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Range Test Module Configuration

This module allows you to test the range of your Meshtastic nodes. It requires two nodes:

  • Sender: fixed node that sends sequential packets ("Sender message interval" between 30-60s);
  • Receiver: mobile node (typically you) with onboard or phone GPS.

Nodes are in range as long as the sequential packets can be received.

The receiving node can be used to save the messages along with the GPS coordinates at which they were received into a .csv file. This .csv file can then be integrated into Google Earth, Google Maps - My Maps, or any other program capable of processing .csv files. This can enable you to visualize your mesh. Ensure you have position precision in the default channel set to high, otherwise the collected data will not record your true location.


Be sure to turn off the module or disable sending when not in use. This will use a lot of time on air, slow down your mesh, and spam your channel. The module will automatically turn off after 8 hours.

The range test module config options are: Enabled, Sender, and Save. Range Test Module config uses an admin message sending a ModuleConfig.RangeTestConfig protobuf.

Range Test Module Config Values


Enables the range test module. Both Sender and Receiver must have the module enabled. On the Apple and Android apps to receive any range test messages the module must be enabled. The device screen may continue to show range test packets from older firmware versions even if the module is disabled.

Sender Interval

How long to wait between sending sequential test packets. 0 is default which disables sending messages.

Radio Settingrange_test.sender
Long Slow60
Long Fast30
Short Fast15

Save CSV File


Leave disabled when using the Android or Apple apps. Saves directly to the device's flash memory (without the need for a smartphone), and is only available on ESP32-based devices.

If enabled, all received messages are saved to the device's flash memory in a file named rangetest.csv.

To access this file, first turn on the WiFi on your device and connect to your network. Once you can connect to your device, navigate to meshtastic.local/rangetest.csv (or your_device_ip/rangetest.csv) and the file will be downloaded automatically. This file will only be created after receiving initial messages.

To prevent filling up the storage, the device will abort writing if there is less than 50kb of space on the filesystem.

Range Test Module Config Client Availability



Range Test Config options are available for Android.

  1. Open the Meshtastic App
  2. Navigate to: Vertical Ellipsis (3 dots top right) > Radio Configuration > Range Test

Android exports a rangetest.csv file from packets in the Debug Log. To clear old packet history data: Debug Panel > Clear

Application Examples

Google Earth Integration


  1. Download and open Google Earth
    1. Select File > Import
    2. Select CSV
    3. Select Delimited, Comma
    4. Make sure the button that states “This dataset does not contain latitude/longitude information, but street addresses” is unchecked
    5. Select “rx lat” & “rx long” for the appropriate lat/lng fields
    6. Click finish
  2. When it prompts you to create a style template, click yes.
    1. Set the name field to whichever column you want to be displayed on the map (don’t worry about this too much, when you click on an icon, all the relevant data appears)
    2. Select a color, icon, etc. and hit OK.

Your data will load onto the map, make sure to click the checkbox next to your dataset in the sidebar to view it.

My Maps

You can use My Maps. It takes CSVs and the whole interface is much easier to work with.

Google has instructions on how to do that here.

You can style the ranges differently based on the values, so you can have the pins be darker the if the SNR or RSSI (if that gets added) is higher.

Openstreetmap - uMap

For an open source solution you could use uMap. A service based on the popular openstreetmap project.

Visit uMap in your preffered language.

  1. Click on "Create a map"
  2. Click on the "Import data"-Icon or press CRTL + I.
  3. Choose your rangetest.csv and click "Import". The dataformat is recognized and the locations are imported onto the map.