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FlightFeeder Installation

Welcome to FlightAware's ADS-B flight tracking network. If you need help at any time you can contact FlightAware through email, phone, or through our website. Please ensure you have read, understand, and agree to the terms of conditions before proceeding. Please make a note of the serial number found on the side of your FlightFeeder.

1FlightFeeder Installation Kit

Check the Shipped Contents

    If any items are missing or damaged, please contact FlightAware FlightFeeder support immediately and reference your FlightFeeder serial number.

  1. FlightFeeder Receiver
  2. The FlightFeeder should be located indoors near a power outlet and an ethernet port. It doesn't have a reset or on/off switch, but you can power off the unit by removing the power cable. once setup the FlightFeeder will automatically configure itself to connect back to FlightAware.

    FlightFeeder
  3. Outdoor GPS antenna and bracket for mast mounting. (This antenna must be used for the FlightFeeder to function properly)
  4. The antenna length is approximately 25in or 635mm. This antenna is specially designed to work with the FlightFeeder and must be used as provided. A filter will block the GPS signal and cannot be used with this setup. If you have problems with the antenna, please contact support .

  5. Antenna cable: to connect FlightFeeder receiver to Antenna
  6. The antenna cable has an SMA connector to connect to the FlightFeeder (smaller connector). The N-type connector (larger connector) will connect to the Antenna.

  7. Micro-USB Power Adapter
  8. The power adaptor will have a country-specific plug. The USA version is shown.

  9. Ethernet Cable

The FlightFeeder kit does not include:

  1. Mast to hold the antenna
2Configuration Diagram
3Installing the FlightFeeder
  1. Connect the FlightFeeder to your router/modem using the supplied ethernet cable.
    • To send data, the FlightFeeder needs access to your Internet connection. Usually, no special configuration is required but if you are having trouble then please consult our FAQ page for information on firewall rules and network ports that need to be open.
    Connect the Ethernet cable
  2. Connect the antenna cable to the antenna via the N-type connector (the larger connector).
    • For initial setup purposes connect the antenna indoors. The antenna must have clear line-of-sight to the open sky in order to receive signals. Leave the antenna connected indoors until you have verified data is sending to FlightAware. Once you have verified data is sending to FlightAware, proceed with the final outdoor antenna installation (Instructions are provided below.)
    Connect the Antenna
  3. Connect the antenna cable to the FlightFeeder via the SMA connector (the smaller connector).
  4. Connect the Antenna to the FlightFeeder
  5. Plug the power cable into a 200 joules surge protector. If your location has power issues consider an 800 joules surge protector.
  6. Connect the FlightFeeder to power
  7. The FlightFeeder will start.

    Note: the FlightFeeder might need an update the first time it is powered on and will reboot twice upon startup, which could take a few minutes.
  8. You can view your stats and data on View your ADS-B statistics
4Installing the 1090MHz Antenna
  1. After verifying FlightAware is receiving data on your stats page please plan to place your antenna in a high location such as a pole, mast, j pole antenna mount, or chimney that has a clear unobstructed view of the sky. Be sure to mount the antenna securely so it does not become dislodged in high winds. Antennas that broadcast 1090MHz signals (the signal the antenna is receiving) are set up vertically and the best way to receive the signal is to align the antenna vertically, also. However that means if the antenna is tilted it will cause some signal to be lost.
  2. Note: You will need to use the provided GPS antenna without a filter for this setup so the FlightFeeder can function properly. If this is not possible, please contact support.

    A mounting bracket has been included to help mount the antenna.

  3. There are a variety of ways to run the cable from inside to outside, below are some ways others have run the cable:
    • Drill a hole in the wall
    • Drill a hole in the ceiling/roof/attic/loft
    • Drill a hole in the windowsill
    • Run through a roof vent
    • Run through a pipe that leads to the roof. Caution: If you drill a hole into a pipe, be careful with sharp edges
    • Through a window, leaving it cracked and using foam/cloth/etc to create insulation
  4. While running your cable keep in mind that the coax cables are thick and kinking them cause major losses in signal. The straighter the cable the less signal is lost.
  5. If your kit was supplied with Coax-Seal tape apply it after mounting the antenna outside by winding it around the cable to antenna connection. Watch the video for more information on how to place the tape.
5Feeding Data

Your FlightFeeder should arrive already registered to your account. If not, you can register your FlightFeeder by entering the serial number on the bottom of the FlightFeeder. You will receive an email once your FlightFeeder is successfully sending data.

Planes that are spotted by your kit can be seen by everyone on FlightAware. You can also view the receiver status through our ADS-B statistics portal. An optimal outdoor setup will have 200+ miles of coverage!

We thank you for joining the FlightAware ADS-B network and remind you to contact us with any questions or comments. We also encourage you to review the Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information.