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I can test it prior to deployment, but the drone is out of the question. It’s a highly regulated event and they don’t allow drones outside of their own. Plus I’m hoping for an on-the-ground sort of perspective.

Right now I’m looking at getting a Cantenna or making one and targeting it at the Theta hoping to pick up its wifi. Even if I lose reception once the buffalo start being in between me and the camera, it should keep recording as long as I can hit start.

Has anyone used the Theta S Remote for Ricoh Theta Cameras app in the app store? It’s made by Harald Meyer. I’m curious to know how well it works before purchasing it.

HI Naaberle
we have the app installed on my Macbook Pro late 2013
i check the the WiFi distance to morrow

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Just want to make sure you know that RICOH also provides free applications for mobile phones.

I think you probably want a camera controller on a laptop, similar to what Svendus is using. It would seem easier to add the antenna to the laptop than to a mobile phone or tablet.

Feel free to share the video of the buffalo if you get it working.

Ya, I definitely need a laptop as I haven’t found a reliable way to add a directional antenna to an iPhone yet, and even the local apple store couldn’t think of anything 3rd part that would work. So I’m thinking if a cantenna is required than a laptop is the only way. I’m hoping I can just order the equipment and test it.

I think svendus has that exact setup.

I hope you can just plug it in and get it to work as well. These Cantenna
(untested) look fairly easy to make.

We’re in the pioneering stage of these types of video journalistic
adventures. I’m sure that in 6 months to a year, there will be more stuff
that you can just buy without have to cobble stuff together yourself.
Hopefully, you find the hacking fun and rewarding.

For the laptop, you can also try and use DHC
send the API command to start the video, maybe as backup in case the
desktop application fails to connect. The Unofficial API Guide
http://codetricity.github.io/theta-s/index.html might help if you take
this route.

The camera can also connect to something like a Raspberry Pi (or another
cheap laptop) with either WiFi or USB. So, if you can’t connect to the
THETA with the cantenna, you can try to connect another laptop with dual
WiFi adapters that is next to the THETA to another Cantenna and then send
the signal Cantenna to Cantenna. If you get that far, you’d have a fairly
awesome rig to take pictures of different types of wildlife events.

Wish I had an easier answer for you.

There’s also the possibility that @jcasman finished his code for a very
similar video application. Is that Python tutorial finished?

Here are an article how to
Improve Your Laptop’s Wifi With A Wifi Antenna Booster

I hope he can just plug in that $20 antenna and get the signal he needs. I
have my suspicions that the WiFi signal from the camera may be too weak.
It’s a small camera with a no WiFi antenna and the camera’s WiFi signal is
weak. Though, it may just work.

There’s also the strategy of using a $10 PIR motion sensor connected to a
Raspberry Pi to trigger the camera when the buffalo pass.

There are different adapters some you can connect to external antenna

the db gain in the antenna are also working on receiving

First, thanks for all the help everyone!

Second, so far I’m looking at picking up this.


As a solely mac office I worry about driver issues with other USB wifi antenna’s and my friend owns an apple store and recommended quickertek. If anyone knows of any others that are cheaper with mac support I’ll definitely look into that.

So the plan is to buy that and the cantenna and connect it to one of the antenna ports for long range directional support.

Any comments or critiques on this setup? or does it sound like it should be able to pick up the Theta’s small wifi signal?

the WiFi or Airport are very unstable on older Macbook pro it is only becoming better with an adapter
You can always make it directional
with alu reflectors made from halved beer cans
Drone pilots often use this for stronger signal on their radio transmitter

it is raining here so we could not test the application

I like the wood interior.

Buffalo are little shy animals
We tested the THETA S Remote application on my Macbook Pro late 2013
wonderful hardware but the driver for the Broadcom Airport are rather useless i could not shoot from 50 meter distance
i am running a clean install of Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon on an older 32 bit Intel Macbook Pro and the Broadcom driver for Linux are no way better [quote]Apple do not believe in magic :cry:[/quote]
iPhone 6 has stronger WiFi we shoot from 260 meter distance!
witch i think should do, we can easily get into an Älg here on that distance with the wind at our back :camel: NOTE: Älgs are not afraid of cars we get quite close some times on the road.

Regards Svendus

Just to confirm, you took a picture at 260 meter distance with an unmodified iPhone 6?

If so, it seems likely that he might be able to do it with some type of Cantenna eventually.

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Yes zooom in on the Panorama You se the Photographer

awesome. I see a picture of you with a macbook pro. Is there another shot of you with the iPhone 6?

yes on the http://svendus.se/tetha-remote/#node1

The 360 sphere navigation is so cool. Always discovering something new. I would like to see the buffalo now. :ox:

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Yes we shall take a panorama with one or two to morrow if it is sunshine
click on the map icon and the map on the ground

[quote]The 360 sphere navigation is so cool. Always discovering something new.
I would like to see the buffalo now.[/quote]