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OSDoge 1.5 Review and Install

OSDoge 1.5
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Yes!  My favorite component, maybe of all time, the OSDoge has been updated to OSDoge 1.5.  There isn’t a big enough change to call it 2 but the upgrades are all options we all want.

Highlight of the OSDoge 1.5 Updates

  • USB now lines up with the Naze32 rev6
  • No more big capacitor that always falls off
  • Idiot light – on the original board if you connect VBAT backwards it will instantly kill the board.  I can’t tell you how many boards I’ve fried doing this.  On the OSDoge 1.5 if you connect VBAT backwards the LED turns red instead of blue and no magic smoke!
  • LED for video and camera signal.
  • Comes with MWOSD 1.6

The new OSDoge 1.5 is running MWOSD 1.6.  This version has a ton of new features.  See the all the features here.  These are just some of the highlights:

  • Supports BetaFlight – now you can actually change PIDs and save them.  MWOSD 1.5 wouldn’t let you save changes to PIDs done through OSD
  • AIRMODE display indicator
  • Quadrupled RSSI sensitivity

osdoge 1.5 install

osdoge 1.5 install

So looking at the two boards the most obvious physical differences is that the big silver capacitor has been removed.  This is a very good upgrade.  Nearly all my OSDoge boards on my quads are missing this part.  The quad will still fly but you will see more noise in the video.  Also if you run 4s it will make your VTX emit a high pitch squeal.  Annoying but harmless.

osdoge 1.5 install

The USB port has been moved to match up with the Naze32 rev6.  Now all the jumpers have been moved to the top of the board, vs the bottom on the old board.  They are now triangular instead of the 3 tiny rectangles.  The triangular jumpers are easier to solder.

osdoge 1.5 install

The new board is thinner,  5.5mm vs 7.3mm.

Installing the OSDoge 1.5

Rather than get into the step by step on how to install and use it, I’ll focus on the differences on the the new board.  I’ve already done two posts on how to install the OSDoge and OSDoge update.

For the software part is everything is the same as the two other posts I did except you have to download MWOSD 1.6 instead of 1.5.

osdoge 1.5

So the only thing different in MWOSD 1.6 is the RSSI setup.  On MWOSD 1.5 the settings were 0 RSSI min and 255 RSSI max.  In MWOSD 1.6 the RSSI min is 0 but the RSSI max goes to 1023.

To calibrate the RSSI, set the min to 0 and max to 1023.  Then use the OSD menu to adjust RSSI max until it matches the RSSI from your Taranis.  To enter the OSD menu, with your quad disarmed, move the sticks YAW right, PITCH up.  Watch the video above.

To see RSSI on your Taranis, once you have your Taranis setup for RSSI, from the main menu, press and hold page down, that will bring you to the telemetry screen.  The actual RSSI will be displayed there.

The stacking pins are all the same.  Once the pins stack with the Naze32 the USB ports are now both lined up.  One thing to pay attention to are the jumper settings for the camera and VTX.  If you have the right angle header pointing inside, make sure to set the jumpers before you put on the header.  Once the header is on it makes getting to the jumpers much harder.

OSDoge 1.5 plays with other flight controllers

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about if the OSDoge 1.5 works with other flight controllers and the answer is yes!  Physically the OSDoge is designed for the Naze32 but as long as you connect all the necessary connections, everything works the same.

For example: to use the OSDoge with a Lumenier LUX flight controller, all you have to do is plug the OSDoge to the battery and the TX/RX to the RX/TX on the flight controller.  The battery connection will power your camera and VTX.  The OSD info will come from the RX/TX from the flight controller.  From there you can tune your PIDs, get RSSI, battery voltage and all the other good stuff.

I keep one setup like this for when I use a flight controller other than the Naze32, I use it to tune PIDs.

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2016-05-02T16:04:01+00:00 Build, Review|25 Comments


  1. No_morepain 05/02/2016 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the update video. I just got one of these in the mail direct from Carl the guy who makes them. He is a stand up guy, the large capacitor on my version 1 fell off. He just sent me a new one after a quick email no problem. Can’t wait to get it back in my qav250 and get in the air again.

    • FlightClub 05/03/2016 at 6:52 am - Reply

      Carl is the man!

