Introduction: Fireant Plenum Robot

This bot was built to work in plenum and other tight spaces.

I built this little guy two years ago to run Cat5/6 and coaxial cable through plenum spaces (open spaces above ceilings and under floors). Over the years he has seen quite a bit of action and has been an asset in any small space that requires a peek or a light hands-on approach.

Fireant Plenum Robot’s features:

  • 2.4Ghz color video camera
  • 2.4Ghz transceiver
  • Pan and tilt arm with claw attached
  • Ultra bright LED headlight
  • Buzzer for user location through surfaces
  • Rubber tank treads for improved traction
  • Built from sturdy, damage resistant fiberglass
  • Shock-resistant carrying case

This is an IBM/PC and Mac/Linux compatible serial device.

To operate the Fireant Plenum Robot, all you need is a computer that can accept a USB transceiver, and a program that can talk to Serial devices at 9600 baud. Such basic programs include Putty or if you want to get more creative you can use a layering program such as Processing to automate commands.

Remote Controlled or Automated Use.

The Fireant Plenum Robot has at its heart an Arduino Uno R3 with an Adafruit Motor Shield. This combination can either be used with the default sketch, which allows a controller via remapped keyboard presses to operate the built in devices, or another sketch that is coded to perform another predetermined task.

I know this is not a step by step Instructable but I have linked most of the parts in the text above. Feel free to use the attached code in nonprofit projects, as long as credit is given.


Reichenstein7 made it! (author)2014-06-26

If you like this instructable, please consider voting for it above! =)

Sajeevan95 made it! (author)2014-11-13

What is the spare you have used here???

Reichenstein7 made it! (author)Reichenstein72014-11-13


Sajeevan95 made it! (author)Sajeevan952014-11-14

this one... plus will I be able to know how you have connected this arduino board, shield, motors and the arm?

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Sajeevan95 made it! (author)2014-11-05

Hello Reichenstein7,

Will I be able to get the connection sketch (Schematic) for the above project. I am impressed with this project and I am doing a project as the same. So please be kind enough to help me

Reichenstein7 made it! (author)Reichenstein72014-11-05

The code is included at the end of this instructable. All you should need to do is copy it and paste into the Arduino IDE Software.

Sajeevan95 made it! (author)Sajeevan952014-11-05

when trying to compile it shows some formatting error! Will I be able to get your help regarding this? The error image is enclosed. Thank you

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Reichenstein7 made it! (author)Reichenstein72014-11-05

It looks like the code really didn't like being uploaded as text. I have uploaded the same code (with a minor fix) in the official .ino file type.

Sajeevan95 made it! (author)Sajeevan952014-11-06

That is amazing. This works perfect. BTW if you don't mind can I know how you have connected this with arduino, motor shield, gripper arm and the remote controller?

Thank you a lot

Sajeevan95 made it! (author)Sajeevan952014-11-05


Can I get the wiring connections sketch of the project. To try the codes the setup has to be correct in the exact same way as the you have connected. Plus :) I voted :)

vrushank26 made it! (author)2014-11-05

Nice one !!!!
Hello i am new in Arduino And Programing and i Need your help!
I have to control Servo Motor with Arduino Uno and Ps2 remote.
So please help me how can i control it?

gearup500 made it! (author)2014-08-04

This is really cool! Wish I could buy one of these.

bwallace5 made it! (author)2014-07-25

This is going to be a winner in this contest. Close crawl spaces are hell holes.

S0uraV_DAS made it! (author)2014-06-28

Voted! Its awesome bro!

Reichenstein7 made it! (author)Reichenstein72014-06-28

Thank you!

egrasso made it! (author)2014-06-26

This is cool. I built a tank track robot that uses a motor shield, a mega adk, a Bluetooth dongle and a ps3 controller. I would love to see what other features you are working on.

kurtz64 made it! (author)2014-06-26

This is very nice. Check mine out that I used to run my home theater wiring!

craftclarity made it! (author)2014-06-26

Super cool! Haven't seen anyone using a 'bot to run CAT5...

Reichenstein7 made it! (author)Reichenstein72014-06-26

Thank you, this little guy has been a great time saver. I am currently building a second version to support a variety of new features.

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