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RF Networks. There are two aspects of networking which must be considered when installing either an NCL or LMS product:. 1. Ethernet Networking (IP). 2. Radio Networking (RF). This presentation will focus on the RF side of the NCL and LMS products. RF Terminology.

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There are two aspects of networking which must be considered when installing either an NCL or LMS product:

1. Ethernet Networking (IP)

2. Radio Networking (RF)

This presentation will focus on the RF side of the NCL and LMS products.

rf terminology
RF Terminology

Wavelength is the distance between identical points in the adjacent cycles of a waveform. In wireless systems, this length is usually specified in meters, centimeters, or millimeters


The size of the wavelength varies depending on the frequency of the signal. Generally speaking, the higher the frequency the smaller the wavelength.

The WaveRider family of products operate in the 2.4000 - 2.4835 GHz range (NCL and LMS2000) as well as the 905 - 925 MHz range (LMS3000).

At 2.4 GHz the wavelength is 12.5cm

At 905 MHz the wavelength is 33cm


These values are calculated using the following formula:

Wavelength = 3 x 102

f (frequency in MHz)

This calculation is important to remember, especially when installing antennas. Ideally, the antenna should be installed no closer than 10 wavelengths to the nearest reflective surface.


Frequency is the number of complete cycles per second in alternating current direction. The standard unit of frequency is the hertz, abbreviated Hz. If a current completes one cycle per second, then the frequency is 1 Hz.

Kilohertz (kHz)

Megahertz (MHz)

Gigahertz (GHz)

Terahertz (THz)

tx power
Tx Power

Tx is short for “Transmit”

All radios have a certain level or Tx power that the radio generates at the RF interface. This power is calculated as the amount of energy given across a defined bandwidth and is usually measured in one of two units:

  • dBm – a relative power level referencing 1 milliwatt
  • W – a linear power level referencing Watts

dBm = 10 x log[Power in Watts / 0.001W]

W = 0.001 x 10[Power in dBm / 10 dBm]

The NCL and LMS radios have Tx power of +18dBm, which translates into .064 W or 64 mW.

rx sensitivity
Rx Sensitivity

Rx is short for “Receive”

All radios also have a certain ‘point of no return’, where if they receive a signal less than the stated Rx Sensitivity, the radio will not be able to ‘see’ the data.

This is also stated in dBm or W.

The NCL and LMS radios have a receive sensitivity of –82 dBm. At this level, a Bit Error Rate (BER) of 10-5 (99.999%) is seen.

The actual level received at the radio will vary depending on many factors.

radiated power
Radiated Power

In a wireless system, antennas are used to convert electrical waves into electromagnetic waves. The amount of energy the antenna can ‘boost’ the sent and received signal by is referred to as the antennas Gain.

Antenna gain is measured in:

  • dBi: relative to an isotropic radiator
  • dBd: relative to a dipole radiator
  • 0 dBd = 2.15 dBi

There are certain guidelines set by the FCC that must be met in terms of the amount of energy radiated out of an antenna. This ‘energy’ is measured in one of two ways:

  • Effective Isotropic Radiated Power (EIRP)
  • measured in dBm = power at antenna input [dBm] + relative antenna gain [dBi]
  • Effective Radiated Power (ERP)
  • measured in dBm = power at antenna input [dBm] + relative antenna gain [dBd]
energy losses
Energy Losses

In all wireless communication systems there are several factors that contribute to the loss of signal strength. Cabling, connectors, lightning arrestors can all impact the performance of your system if not installed properly.

In a ‘low power’ system (such as the NCL and LMS products) every dB you can save is important!! Remember the “3 dB Rule”.

For every 3 dB gain/loss you will either double your power (gain) or lose half your power (loss).


