, Recommendations and Best Practices
Chapter 8, CONNEX Operational Instructions
Chapter 9, CONNEX Management Application for Windows and MAC
Chapter 10, CONNEX Management Application for Android Devices
For a quick summary of the essential steps for setting up quickly, you may refer to the CONNEX Quick Setup
Guide or the CONNEX mini Quick Setup Guide.
Support and Contact Information
Support: https://connexuav.zendesk.com/hc/en-us.
When contacting a support representative, make sure to have the Air Unit’s and Ground Unit’s serial numbers
available. These numbers appear on the label on the bottom of each device.
Important Notice
Copyright © 2016 AMIMON. All rights reserved.
All intellectual property rights are owned by AMIMON and protected by applicable copyright laws and
international treaty provisions. All software/hardware is furnished under a license agreement. All other trademarks
are the property of their respective owners.
AMIMON reserves the right to make corrections, modifications, enhancements, improvements, and other
changes to its products and services at any time and to discontinue any product or service without notice.
Customers should obtain the latest relevant information before placing orders and should verify that such
information is current and complete. All products are sold subject to AMIMON’s terms and conditions of sale
supplied at the time of order acknowledgment.
AMIMON warrants performance of its hardware products to the specifications applicable at the time of sale in
accordance with AMIMON’s standard warranty. Testing and other quality control techniques are used to the
extent AMIMON deems necessary to support this warranty. Except where mandated by government
requirements, testing of all parameters of each product is not necessarily performed.
AMIMON assumes no liability for applications assistance or customer product design. Customers are
responsible for their products and applications using AMIMON components. To minimize the risks associated
with customer products and applications, customers should provide adequate design and operating safeguards.
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AMIMON does not warrant or represent that any license, either express or implied, is granted under any
AMIMON patent right, copyright, mask work right, or other AMIMON intellectual property right relating to any
combination, machine, or process in which AMIMON products or services are used. Information published by
AMIMON regarding third-party products or services does not constitute a license from AMIMON to use such
products or services or a warranty or endorsement thereof. Use of such information may require a license from a
third party under the patents or other intellectual property of the third party, or a license from AMIMON under the
patents or other intellectual property of AMIMON.
Reproduction of information in AMIMON data books or data sheets is permissible only if reproduction is without
alteration and is accompanied by all associated warranties, conditions, limitations, and notices. Reproduction of
this information with alteration is an unfair and deceptive business practice. AMIMON is not responsible or liable
for such altered documentation.
Resale of AMIMON products or services with statements different from or beyond the parameters stated by
AMIMON for that product or service voids all express and any implied warranties for the associated AMIMON
product or service and is an unfair and deceptive business practice. AMIMON is not responsible or liable for any
such statements.
All company and brand products and service names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective
holders.
Before operating or installing CONNEX or CONNEX mini, please ensure you read the respective warranty.
Limitation of Liability and Warranty
This CONNEX TM product is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind. The company disclaims all other
warranties, either express or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability and fitness
for a particular purpose and non-infringement.
Under no circumstances shall the company be liable for any damages whatsoever (including, without limitation,
consequential, special, or incidental damages or damages for loss of business profits, business interruptions,
loss of business information or other pecuniary loss) arising out of the use of or inability to use the CONNEX
product, even if the company has been advised of the possibility of such damages.
For the full terms and conditions, please go to the online Full Terms and Conditions.
NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS
Notice Required for the License Granted under Articles 2.1 and 2.6. As a condition of the licenses granted
pursuant to Articles 2.1 and 2.6 hereof, Licensee agrees to provide to any party that receives from Licensee an
AVC Royalty Product the following notice: THIS PRODUCT IS LICENSED UNDER THE AVC PATENT
PORTFOLIO LICENSE FOR THE PERSONAL USE OF A CONSUMER OR OTHER USES IN WHICH IT DOES
NOT RECEIVE REMUNERATION TO (i) ENCODE VIDEO IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE AVC STANDARD (“AVC
VIDEO”) AND/OR (ii) DECODE AVC VIDEO THAT WAS ENCODED BY A CONSUMER ENGAGED IN A
PERSONAL ACTIVITY AND/OR WAS OBTAINED FROM A VIDEO PROVIDER LICENSED TO PROVIDE AVC
VIDEO. NO LICENSE IS GRANTED OR SHALL BE IMPLIED FOR ANY OTHER USE. ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C. SEE HTTP://WWW.MPEGLA.COM
Notice Required for the License Granted under Article 2.6 and for Sales to Codec Licensee customer(s).
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As a condition of the license granted under Article 2.6 and the license granted to a Codec Licensee to make
sales to Codec Licensee Customer(s), Licensee agrees to provide any party that receives an AVC Product from
Licensee exercising such license rights the following notice: THIS PRODUCT IS LICENSED UNDER THE AVC
PATENT PORTFOLIO LICENSE. SUCH LICENSE EXTENDS TO THIS PRODUCT ONLY AND ONLY TO THE
EXTENT OF OTHER NOTICES WHICH MAY BE INCLUDED HEREIN. THE LICENSE DOES NOT EXTEND TO
ANY OTHER PRODUCT REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH PRODUCT IS INCLUDED WITH THIS LICENSED
PRODUCT IN A SINGLE ARTICLE. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C.
SEE HTTP://WWW.MPEGLA.COM
This equipment is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of
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Directives 1999/5/EC and 2011/65/EU.
The frequency range 5.15-5.35GHz, available under Indoor mode, is for indoor use only.
FCC Caution
Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by AMIMON may void the user’s authority to operate this
equipment.
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limitations for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy.
If this equipment is not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, it may cause harmful interference
to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation.
FCC Radiation Exposure Statement
This equipment complies with FCC RF radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. This
transmitter must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter. This
equipment complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
This device may not cause harmful interference.
This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
The antenna used for transmission must be installed to provide a separation distance of at least 20cm from all
persons and must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
About AMIMON
Established in 2004, AMIMON develops and manufactures HD wireless video systems recognized as the
standard solution of realtime wireless video for the pro-Camera, unmanned, medical, A/V installation and other
markets. Its highly disruptive digital and RF semiconductor video modem technology addresses the stringent
requirements of realtime HD video connectivity augmented by multicast and control capabilities.
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Introduction to CONNEX
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This chapter presents:
About CONNEX and CONNEX mini
CONNEX Air Unit (Transmitter)
CONNEX Ground Unit (Receiver)
CONNEX mini Air Unit (Transmitter)
CONNEX mini Ground Unit (Receiver)
Getting Started: Air and Ground Units
About CONNEX and CONNEX Mini
AMIMON’s CONNEX and CONNEX mini provide a high-end, high-performance wireless HD connection that can
operate in challenging unmanned air or ground platforms under harsh conditions with zero latency, such as UAV/
UGV. The small and lightweight CONNEX systems transmit commercial, industrial, inspection and monitoring
video in real time to their Ground Unit(s), which can be located up to 1,000 meters away.
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How CONNEX Works
The figure above contains the following main components and people:
Air Unit: The Air Unit is connected to a drone in order to capture video from the drone's camera and to
transmit it to up to four Ground Units simultaneously (multicast), thus creating a wireless video link.
Ground Unit: The Ground Unit connects to various types of monitors, video goggles or a portable video
monitor via the HDMI port. This enables the pilot and/or camera operator to monitor the video transmitted from
the Air Unit.
Pilot: The pilot can view the video on a monitor or wear video goggles connected to the Ground Unit. Flight
control (telemetry) information from the drone is overlaid on the video. The pilot uses a remote flight controller
to control the drone.
Camera Operator: The camera operator can hold a portable video monitor on which the video can be viewed.
The camera operator can use a gimbal remote control to control the drone camera’s gimbal through the
S.BUS port of the Air Unit.
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Key Features
The following features apply to both the CONNEX and the CONNEX mini:
Zero latency, real-time video
True full HD 1080P at 60fps
Extremely resilient 5GHz digital link
Automatic Frequency Selection (AFS) that fully complies with regulations and automatically selects the best
free frequency available
Encrypted and secure
Sturdy design for harsh conditions
Built-in OSD view with embedded telemetry
Gimbal control over Futaba ® S.BUS and PPM
Plug-and-Fly, ready to operate out of the box
DFS support enables multiple free channels, thus boosting robustness
Android and MAC / Windows-based management support application
The following table compares the technical capabilities of the CONNEX and the CONNEX mini:
CONNEX
CONNEX mini
Up to 1,000m / 3,000 ft range (LOS)
Up to 500m / 1,500 ft range (LOS)
Supports both 40 MHz bandwidth (for best
quality) and 20 MHz bandwidth (for stability
boost)
Supports 40 MHz bandwidth
Manual frequency selection option that
enables setting a specific non-DSF
frequency in the authorized regional
spectrum
No manual frequency selection option
In the Box
The CONNEX systems are comprised of an Air Unit (transmitter) and a Ground Unit (receiver). For details about
the components of the Air and Ground Units and the accessories provided with each, refer to the following
sections:
CONNEX Air Unit (Transmitter)
CONNEX Ground Unit (Receiver)
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CONNEX Air Unit (Transmitter)
Key
Title
Description
I/O port, connecting to the flight controller (CAN bus) and control of the camera
gimbal (S.BUS).
AMIMON provides two types of cables for this port:
S.BUS-only cable: For output of S.BUS control signals to the S.BUS input on the
camera gimbal.
S.BUS
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CAN bus-S.BUS cable: Allowing both CAN bus telemetry input from the A2/NAZA flight
controller (to be overlaid on the video via OSD) and S.BUS control output to the
S.BUS input on the camera gimbal.
or
CAN bus /
S.BUS
S.BUS properties can be configured using the CONNEX Management Application
for Windows / MAC or for Android devices.
