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Wiring up your receiver

Note: There are Flight Controllers that will pull the RX pads LOW which will put the ESP-based receivers into Bootloader Mode unintentionally. A solid LED light on these receivers even with the TX module off is a sign they are in Bootloader Mode. If this is the case, rewire the receiver to a different UART.

Vantac ELRS

The image above show the receiver pinouts and their connections. As we're dealing with UART connection, Rx on receiver goes to a TX pad in the FC, and Tx on Receiver goes to an uninverted Rx pad on the FC.

There are Flight Controllers that put their Receiver UART's RX pads Low, which in turn, puts the ESP-based (e.g. EP1 and EP2) receivers to Bootloader mode unintentionally. One remedy is to wire them into a different UART, or wire a pull-up resistor (300-1k ohm) between the Rx pad of the FC and a 3.3v or 5v pad, as shown below.

pull up

Configuring your Flight Controller

See this page on how your flight controller should be configured. These settings apply on both INAV and Betaflight (and other flight controller software).

Ports Tab should be setup so that Serial RX is on the UART where you have soldered the receiver.

Receiver protocol is CRSF, with serialrx_inverted = off and serialrx_halfduplex = off.

The next step will not be able to proceed properly and you'll have issues later if any of these are set differently. Once you have configured your Flight Controller software, close its Configurator and unplug-replug the USB cable from the FC or your computer. This will refresh the connection and you'll be ensured that the port is not busy (of high importance with the Passthrough Flashing Method).

Flashing via WiFi

Target: Vantac_2400_RX_via_WIFI

Device Category: Vantac 2.4 GHz

Device : Vantac 2400 RX

via WiFi

Method 1

With the receiver wired properly to your FC, select the correct target and set the Firmware Options in the ExpressLRS Configurator.

Build the firmware. Once done, it should open a new window where the Vantac_2400_RX-<version>.bin is. Do not close this window so you can easily navigate to it once it's time to upload the firmware into the receiver.

Build

Power your Flight Controller by either connecting a LiPo or attaching the USB cable (if the receiver gets powered from USB via a 4v5 pad). The receiver's LED will blink slowly at first, and after 20s or 30s (can be adjusted via ExpressLRS Configurator using AUTO_WIFI_ON_INTERVAL), it should blink fast indicating it's on Wifi Hotspot Mode.

LEDSEQ_WIFI_UPDATE

Connect to the Wifi Network the receiver has created. It should be named something like ExpressLRS RX with the same expresslrs password as the TX Module Hotspot.

WiFi Hotspot

Navigate to the same web address as the TX Module (usually http://10.0.0.1). The Firmware upload page should load, and using the File Upload Form, navigate where the correct Receiver Vantac_2400_RX-<version>.bin is (like with the Tx module, you can also drag-and-drop the firmware file into the form field or use the Browse or Choose File button). Click on the Update button and the firmware file will be uploaded and the update process should commence.

A white page should load momentarily with the message Update Success! Rebooting.... Wait a little bit (you can wait until the LED on the Receiver starts to blink slowly again) and the receiver should be updated. Power cycle and your module and receiver should now be bound (given you have updated the Tx Module as well, and that they have the same binding phrase and options).

Update for version 2.0

Once you have updated to firmware version 2.0 or newer, the Web Update page on the Hotspot will get a few updates of its own. It will get the Update progress bar, and a Popup will be shown for Success or Error messages. Additionally, you can configure Home Network SSID and Password if you chose not to use ExpressLRS Configurator to set them. Once these are set, you can use the two methods below.

JoinNetwork

Method 2

Note: This method will only work once the Home Network SSID and Password has been configured with the receiver

With the receiver wired properly to your FC, select the right target and set your Firmware Options in the ExpressLRS Configurator.

Build the firmware. Once done, it should open a new window where the Vantac_2400_RX-<version>.bin is. Do not close this window so you can easily navigate to it once it's time to upload the firmware into the receiver.

