RF planning tool for microwave point-to-point (PtP) and point-to-multipoint (PtMP) links.
RF planning tool for:
- GSM / WCDMA / CDMA / UMTS / LTE networks
- P25 / TETRA / DMR / dPMR / NXDN / GSM-R /McWiLL land mobile radio networks
- Networks based on wireless IoT technologies: LoRa and others.
- DVB-H / DVB-T / DVB-T2 / ISDB-T / DAB / DAB+ terrestrial radio and television broadcast networks
- Air-to-ground communication systems and radionavigation operating in the VHF, UHF and microwave frequencies (Air-to-ground radio, ADS-B, VOR, DME etc.)
Rene Dos Remedios
Dryve IT Inc
Manila , PH
June 10, 2019
After using MLinkPlanner extensively for around 5 days, I have identified some of my favorite features.
1. Very easy to copy, export or import BS and SU radio parameters. Very easy to import Antenna files.
2. Ability to enter ADM specifications.
3. Very easy to add obstructions (trees, buildings) and water in the path.
4. Automatically accesses many different types of maps that can be used to validate the link path.
5. Coverage reports are very helpful:
a. Strongest Server Coverage report is my favorite. Aside from using this to assign SUs to BS, I use this report to easily adjust the Frequency Plan. This report makes frequency planning very simple.
b. C/(I+N) and RSSL reports are also very useful to verify coverage and interference issues.
6. Comprehensive Reports
a. The Full Hop Report is perfect for documentation for the deployment team. I will also use this report as documentation for my customer.
b. The PMP Summary report is a very good report to be able to understand issues in the overall network. I can see sites with diffraction problems, los RSL, and low predicted performance.
The Summary Report is also something I can forward to Site Installer personnel since the report contains all the necessary information for activation and performance verification of subscriber sites. I still plan to use your MSWord reports for documentation of individual site activation job orders, but the Summary Report contains all the key information for activation and is also very useful as a field report. Installers can directly enter measured RSL and Throughput testing on additional columns to document design versus actual results. I have found that easily having the expected RSL levels really helps installers in properly installing links.
MlinkPlanner is fast becoming my favorite RF Planning tool. I definitely think that MLinkPlanner has been one of my best investments for my RF design consulting work.
My sincerest thanks to you and all the people behind MLinkPlanner. You have saved me several man-weeks of work on this project.
ProSoft Technology, Inc.
May 27, 2019
The MLinkPlanner software for radio path study is easy to use and intuitive, It took me less than two days to get used to the software and then I was able to do Point to Point and Point to Multipoint application path studies which were well aligned with the actual application requirements. The best interesting portion what I like is the report section which gives you a basic and detailed report which is easier to share with end customers to show that we actually did a detailed designed and that makes a difference in the entire project design phase.
Bert Rushford | Principle Consultant
Obsidian Consulting, LLC
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
May 21, 2019
Obsidian Consulting, LLC has been evaluating RadioPlanner 2.1 software for about two weeks. We limited our testing to 700/800mHz P25 and analog Land Mobile Radio (“LMR”) systems. Our primary evaluator has been designing and implementing LMR systems for 30 years. Part of that 30-year tenure was with Motorola where he helped Motorola develop its own proprietary LMR propagation modeling software. Our other consulting engineers also have decades of LMR system design experience. As a team, we are very impressed with RadioPlanner 2.1’s features, functionality, accuracy, and ease of use! A word of caution – “ease of use” is a relative term. If you are an experienced LMR engineer you will find it easy to navigate and populate the software’s data fields and generate your first propagation map. If not, RadioPlanner is intuitive enough that trial and error will get you positive results.
RadioPlanner 2.1 offers many useful features to provide accurate LMR propagation modeling. Two of our favorites are: 1) the point calculation; and, 2) the co-channel carrier to interference ratio (“C/I”) and carrier to adjacent channel ratio (“C/A”) tools. The point calculation provides a point-to-point (“PTP”) terrain path profile calculation, with terrain view, between the selected LMR site and any point within the LMR coverage area of interest. This built-in PTP feature is nice to further analyze areas of weak LMR coverage and visually see why the area falls below the desired threshold. It is also a great tool to use during client presentations as the path profile illustrates path obstructions that degrade the RF signal; which audience members’ can easily understand. This PTP calculation can be performed on the fly in a matter of seconds – again great for client presentations. The C/I and C/A tools are useful for modeling multi-channel trunking systems. For us, this great a great feature, as most of our system designs are 700/800mHz trunking systems. The program allows easy entry of all the LMR’s trunking frequencies and demonstrates how co-channels and adjacent-channels could impact the LMR trunking system’s performance. These are just two of our favorite RadioPlanner 2.1 features but the program offers many other beneficial features such as, to name a few; 1) uplink and downlink signal strength coverages maps, 2) coverage maps of areas where the signal strengths are above both the LMR site and the subscriber’s threshold; and, 3) the ability to save your work as a KMZ file. The program can also calculate various, user selectable, clutter losses and easily allows for demonstrating in-building coverage losses.
