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Range Test Plugin Settings

Overview#

This plugin allows you to test the range of your Meshtastic nodes. It requires at least two nodes, a sender and a receiver. The receiving node then saves 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.

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Once settings are changed, a reset is required for them to take effect.

Settings#

SettingAcceptable ValuesDefault
range_test_plugin_enabledtrue, falsefalse
range_test_plugin_savetrue, falsefalse
range_test_plugin_senderinteger (Seconds)0

range_test_plugin_enabled#

Enables the plugin.

range_test_plugin_save#

If enabled, we will save a log of all received messages to /static/rangetest.csv which you can access from the webserver. We will abort writing if there is less than 50k of space on the filesystem to prevent filling up the storage.

range_test_plugin_sender#

Number of seconds to wait between sending packets. Using the long_slow channel configuration, it's best not to go more frequent than once every 60 seconds. You can be more agressive with faster settings. 0 is default which disables sending messages.

Details#

While a minumum of two radios is required, more can be used. You can have any number of receivers and senders that your mesh is able to handle. You can test having a single sender with multiple receivers or a single reciever with multiple senders. Let us know on the forum thread the results of your configuration.

Be sure to turn off either the plugin configured as a sender or the device where the plugin setup as sender when not in use. This will use a lot of time on air and will spam your channel.

Also be mindful of your space usage on the file system. It has protections from filling up the space but it's best to delete old range test results.

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Leaving this plugin on can slow down your mesh. Currently, the messages are sent using the same TEXT_MESSAGE_APP port that all other messages are sent on.

Accessing your CSV#

Connect to your device over WiFi, either using the software access point or WiFi Client. Then navigate to meshtastic.local (or your IP address) /static/rangetest.csv where your file will be available for download.

Example URLs
http://meshtastic.local/static/rangetest.csv
http://198.168.0.X/static/rangetest.csv

Recommended Sender Settings#

Radio Settingrange_test_plugin_sender
Long Slow60
Long Alt30
Medium15
Short Fast15

Examples#

Sender Node#

Example - Sender Node
meshtastic --set range_test_plugin_enabled true
meshtastic --set range_test_plugin_sender 60

Receiver Node#

Example - Receiver Node
meshtastic --set range_test_plugin_enabled true
meshtastic --set range_test_plugin_save true