SO my setup, IronMan 680 Hexa frame, Tarot 40 mm motors, 30 amp SimonK ESCs, Pro Conversion and PDB plate, RPi 3 B+ with the PXF Mini stacked on top. Fairly standard setup I would imagine for an aspiring DSLR rig. I am all set up, I have SSH access through native WiFi connection, no WiFi dongle needed. Same with UDP connection through Mission Planner and port 6001, NO EXTERNAL WIFI DONGLE NEEDED! (= I just plug it in and it boots up and connects on its own, very minimal config needed. All of the answers are already online people... So this is really the first time I have found it necessary to ask for help.
That being said, as far as feeding the RPi and PXF, in the Docs I see that it says, "It can be also powered using a BEC, you just need to connect to the PWM rail." But just a little while later it says... "Warning
Always use a power module to feed PXFmini while flying your drone"
This to me seems to be conflicting information. The ESCs that I am using, are the big 30 amp SIMONK, AFAIK, these have BECs integrated in. I check the voltage at the power out of the ESC and it is 5v. That doesnt mean that after I plug in six of them i am feeding 30v does it!? LoL, obviously I dont think this is possible being that I am only starting with 17v... But is this a safe power config anyways? I haven't flown yet but I have done the motor config and it seemed that one ESC was abnormally hot. Not sure if that is a problem or just a abnormal shotty ESC.
My other question is, as far as retractable landing gear, the only documentation I can find on the subject, is for the PixHawk. and the PixHawk uses the auxiliary channels to plug in the retract servo cable. Well being that I am using a X8, (soon to swap for X4) receiver with a Taranis Q7 Tx... I am using the one PPM/SBUS channel for input, and then 6 channels out are going to the motors, this leaves 2 channels right? I would assume I plug the servo cable coming from the retracts into the channel 7 or 8 out... right? However I tried that, then in Mission Planner, I set the channel 8 option to Landing Gear... nothing.. Do I just need to adjust the endpoints in Mission Planner? Or does it need to be a digital conversion somehow? It seems that the documentation for accessories and PXF Mini or even ErleBrains is very minimal as of yet, which is understandable. But I would appreciate some help, because next I am going to want to implement my gimbal and I cant find any info on this either. Thank you!