RF propagation describes the behavior of electromagnetic radiation from a point of transmission as it travels through the surrounding environment. The analysis of RF propagation is essential in understanding how electromagnetic waves incur losses from a transmitter to a receiver in different scenarios. You can use propagation models to calculate the coverage, SINR, signal strength, path loss, and link loss between a transmitter and a receiver in basic, urban, terrain, and multipath environments.
Propagation and Visualization
|Display or compute coverage map
|Display antenna radiation pattern in Site Viewer
|Display or compute signal-to-interference-plus-noise (SINR) ratio
|Display or compute communication link status
|Received signal strength
|Display or compute RF propagation rays (Since R2019b)
|Display or compute line-of-sight (LOS) visibility status
|Create RF propagation model
|Path loss of radio wave propagation
|RF signal attenuation due to rainfall
|RF signal attenuation due to atmospheric gases
|RF signal attenuation due to fog and clouds
|Free space path loss
|Path loss using Terrain Integrated Rough Earth Model (TIREM) (Since R2019a)
|Path loss and phase change for RF propagation ray (Since R2020a)
|Permittivity and conductivity of building materials (Since R2020a)
|Permittivity and conductivity of earth surface materials (Since R2020a)
- RF Propagation and Visualization
Visualize coverage maps, SINR maps, and propagation paths in outdoor and indoor environments.
- Choose a Propagation Model
When to use the different propagation models based on frequency, type, and limitations.
- Ray Tracing for Wireless Communications
Ray tracing models predict propagation paths and corresponding losses using 3-D environment geometry and electromagnetic analysis.
- Customize Buildings for Ray Tracing Analysis
Customize the buildings stored in an OpenStreetMap® file and then perform ray tracing analysis on a scene created from the buildings. (Since R2023b)
- Access Basemaps and Terrain in Site Viewer
Site Viewer displays data over basemaps and terrain. Download some of these basemaps or add custom basemaps and terrain.
- Troubleshooting Site Viewer
Troubleshoot internet connection failures and graphics environment errors.
- Access TIREM Software
TIREM information and setup requirements.