NOTE : AMIMON recommends using the CONNEX link for Gimbal control
ONLY and NOT for full drone control.
Important:
The CAN bus port and USB port (for firmware upgrade) should not be connected at
the same time.
Do not connect the S.BUS/CAN bus cable under voltage.
Telemetry or
2
MAVLink
This port is used for MAVLink protocol input from a 3DR flight controller (Pixhawk/
APM/ArduPilot). The flight control data from the MAVLink-supported flight
controller is overlaid on an On Screen Display (OSD). Telemetry information
includes flight mode, number of connected GPS satellites, speed, height and
more. To receive telemetry data on the Ground Unit, the Air Unit should be
connected to the drone’s telemetry port. For more information, refer to Supported
Remote Controls, Gimbals and Telemetry Flight Controllers.
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Power
Connector
4
Micro USB
Port
This port enables configuration and upgrade of the Air Unit software using the
CONNEX Management Application for Windows / MAC or for Android devices.
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mini HDMI IN
For receiving video from the camera.
6
Link Button
The Air Unit is provided pre-paired (preregistered) with the Ground Unit that comes
in the box. The Link button can be used to pair up to three additional Ground Units
with the same Air Unit. For a description of how to pair additional Ground Units
with an Air Unit, refer to Multicasting to Multiple Ground Units .
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Reset Button
Resets the Air Unit.
For a description of the Air Unit LEDs, refer to:
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LEDs
Air Unit – Power LED
Air Unit – Video LED
Air Unit - Network LED
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Tx Cable
Antenna
Ports
Two ports for connecting lightweight 2dbi cable antennas.
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Air Unit Accessories
The box number in which each cable is provided is indicated in the table below.
Name
Description
Tx Cable Antennas
Two flat lightweight 2dbi cable
antennas. Box 2.
Cable Antenna Mounting
Accessories
Plastic accessories for mounting the
antennas on the drone. Box 2.
Micro to mini HDMI Cable
Micro to mini (Right Angled) – 50cm
length. Box 1A.
S-BUS Cable
5-pin JST to S-BUS female – 50cm
length. Box 6.
Telemetry Cable
6-pin JST female to 6-pin DF13 – 50cm
length. Box 6.
Air Unit Power Cable
4-pin JST to XT-60 Male – 50cm length.
Box 1B.
Micro USB Cable
Standard Micro USB cable for
upgrading the Air Unit software. The
same cable can be used for both Air
and Ground Units. Box 6.
SBUS/CAN bus cable
5-pin JST to S-BUS female and to CAN
bus female to CAN bus male. Box 5.
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Mounting Plate
For connecting the Air Unit to the
drone. This item consists of two parts.
Box 3.
Note: For information about additional accessories, go to www.amimon.com .
CONNEX Ground Unit (Receiver)
The following figures show both sides of the Ground Unit.
Ground Unit (Receiver) – 1
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Ground Unit (Receiver) – 2
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Key
Name
Description
1
Tripod Mount Hole
Enables you to connect the Ground Unit to a tripod. Connection to a tripod
is optional.
2
Power Port
Input rating: 7-17 VDC.
3
Micro USB Port
This port enables upgrade of the Ground Unit software using the CONNEX
Management Application for Windows / MAC or for Android devices.
This port can be connected to the Remote Control trainer port. This port
enables you to remotely control the gimbal on the drone using the link
between the Ground Unit and the Air Unit.
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S.BUS / PPM
Trainer
With CONNEX SW version 2.0.x and up, the Ground Unit supports both
S.BUS and PPM inputs. (Previously support was limited to S.BUS only.)
The bit rate of this control can be configured in the S.BUS Rate field using
the CONNEX Management Application for Windows / MAC or for Android
devices.
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LEDs
For a description of the Ground Unit LEDs, refer to Setting Up the CONNEX
Ground Unit.
6
Five Rx Antennas
Connectors
The five antennas provided need to be screwed onto these connectors.
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On/Off Switch
Powers the Ground Unit on and off.
8
OSD Button
Enables/disables the OSD display. This display presents a screen of
telemetry information collected by the CONNEX system on the monitor
connected to the Ground Unit (e.g., Air Unit flight parameters, height,
direction, signal strength, and so on). For more information, refer to Ground
Unit – On Screen Display (OSD).
By default, OSD is enabled (displayed). Pressing this button disables and
re-enables OSD.
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Link Button
The CONNEX system supports up to four Ground Units per Air Unit. The
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Ground Unit provided out-of-the-box automatically searches for and connects
to the Air Unit provided in the same box. The Link button enables you to
connect additional Ground Units to the same Air Unit. For details, refer to
Multicasting to Multiple Ground Units .
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HDMI Port
Enables display of the received video. Connect this port to a monitor’s HDMI
port using the provided standard HDMI cable.
Battery Plate Screws: Four screws for connecting a battery plate are provided on the bottom of the Ground Unit.
The battery plate, which is an optional accessory, is not included, and may be purchased from AMIMON’s
website or authorized resellers.
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Ground Unit Cables and Antennas
The box number in which each cable is provided is indicated in the table below.
Name
Description
Standard HDMI Cable
1.2 meters. Box 7.
AC Power Adapter and
Cable
Four different adapters are provided
for indoor use only. Box 5.
S.BUS Trainer Port Cable
3-pin to Futaba – 1 meter cable. Box
6.
PPM Cable
PL 2.5mm male to PL3.5mm male.
Box 7.
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Rx Antennas
Five 2dbi screw-on antennas. Box 4.
Standard Micro USB cable for
upgrading the Ground Unit software.
Micro USB Cable
The Micro USB connector connects
to the USB port on the Air and
Ground Units.
The mini USB connector connects to
a computer on which the Ground Unit
software is installed. Box 6.
USB to Micro USB
Connector
Enables connection of the Air Unit to
a tablet or mobile device.
CONNEX Mini Air Unit (Transmitter)
The following figures show both sides of the Air Unit.
Air Unit (Transmitter) – 1
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Air Unit (Transmitter) – 2
Key
Title
Description
1
Micro HDMI
IN
For receiving video from the camera.
2
Power
Connector
I/O port, connecting to the flight controller (CAN bus or MAVLink) and control of
the camera Gimbal (S.BUS).
The cable for this port can support either of the following options:
CAN bus-S.BUS: Allows both CAN bus telemetry input from the A2/NAZA flight
controller (to be overlaid on the video via OSD) and S.BUS control output to the
S.BUS input on the camera gimbal.
S. BUS-MAVLink/Telemetry: Allows both MAVLink protocol input from Pixhawk/APM/
ArduPilot flight controller (to be overlaid on the video via OSD) and S.BUS control
output to the S.BUS input on the camera gimbal.
S.BUS /
CAN bus
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or
S.BUS /
MAVLink
The flight control data from the flight controller is overlaid on an On Screen Display
(OSD). Telemetry information includes flight mode, number of connected GPS
satellites, speed, height and more. To receive telemetry data on the Ground Unit,
the Air Unit should be connected to the drone’s telemetry port. For more
information, refer to Supported Remote Controls, Gimbals and Telemetry Flight
Controllers .
S.BUS properties can be configured using the CONNEX Management Application
for Windows / MAC or for Android devices.
NOTE : AMIMON recommends using the CONNEX link for Gimbal control
ONLY and NOT for full drone control.
Important:
The CAN bus port and USB port (for firmware upgrade) should not be connected at
the same time.
Do not connect the S.BUS/CAN bus cable under voltage.
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4
Tx Cable
Antenna
Ports
Two ports for connecting lightweight 2dbi cable antennas.
5
LEDs
For a description of the Air Unit LEDs, refer to LED Behavior.
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Link Button
The Air Unit is provided pre-paired (preregistered) with the Ground Unit that comes
in the box. The Link button can be used to pair up to three additional Ground Units
with the same Air Unit. For a description of how to pair additional Ground Units
with an Air Unit, refer to Multicasting to Multiple Ground Units .
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Micro USB
Port
This port enables configuration and upgrade of the Air Unit software using the
CONNEX Management Application for Windows / MAC or for Android devices.
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Air Unit Accessories
Cables and accessories for the Air Unit are described in the table below.
Name
Description
Tx Cable Antennas
and Mounting
Accessories
Two flat lightweight 2dbi
cable antennas preconnected to a mounting
accessory.
Micro to Micro HDMI
Cable
Micro to Micro (Right
Angled) – 50cm length.
SBUS - CAN bus
Cable / SBUS MAVLink Telemetry
Cable
Provides SBUS to gimbal
control connection and
telemetry for CAN bus flight
controllers. The CAN bus
end of the cable is equipped
with an additional female
CAN bus connector.
Provides SBUS to gimbal
control connection and
telemetry connector for
MAVLink flight controllers.
Air Unit Power Cable
4-pin JST to XT-60 Male –
50cm length.
Micro USB Cable
Standard Micro USB cable
for upgrading the Air Unit
software. The same cable
can be used for both Air and
Ground Units.
USB to Micro USB
Connector
Enables connection of the
Air Unit to a tablet or mobile
device.
Mounting
accessories
Velcro mount and three
plastic ties.
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Note: For information about additional accessories, go to www.amimon.com .
CONNEX Mini Ground Unit (Receiver)
The following figures show both sides of the Ground Unit.
Ground Unit (Receiver) – 1
Ground Unit (Receiver) – 2
Key
Name
Description
1
Three Rx Antennas
Connectors
The three antennas provided need to be screwed onto these connectors.
2
LEDs
For a description of the Ground Unit LEDs, refer to LED Behavior.
