PTP 650 Sync examples

I’m considering installing two links in two different directions on a tower using PTP 650 and 60 and 90cm antennas.
Could you give me an example of syncing these links? What are the cons of syncing? Do I lose performances?
Is it necessary to sync to reuse the same frequency even if in different directions?
I don’t have lot of spectrum available and I would like to run both links at 45MHz.

Thank you


If you are installing the radios in opposite direction then you can reuse the same frequency. When two radios are installed on the same tower eventhough in different directions, it is recommended to use the GPS Sync which will avoid the self interference. This is the con of Sync. No, you will not loose performance, instead it will be improved.


Vijay Gnanamurtthi


One potential downside of synchronizing with a PTP 650 is that the transmit/receive ratio must be 1:1 which means the capacity will be split 50%/50% in each direction.  When un-synced there are several other options including adaptive symmetry where tx/rx ratio is constantly adapting to traffic load.

- Bruce

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Can’t be a radio syncronized using other traffic splitting? For example 2:1?

What if I reuse the same frequency in different directions without sync using adaptive symmetry?

Some thoughts about frequency re-use with TDD synchronization:

First consider the case of two links from the same mast, on the same frequency, without synchronization:

Frequency re-use without sync.png

We have two wanted paths (LM and JK) and three unwanted paths (LK, MK and JM). We're ignoring the unwanted path LJ because this has disatnce and antenna pattern on its side. In this case, the interference between units colocated on the mast (MK) is likely to be the worst problem. Generally this prevents co-channel use of colocated units.

Now, consider what happens when the network is synchronised:

Frequency re-use with sync.png

The large interfering signal MK is eliminated. The interfering signal LJ is eliminated, but we weren't worrying about that one. But the remaining interference (LK and JM) is not reduced. You still have to design to handle this interference based on the directivity or polar pattern of the antennas. High performance antennas help. Also, the situation is generally improved when the angle LMJ is large (up to the maximum of 180 degrees).

TDD Sync is a really useful technique, but it doesn't remove all interference.


Thank you!
It's a very useful answer!

Using 17GHz links with good antennas with good isolation I can have up to 4 links, on the same frequency, with at least 30° degrees different directions, and I have max modulation without interferences.

5GHz is different, but, with optimal antennas, very directive (90/120cm), is it possible to achieve something similar?

How does PTP 650 perform in interfered situations (co-channel interferences from other vendors on other near tower)?

Is it possible to sync PTP 650 with ePMP 1000 sectors or PTP 110 GPS?

I’m reading in the user guide that it’s possible to set for example 5:1 as ratio for TDD frame allocation.
Why isn’t possible to sync multiple units using 5:1 and I’m forced to use 1:1?

First, we can confirm that PTP 650 does not support asymmetric TDD operation with TDD Synchronization. You might want to suggest asymmetric TDD as a feature request. However, there are some limitations on what could be done:

  • The synchronized network needs exactly the same frame duration in every link, or at least in every link that could interfere with another link. The asymmetric operation is achieved by increasing the burst duration in one direction, and this normally involves changing the frame duration. If we allowed asymmetric TDD synchronization you might be limited to using the same ratio everywhere in the network, or at the very least using the same ratio for all links on the same mast.
  • Asymmetric TDD synchronization doesn't work well in a relay deployment. Suppose you want an overall 5:1 favouring the downlink. At a relay point, you ideally want one transmitter with a 1:5 ratio for the uplink direction, and (on the same tower) another transmitter with a 5:1 ratio for the downlink. There is little benefit from synchronizing these links since one will now be transmitting when the other is receiving.

Hi Mark,

I'd like to know HOW to work with LinkPLanner when designing links with GPS synchronization; example is that I have 13 co-located PTP650's in a single tower and have to divide this into 2 clusters (6, 7). Should I design this using linkplanner as a single linkplanner file or is it ok to create a separate file for each cluster. Will there be any difference on the resulting parameters needed to be set/configured for each radio.



Gerry, yes, you do need to design it in one single LINKPlanner file. You can get your VAR/disty, or Cambium RTM to help you with planning the TDD sync parameters once you get all the links into one file. The TDD sync parameter helps you to calculate frame and burst durations and gap and offset times so all the links can avoid self-interference from each other. You will need to enable sync on all links that will be synchronized as well. 

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Thanks Brian for the confirmation...

More power!