Extreme Networks Summit WMScanner User guide

Summit® WMScanner User Guide
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Published: March 2010
Part Number: 100358-00 Rev 02
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Summit WMScanner Overview .............................................................................................. 5
System Requirements ..............................................................................................................................................5
Additional Recommendations for 3D Use........................................................................................................5
Installation on XP, Vista 32, Vista 64 .....................................................................................................................6
Preparation........................................................................................................................................................6
Driver Installation.............................................................................................................................................7
For Measurements, use recent Atheros 802.11 chipset LAN cards ..........................................................7
Uninstalling the Measurements Driver....................................................................................................10
Hardware Removal..................................................................................................................................10
Activating Your Software ......................................................................................................................................12
Obtaining an Activation Code ........................................................................................................................12
Applying Your Activation Code .............................................................................................................13
Determining Your Version ......................................................................................................................13
Providing the WMScanner Activation Code ..................................................................................................14
Understanding Wireless Network Design..............................................................................................................16
Wireless Network Basics................................................................................................................................16
Steps for Measuring a Wireless Network ..............................................................................................................17
Before Getting Started ....................................................................................................................................17
Import Site-Specific Drawing.........................................................................................................................17
Measurement and Data Visualization.............................................................................................................18
Exporting Drawings to WMS .........................................................................................................................18
Chapter 2: WMScanner GUI and Menus ............................................................................................... 19
WMScanner GUI Layout.......................................................................................................................................19
Toolbar Icons ..................................................................................................................................................20
Drawing Window - Right Click Menu ...........................................................................................................21
Hot Keys .........................................................................................................................................................21
Legend Window..............................................................................................................................................22
WMScanner Menus ...............................................................................................................................................23
File Menu........................................................................................................................................................23
Merging a Color Scheme.........................................................................................................................23
Editing a Color Scheme...........................................................................................................................26
Scale Floor Plan.......................................................................................................................................26
View Menu .....................................................................................................................................................27
View Menu - Building Floor ...................................................................................................................28
View Menu - Shade .................................................................................................................................30
Advanced - Set Displayed Drawing Information Dialog ........................................................................31
Format Building Menu ...................................................................................................................................33
Edit Sub-menu ................................................................................................................................................35
Cut Wall...................................................................................................................................................35
Copy Wall................................................................................................................................................35
Paste Wall................................................................................................................................................35
Erase Wall ...............................................................................................................................................35
Advanced Sub-menu ...............................................................................................................................36
Building Manager ....................................................................................................................................36
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Drawing Limits........................................................................................................................................37
Layer Properties Manager .......................................................................................................................37
Lineweight Settings .................................................................................................................................39
Prune Overlapping Partitions ..................................................................................................................39
Break/Ungroup Entities ...........................................................................................................................39
Equipment Menu ............................................................................................................................................40
Measurement Survey Data..............................................................................................................................41
Reports Menu..................................................................................................................................................42
Utilities Menu .................................................................................................................................................49
Project Information..................................................................................................................................50
Setting the Project Workspace.................................................................................................................50
Creating a New Project Workspace.........................................................................................................52
Utilities - Geo-Reference Building..........................................................................................................55
Utilities - Drawing Legend......................................................................................................................57
Preferences Dialog..........................................................................................................................................59
Preferences - Files ...................................................................................................................................59
Preferences - Display...............................................................................................................................60
Preferences - Open and Save...................................................................................................................62
Preferences - Plotting ..............................................................................................................................63
Preferences - System ...............................................................................................................................64
Preferences - User Preferences................................................................................................................65
Preferences - Drafting..............................................................................................................................66
Preferences - 3D Modelling Tab .............................................................................................................67
Preferences - Selection ............................................................................................................................68
Utilities Menu - WMS Configuration......................................................................................................69
Help Menu ......................................................................................................................................................70
Chapter 3: Measurement Surveys............................................................................................................ 73
Taking Measurements.....................................................................................................................................74
Specifying Channel Width..............................................................................................................................77
Setting Measurement Points ....................................................................................................................80
Configure Visible Data............................................................................................................................82
Configuring the Authorized List .............................................................................................................84
Manual Data Entry ..................................................................................................................................87
AP Performance Mode ............................................................................................................................88
Enforcing Data Transfer and Server-Coupled Measurements........................................................................89
Enforcing Data Transfer Manually..........................................................................................................90
Enforcing Data Transfer Using Server-Coupled Measurements.............................................................90
Starting a Local AP Performance Server Session ...................................................................................90
Starting a Remote AP Performance Server Session ................................................................................92
Configuration and Statistics Panel...........................................................................................................95
Visualizing Survey Data ......................................................................................................................................100
Visualization Panel .......................................................................................................................................101
Configuring Measurement Visualizations ....................................................................................................104
Channel Visualization ...........................................................................................................................105
Coverage Visualization .........................................................................................................................106
SNR Visualization .................................................................................................................................107
SSID Visualization ................................................................................................................................108
Expected Legacy Data Rate Visualization ............................................................................................109
Noise Visualization ...............................................................................................................................110
Noise and Verification of Network Operability ....................................................................................112
Hybrid Network Overlap Visualization.................................................................................................112