3
OSD Button
Enables/disables the OSD display. This display presents a screen of
telemetry information collected by the CONNEX mini system on the monitor
connected to the Ground Unit (e.g., Air Unit flight parameters, height,
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direction, signal strength, and so on). For more information, refer to Ground
Unit – On Screen Display (OSD).
By default, OSD is enabled (displayed). Pressing this button disables and
re-enables OSD.
4
Link Button
The CONNEX mini system supports up to four Ground Units per Air Unit.
The Ground Unit provided out-of-the-box automatically searches for and
connects to the Air Unit provided in the same box. The Link button enables
you to connect up to three additional Ground Units to the same Air Unit. For
details, refer to Multicasting to Multiple Ground Units .
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5
Power Port
Input rating: 8-26 VDC.
6
Tripod Mount Hole
Enables you to connect the Ground Unit to a tripod. Connection to a tripod
is optional.
7
S.BUS / PPM
Trainer
This port can be connected to the Remote Control trainer port. This port
enables you to remotely control the gimbal on the drone using the link
between the Ground Unit and the Air Unit. The Ground Unit supports both
S.BUS and PPM inputs.
The bit rate of this control can be configured in the S.BUS Rate field using
the CONNEX Management Application for Windows / MAC or for Android
devices.
8
Micro USB Port
This port enables configuration and upgrade of the Ground Unit software
using the CONNEX Management Application for Windows / MAC or for
Android devices.
9
HDMI Port
Enables display of the received video. Connect this port to a monitor’s HDMI
port using the provided Standard HDMI cable.
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Ground Unit Cables and Antennas
Cables and accessories for the Ground Unit are described in the table below.
Name
Description
Standard HDMI Cable
1.2 meters.
Power Connector
DC plug to XT-60 Male
– 50cm length
S.BUS Trainer Port
Cable
3-pin to Futaba – 1
meter cable.
PPM Cable
PL 2.5mm male to
PL3.5mm male.
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Rx Antennas
Three 2dbi screw-on
antennas.
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Standard Micro USB
cable for upgrading the
Ground Unit software.
Micro USB Cable
The Micro USB
connector connects to
the USB port on the
Ground Unit.
The mini USB
connector connects to
a computer on which
the Ground Unit
software is installed.
USB to Micro USB
Connector
Enables connection of
the Ground Unit to a
tablet or mobile
device.
Getting Started - Air and Ground Units
Before you begin, verify that the Air Unit and Ground Unit you are working with are designed for the same
product. A CONNEX Air Unit will not link with a CONNEX mini Ground Unit, and vice versa.
The Air and Ground Units provided in the same box are preconfigured to automatically search for and connect to
each other.
To get started with the Air Unit:
1. Set up the Air Unit, as described in Setting Up the CONNEX Air Unit or Setting Up the CONNEX mini Air Unit.
2. The Air Unit can be configured to transmit video downlink to up to three additional Ground Units, as described
in Multicasting to Multiple Ground Units.
To get started with the Ground Unit:
Set up the Ground Unit, as described in Setting Up the CONNEX Ground Unit or Setting Up the CONNEX mini
Ground Unit.
The monitor connected to the Ground Unit then automatically displays video and an overlay of information
received from the Air Unit, as described in Ground Unit – On Screen Display (OSD).
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Safety Instructions and
Maintenance
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This chapter presents:
Safety Symbols and Instructions
Potential Hazards
Safety Symbols and Instructions
Safety Symbols
High Voltage Sign: Warns the user of the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage within the product
enclosure, which may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk.
General Warning Sign: Warns the user of the presence of important operating and maintenance
(servicing) instructions.
Safety Instructions
Do not open the Air Unit or Ground Unit enclosures. There are no user-serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing
to qualified service personnel only. The use of controls, adjustments or procedures other than those specified
in this user guide may result in exposure to shock and/or electrical or mechanical hazards.
Do not immerse the units in water.
Do not block the air ventilation openings.
Always disconnect a unit’s power by pulling the mains plug.
Clean with a dry cloth only.
Keep powered on units at least 20 cm away from your body.
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Unplug the units during lightning storms and during long periods of storage.
For CONNEX only - The provided power supply is for indoor use only.
Use only the supplied accessories or those recommended on the AMIMON website. Accessories (including
cables) must not be replaced, as this may affect performance or functionality, or damage the unit. We highly
recommend that you use the provided AMIMON cables. If an alternate cable is used, make sure that it is of
the highest quality.
Do not use the product if there is any physical damage to the enclosure.
For CONNEX only - It is normal for the product to become slightly hot during use. However, if the enclosure’s
temperature becomes too hot to touch, turn the product off and contact support. The internal fan of the Air
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Unit (transmitter) should work at all times when power is on.
Do not let the product come into contact with corrosive materials.
Do not let the product come into contact with fire.
Potential Hazards
Potential Hazards
The CONNEX and CONNEX mini Air Units and Ground Units contain HD wireless video module devices that
should be operated according to the same rules and limitations applicable to normal HD wireless video module
devices. Do not operate the units in environments that may be susceptible to radio interference resulting in
danger, specifically:
Areas where prohibited by law: Follow any special rules and regulations and obey all signs and notices.
Always ensure that the unit is turned off (the power switch is not lit) when instructed to do so or whenever it
may cause interference or danger.
Where explosive atmospheres may be present: Do not operate the CONNEX and CONNEX miniTM units in
any area where a potentially explosive atmosphere may exist. Sparks in such areas could cause an explosion
or fire, resulting in bodily injury or even death. Be aware and comply with all signs and instructions.
It is not advisable to operate the CONNEX or CONNEX mini units while at a refueling point or service
station: Users are reminded to observe restrictions on the use of radio equipment in fuel depots (fuel storage
and distribution areas), chemical plants or where blasting operations are in progress.
Areas with a potentially explosive atmosphere are often, but not always, clearly marked: Potential
locations can include gas stations, below deck on boats, chemical transfer or storage facilities, vehicles using
liquefied petroleum gas (such as propane or butane), areas where the air contains chemicals or particles
(such as grain, dust or metal powders), and any other area where it would normally be advisable to turn off a
vehicle’s engine.
Near medical and life support equipment: Do not operate the CONNEX or CONNEX mini units in any area
where medical equipment or life support equipment is in use, or near any equipment that may be susceptible
to any form of radio interference. As the CONNEX / CONNEX mini unit may transmit signals that could
interfere with this equipment, the host communications device must be turned off in such areas.
For more information, visit www.AMIMON.com .
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Specifications and Supported
Features
4
This chapter presents:
Technical Specifications
Supported Remote Controls, Gimbals and Telemetry Flight Controllers
Supported Resolutions
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Technical Specifications
The following table presents the technical specifications for CONNEX and CONNEX mini.
CONNEX
Transmission
Distance Outdoor
CONNEX mini
Up to 1,000m/3,000 ft. (LoS)
Transmission Delay
Up to 500m/1,500 ft. (LoS)
Zero [Less than 1 msec.]
Radio Frequency
5.1-5.8 GHz, according to regional regulations
Channel Selection
Automatic frequency selection [AFS]
Video Formats
1080p60/59.94, 1080p/50, 1080i60/59.94, 1080i/50, 1080p30/29.97,
1080p24/23.98, 720p60/59.94, 720p/50, 480i60/59.94, 480p60/59.94, 576i50,
576p/50
Multicast Mode
Up to 4 receivers with no delay or quality degradation.
[Requiring extra Ground Unit(s)]
OSD Support
Gimbal Control
MAVLink (3DR) and CAN bus (DJI) Telemetry
Ground unit PPM or SBUS trainer port input / Air Unit SBUS port output
Encryption
AES-128 & RSA 1024 for key exchange
Operating
Temperature
0-45oC
Regulation
CE, FCC, MIC
CONNEX
CONNEX mini
Air Unit
Ground Unit
Air Unit
Ground Unit
Video Interface
mini HDMI
HDMI (Type A)
Micro HDMI
HDMI (Type A)
Antenna Connectors
MMCX (x2)
RP SMA (x5)
RP SMA (x2)
RP SMA (x3)
Power Connector
4-pins
DC round
4-pins
DC round
Power Input
8-26V (3S-6S)
7-17V
8-26V (3S-6S)
8-26V (3S-6S)
Dimensions (mm)
103 x 63.6 x 15.6
129 x 89 x 20
66 x 45 x 15
100 x 71 x 17
Weight
120 grams
290 grams
60 grams
120 grams
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Supported Remote Controls, Gimbals and Telemetry
Flight Controllers
This section lists the Air Unit camera gimbals and remote controls that are supported by CONNEX and CONNEX
mini.
Supported Air Unit Camera Gimbals (partial list, for pre-tested models)
DJI - Zenmuse Z15-GH4 (HD), Z15-GH3, Z15-BMPCC, Z15-5D, Z15-5D III (HD)
DJI - Ronin, Ronin-M
FreeFly Movi M5
Tarot T-2D
Supported Remote Controls (partial list, for pre-tested models)
** Please note that any RC unit that outputs PPM protocol over its trainer port can be supported only with
CONNEX SW version 2.0.x and higher.
Futaba T14GS
Futaba FX-22
Futaba T18MZ
Futaba FX-32
Futaba T14SG
Futaba T10J
DJI NPVT581
DJI SR6
Spektrum DX7S
JR XG6
Supported Flight Controllers for Telemetry (partial list, for pre-tested models)
DJI A2
DJI NAZA
3DR Pixhawk
3DR APM
3DR ArduPilot
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Supported Resolutions
The following table lists the video formats and resolutions supported by CONNEX and CONNEX mini.