-3 dB = 1/2 power

-6 dB = 1/4 power

+3 dB = 2x power

+6 dB = 4x power

Sources of loss in a wireless system: free space, cables, connectors, jumpers, obstructions

fcc guidelines
FCC Guidelines
  • The ISM Bands are defined as follows:
    • 902 to 928 MHz
    • 2400 to 2483.5 MHz
    • 5725 to 5850 MHz
  • FCC Part 15, Class B
    • Unlicensed operation from 2400 to 2483.5 MHz
    • P2P - EIRP : +36 dBm (4 Watts)
    • : 3:1 i.e. +24 dBm into 24 dBi
    • P2MP - EIRP : +36 dBm (4 Watts)
    • : 3:1 at subscriber (considered P2P)
fcc installer
FCC - Installer

System must be installed by a “Professional Installer” as defined in FCC Document 15.247 Part 15;

Complete understanding of FCC emissions regulations for unlicensed operation in the 2.4 GHz ISM Band.

Installer must have a full understanding of the impact of various types of antennae, amplifiers and other active and passive components on the compliance of the equipment under FCC regulations.

fcc installation
FCC - Installation

An external Power Amp cannot be used in conjunction with WR radio components, in order to comply with FCC regulatory emissions requirements. Use of an external PA device with a WaveRider system is deemed illegal and may result in significant penalty to the manufacturer, seller, and customer.

Unique connectors provide means of compliance.

Standard connectors require professional installation to ensure compliance.

waverider high speed wireless systems
WaveRider High Speed Wireless Systems

The NCL and LMS systems are designed to support terrestrial fixed links in an outdoor environment. Typical distances achieved while staying within FCC guidelines are:

Point to Multipoint: up to 8km

Point to Point: up to 15km

These distances may vary depending on the installation, antennae chosen, cabling, etc.

direct sequence spread spectrum
Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum

Also known as Direct Sequence Code Division Multiple Access (DS-CDMA), DSSS is one of two approaches to spread spectrum modulation for digital signal transmission over the air.

The stream of information to be transmitted is divided into small pieces, each of which is allocated to a frequency channel across the spectrum.

When transmitted, the data is combined with a higher data-rate bit sequence (also known as a chipping code) that divides the data according to a spreading ratio.


The transmitter and the receiver must be synchronized with the same spreading code.

The chipping code helps the signal resist interference and also enables the original data to be recovered if data bits are damaged during transmission.

22 MHz wide

frequency hopping spread spectrum
Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum

Also known as Frequency Hopping Code Division Multiple Access (FH-CDMA), FHSS radios transmit "hops" between available frequencies according to a specified algorithm which can be either random or preplanned.

The transmitter operates in synchronization with a receiver, which remains tuned to the same center frequency as the transmitter.

fhss an example


Each channel 1MHz wide

FHSS – an example



















signal propagation
Signal Propagation

As the signal leaves the antenna it propagates, or disperses, into space. The antenna selection will determine how much propagation will occur.

At 2.4 GHz it is extremely important to ensure a that a path (or tunnel) between the two antennas is clear of any obstructions. Should the propagating signal encounter any obstructions in the path, signal degradation will occur.

Trees, buildings, hydro poles, and towers are common examples of path obstructions.


The greatest amount of loss in your wireless system will be from Free Space Propagation. The Free Space Loss is predictable and given by the formula:

FSL(dB) = 32.45 + 20Log10F(MHz) + 20Log10D(km)

The Free Space Loss at 1km using a 2.4 GHz system is:

FSL(dB) = 32.45 + 20Log10(2400) + 20Log10(1)

= 32.45 + 67.6 + 0

= 100.05 dB

line of sight
Line of Sight

Attaining good Line of Sight (LOS) between the sending and receiving antenna is essential in both Point to Point and Point to Multipoint installations.

Generally there are two types of LOS that are used discussed during installations:

  • Optical LOS - is related to the ability to see one site from the other
  • Radio LOS – related to the ability of the receiver to ‘see’ the transmitted signal

To quantify Radio Line of Sight, the Fresnel Zone theory is applied. Think of the Fresnel Zone as a football shaped tunnel between the two sites which provides a path for the RF signals.

