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Aironet 1400 signal strength

We have two 1410 bridges about 400 meters apart, clear line of sight, one with the 22.5 dBi internal panel antenna and the other with a 9 dBi omni, both vertically polarized. The signal strength seems low to me: -74 to -78 dBm on both ends. The link test typically shows "POOR" with 35% to 70% retries.

What signal strength should I expect with properly configured and installed radios that are 400 meters apart?

What signal strength is required for 99.99% or 99.999% reliability?

Thank you!

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Re: Aironet 1400 signal strength

I may have mis-understood your post, but you have a 1410 with an integrated antenna, which is vertically polarized??

does this mean that it is pointing at the omni? or it is pointing upward?

I would do a site survey with them, and properly align the antenna's with the best possible signal.

you can put it it align antenna mode, and the lights on the back of the bridge, will signal you to the best alignment.

to do that it should be in the manual.

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Re: Aironet 1400 signal strength

One 1410 has the integrated antenna and is mounted for vertical polarization (cable connections out the bottom), not pointing upwards. It is aimed at the omni antenna which is about 400 meters away.

The other 1410 has an external omnidirectional antenna mounted the normal way so that it is also vertically polarized.

We were seeing signal levels of -78 and -76 dBm which generated a link test result of "POOR" with 35-80% retries and lousy throughput.

We eventually tried replacing the omni antenna and coax, and now have signal levels of -56 and -54 dBm and a link test result of "GOOD".

My question is what signal strength should we expect on 1410 radios that are 400 meters apart using a 9 dBi and 22.5 dBi antennas? (My problem is a lack of experience, so I didn't know that -78 dBm was 20 dB or more below what we should see.)

And what signal strength is required for 54 Mbps with 99.99% and 99.999% reliability?