Video Format Timings
720(1440) x 480i @ 59.94/60Hz
Format Name
480i
640 x 480p @ 59.94/60Hz
720 x 480p @ 59.94Hz
480p
720 x 480p @ 60Hz
CONNEX
CONNEX mini
40MHz
20MHz
40MHz
20MHz
Yes
Yes
Yes
N/A
Yes
Yes
Yes
N/A
Yes
Yes
Yes
N/A
Yes
Yes
Yes
N/A
720(1440) x 576i @ 50Hz
576i
Yes
Yes
Yes
N/A
720 x 576p @ 50Hz
576p
Yes
Yes
Yes
N/A
Yes
Yes
Yes
N/A
Yes
Yes
Yes
N/A
Yes
No
Yes
N/A
1920 x 1080i @ 59.94/60Hz
Yes
No
Yes
N/A
1920 x 1080p @ 23.98/24Hz
Yes
Yes
Yes
N/A
Yes
Yes
Yes
N/A
1920 x 1080p @ 50Hz
Yes
No
Yes
N/A
1920 x 1080p @ 59.94/60Hz
Yes
No
Yes
N/A
PsF
No
No
No
N/A
1280 x 720p @ 50Hz
720p
1280 x 720p @ 59.94/60Hz
1920 x 1080i @ 50Hz
1080i
1920 x 1080p @ 29.97/30
1080p
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Setting Up CONNEX
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This chapter presents:
Setting Up the CONNEX Ground Unit
Setting up the CONNEX Air Unit
Mounting the Air Unit Antenna Accessories
Connecting the Telemetry/MAVLink Port
Controlling the Drone Camera Gimbal
Recommendations and Best Practices
This chapter presents:
Placement Guidelines – Air Unit Cable Antennas
Placement Guidelines - Ground Unit
Placement Guidelines – Air Unit Cable Antennas
This section describes recommended guidelines and best practices for optimal placement of the Air Unit vertical
cable antennas.
Antennas Should Face the Ground: Both Air Unit cable antennas must be placed on the drone so that the
antennas are pointing to the ground (vertical) when the drone is in flight. For example, as shown below:
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Antennas Should Be Placed so That They Point to the Ground
Key
Description
1
Vertical Antenna
2
Vertical Antenna
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Avoid Obstacles between the Antennas and the Ground Unit: Place the Air Unit cable antennas as low
as possible in the drone in order to avoid line of sight obstacles between the antennas and the Ground Unit
while the drone is flying.
Avoid Interference: Place the Air Unit cable antennas as far away as possible from other transceiver devices
on the drone, especially from a transmitter in the 5 GHz band.
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Avoid Proximity to Metal Objects: The antennas must be at least 7 cm away from any metal object, such
as the landing gear or a battery. For example, do not tie the antenna directly onto the landing gear, even if it is
made of carbon. The mounting accessories provided enable you to attach the antennas while maintaining the
required distance.
Place the Antennas so That They Are Facing Outwards: Do not place the antennas facing the inside of
the drone structure.
Place the Antennas so That They Are Still Facing the Ground When the Drone Takes Flight
Place the Antennas so That They Are Vertical (Pointing to the Ground), but Perpendicular: The
following diagram shows an optimal placement option in which both antennas are facing different directions
(perpendicular), achieving a 90° angle between them.
Optimal Placement Examples
Note: In order to achieve optimal transmission, you must also follow the Ground Unit placement requirements
described in Placement Guidelines.
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Placement Guidelines – Ground Unit
This section describes mandatory requirements and best practices for optimal placement of the Ground Unit and
its antennas.
Place the Ground Unit as High as Possible: Place the Ground Unit on a tripod, pole or table so that it is as
high as possible. A height of 2 meters is optimal.
Place the Ground Unit Antennas Facing the Air Unit: Place the Ground Unit so that its antennas are
facing upwards in the general direction in which the drone will be flying.
Ground Unit Antennas Facing the Drone
Avoid Interference: Place the Ground Unit cable antennas as far away as possible from other transceiver
devices, especially transmitters in the 5 GHz band.
Setting Up the CONNEX Ground Unit
We highly recommend that you use the provided AMIMON accessories and cables. If alternate products are
used, make sure that they are of the highest quality.
To set up the CONNEX Ground Unit:
1. Refer to the Placement Guidelines for a description of mandatory requirements and best practices for optimal
placement of the Ground Unit and its antennas.
2. Screw on the five provided antennas to the five Ground Unit antenna connectors, as shown below:
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Connecting the Ground Unit Antennas – Box 4
3. Enable display of the received video by connecting the provided Standard HDMI cable (Box 7) from the
Ground Unit HDMI port to the monitor’s HDMI port (click here for details).
4. Connect the provided power AC adapter (Box 5) to the power port on the Ground Unit labeled 7-17-VDC (click
here for details), and connect the other end to a power source. The provided power AC adapter should be used
indoors only.
Verify that all three LEDs on the Ground Unit light up (On), as described in the tables below.
Ground Unit – Power LED
On (White)
The Ground Unit is powered On and the unit’s On/Off switch is on (click
here for details).
Off
No power is being supplied to the Ground Unit.
Blinks Quickly
Indicates a system error.
Ground Unit – Video LED
On (Blue)
Off
Live video is being transmitted from the Ground Unit (i.e., the signal is
being received from the Air Unit).
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The Ground Unit is powered down, or there is no video lock on the Air
Unit.
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Ground Unit – Network LED
On (Blue)
A link has been established to the Air Unit, meaning that the Ground
Unit is receiving video transmission from the Air Unit. The Network LED
displays one of three colors to indicate the strength of the signal
received by the Ground Unit, as follows:
· Red: Poor
· Green: Fair
· Blue: Excellent
Off
No paired devices.
Blinks Quickly
The Ground Unit is pairing with an Air Unit, or the Air Unit has gone out
of range of the Ground Unit.
Blinks Slowly
The Ground Unit is searching for an Air Unit with which to establish a
link.
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Setting Up the CONNEX Air Unit
Set up the CONNEX Air Unit (transmitter) and connect it to the drone, as described in this section.
We highly recommend that you use the provided AMIMON accessories and cables. If alternate products are
used, make sure that they are of the highest quality.
To set up the CONNEX Air Unit:
1. Assemble the Air Unit/drone mounting plate:
If attaching the Air Unit to a flat surface on the drone , perform the following:
o Place the Air Unit in the center of the provided mounting plate, on the side with the mounting plate bumps
protruding.
o Use screws or plastic ties to secure the Air Unit to the mounting plate. You can thread the plastic ties
through any of the holes on the mounting plate.
Attaching the Air Unit to the Mounting Plate
If attaching the Air Unit to a bar on the drone, perform the following before attaching the Air Unit to the
mounting plate:
o A clear plastic holder is provided to help attach the mounting plate to a bar or to the landing gear of the
drone. The square plastic insert can be placed in the opening in the center of the mounting plate either
horizontally or vertically, according to how you want to position the mounting plate relative to the bar to
which you are attaching it.
o Insert the plastic holder into the opening in the square center of the mounting plate, as shown below:
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Connecting the Mounting Plate to a Bar on the Drone
1 = Square plastic insert for attaching the mounting plate to a bar
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2. Attach the mounting plate (with the Air Unit attached to it as described above) to the drone using screws or
plastic ties. Typically, it can be placed on the bottom of the drone. Make sure that the Air Unit’s ventilation
openings are not obstructed.
3. Attach the Air Unit cable antenna mounting accessories to the drone. Make sure the mounting accessories
are placed close enough to the Air Unit for the cable antennas to reach the Air Unit's antenna ports.
IMPORTANT! For optimal performance, carefully read and then implement the guidelines provided in
Placement Guidelines - Air Unit Cable Antennas. These guidelines describe the best mounting options for the
Air Unit cable antenna options.
4. Connect the two Air Unit flat cable antennas to the two Air Unit cable antenna ports, as shown below:
Connecting the Antennas to the Air Unit
5. Connect the provided Micro to mini HDMI cable from the HDMI IN port on the Air Unit to the camera.
The right side of this cable goes into the Air Unit HDMI IN port.
The left side of this cable goes into the drone’s camera.
Connecting the Air Unit HDMI Cable – Box 1A Micro to mini HDMI
Close the HDMI Connector Screw (to the right of the HDMI IN port) to stabilize the connected HDMI cable to
the Air Unit.
6. Connect the provided Air Unit Power cable to the power port on the Air Unit.
The right side of this cable (as shown below) goes into the Air Unit power port labeled 8-26-VDC.
The left side of this cable goes to the battery.
7. Connect the other end of the provided Air Unit power cable to the power source (battery). Use an 8-26-VDC
voltage battery.
Verify that the Air Unit Power LED
lights up. (See the Air Unit Power LED table below.)
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8. The Air Unit automatically connects with the powered on Ground Units that are paired with this Air Unit.
A connection is established between the Air and Ground Units regardless of whether video is transmitted on
the wireless link, as follows:
o If video is transmitting, the Ground Units display the video.
o If video is not transmitting, the Ground Units display the following message upon linking to the Air Unit: No
video detected. Please check video source.
The Air Unit’s video and transmission status is indicated by its LEDs, as described below.
9. [Optional] To display information received from the drone’s flight controller overlaid on the video on the Ground
Unit monitor, refer to Connecting the Telemetry Port .
Air Unit - Power LED
On (White)
The Air Unit is powered on.
Off
No power is being supplied to the Air Unit.
Blinks Quickly
Indicates a system error.
Air Unit – Video LED
On (White)
The video signal from the camera is locked, meaning that it is being
correctly received by the Air Unit from the camera.
Off
The video from the camera is not locked, meaning that the Air Unit is not
receiving the video from the camera.
Blinks
Quickly
The Air Unit is powered down or the camera is transmitting a video
resolution that is not supported by the Air Unit. (For a list of supported
resolutions, click here.)
Air Unit – Network LED
On (White)
A link has been established to the Ground Unit.
