RF planning is an art which takes years to master but if done correctly will save time, money, energy and even lives. The number of variables which must be considered to maximise accuracy is potentially infinite if you start worrying about leaves on trees so a practical trade off must be made between the time you take defining variables, learning new software and the lifespan or value of your network(s).
CloudRF is designed around this trade-off. It sacrifices specialist protocol-specific options for simple generic options so it can be used by novices and experts to answer questions ranging from “Where does my repeater cover?” to “Can I reduce my power consumption with a high gain antenna or a lower frequency?”
A link budget is a calculation which computes the received power based upon the transmitter, receiver and link parameters. In it's most basic form you add together the gain values at either end and subtract the path loss in the middle. You can read more about link budgets in the link budget tutorial. A thorough reference for link budgets can be found on Wikipedia.
|Frequency band||RF limit Europe||RF limit USA|
|2.4 GHz||100mW / 20dBm||1000mW / 30dBm|
|5.8 GHz||100mW / 20dBm||1000mW / 30dBm|