LINKPlanner v5.4.3 Now Available

The key features of 5.4.3 are:

PTP 820/850

  • Added PTP 850C and PTP 850S in 11 and 18 GHz bands

    In this release PTP 850C is available for the following Link Types:

    • 1+0
    • 2+0 Co-Polar
    • 2+0 Cross-Polar
    • 2+0 XPIC

    For the PTP 850S it is only available in 1+0. Other link types will be introduced in future releases.

  • Obsolete CAT5E cable and replace with CAT6A

    This will remove some of the Ethernet Cable selection options for CAT5E, but will also increase the height at which PoE can be offered for some of the products, depending on link type and frequency band. It also introduces a 100m CAT6A drum size in addition to the current 305m drum.

60 GHz cnWave

  • Changed Receive Level reporting reference to the single patch to match the reporting in the product, updated sensitivity levels and cable losses.

    This synchronizes the receive level shown in LINKPlanner and that shown on the product. It removes the array gain and adds in a 2.5 dB receive cable loss, which was missing from the previous version. The sensitivity data has also been updated to the new reference point and in combination this can result in a 3 to 4 dB reduction in link budget relative to the previous version.

  • Added a Channel Mapping capability to visualize and speed up the layout of channel, Golay code and Polarity in the network

    This is a visualization tool to make it easier to allocate each of the parameters to the sectors in a PMP network. See the Knowledge Base article for more details on how to use this feature, How to channel plan a 60 GHz PMP network.

  • Added “Auto” choice option to channel, Golay Code and Polarity, moving Golay code to be an Equipment end choice on PTP and adding Polarity to PTP Equipment end options.

    In PTP mode the Golay code and Polarity are available for network planning and to ensure that the installation reports are correct for radio commissioning, they do not change the performance of the link. The Golay codes are duplicated at either end of the link, whereas the Odd and Even polarity settings have to be opposite to ensure correct link performance.

  • Added V1000 to V1000 PTP Link option

  • Added capability to quickly add multiple points to the profile for short profiles to allow easier editing on short paths

    For paths shorter than 300m there is a new function in the path profile to allow multiple points to be quickly added along the profile. These do not increase the accuracy of the path profile data supplied, but do make it easier to quickly adjust the path profile with higher resolution.

    To add the extra points select the multiple points icon in the Profile Editor tool bar shown highlighted below:


    This will pop up a second menu where you can choose the step interval from 0.001 to 0.015 (in the units selected either kilometers or miles).


    Points will automatically be added at the interval selected but will still include the original points if they don’t fall on a new increment point. The smaller increments allows for more detail in the clutter allocations, for example in the positioning of roads, instead of them being incorporated with the surrounding buildings.

  • Added various parts to optional extras, grounding cable to default BOM and changed default bracket on V5000 DN to the fixed bracket


  • Added ePMP MP3000 MicroPop Access Point

    This release supports a new AP product option for ePMP MP3000 MicroPop in the 5.1 to 5.8 GHz frequency bands. Although the antenna is nominally an omni, the performance is optimized in the front 120 degree beamwidth area, therefore LINKPlanner defaults to use it as a 120 degree antenna. To change to use it as an omni, increase the Modeled Beamwidth to 360 degrees, but be aware that coverage may be restricted.

  • Rel 4.6 added support for variable TDD ratios on 11ac products

    ePMP now supports DL/UL Ratios in 5% increments between 30/70 and 75/25 on the 11ac products (which includes 11n subscribers connected to an 11ac AP). This introduction has in some cases made small changes to the throughput on existing TDD ratios.

PMP 450

  • Rel 20.0 added support for more modulation modes

    The PMP 450, 450b and 450i products now support additional MIMO-B modulation modes, adding 8QAM (x3), 32QAM (x5) and 128QAM (x7) to the modulation mode lists.

Please note that these are not available in either downlink or uplink when using the PMP 450m Access Point.


  • Added cnReach to Best Server Analysis tool

    When the products are cnReach the Best Server Analysis does not offer the option to set a Target SM Mode as the allowed modulation modes are very variable and don’t offer a consistent set to choose from. In all other respects it works the same as for the other PMP products.


  • Added Viewsheds to Google Earth export feature to allow them to be displayed in Google Earth

    The viewsheds are now included by default in the Google Earth export but can be switched off by unticking the Viewshed overlays in KMZ/KML? box under Tools – Options – Path Profile. Only viewsheds that have been pre-calculated and cached on the server will be included during the export process. The user generating the Google Earth export must have valid path profile credentials set in LINKPlanner to access the cached files on the server when creating the export file.


    When the export opens in Google Earth all viewsheds will be selected for display by default. To control which ones you want visible use the tick boxes under Places to switch them on and off.


  • Added new capability to choose between site max height and a user defined fixed height for the network end of the viewshed

    Select Use site Maximum Height? to run the viewsheds at the maximum height defined in the network sites list for each site. If you want to use a fixed height then choose Use Tower Height? and set the height. In both cases these heights are above ground level and do not include any allowance for clutter height. All subsequent viewsheds will remember the previous selection and therefore these settings will not need to be updated for each viewshed created in a project.


  • Increased Path Length display precision in the Path Profile title bar to three decimal places

Bug Fixes

  • Allow more than 1 decimal place for SM Range in New Hub dialog to match SM Range definition
  • Updated cnWave reports to match product flow
  • Corrected ePMP Modulation Mode error when in ePTP mode and creating reports
  • Corrected TDD Sync panel error when project file contains Unicode characters
  • Prevent projects opening with mismatches on frequency band between SM and AP
  • Added 60 GHz labelling to viewshed
  • Ensured all installation reports include predicted receive level information
  • Improved handling of old regulations when opening old projects
  • Allow separation angle to be edited directly in the New Hub dialog
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