Off
The Air Unit is not broadcasting because it has not recognized any
Ground Units with which it was paired previously.
Blinks
Quickly
The Air Unit is pairing with a Ground Unit, or the Air Unit has gone out of
range of the Ground Unit and is searching for it.
Blinks
Slowly
The Air Unit is establishing a link with a Ground Unit.
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Blinks Very
Slowly
The Air Unit is searching for an available frequency on which to transmit.
Note: This may take up to 70 seconds when working outdoors in Japan.
Mounting the Air Unit Antenna Accessories
The Air Unit antenna mounting accessories provide a variety of options for attaching the two provided flat cable
antennas to the drone so that they are pointing the towards the ground (vertical).
Air Unit Cable Antenna Mounting Accessory – With Flat Cable Antenna – Box 2
Key
Description
1
Antenna
2
Antenna Cable
3
Antenna Clamp
4
Antenna Mounting Screw
5
Antenna Mounting Piece
Front of the Antenna Mount Piece
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Key
Description
1
Drone leg/bar is here
Back of the Antenna Mount Piece
Key
Description
1+2
Plastic ties can be threaded through here to
attach this to the drone
The Antenna Clamp attaches to the rotary on the Antenna Mounting Piece (shown above) using the provided
screw. The Antenna Clamp has two holes through which you can insert the screw to attach it to the Antenna
Mounting Piece according to the direction you would like the antenna to point. Once the Antenna Clamp is
connected to the Antenna Mounting Piece, you can rotate it in the direction that you require the antenna to point,
as shown below:
Rotating the Antenna Clamp around the Antenna Mounting Piece
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Connecting the Telemetry/MAVLink Port
The following procedure describes how to connect the Air Unit Telemetry/MAVLink port to the drone’s flight
controller so the Ground Unit monitor can display information received from the drone’s flight controller overlaid on
the video (such as flight mode, number of connected GPS satellites, speed, height, orientation and more).
To connect the Telemetry port:
Connect the Air Unit Telemetry port to the drone using the provided Air Unit Telemetry cable.
The right side of this cable goes into the Air Unit Telemetry port.
The left side of this cable goes into the Telemetry port of the flight controller on the drone.
Connecting the Air Unit Telemetry Cable – Box 6
Note: Not all flight controllers are supported. For a list of tested models, refer to supported flight controllers.
Controlling the Drone Camera Gimbal
The CONNEX Gimbal Control feature enables an operator on the ground to control the drone’s camera gimbal
using various remote controls over the video uplink channel. Only gimbals that can input S.BUS are supported.
Gimbal control is supported for up to 1 Km.
This feature is supported only when an Air Unit is paired with a single Ground Unit. Before beginning the
procedure below, verify that this is the case by checking the Ground Units that are registered to the Air Unit.
To enable the CONNEX Gimbal Control feature:
1. Connect the Air Unit S.BUS port to the S.BUS or D.BUS port on the camera’s gimbal using the provided
S.BUS cable (click here for details).
Connecting the Air Unit S-BUS Cable – Box 6
2. Connect the gimbal remote control’s Trainer port to the Ground Unit’s S.BUS/PWM/PPM port (see here) using
the S.BUS/PWM/PPM port cable.
3. The default gimbal command transmission bit rate is FASSTest 12CH Mode (6.3m sec). If this bit rate is not
supported by the gimbal controller, use the CONNEX Management application to configure the S.BUS Bit Rate
manually, as described in Configuring the Link.
The Ground Unit automatically detects the S.BUS/PWM/PPM and transmits the gimbal commands over the
wireless return channel to the Air Unit’s S.BUS/CTRL port.
For a list of supported remote controls and gimbals, click here.
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Setting Up CONNEX Mini
6
This chapter presents:
Setting Up the CONNEX mini Ground Unit
Setting up the CONNEX mini Air Unit
Connecting the CTRL Port for MAVLink Telemetry
Connecting the CTRL Port for CAN bus Telemetry
Controlling the Drone Camera Gimbal
Setting Up the CONNEX Mini Ground Unit
This section describes how to set up the CONNEX mini Ground Unit (receiver).
We highly recommend that you use the provided AMIMON accessories and cables. If alternate products are
used, make sure that they are of the highest quality.
To set up the CONNEX mini Ground Unit:
1. Refer to the Placement Guidelines for a description of mandatory requirements and best practices for optimal
placement of the Ground Unit and its antennas.
2. Screw on the three provided antennas to the three Ground Unit antenna connectors, as shown below:
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Connecting the Ground Unit Antennas
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3. Enable display of the received video by connecting the provided Standard HDMI cable from the Ground Unit
HDMI port to the monitor’s HDMI port.
Standard HDMI Cable
4. Connect the provided power cable to the power port on the Ground Unit labeled 8-26-VDC, and connect the
other end to a power source.
Verify that both LEDs on the Ground Unit light up, as described in the tables below.
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LED Behavior
The CONNEX mini features two LED indicators: a Video LED and a Network LED. In normal operating conditions,
both LEDs show a constant white color. No power (or low power) is indicated by the LEDs turning off.
When the indicators are blinking quickly (both LEDs), a system error has been detected. In this case, use the
CONNEX Management application to update the software, or contact CONNEX support.
The behaviors of each individual LED are described in the tables below.
Ground Unit – Video LED
Solid
The video signal from the camera is locked, (i.e., the signal is being
received from the Air Unit).
Blinks
Slowly
The video signal from the camera is not locked.
Blinks
Quickly
The camera is transmitting a video resolution that is not supported.
Ground Unit – Network LED
Solid
A link has been established to the Ground Unit.
Blinks
Quickly
Registration is in progress, or the Ground Unit has gone out of range.
Blinks
Slowly
The Air Unit is establishing a link with the Ground Unit.
Setting Up the CONNEX Mini Air Unit
This section describes how to set up the CONNEX mini Air Unit (transmitter) and connect it to the drone.
We highly recommend that you use the provided AMIMON accessories and cables. If alternate products are
used, make sure that they are of the highest quality.
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To set up the CONNEX mini Air Unit:
1. Attach the Air Unit to the drone, using the Velcro squares provided. The Air Unit may be mounted to a bar or
to a flat surface, and then secured with plastic ties.
2. Attach the Air Unit cable antenna mounting accessories to the drone. Make sure the mounting accessories
are placed close enough to the Air Unit for the cable antennas to reach the Air Unit's antenna ports.
IMPORTANT! For optimal performance, carefully read and then implement the guidelines provided in
Placement Guidelines - Air Unit Cable Antennas. These guidelines describe the best mounting options for the
Air Unit cable antenna options.
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3. Connect the two Air Unit flat cable antennas to the two Air Unit cable antenna ports, as shown below:
Connecting the Antennas to the Air Unit
Ensure that the antennas are tightly fastened.
4. Connect the provided Micro to Micro HDMI cable from the HDMI IN port on the Air Unit to the camera.
Micro to Micro HDMI Cable
One side of this cable goes into the Air Unit HDMI IN port.
The other side of the cable goes into the drone’s camera.
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5. Connect the provided Air Unit Power cable to the power port on the Air Unit.
Air Unit Power Cable
The right side of this cable goes into the Air Unit power port.
The left side of this cable goes to the battery.
6. Connect the other end of the provided Air Unit power cable to the power source (battery). Use an 8-26VDC
voltage battery.
7. The Air Unit automatically connects with the powered on Ground Units that are paired with this Air Unit.
A connection is established between the Air and Ground Units regardless of whether video is transmitted on
the wireless link, as follows:
o If video is transmitting, the Ground Units display the video.
o If video is not transmitting, the Ground Units display the message: Video signal not detected.
The Air Unit’s video and transmission status is indicated by its LEDs, as described below.
8. [Optional] To display information received from the drone’s flight controller overlaid on the video on the Ground
Unit monitor, refer to Connecting the CTRL Port for MAVLink telemetry or for CAN bus telemetry.
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LED Behavior
The CONNEX mini features two LED indicators: a Video LED and a Network LED. In normal operating conditions,
both LEDs show a constant white color. No power (or low power) is indicated by the LEDs turning off.
When the LED indicator is blinking quickly (in either LED), a system error has been detected. In this case, use
the CONNEX Management application to update the software, or contact CONNEX support.
The behaviors of each individual LED are described in the tables below.
Air Unit – Video LED
Solid
The video signal from the camera is locked, meaning that it is being
correctly received by the Air Unit from the camera. (This does not
necessarily indicate that a link exists.)
Blinks
Slowly
The video signal from the camera is not locked, meaning that the Air Unit
is not receiving the video from the camera.
Blinks
Quickly
The camera is transmitting a video resolution that is not supported by the
Air Unit.
Air Unit – Network LED
Solid
A link has been established to the Ground Unit, meaning that video is
being transmitted to it (all of the receivers are powered on and in range).
Blinks
Quickly
Registration is in progress, or the Air Unit has gone out of range of a
Ground Unit and is searching for it.
Blinks
Slowly
The Air Unit is establishing a link with a Ground Unit.
Blinks Very
Slowly
The Air Unit is searching for an available frequency on which to transmit.
Note: This may take up to 70 seconds when working outdoors in Japan.
Off
No broadcasting is occurring.
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Connecting the CTRL Port for MAVLink Telemetry
The following procedure describes how to connect the Air Unit CTRL port to the drone’s MAVLink flight controller
so the Ground Unit monitor can display information received from the drone’s flight controller overlaid on the video
(such as flight mode, number of connected GPS satellites, speed, height, orientation and more).
CONNEX mini supports both MAVLink telemetry and CAN bus telemetry. Verify that you are using the cable that
is relevant for the telemetry option you are using.
