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1. COVERAGE CALCULATION ACCURACY is limited by the quality of the map data used. Link Calculator 2.0 BETA uses FREE map data (SRTM) that are LESS ACCURATE around WATER BODIES, like rivers and lakes. Please keep that in mind while using the calculator, it's a freeware tool to provide you a ROUGH idea about the coverage. For more precision, you have to use a paid service such as Tower Coverage or similar.

2. MISSING CPEs - some of the major radio manufacturers, like Ubiquiti or MikroTik is not interested to cooperate with us. Thus we could not add most of their CPEs into the drop down menu. For these cases, please select the Generic 802.11ac or Generic 802.11n radio.

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On 9/22/2020 at 2:00 PM, Honza said:

Please add MikroTik SXTsq 5 ac to the CPEs. Thank you!

Honza, unfortunately MikroTik is another manufacturer that is not cooperating with us - the data in the datasheet is not enough and they wouldn't give us what we need. The option you have is to use 'generic 802.11ac'.

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On 9/22/2020 at 10:52 PM, JohnH said:

When you download the PDF it does not show the color field MCS like it does on the non-pdf screen. That would be nice. 

Hi John. It's technically rather complicated thing to do, despite it seems trivial. But when we do bigger future updates, we'll definitely look into it. Thanks for the tip.

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Good Day

 

i like the  calculator but as you select the antenna why not add option to add the different radio types as well with an export to google earth with the indication where the antenna radius goes and cover for an example ubnt link calculator offers that experience but is limited to only there products

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Hi Danny, thanks for the feedback, we're constantly collecting it and will consider it in future iterations! 

What do you mean by antenna radius? The distance an antenna can reach is determined by multiple variables and the result is always an information what signal strength (or MCS) you can work with, so the radius other manufacturers show is largely misleading and confusing.

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Would it be possible to have multiple AP's on a site to plan what type of horns at what directions would be needed for good coverage? Like a multi AP map. The reason why is we are trying to do 60 degree frequency reuse and we may be able to do that at a certain distance with lowered TX power. Just need to see what ap's the client would see at what power from a certain point.

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On 10/30/2020 at 7:24 PM, UintaDave said:

Would it be possible to have multiple AP's on a site to plan what type of horns at what directions would be needed for good coverage? Like a multi AP map. The reason why is we are trying to do 60 degree frequency reuse and we may be able to do that at a certain distance with lowered TX power. Just need to see what ap's the client would see at what power from a certain point.

Hi Dave, what you're asking about is completely sane and understandable. Our online tool however has not grown to be a 'planner' yet, it's a mere calculator, and it's a free tool. Thank you for your feedback, sometime in the future it is possible we will implement multi AP version, until then, if you have any further feedback, please share it!

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Would be cool to get the Ubiquiti CPE range in there. 

  • Rocket Prism Gen2
  • Powerbeam 5AC Gen2
  • Powerbeam M5

 

Also, when I use the Multi CPE option, MCS rates on graph don't show any higher than 9, I would think that most modern day CPEs are up to MCS rate 15 with 2x2 streams. When I do the single CPE option and try and see what the CPE would be like at different MCS rates on the slider, it won't allow me to go any higher than 11. Seems a bit off.

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On 11/10/2020 at 1:25 AM, JP Moller said:

Would be cool to get the Ubiquiti CPE range in there. 

  • Rocket Prism Gen2
  • Powerbeam 5AC Gen2
  • Powerbeam M5

 

Also, when I use the Multi CPE option, MCS rates on graph don't show any higher than 9, I would think that most modern day CPEs are up to MCS rate 15 with 2x2 streams. When I do the single CPE option and try and see what the CPE would be like at different MCS rates on the slider, it won't allow me to go any higher than 11. Seems a bit off.

Thank you for the comments! If you read the text at the top of this thread, you'd know UBNT is not interested to provide us the data necessary to add those radios/CPEs into the calculator.

Regarding the MCS - our calc shows them for ONE spatial channel. It is a survey tool we provide for free so you get an idea what you might expect, not a comprehensive planner with all gritty details. For more detailed settings/planning, I recommend to go with a paid tool.

Each CPE in the dropdown menu has max MCS based on the data from the manufacturers for ONE spatial channel, so I believe it is all good. After all, if you multiply the resulting throughput by the number of channels you'll get what you're looking for.

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12 hours ago, Jesse Archer said:

Would be really great if there was a button to export the generated overlays to KML so we can pull them into Google Earth?

Thank you for the feedback, we do update the calc within a particular cycle, so we'll look into it for the next iteration.

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