As part of our assessment, we also tested RadioPlaner 2.1’s predicted coverage against the actual coverage produced by two active LMR trunking systems. One is a 700mHz P25 LMR, digital only, trunking system and the other one is an 800mHz analog LMR trunking system. We did not perform an exhaustive coverage test as we would during a formal LMR coverage acceptance test. Instead, we programmed two portable radios and selected locations, within the predicted coverage area, that exhibited less than desirable coverage. We then drove to the selected areas and initiated multiple push-to-talks while overserving the radios received signal strength. What we discovered is that the predicted coverage paralleled the actual coverage for both the 700mHz and 800mHz systems extremely well. We would be very confident using RadioPlanner to model and define LMR site selection for wide-area multi-site 700/800mHz systems; and/or, single-site systems.
Based, on our relatively short assessment, there are two items that would be nice-to-have. One nice-to-have would be a clickable zoom-in zoom-out function displayed on the coverage map’s output similar to those found in Google Earth or Google maps. It would also be useful if the zoom-out/zoom-in function remained focused on the area of interest rather than having to pan back to the area of interest. There is a pull-down menu you can click to change the coverage map’s eye-level view or you can also use your mouse’s scroll knob to provide an equivalent function; but, you still need to pan back to the area of interest. The other nice-to-have would be a data field to add system gain derived from a tower top amplifier (“TTA”) on LMR base station’s (“Station”) receive side. Fortunately, the program allows a different set of parameter to be used for the station’s transmit and receive antenna systems. As such, you can set the station’s receive antenna system to any height, be it equal to or not to the transmit antenna’s height, and zero out the receive coaxial line losses if your system is utilizing a TTA. You can also lower the station’s receive threshold if your system uses a TTA. The program also has a diversity gain data field in the station’s parameters that may accomplish the same results as having a dedicated TTA input gain field. But, we did not experiment with the diversity gain input during our evaluation. We set our station’s receive side line loss to zero.
These are very minor items and the program’s excellent performance greatly out ways these nice-to-haves. Overall we would strongly recommend this program to anyone interested in a very nicely designed, flexible and multi-faceted RF propagation modeling tool. We also note that RadioPlanner’s email tech support was excellent even though their tech support is several hours ahead of us.
May 8, 2019
I have had MLinkPlanner since Jan 30, 2019.
I am very pleased with the product.
Mlink planner provides clear and concise reporting and ease of use especially entering site data.
I also like the easy feature to quickly alter antenna heights.
Jacques Joubert | Technical Support and RMA Team Leader
MiRO a member of the Hudaco group
April 11, 2019
MLinkPlanner is a handy tool and has been most helpful in assisting us plan links. Easy to use and navigate and gives us all the information we need in terms of link lengths and azimuths.
San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago
18 March, 2019
We are a two way radio company in existence and operation for over 50 years. In the last 12 years we have become heavily involved in WISP services and many other microwave links for customers as well as ourselves. In the past we have used may different Path Profile services so as to achieve our goals in planning links and providing Path Profiles for customers, however it was always a task in deciphering the readings/results and then trying to transcribe it on to our Path Profile Analysis report.
For almost a year now we have been using MLinkPlanner and this program has made such an incredible difference in our data gathering and path profiling. I often wonder how we were able to make out before using this software and service. There are countless times that MLinkPlanner has saved us stress and worries due to the simplistic user interface. My personal favourite is how easily it is to switch between all of the maps when checking out a location or link hop. By switching between maps, I have found that I get a proper overall grasp of what I’m looking at as the different perspectives of the individual maps makes it seem to come alive right in front your eyes..... from Satellite to Topo to Street Map and best of all Hybrid. Good job on this service and really glad we found it.
17 March, 2019
I've used MLinkPlanner for almost five months. I like it because it automatically download terrain and coverage map from multiple sources. In comparison to other more advanced and expensive radio planning software, MlinkPlanner seemed more efficient and easier to use. It would be advisable to be able to export to Google Earth both radio link and coverage map. Another good point would be to import .msi antenna files (or other format)
Thank you for your good planning software, keep it that way !!!
Devinder Sharma | Sr. Network & Security Engineer
Network Facilities, Inc., Toronto, Canada
17 October, 2018
I recently purchased full version of the MLinkPlanner tool and have been more than thrilled to find it exceeding all my expectations. With effortless online access to high resolution terrain and buildings / tree cover clutter data from multiple sources, beautiful and accurate rendering of the path profiles and link analysis, this is a must tool for Small Telcos, Wireless ISPs, Cellular RF engineers, Microwave RF engineers, Outdoors WiFi Network Engineers and Network Consultants at very affordable USD500 all inclusive with lifetime product updates. The support has been stellar with very prompt and detailed responses and they listen to all suggestions for improvement of the product. I will mainly use it for feasibility study of point to point radio links and antenna heights/tower/masts calculations. I strongly recommend this product to anyone without big budget but needing detailed, accurate analysis and feasibility for wireless bridge links and point to multipoint coverage calculations.