To connect the CTRL port for MAVLink telemetry:
Connect the Air Unit CTRL port to the drone using the provided Air Unit MAVLink Telemetry and S.BUS cable.
Air Unit Telemetry and S.BUS Cable
The middle connector of this cable goes into the Air Unit CTRL port.
The upper connector of the cable goes into the Telemetry port of the flight controller on the drone.
The lower S.BUS port is used to control the drone camera gimbal.
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Note: Not all flight controllers are supported. For a list of tested models, refer to supported flight controllers.
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Connecting the CTRL Port for CAN bus Telemetry
The following procedure describes how to connect the Air Unit CTRL port to the drone’s CAN bus flight controller
so the Ground Unit monitor can display information received from the drone’s flight controller overlaid on the video
(such as flight mode, number of connected GPS satellites, speed, height, orientation and more).
CONNEX mini supports both MAVLink telemetry and CAN bus telemetry. Verify that you are using the cable that
is relevant for the telemetry option you are using.
To connect the CTRL port for CAN bus telemetry:
Connect the Air Unit CTRL port to the drone using the provided Air Unit CAN bus Telemetry and S.BUS cable.
The middle connector of this cable goes into the Air Unit CTRL port.
The CAN bus male connector of the cable goes into the Telemetry port of the flight controller on the drone.
The female end is used to connect additional devices to the CAN bus.
The upper S.BUS port is used to control the drone camera gimbal.
Note: Not all flight controllers are supported. For a list of tested models, refer to supported flight controllers.
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Controlling the Drone Camera Gimbal
The CONNEX Gimbal Control feature enables an operator on the ground to control the drone’s camera gimbal
using various remote controls over the video uplink channel. Only gimbals that can input S.BUS are supported.
Gimbal control is supported for up to 500 meters.
This feature is supported only when an Air Unit is paired with a single Ground Unit. Before beginning the
procedure below, verify that this is the case by checking the Ground Units that are registered to the Air Unit .
To enable the CONNEX Gimbal Control feature:
1. Connect the Air Unit S.BUS/CTRL port to the S.BUS or D.BUS port on the camera’s gimbal using the
provided Air Unit MAVLink Telemetry and S.BUS cable or Air Unit CAN bus Telemetry and S.BUS cable.
Air Unit MAVLink Telemetry and S.BUS cable
Air Unit CAN bus Telemetry and S.BUS cable
2. Connect the gimbal remote control’s Trainer port to the Ground Unit’s S.BUS/PWM/PPM port using the
S.BUS/PWM/PPM port cable.
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3. The default gimbal command transmission bit rate is FASSTest 12CH Mode (6.3m sec). If this bit rate is not
supported by the gimbal controller, use the CONNEX Management application to configure the S.BUS Bit Rate
manually, as described in Configuring the Link.
The Ground Unit automatically detects the S.BUS/PWM/PPM and transmits the gimbal commands over the
wireless return channel to the Air Unit’s S.BUS/CTRL port.
For a list of supported remote controls and gimbals, click here.
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CONNEX Operational
Instructions
7
This chapter presents:
Ground Unit – On Screen Display (OSD)
Alert and System Messages
Multicasting to Multiple Ground Units
Ground Unit – On Screen Display (OSD)
The Ground Unit monitor displays information collected by the CONNEX system overlaid on the video received
from the Air Unit. The following types of information can be overlaid on the video:
Default information
Additional telemetry information (optional)
Alerts and System Messages
Default Information Overlaid on Video
By default, the Ground Unit displays information overlaid on the bottom of the video in a black strip (indicated by
the red arrow in the picture below).
OSD ON – Default View
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The following information is provided:
Air Unit to Ground Unit video signal strength.
Distance of the Air Unit from the Ground Unit (in meters).
Video resolution captured by the drone camera.
The currently selected frequency option. CONNEX mini systems support automatic
frequency only.
When a fixed frequency is selected, the frequency is displayed in MHz.
The currently selected bandwidth. CONNEX mini systems support 40 MHz bandwidth only.
Air Unit power voltage level.
This arrow, which appears when three or more GPS satellites are detected, points in the
direction of home. The arrow has eight positions (with 45 degrees between each), and the
degrees to the home location is shown below the arrow. (The value is received from the
drone's telemetry).
By default, this OSD information is enabled (displayed). Pressing the OSD button (see here) on the Ground Unit
disables (hides) this OSD information. Pressing the button again redisplays it.
Additional Telemetry Information Overlaid on Video
Additional telemetry information can be overlaid on the video received from the drone’s flight controller. This
information appears in a black strip on the top of the video (indicated by the red arrow in the picture below).
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OSD View – With Additional Telemetry Information
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The following information is provided:
Drone height.
Rotation of the drone around the axis (in degrees), relative to the North.
Ground speed.
Flight Mode.
The following standard Arducopter flight modes may be displayed:
STBL (Stabilize)
ARCO (Arco)
ALTH (Alt Hold)
AUTO (Auto)
GUID (Guided)
LOIT (Loiter)
RTL
CIRC (Circle)
POS (Position)
LAND
DRFT (Drift)
SPRT (Sport)
UNK (Unknown)
Number of detected GPS satellites.
Drone Battery Charge.
The additional telemetry information is displayed when:
The drone has a supported flight controller.
The Air Unit Telemetry/MAVLink/CTRL port is connected to the drone’s flight controller, as described in
Connecting the Telemetry Port .
The OSD button on the Ground Unit is set to enable the display of flight control (Telemetry) information.
When the Air Unit receives valid Telemetry messages from the drone flight controller, these messages are
transmitted to the Ground Unit, which displays the additional Telemetry information on the OSD. This may require
a few seconds to take effect.
For a list of supported flight controllers, click here.
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To display OSD information:
While all LEDs on the Ground Unit are lit, press the OSD button on the Ground Unit. The following is an
example of the OSD View:
OSD View – with Telemetry Information
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Alert and System Messages
The tables below describe messages that may appear on the monitor connected to the Ground Unit HDMI port.
Alert Messages – Overlaid on Video During Link
These alert messages may be displayed on top of the live video:
Alert
Out of Range
Description
A link still exists, but the video signal has been lost. This message is
displayed regardless of the OSD button position.
When the Air Unit is within range, the video signal is automatically
reacquired.
See video
Approached
Range Limit
This alert is displayed for 30 seconds, from the moment the Air Unit has
been detected as out of range until the Out of Range warning is
displayed. The message is a warning that the video signal is about to be
lost. We recommend flying the drone back within the range of the Ground
Unit.
This message is displayed only if the OSD button enables OSD display.
See video
Video Signal Not
Detected
A link has been established between the Air Unit and the Ground Unit, but
no video signal has been detected. This message is displayed regardless
of the OSD button position.
System Messages – No Link
These system messages may be displayed when no live video is displayed:
Alert
Description
Searching for Air Unit
This message is displayed until a link is established. This may
occur when the Air Unit is out of range or unavailable, or when
the Ground Unit has been removed from its list of paired
devices.
Pairing in Progress
This message is displayed while the Air Unit is pairing with a
Ground Unit.
For a detailed description of the pairing process, click here.
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Multicasting to Multiple Ground Units
A single Air Unit can transmit video downlink to up to four Ground Units. This is called multicasting . The
following procedure describes how to pair an additional Ground Unit with the same Air Unit.
Note: The Air and Ground Units provided in the same box are preconfigured to automatically search for and
connect to each other. Therefore, there is no need to perform this procedure on the Air Unit / Ground Unit
provided in the same box.
Note: Controlling the Air Unit's camera gimbal is not recommended when the Air Unit is registered to more than
two Ground Units (even if only two of the registered Ground Units are powered ON).
Pairing Additional Ground Units with an Air Unit
To pair an additional Ground Unit with an Air Unit:
1. Set up the additional Ground Unit, as described in Setting Up the CONNEX Ground Unit or Setting Up the
CONNEX mini Ground Unit.
The Ground Unit must be placed between one and 10 meters from the Air Unit. Each Ground Unit must be
placed at least a few meters away from other Ground Units in order to enable optimal reception.
The following message is then displayed on the monitor connected to the Ground Unit’s HDMI port:
"Ground Unit not registered to Air Unit"
2. Press and hold the Link button on the Ground Unit (for approximately five seconds) until its Network
LED starts blinking. The following message is displayed on the monitor connected to the Ground Unit:
"Please activate registration on Air Unit"
3. Power on the Air Unit with which to pair this Ground Unit. This step assumes that the Air Unit has already
been set up, as described in Setting Up the CONNEX Air Unit or Setting Up the CONNEX mini Air Unit.
Press the Air Unit’s Link button for approximately five seconds until the Network LED starts blinking. After the
LED begins blinking, the following message is displayed on the monitor connected to the Ground Unit.
"Air Unit detected. Please press the Link button."
4. Press and release the Link button on the Ground Unit (do not press and hold). The following message is then
displayed:
"Pairing in progress"
After a while, the monitor connected to the Ground Unit should display the video received from the Air Unit.
Note: If a black screen is displayed, check that the camera on the drone is operating.
To see a list of Ground Units with which an Air Unit is currently paired and connected:
You may refer to Checking the Ground Units Registered to an Air Unit.
To clear Ground Units with which an Air Unit is paired:
You may refer to Unregistering Ground Units.
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CONNEX Management
Application for Windows /
MAC
8
This chapter presents:
Overview of the Management Application
Installing the CONNEX Management Application
Connecting the Air Unit or Ground Unit to a Computer
Upgrading the Air Unit or Ground Unit Firmware
Configuring the Link Between the Ground and Air Units
Checking the Ground Units Registered to an Air Unit
Unregistering Ground Units
Configuring Fail Safe Parameters
Management Application Overview
The Air Unit and the Ground Unit come preinstalled with the latest firmware version, and are preconfigured to
communicate with each other. The CONNEX Management application is used when the following updates and
verifications are required:
Reconfiguring the wireless video datalink
Upgrading the firmware of the Air Unit and the Ground Unit
Checking which Ground Units are registered to an Air Unit
Unregistering Ground Units from an Air Unit
To use the CONNEX Management application:
1. Install the CONNEX Management application, as described in Installing the CONNEX Management
Application.