Build

Power up your Flight Controller by either connecting a LiPo or attaching the USB cable (if the receiver gets powered from USB via a 4v5 pad). The receiver's LED will blink slowly at first, and after 20s or 30s (can be adjusted via ExpressLRS Configurator using AUTO_WIFI_ON_INTERVAL), it should blink fast indicating it's on Wifi AP Mode. The fast blink will pause and flash fast once again, indicating connection to your Home Network.

LEDSEQ_WIFI_UPDATE

Using your browser, navigate to http://elrs_rx.local/. The Wifi Update page should load. It should show your device target along with the version of the firmware it currently has.

Scroll down to the Firmware Update section, shown below:

Firmware Update

Drag-and-drop the Vantac_2400_RX-<version>.bin file created by the ExpressLRS Configurator into the Choose File field, or manually navigate to the Folder by clicking the Choose File button. Once the correct file is selected, click the Update. Wait for the process to complete, indicated by a Green popup screen.

Wait a little bit (you can wait until the LED on the Receiver starts to blink slowly again) and the receiver should be updated.

You can now power down your Flight Controller along with the receiver.

Method 3

Note: This method will only work once the Home Network SSID and Password has been configured with the receiver

With the receiver wired properly to your FC, select the right target and set your Firmware Options in the ExpressLRS Configurator.

Power up your Flight Controller by either connecting a LiPo or attaching the USB cable (if the receiver gets powered from USB via a 4v5 pad). The receiver's LED will blink slowly at first, and after 20s or 30s (can be adjusted via ExpressLRS Configurator using AUTO_WIFI_ON_INTERVAL), it should blink fast indicating it's on Wifi Mode.

LEDSEQ_WIFI_UPDATE

Build & Flash the firmware using the ExpressLRS Configurator. Wait for the process to complete, indicated by the "Success" prompt and the Receiver LED has gone back to the Slow Blink mode. You can now power down the Flight Controller.

Build & Flash

RXUpload Log

Flashing via Passthrough

Target: Vantac_2400_RX_via_BetaflightPassthrough

Device Category: Vantac 2.4 GHz

Device : Vantac 2400 RX

via Passthrough

Make sure you have wired your receiver properly. Rx pad on the Receiver wired up to a Tx pad on the FC, and the Tx pad on the Receiver wired up to an Rx pad on the FC. Also make sure you have setup your FC firmware to use CRSF Protocol, and that the UART is not inverted or running in half duplex.

If the receiver gets powered up when you connect the FC to USB, you will need to Press and Hold the button on the receiver, connect USB and let go of the button once the LED stopped blinking and goes SOLID.

If the receiver needs a LiPo attached to get powered up, then Press and Hold the button on the receiver, attach a LiPo, then let go once the LED in the receiver stopped blinking and goes SOLID. Then connect your FC to USB.

Note: if you powered the receiver and has solid LED light, your FC is probably pulling the current UART's RX pad LOW which will interfere with the normal and passthrough flashing of this receiver. Find another UART and wire your receiver there instead.

These procedures will not be needed in subsequent passthrough flashing. This is only needed on the first time you'd update the receiver from its factory firmware.

Select the corresponding target in the ExpressLRS Configurator, set your Firmware Options and then click Build and Flash. For first time flashing/updating, it would normally take a while.

Build & Flash

A Success message will be shown once the process is complete.

Flashing via FTDI

Target: Vantac_2400_RX_via_UART

Device Category: Vantac 2.4 GHz

Device : Vantac 2400 RX

via UART

Wire the receiver into the FTDI, with TX on receiver connected to the Rx on the FTDI, and RX on receiver connected to the Tx of the FTDI. Wire 5V and GND of the FTDI to 5V and GND of the Receiver. Press the button while powering the RX on, and release - the LED should now be solid.

FTDI Wiring

Select the target and set your Firmware Options and once done, click on Build and Flash.

Build & Flash