Radarcape:Installation Guide

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For Beginners Required computer skills to execute these tasks: Beginner

Radarcape Hardware Installation

Radarcape backside explained


Plug the following connectors into the Radarcape:

  • Mode-S antenna
  • GPS antenna
  • Ethernet/LAN cable
  • Power cable

Connect the power supply with the electrical outlet.

Mode-S-Antenna Placement

The Mode-S antenna should be placed as free and as high as possible.

Make sure the Mode-S antenna has a conductive connection with protective ground. Otherwise, static electricity may cause damage to your Radarcape.

GPS Antenna Placement

The GPS antenna should be placed to a point with at least half of the sky in free sight, for example a window sill. Some users reported running the GPS antenna indoors. This is not guaranteed to work.


First time access to the web interface

The typical way to access the device is via a Ethernet connection to a Router/Switch.

If your network have DHCP enabled your device will obtain a IP address automatically.

If your network does not have DHCP enable, continue to USB network access.

After connecting the device you should be able to access it from a Web Browser at http://radarcape or http://radarcape.local. If you have a Air!Squitter use http://air-squitter or http://air-squitter.local.

If you are unsuccessful accessing by name you need to find the IP address of the device.

To find the IP address you should access your DHCP server assignment table (for example at your local Home Gateway/Router), or by using a mDNS/Bonjour smartphone app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.wellenvogel.bonjourbrowser).

Additionally on the Air!Squitter you can use the front panel OLED display to check the assigned IP address.

USB network access

  • note you need a Debian 10 image to use this feature

The Radarcape/Air!Squitter exposes a USB RNDIS network interface, compatible with typical Linux Distributions and Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Plug the device into your computer and access it from a Web Browser at http://192.168.73.1

Wi-Fi Access Point Access

With the Air!Squitter in adition you can enable Wi-Fi Access Point Mode and connect over Wi-Fi with a smartphone or computer. Check "Air-Squitter OLED Menu". After enabling you can connect to the device at Web Browser at http://192.168.73.1.


Login to the Radarcape/Air!Squitter Web Interface

The default credentials for the device web interface are:

  • User: Administrator
  • Password: radarcape

We strongly recommend you to change your password after the first login! Therefore, select Configuration > Change Password in the navigation menu.