2. Connect the Air Unit or Ground Unit to a computer, as described in Connecting the Air Unit or Ground Unit to a
Computer.
Note: Only a single CONNEX Air Unit or CONNEX Ground Unit can be connected to the CONNEX Management
application at a time.
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Installing the CONNEX Management Application
This application can run on a standard computer running either OS X 10.7 and up, or Windows 7 and up.
For installation on Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating systems, please check this article.
To install or upgrade the CONNEX Management application:
1. Download the latest version from the AMIMON website http://connex.amimon.com/firmware-update to a
computer connected to an Air Unit Ground Unit.
2. Run the installation file and follow the displayed instructions to install the CONNEX Management application.
3. Launch the application by double-clicking its desktop icon. The following window displays (Air Unit on left,
Ground Unit on right):
The current version of the CONNEX Management application is displayed in the upper left corner of the window.
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Message Alert when running the Management Tool Installation
Process in Win8/10
When installing the CONNEX Management Tool in Windows 8 and Windows 10, the following alert may appear:
Continue with the installation by clicking the More info link.
Select the checkbox stating 'I understand the risk and want to run this app' and then click Run anyway .
When installation is complete, the application operates normally, as described in this article.
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Connecting the Air Unit or Ground Unit to a
Computer
The Air Unit or Ground Unit must be connected to a computer on which the CONNEX Management application is
installed in order to configure or upgrade that unit.
To connect the Air Unit or Ground Unit to a computer:
Connect the Micro USB cable (Box 6) to the Air Unit’s or Ground Unit’s USB port.
If you launch the CONNEX Management application before connecting an Air Unit or Ground Unit to the
computer, the following message is displayed. Connect the unit, as described above.
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Upgrading the Air Unit or Ground Unit Firmware
If the Connex Management tool displays an alert about a newer tool version, download the new version from:
http://connex.amimon.com/firmware-update
Upgrading the Air Unit or Ground Unit firmware does not affect the settings of the wireless video downlink.
To supplement the instructions below, you can refer to the CONNEX Firmware Upgrade video.
To upgrade the Air Unit or Ground Unit firmware:
1. Make sure that the computer on which the CONNEX Management application is installed is connected to the
Internet and is connected to the Air Unit/Ground Unit via a Micro USB cable.
2. Launch the CONNEX Management application by double-clicking its desktop icon. The following figures show
the window displayed for the Air Unit (left) and for the Ground Unit (right). The Firmware Upgrade tab is
selected by default. This is the only tab that appears for the Ground Unit.
The window contains the following options:
o Module: Specifies whether the connected unit is an Air Unit (Tx) or a Ground Unit (Rx).
o Firmware Version: Specifies the version of the firmware currently installed on the unit.
o SN: Specifies the unique serial number of the unit.
o Product: Specifies the product ID of the unit.
o Upgrade Button: The application automatically checks with the AMIMON server whether the latest
firmware version of the connected unit is installed. If the latest version is not installed, the Upgrade button
is enabled and a Newer Firmware Version Exists x.x.x message appears.
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3. Click the Upgrade button. The latest software version is automatically downloaded from the AMIMON server
and installed on the connected unit. The lower portion of the window displays the progress of the upgrade and
lists the processes as they are performed, as shown below:
4. If you upgrade an Air Unit, you must also upgrade all Ground Units registered to it. We highly recommend that
you begin the upgrade process only after the Air Unit and its Ground Units have been collected and are placed
next to the computer.
An Air Unit and a Ground Unit with different software versions may not communicate with each other.
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Configuring the Link Between the Ground and Air
Units
This article describes how to configure the link between an Air Unit and its Ground Units. This procedure is
performed on an Air Unit only.
The Link Configuration tab of the Management application is shown in the following figures (CONNEX on left,
CONNEX mini on right). The link parameters are described in the table below the diagrams.
Key
1
Description
Channel Mode: Determines the bandwidth of the wireless link. CONNEX users can select High
Quality (40 MHz) or Stability Boost (20 MHz).
Note: CONNEX mini units support High Quality mode only.
2
Frequency Mode: Determines whether automatic or fixed frequency is used. The options
available for fixed frequency vary according to other options selected (regional settings and
Channel Mode).
Note: CONNEX mini units support Auto frequency mode only.
3
Regional Settings: Allows you to set the operating mode of the unit, according to regional
regulations. The options are relevant for European, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Australian
regions.
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To configure the link:
1. Make sure that the computer on which the CONNEX Management application is installed is connected to the
Air Unit via a Micro USB cable and is connected to the Internet.
2. Launch the CONNEX Management application by double-clicking its desktop icon.
3. Select the Link Configuration tab.
4. For CONNEX units only:
Select the bandwidth channel mode, as follows:
o Optimized Quality (40 MHz): This is the default option which provides the best quality. This is the only
option that can be used with 1080P60 video resolution.
o Range Boost (20 MHz): Use this mode in harsh RF conditions or for long range operations. This mode
enables higher stability, but supports only lower resolutions on the video link.
5. For CONNEX units only:
Specify the frequency mode by selecting either Auto or one of the fixed frequencies listed. The fixed
frequencies that are available vary according to other options selected.
6. The Regional Settings dropdown menu appears for CONNEX and CONNEX mini units used in Europe, Japan,
China, Korea and Australia. (This dropdown menu is hidden when units are used in United States regions.)
Select options as follows:
o In Europe, select either Air To Ground for 5.8 GHz, 25mW or Indoor for 5 GHz, 200mW, Ground use.
o In Japan, select either Indoor or Outdoor .
Make sure that you select the frequency setting that complies with the local RF regulations in the region in
which you are operating.
7. To apply the configured changes to the Air Unit, click the Update button. The update affects how the Air Unit
communicates with all the Ground Units with which it is registered (the units that are listed in the Registered
Receivers list in the lower right portion of the window).
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Checking the Ground Units Registered to an Air Unit
This article explains how to check which Ground Units are paired with a specific Air Unit.
To verify which Ground Units are registered to an Air Unit:
1. Make sure that the computer on which the CONNEX Management application is installed is connected to the
Air Unit via a Micro USB cable.
2. Launch the CONNEX Management application by double-clicking its desktop icon.
3. Click the Link Configuration tab.
4. The lower right portion of the window displays a list of the MAC IDs of the Ground Units registered with this Air
Unit, for example:
Key
Description
1
Ground Units Registered to the Air Unit
The MAC ID of a specific Ground Unit can be seen using the CONNEX Management application.
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Unregistering Ground Units
There are two options for unregistering Ground Unit(s) from an Air Unit, as described in the procedures below:
Unregistering one device at a time
Unregistering all devices simultaneously
To view a video about unregistering Ground units, click here.
To unregister a single device:
1. Make sure that the computer on which the CONNEX Management application is installed is connected to the
Internet and is connected to the Air Unit via a Micro USB cable.
2. Launch the CONNEX Management tool by double-clicking its desktop icon.
3. Click the Link Configuration tab.
The lower right portion of the window displays a list of Ground Units registered with the Air Unit, as shown
here:
4. To unregister a Ground Unit, click on the X button in the relevant row (marked in RED in the image above).
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To unregister all Ground Units:
1. Make sure that the computer on which the CONNEX Management application is installed is connected to the
Internet and is connected to the Air Unit via a Micro USB cable.
2. Launch the CONNEX Management application by double-clicking its desktop icon.
3. Click the Link Configuration tab.
The lower right portion of the window displays a list of Ground Units registered with the Air Unit, as shown
here:
4. Click the Unregister all receivers button (marked in RED in the image above).
For information about registering Ground Units, refer to Multicasting to Multiple Ground Units.
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Configuring Fail Safe Parameters
The Control Configuration tab of the Management application allows you to set the parameters that are applied
when the remote control wireless uplink is broken. The parameters are described in the table below the diagram.
Key
Description
1
Timeout: Determines the length of time (in seconds) between losing communication and
applying Fail Safe values onto the output of the Air Unit.
2
S.BUS Rate: Specifies the data rate of the S.BUS link between the Ground Unit and the Air Unit
that controls the Air Unit’s camera gimbal. By default, the data rate of the S.BUS remote control
is 6.3mSec (FASSTest 12CH).
Channel Settings: Determines the position of the gimbal following a loss of communication.
Each channel can be set to:
3
Hold: The most recent value (prior to the communication loss) is maintained.
Set: A new value is used. Values are configured in % (from -100 to +100).
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To set Fail Safe parameters:
1. Make sure that the computer on which the CONNEX Management application is installed is connected to the
Air Unit via a Micro USB cable and is connected to the Internet.
2. Launch the CONNEX Management application by double-clicking its desktop icon.
3. Select the Control Configuration tab.
4. From the Timeout dropdown menu, select the relevant option (1, 2, or 3 seconds).
5. If required, manually set the outgoing S.BUS bit-rate by selecting one of the following S.BUS Rate modes:
o Auto: 15m sec: FASSTest 18CH or T-FHSS Mode. The S.BUS rate is received and sampled from the
remote control trainer port. The Air Unit then automatically outputs the same S.BUS rate.
o 6.3m sec: FASSTest 12CH Mode.
6. For each channel in the Channel Settings frame, select either the Hold or Set radio button.
If you select the Set radio button, enter the required value in the field in the Data column. Values are
configured in % and may range from -100 to +100.