At WaveRider acceptable Radio Line of Sight means that at least 60% of the first Fresnel Zone plus 3 meters is clear of any obstructions.

fresnel zones




Fresnel Zones

* Fresnel Zones

the first fresnel zone
The First Fresnel Zone













Site A




Site B

  • Fresnel Zone diameter depends upon Wavelength, and Distances from the sites along axis
  • For minimum Diffraction Loss, clearance of at least 0.6F1+ 3m is required


Radius of nth Fresnel Zone given by:


When obstructions intrude on the first Fresnel Zone many issues can arise which will affect the performance of the system. The main issues are:

  • 1. Reflection
    • incident wave propagates away from smooth scattering plane
    • multipath fading is when secondary waves arrive out-of-phase with the incident wave causing signal degradation

2. Refraction

    • incident wave propagates through scattering plane but at an angle
    • frequencies less than 10 GHz are not affected by heavy rains, snow, “pea-soup” fog
    • at 2.4 GHz, attenuation is 0.01 dB/Km for 150mm/hr of rain
  • 3. Diffraction
    • incident wave passes around obstruction into shadow regions
the path profile
The Path Profile

Path Profile characteristics may change over time, due to vegetation, building construction, etc.

Path Profile characteristics may change over time, due to vegetation, building construction, etc.

antenna how it works
Antenna - How it Works

The antenna converts radio frequency electrical energy fed to it (via the transmission line) to an electromagnetic wave propagated into space.

The physical size of the radiating element is proportional to the wavelength. The higher the frequency, the smaller the antenna size.

Assuming that the operating frequency in both cases is the same, the antenna will perform identically in Transmit or Receive mode


The type of system you are installing will help determine the type of antenna used. Generally speaking, there are two ‘types’ of antennae:

  • Directional
  • - this type of antenna has a narrow beamwidth; with the power being more directional, greater distances are usually achieved but area coverage is sacrificed
  • - Yagi, Panel, Sector and Parabolic antennae
  • - an EUM, NCL Station/Master will use this type of antenna in both Point to Point and Point to Multipoint


  • - this type of antenna has a wide beamwidth and radiates 3600; with the power being more spread out, shorter distances are achieved but greater coverage attained
  • - Omni antenna
  • - a CCU or an NCL Master will use this type of antenna
  • better suited for shorter links
  • lower dBi gain; usually between 7 and 15 dBi
  • used in medium to long links
  • gains of 18 to 28 dBi
  • most common
  • directional in nature, but can be adjusted anywhere from 450 to 1800
  • typical gains vary from 10 to 19 dBi
  • used at the CCU or Master NCL for wide coverage
  • typical gains of 3 to 10 dBi
antenna radiation patterns
Antenna Radiation Patterns
  • Common parameters
    • main lobe (boresight)
    • half-power beamwidth (HPBW)
    • front-back ratio (F/B)
    • pattern nulls

Typically measured in two planes:

  • Vector electric field referred to E-field
  • Vector magnetic field referred to H-field
  • An antennas polarization is relative to the E-field of antenna.
  • If the E-field is horizontal, than the antenna is Horizontally Polarized.
  • If the E-field is vertical, than the antenna is Vertically Polarized.

No matter what polarity you choose, all antennas in the same RF network must be polarized identically regardless of the antenna type.


Polarization may deliberately be used to:

    • Increase isolation from unwanted signal sources (Cross Polarization Discrimination (x-pol) typically 25 dB)
    • Reduce interference
    • Help define a specific coverage area



antenna impedance
Antenna Impedance

A proper Impedance Match is essential for maximum power transfer. The antenna must also function as a matching load for the Transmitter ( 50 ohms).

Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (VSWR), is an indicator of how well an antenna matches the transmission line that feeds it.

It is the ratio of the forward voltage to the reflected voltage. The better the match, the Lower the VSWR. A value of 1.5:1 over the frequency band of interest is a practical maximum limit.


Return Loss is related to VSWR, and is a measure of the signal power reflected by the antenna relative to the forward power delivered to the antenna.

