I’m new to the project and just learning the ropes. I have working client and router nodes and can establish communications for few kilometer link spans.
I got few specific questions regarding the design and implementation of a network.
When doing real world deployment, if I have LOS between nodes, how important really is the 1st fresnel clearance? Since the link budget is in the realm of 150-170 dB, which is insane, one would think that some “minor” path loss doesnt really matter.
Also in this regard, currently I’m thinking that link spans of 10-20 km or at maximum 30 km is reasonable without very high placed antennas or other ground clearance (due to fresnel restrictions). Is this so in practice? If using 30-50 meter hilltops, I calculated that you should get F1 clearances for atleast 10 km paths.
Testing connectivity and link quality
When using android client with identical node setup everywhere (with encryption keys and all), is there other way to test connectivity other than “request location” from the menu? In meshtastic cli I can get more data with --info and --nodes and --sendping
If node is in repeater mode (with all_skip_decoding), is there any way to confirm/measure node functionality/visibility?
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