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millennial

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Size Footprint Question
« on: August 23, 2016, 09:26:31 am »
Is the red bracketed part in my attached picture of the mc-Module there for a critical reason? It looks like there is some kind of big copper wire there, and it also contains the mc-module branding. On the back is some information about the pins, but that can always be found online. Is the copper used at the factory for lower-than-firmware bootstrapping?

My point is that that part of the mc-Module takes up 1/4 or 1/3 of the width, and I would think a smaller physical size would be more important than a bit of branding. The branding could potentially be moved to the back.

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Re: Size Footprint Question
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2016, 09:47:05 am »
@Millenial - That section of the mc-Module is the actual antenna for the device. This means that it is obviously a critical component! The antenna  facilitates the connection between the mc-Modules and the mc-Gateway. You'll notice on your mc-Gateway that the embedded module in that device also has an antenna (Same size).
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Re: Size Footprint Question
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2016, 10:41:36 am »
If only I had read the product page, I would have known this.  :-[ Things blend together since I have been following the project from the start. That picture hasn't always been there, but I like how we now know exactly where the sensors are on the circuit board.

To make more use of a stupid question, does this mean antenna/range boosters of some kind are possible? Would they be effective? How many models and tests did you run to decide the on the optimal antenna?

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Re: Size Footprint Question
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2016, 11:58:26 am »
We have done a lot of test with the antenna and it is very good. Most wireless devices have smaller antenna's because people want their devices as small as possible. You cannot use boosters. The mcMod120 has a better range because the chip has a larger link budget