The higher the value (usually expressed in dB), the better. A figure of 13.9dB is equivalent to a VSWR of 1.5:1. A Return Loss of 20dB is considered quite good, and is equivalent to a VSWR of 1.2:1.

environmental effects
Environmental Effects
  • Ice and wind loading, Salt spray
    • Radomes used to improve performance in icy, windy conditions (more common with larger solid parabolic dishes). Wind loading can be reduced substantially by using a radome.
  • Wind loading can produce vibration, which in turn can produce azimuth errors. For longer paths, this can be critical.
  • Installation - pay close attention to proper sealing of all connector junctions.
the transmission line

Times Microwave

LMR types

Andrew Corporation Heliax

The Transmission Line

The type of cable selected depends mostly on the length of that cable required. Generally, the longer the cable run the better the cable must be in terms of attenuation.

Attenuation refers to the degradation of the signal as it travels through the cable. This is usually stated as a loss in dB per 100 feet.

transmission line selection
Transmission Line Selection
  • Physical Characteristics:
    • Bend radius
    • Diameter - transition considerations (interface ‘jumper cable’ use)
  • Environmental considerations
    • Plenum installation (fire retardant)
    • Special weather-resistant types
    • UV resistance very important in tropics

Line Loss or Attenuation paramount – refer to your Link Budget Calculations to determine how much loss is acceptable and still have a viable link.

Foam dielectric, Air Dielectric, Pressurized types of Coaxial Cable. Waveguide use also possible but typically not cost-effective


Your connector selection will be determined based on the following:

  • connector gender at antenna
  • type of cable being used
  • use of lightning protection
  • gender of jumpers being used

For the most part the cabling manufacturers also manufacture the connectors that go on the cables. ‘Knock off’ connectors are available, but don’t always fit the cable the way the manufacturers connectors do.

Generally the only decision that needs to be made is what gender of connector to install…Male or Female

Antennas – usually Female

Lightning Arrestors – usually Female



RP-SMA- male



the lightning arrestor
To avoid the potential for damage during a lightning strike, the use of lightning is highly recommended.

For maximum protection, ground must be connected close to point of entry into building - within 2ft.

Typically structural steel OK for ground connection

Typical Lightning Arrestor

The Lightning Arrestor

Do not use Gas Lines or Water pipes.

Check Electrical Code for grounding restrictions.

network feasibility assessment
Network Feasibility Assessment

Through WaveRiders Professional Services Group (PSG), a Network Feasibility Assessment can be done to establish the viability of a proposed wireless network with either the NCL or LMS products.

  • System and Program Planning
  • Implementation Management
  • Application engineering
  • Network engineering
  • Backhaul Design

- Electrical Inspection

    • Certified electrician, equipment grounding
  • Primary Power Sources
  • Site Lease / Costs
    • Antenna
    • Floor space
link budget calculations
Link Budget Calculations

To establish the viability of a link prior to installing any equipment, a Link Budget Calculation needs to be made. Performing this calculation will give you an idea as to how much room for path loss you have, and give you an idea as to link quality.

Using the WaveRider Link Path Analysis Tool (LPA Tool), the Fade Margin and other link criteria can be mathematically calculated to determine link quality.


Fade Margin

    • Defined as the difference between the Receive Signal Level RSL, and the Rx Threshold or other chosen reference Level.
    • For path lengths of 16km or less, a minimum 10dB Fade Margin is recommended

Ie. If you have an RSL of –60dB and a Rx Threshold of –72dB, than your fade Margin would be 12dB


Antenna Gain

  • Antenna Gain
  • (dBi)
  • (dBi)
  • A
  • B
  • Path Loss (dB)
  • Field Factor (dB)
  • Connector
  • Connector
  • Losses
  • Losses
  • (dB)
  • Cable Losses
  • Cable Losses
  • (dB)
  • (dB)
  • (dB)
  • Tx Output (dBm)
  • Tx Output (dBm)
  • Received Signal Level
  • (dBm) = Tx Output (dBm) - Path
  • Loss(dB) - Field Factor (dB) + Total Antenna Gains (dB) - Total
  • Cable Losses (dB) - Total Connector Losses (dB)
interference countermeasures
1. Short Paths

2. Narrow Beam Antennas (high gain)

3. Frequency Selection

4. Antenna Polarization

5. Antenna Azimuth

6. Equipment/Antenna Location

Interference Countermeasures