7. To apply the configured changes, click the Update button. The update affects how the Air Unit communicates
with all the Ground Units with which it is registered.
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CONNEX Management
Application for Android
Devices
9
This chapter presents:
Management Application Overview
Installing the CONNEX Management Application
Connecting the Air or Ground Unit to Your Mobile Device
Working with the CONNEX Android Application
Configuring the Link Between the Air and Ground Units
Checking the Ground Units Registered to an Air Unit
Unregistering Ground Units
Configuring Fail Safe Parameters
Management Application Overview
The Air Unit and the Ground Unit come preinstalled with the latest firmware version, and are preconfigured to
communicate with each other. The CONNEX Management application is used when the following updates and
verifications are required:
Reconfiguring the wireless video datalink
Checking which Ground Units are registered to an Air Unit
Unregistering Ground Units from an Air Unit
To use the CONNEX Management application:
1. Install the CONNEX Management application, as described in Installing the CONNEX Management
Application.
2. Connect the Air Unit or Ground Unit to a mobile device, as described in Connecting the Air Unit or Ground Unit
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to a Mobile Device.
Note: Only a single CONNEX Air Unit or CONNEX Ground Unit can be connected to the CONNEX Management
application at a time.
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Installing the CONNEX Management Application
The CONNEX Management application for mobile devices is currently supported on Android devices with
operating systems 4.4 and higher. In addition, the mobile device needs to support USB OTG capability.
To install the CONNEX Management application:
1. Download the latest version from Google Play to a device connected to an Air Unit or Ground Unit.
2. Run the installation file and follow the displayed instructions to install the application.
3. Launch the application.
The My Device screen is displayed.
For more information about the My Device screen and the different menu options, refer to Working with the
CONNEX Android application.
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Connecting the Air or Ground Unit to Your Mobile
Device
The Air Unit or Ground Unit must be connected to a mobile device on which the CONNEX Management
application is installed in order to configure that unit.
To connect the Air Unit or Ground Unit to a mobile device:
Connect the USB to Micro USB connector to the Air Unit’s or Ground Unit’s USB port.
If you launch the CONNEX Management application before connecting an Air Unit or Ground Unit to your mobile
device, the following message is displayed. Connect the unit, as described above.
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Working with the CONNEX Mobile Application
The following sections provide a general overview of the application's main screens and features:
My Device Screen
Main Menu Options
Basic Application Components
My Device Screen
When you launch the CONNEX Management application, the My Device screen opens:
This screen displays the following information:
Module: Specifies whether the connected unit is an Air Unit (Tx) or a Ground Unit (Rx).
SN: The unique serial number of the unit.
Product: The product ID of the unit.
Firmware Version: The version of the firmware currently installed on the unit. The application automatically
checks with the AMIMON server whether the latest firmware version of the connected unit is installed.
If the latest version is installed, a Firmware Version is Up to Date message is displayed.
To exit the My Device screen and view the menu options, press the Navigation icon, at the upper left corner of
the page:
Main Menu Options
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Unit is connected to your mobile device, only the My Device and Support options are available.
The menu options are summarized in the following table.
Option
Description
Supported for
Ground Unit
My Device
Displays details about the Air or Ground Unit that is
connected.
Yes
Link Configuration
Allows you to configure the link between an Air Unit and
its Ground Units.
No
Paired Devices
Lists the Ground Units that are registered with the
connected Air Unit, and enables you to unregister one
or more of them.
No
Control Configuration
Allows you to view and modify Fail Safe parameters.
No
Support
Redirects you to the CONNEX online Help Center.
Yes
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Basic Application Components
This section explains general features that enable you to work with the mobile application quickly and effectively.
The components are described in the table below the diagram.
Number
Feature Name
Description
1
Navigation button
Use this button to navigate back to the main menu.
2
Information icon
Press these icons to open popups that provide short
explanations about the relevant feature. An example is shown in
the figure above.
3
Save button
Press this button to save any changes that you have made on a
page. If you navigate back to the main menu without pressing
Save, your changes will not be saved.
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Configuring the Link Between the Ground and Air
Units
This article describes how to configure the link between an Air Unit and its Ground Units. This procedure is
performed on an Air Unit only.
The Link Configuration screen of the Management application is shown in the following figures (CONNEX on
left, CONNEX mini on right). The link parameters are described in the table below the diagrams.
Key
Description
1
Link Mode: Determines the bandwidth of the wireless link. CONNEX users can select High
Quality (40 MHz) or Stability Boost (20 MHz).
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Note: CONNEX mini units support High Quality mode only.
2
Frequency Mode: Determines whether automatic or fixed frequency is used. The options
available for fixed frequency vary according to other options selected (regional settings and
Channel Mode).
Note: CONNEX mini units support Auto frequency mode only.
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3
Sub-region Settings: Allows you to set the operating mode of the unit, according to regional
regulations. The options are relevant for European, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Australian
regions.
To configure the link:
1. Make sure that the mobile device on which the CONNEX Management application is installed is connected to
the Air Unit via a USB to Micro USB cable and is connected to the Internet.
2. Launch the CONNEX Management application, and navigate to the Link Configuration screen.
3. For CONNEX units only:
Select the bandwidth channel mode, as follows:
o High Quality (40 MHz): This is the default option which provides the best quality. This is the only option
that can be used with 1080P60 video resolution.
o Stability Boost (20 MHz): Use this mode in harsh RF conditions or for long range operations. This mode
enables higher stability, but supports only lower resolutions on the video link.
4. For CONNEX units only:
Specify the frequency mode by selecting either Auto or one of the fixed frequencies listed. The fixed
frequencies that are available vary according to other options selected.
5. The Sub-region options appear for CONNEX and CONNEX mini units used in Europe, Japan, China, Korea
and Australia. (This dropdown menu is hidden when units are used in United States regions.) Select options
as follows:
o In Europe, select either Air To Ground for 5.8 GHz, 25mW or Indoor for 5 GHz, 200mW, Ground use.
o In Japan, select either Indoor or Outdoor .
Make sure that you select the frequency setting that complies with the local RF regulations in the region in
which you are operating.
6. To apply the configured changes to the Air Unit, press Save.
To return to the out-of-the-box factory settings, press Restore Defaults.
Note: A configuration update affects how the Air Unit communicates with all the Ground Units with which it
is registered.
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Checking the Ground Units Registered to an Air Unit
This article explains how to check which Ground Units are paired with a specific Air Unit.
To verify which Ground Units are registered to an Air Unit:
1. Make sure that the mobile device on which the CONNEX Management application is installed is connected to
the Air Unit via a USB to Micro USB cable.
2. Launch the CONNEX Management application, and navigate to the Paired Devices screen.
This screen displays a list of the MAC IDs of the Ground Units registered with this Air Unit. For example:
For information about unregistering Ground Units, click here.
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Unregistering Ground Units
There are two options for unregistering Ground Unit(s) from an Air Unit, as described in the procedures below:
Unregistering one device at a time
Unregistering all devices simultaneously
To unregister a single device:
1. Make sure that the mobile device on which the CONNEX Management application is installed is connected to
the Internet and is connected to the Air Unit via a USB to Micro USB cable.
2. Launch the CONNEX Management application, and navigate to the Paired Devices screen.
This screen displays a list of Ground Units registered with the Air Unit. For example:
3. To unregister a Ground Unit, press the X button in the relevant row (marked in RED in the image above).
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To unregister all Ground Units:
1. Make sure that the mobile device on which the CONNEX Management application is installed is connected to
the Internet and is connected to the Air Unit via a USB to Micro USB cable.
2. Launch the CONNEX Management application, and navigate to the Paired Devices screen.
This screen displays a list of Ground Units registered with the Air Unit, as shown here:
3. Press the Unregister All button (marked in RED in the image above).
For information about registering Ground Units, refer to Multicasting to Multiple Ground Units.
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Configuring Fail Safe Parameters
The Control Configuration screen of the Management application allows you to set the parameters that are
applied when the remote control wireless uplink is broken. The parameters are described in the table below the
diagram.
Key
Description
1
Timeout: Determines the length of time (in seconds) between losing communication and
applying Fail Safe values onto the output of the Air Unit.
2
S.BUS Rate: Specifies the data rate of the S.BUS link between the Ground Unit and the Air Unit
that controls the Air Unit’s camera gimbal. By default, the data rate of the S.BUS remote control
is 6.3mSec (FASSTest 12CH).
Channel Settings: Determines the position of the gimbal following a loss of communication.
Each channel can be set to:
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Hold: The most recent value (prior to the communication loss) is maintained.
Set: A new value is used. Values are configured in % (from -100 to +100).
IMPORTANT: It is recommended to utilize the CONNEX link for Gimbal control ONLY and NOT for full drone
control.
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To set Fail Safe parameters:
1. Make sure that the mobile device on which the CONNEX Management application is installed is connected to
the Air Unit via a USB to Micro USB cable and is connected to the Internet.
2. Launch the CONNEX Management application, and navigate to the Control Configuration screen.
3. From the Timeout dropdown menu, select the relevant option (1, 2, or 3 seconds).
4. If required, manually set the outgoing S.BUS bit-rate by selecting one of the following S.BUS Rate modes:
o Auto: 15m sec: FASSTest 18CH or T-FHSS Mode. The S.BUS rate is received and sampled from the
remote control trainer port. The Air Unit then automatically outputs the same S.BUS rate.
o 6.3m sec: FASSTest 12CH Mode.
5. For each channel in the Channel Settings frame, select either the Hold or Set radio button.
If you select the Set radio button, enter the required value in the field in the Data column. Values are
configured in % and may range from -100 to +100.
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6. To apply the configured changes, press Save. The update affects how the Air Unit communicates with all the
Ground Units with which it is registered.
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