This is a guide on how to start using the Underwater GPS system. The steps are:
- Power the Topside unit
- Calibrate IMUs
- Deploying Antenna/Receivers
- Connect everything
- Select Locator and channel
- Configure Antenna/Receiver placement in GUI
Power the topside unit
Start by connecting power to the topside unit. We do this first because we want the GPS Receiver to start receiving signals and acheive a lock while we setup the rest of the system. If you are using the Locator-U1, power it on now so it also have time to get GPS lock.
Connect with Underwater GPS
Connect to the WiFi access point UnderwaterGPS on your PC/tablet/smartphone. Password for WiFi is waterlinked. Navigate to http://192.168.7.1/ in a web browser to access the Underwater GPS web GUI.
At the top bar on the GUI you will see a calibration bar for the IMU. To calibrate the IMU rotate it in a figure of 8 and keep doing it until the IMU calibration bar becomes full and green.
Select Locator and channel
Select the right Locator and choose which channal to listen on. This is configurated on the setting page of the web GUI. The Water Linked standard is to use channel 2. This is also the default channel for the Locator-U1.
If you are using the Locator-A1 you need to provide depth information to the topside unit. Description on how to do this is found here.
Deploying of Antenna/Receivers
Unfold the Antenna and lock the mast straight using the latches on the folding joints. Secure the three arms in place using the thumb screw. Place the Antenna in water at the desired location. Secure the Antenna using the RAM Mount components included with the Antenna.
If the RAM Mount components included with the Antenna does not accurately fit your needs, you can find many alternative RAM Mount Arms and Bases which will fit the C-Size here.
Before starting to deploy the Receivers in the water, add a piece of tape on the Receiver cable on the desired depth to make setup easier. Place the Receivers in the water on the desired location and decide which number (1-4) each Receiver will have. This is important when connecting the Receivers to the topside unit.
Adding lead weights just above the Receiver helps keep them stable when doing the positioning.
When connecting the Receiver cables to the Topside unit remember the numbering you decided on and connect the connector to the accordingly port. If this is not correct the position will be completely wrong. Next you connect the Locator if you are using the A1 or D1.
Configure Antenna/Receiver placement and seach range in GUI
After selecting the correct Locator, you need to provide the correct placement of the Antenna/Receivers to the GUI for the positioning to work correctly. This is done by either drag'n drop of each Receiver to the correct placment relative to the topside unit, or by entering the Receiver positions manually.
For the Antenna you can only enter the position manually under Advanced settings.
Limit the search area by changing the radius, direction and sector size.
Reducing the search range helps to improve the performance of the system. It is recomended to limith this range if you are operating in a smaller area. This is especially important in tanks and pools.
You are now ready to explore the underwater world while knowing where you are!