Clear Waves can be used for locating open frequency space in crowded RF environments PLUS frequency coordination — that is, assigning channels that are both free of RF interference and intermodulation distortion. The ability to generate and display a set of intermodulation-compatible frequencies that is uniquely suited to the RF energy and transmitted signals in your environment is one of the software’s more powerful features. Clear Waves can compute a list of frequencies (i.e. a frequency set) that are both free of RF interference and intermodulation distortion. In the Control Panel a user specifies a signal strength to be used as the ‘White Space Threshold’ — frequencies that fall below this threshold are considered open and available and will be included in the intermodulation analysis (i.e. are considered candidates for inclusion in the final frequency set).
The White Space Threshold setting is used to specify the threshold signal strength (in dBm) below which is considered ‘White Space’. When you adjust this control you’ll also see the horizontal, white line in the Spectrum Trace view move up and down accordingly. Along those frequency spans where the white line is solid and not interrupted by a peak, then this would be considered a White Space region. It is up to the user to determine what is an appropriate threshold for this control — it depends on the environment you are working in and what level of background RF energy you feel can be safely tolerated. As with most things, there are trade-offs. The lower (more strict) the threshold, the less white space and fewer intermod-compatible channel assignments available. The higher (more lenient) the threshold, the more white space and more intermod-compatible channel assignments will be available.
The measurements for White Space regions are used for locating open frequency space in crowded RF environments and are applied to the intermodulation analysis. The computed results show the best channel assignments for setting-up multiple transmitters — as shown in the Intermods & Whitespace view. These channel assignments are free of RF interference and intermodulation distortion. This is most helpful when frequency coordination and RF interference are factors that need to be taken into account when selecting which frequencies or channels to use.