Channel Width Configuration Visualization .........................................................................................113
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Channel Width Performance .................................................................................................................114
Data Rate Performance..........................................................................................................................115
Verifying Network Coverage .......................................................................................................................117
Identifying and Locating Access Points .......................................................................................................117
Verifying the Channel and SSID Settings of Access Points.........................................................................118
Importing Measurement Logfiles ........................................................................................................................119
Exporting Measurement Logfiles ........................................................................................................................120
Deleting Measurement Data ................................................................................................................................121
Access Point Associations ...................................................................................................................................122
Display Measurement Data..................................................................................................................................124
Text Display..................................................................................................................................................125
Set Text Height .............................................................................................................................................126
Graphical Display .........................................................................................................................................126
Show All Markers.........................................................................................................................................130
Reposition and Scale.....................................................................................................................................130
Hide All Markers ..........................................................................................................................................130
Configure Markers/Tracklines......................................................................................................................130
Managing Access Points ......................................................................................................................................130
Access Point Placement................................................................................................................................131
Edit/Remove Access Point ...........................................................................................................................134
Edit ........................................................................................................................................................135
Access Point Colors......................................................................................................................................140
Move Access Point .......................................................................................................................................141
Copy Access Point........................................................................................................................................142
Clone Attributes............................................................................................................................................143
Network Controllers ............................................................................................................................................144
Placing Controllers .......................................................................................................................................144
Editing/Removing Controllers......................................................................................................................145
Edit Controller .......................................................................................................................................146
Managing Sensors................................................................................................................................................147
Placing Sensors.............................................................................................................................................148
Editing/Removing Sensors ...........................................................................................................................149
Moving Sensors ............................................................................................................................................151
Copying Sensors ...........................................................................................................................................151
Managing RFID Devices .....................................................................................................................................152
Placing RFID ................................................................................................................................................153
Editing/Removing RFID Devices.................................................................................................................154
Editing RFID ................................................................................................................................................155
Adding/Editing the Antenna .........................................................................................................................157
Reference Tags ....................................................................................................................................................158
Placing Reference Tags ................................................................................................................................158
Editing/Removing Reference-Tag ................................................................................................................160
Editing Reference Tag ..................................................................................................................................161
Chapter 4: Model Building ..................................................................................................................... 165
Creating Site-Specific Information Workflow ....................................................................................................165
Format Building Menu.........................................................................................................................................165
Using the Building Wizard ...........................................................................................................................166
Add Floor...............................................................................................................................................167
Remove Floor ........................................................................................................................................167
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Up/Down ...............................................................................................................................................167
Format Floor..........................................................................................................................................167
Help Button ...........................................................................................................................................167
Assemble Building ................................................................................................................................167
Formatting Floors Using the Floor Formatting Wizard................................................................................169
Leave Floor Empty ................................................................................................................................171
Sketch Floor Plan ..................................................................................................................................171
Making a Copy of a Floor .....................................................................................................................176
Importing an Unformatted File..............................................................................................................176
Import Preformatted File .......................................................................................................................180
Editing Floors in an Existing Building Model..............................................................................................181
Rescale Floor .........................................................................................................................................182
Reset Floor Alignment Point .................................................................................................................182
Draw New Partitions .............................................................................................................................182
Convert Partition Type ..........................................................................................................................183
Process Unformatted Layers..................................................................................................................183
Clear Floor.............................................................................................................................................183
Snap to Endpoint ...................................................................................................................................183
Importing Images Using Insert .....................................................................................................................183
Drawing Zones.....................................................................................................................................................185
Adding Zones................................................................................................................................................187
Editing/Removing Zones ..............................................................................................................................188
Toggling the Visibility of the Zones.............................................................................................................190
Defining Zone Colors ...................................................................................................................................190
Show/Hide All Zones ...................................................................................................................................192
Editing Partitions and RF Obstructions ...............................................................................................................192
Format CAD Drawing ..................................................................................................................................192
Drawing Partitions ........................................................................................................................................196
Drawing Tips .........................................................................................................................................199
Change Partition ...........................................................................................................................................199
Current Partition Categories .........................................................................................................................200
Editing the Partition Library.........................................................................................................................203
Scale Drawing...............................................................................................................................................208
A Completed Site-Specific Model - Viewing Buildings in 2D and 3D...............................................................208
Toggling Between Floor Views....................................................................................................................208
Viewing In 3D ..............................................................................................................................................210
Appendix A: Customer Support............................................................................................................. 213
Registration ..........................................................................................................................................................213
Documentation.....................................................................................................................................................213
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Summit WMScanner Overview
Summit® WMScanner is a software package that enables you to efficiently measure and visualize
802.11an and 802.11bgn network performance. The software utilizes a floor plan map and a special
network driver adapter to allow you to measure, visualize, and archive vital wireless network
information. The powerful visualizations allow you to identify network problems and rogue access
points site-specifically on the map. Not only can you use this software to capture data for post analysis,
but you can also troubleshoot network problems in the field. The data you collect may be saved as a
record of network installation verification or network performance at a given point in time.