  2. joe 05/02/2016 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    I tried launching v1.6 and all I get was a small black screen that pops up and then goes away. No app opens etc. I have Java latest, I have rebooted, I have the switch pointed towards the usb port, but no app. What should I try? I downloaded Arduino but I didn’t want to get into that to much, so hoping you might shed some light on this issue for me. I am using a new PC WIN64.


    • FlightClub 05/03/2016 at 6:53 am - Reply

      That sounds like a PC issue. Are you opening the correct version for your comp?

  3. Daniel Austin 05/05/2016 at 6:11 am - Reply

    how do you set up using only 4 pins for esc’s? you not using the ground wires?

    • FlightClub 05/05/2016 at 10:46 pm - Reply

      ground from the esc is not needed

  4. Charles 05/05/2016 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Hi, I’ve just received my Osdoge 1.5 board and noticed the tx and rx are different on the boards as in the left side of the Naze board is rx but the header pin puts it into the tx on the Osdoge board is this a issue?
    Sorry if am being dumb!

    • FlightClub 05/05/2016 at 10:46 pm - Reply

      that’s how it’s suppose to be. TX goes to RX, and RX goes to TX

      • Charles 05/06/2016 at 1:05 am - Reply

        Great thanks for the response just me being thick then =)

  5. Ron 05/13/2016 at 1:24 am - Reply

    For some reason everything works on my build but the fpv part. I’m not getting no video feed on my fatshark. Is the camera light on the osdoge suppose to light up when connected?

  6. marsid 05/30/2016 at 11:27 am - Reply

    could you get into more in depth detail on how to connect the osdoge to a lumenier lux

    • FlightClub 05/30/2016 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      power the osdoge with the battery. connect tx/rx on the rx/tx uart2. in cleanflight on the ports tab, enable MSP under data on UART2. done

      • marsid 05/30/2016 at 3:34 pm - Reply

        which wires do I use the connect TX/RX to RX/TX on the lux

        • FlightClub 05/30/2016 at 10:15 pm - Reply

          just use any scrap wire.

          • marsid 05/31/2016 at 2:31 am

            thanks so much now I can use one in a build of mine

  7. Marsid 05/30/2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

    could you tell me how to actually connect the osdoge to a lumenier lux flight controller

  8. oliver rodriguez 06/07/2016 at 12:52 am - Reply

    Hi, just wanted to confirm that an Immersion rc 600mw camera and a Foxier XAT600M (tvl) Sony Camera, are both gonna need the 12v jumpers to be set on the OSDoge?

    • oliver rodriguez 06/07/2016 at 12:53 am - Reply

      I mean immersion rc vtx…

      • FlightClub 06/07/2016 at 11:04 pm - Reply

        yes, the immersionrc vtx is 12v

    • FlightClub 06/07/2016 at 8:00 am - Reply

      Yes they are both 12v

  9. Daniel 07/12/2016 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Hi, if I connect 4s I get some noises and the OSD goes crazy. If I run with 3S all is fine. What can I do? My dealer doesnt know that problem.

  10. Ryan Nieto 07/18/2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Hey man I really appreciate all the detail you put into your post! I used a combination of your build post to put together my first build and it went together almost flawlessly. Thank you!

    Quick question…. I am running a stacked OSDoge 1.5 and Naze 32, powering the Naze from the OSD. I’m using the D4Rii with PPM as the rx so I am only running ground, power, and signal from the naze to the D4Rii. Is it possible to set up my Taranis to display the battery voltage and give me an alert when I hit the desired voltage. I’m currently doing that with my RSSI but cannot figure out to do that that with my battery voltage. I currently have my Fat Shark goggles set up to display the voltage and warn me when low but I am still learning to fly LOS and I’m not always wearing my goggles….

    • FlightClub 07/18/2016 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      glad I could help! to get voltage to your taranis you’ll need to run the telemetry wire from the d4r-2 to the naze32. not positive on how to do it on the d4r2 but it’s similar to the doing from the x4r-sb. check out my post on this topic.

  11. Jason Ng 11/08/2016 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Hi, Mike.

    I enjoyed using the OSDoge for my Naze32 Rev 5 build integration. Hopeful to do an integration with the MOTOLAB TEMPEST STM32F3 FLIGHT CONTROLLER (W/ INTEGRATED PDB) also. Could you do a tutorial ?

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