Summit WMScanner is easy to get up and running with little or no wireless networking experience. By
reviewing this manual, here are just a few of the features you will learn how to perform:
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Verify network coverage
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Identify and locate rogue and unauthorized access points
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Verify infrastructure access point placement
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Verify access point channel assignments
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Identify noise and interference problems
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Verify infrastructure RFID placement
System Requirements
To run Summit WMScanner, the following computer platform is recommended:
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Intel® Pentium IV or greater, 800 MHz or higher
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Microsoft® Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista 32 bit or Windows Vista 64 bit (WoW64).
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1GB RAM
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500 MB free disk space for installation (10 GB free disk space required for Ray Tracing simulations)
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1024 x 768 VGA with true color
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Mouse, trackball or compatible pointing device
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Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
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Microsoft Word® Word 2002 or higher
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CD-ROM drive
Additional Recommendations for 3D Use
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Operating system: Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional Service Pack 2
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Processor: 3GHz or greater
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RAM: 2GB or greater
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Hard disk: 2 GB (in addition to the 750 MB required for installation)
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Graphics card: 128 MB or greater, OpenGL-capable workstation-class
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For Measurements, use these recent Atheros 802.11 chipset LAN Cards:
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Ubiquity SR71 USB a/b/g/n Adapter
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Netgear 802.11a/b/g Wireless PC Card (model #WAG511)
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Cisco a/b/g Cardbus Adapter (model #AIR-CB21AG-A-K9)
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Ubiquiti Networks SuperRange Cardbus
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D-Link DWA 645 Rangebooster N 650 Notebook Adapter
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AirPcap N 802.11 Wireless Packet Capture Card
Installation on XP, Vista 32, Vista 64
Installing Summit WMScanner is similar to installing any other Windows-based application. Because
this software uses electronic license control, you will be required to obtain an activation code after
installation. In order to install, you will need your installation CD, and some means of transferring files
to your PC or receive an email directly on your PC.
NOTE
Summit WMScanner is not supported on any Virtual Machine (VM) like VMWare, Virtual Box, Virtaul PC and so on.
Summit WMScanner can be successfully installed on the system, but cannot be executed on it. Any attempt to run
the application on a Virtual Machine results in a warning message and termination of the application.
Preparation
It is very important to perform some preparatory steps so your installation goes smoothly. Read the
QuickStart now, as this contains important (updated) information not included in this manual.
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Windows Service Packs: If your operating system has not been updated with the latest Microsoft
Windows Service Packs, visit the Microsoft support web site, download the service packs and install
them. Your software will work best running under Windows XP, Windows Vista 32, Windows Vista
64 with the most recent updates. These updates are available through www.windowsupdate.com
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Internet Explorer Upgrades: The WININET libraries distributed with Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or
higher are required. If you do not have access to these libraries or Internet Explorer, please contact
Extreme Networks customer support.
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Backing Up Previous Work: If you are upgrading a previous installation of Summit WMScanner,
Extreme Networks recommends that you back up your Workspace folder, Antennas folder, and BOM
folder prior to installation. These folders are located in the root installation directory for your
installed software. The proper procedure to back up your work is detailed in the Quick Start Guide
accompanying the software.
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Administrative Privileges: A user with local machine administrative privileges must install Summit
WMScanner. Non-administrative users may use the software once it has been installed.
Administrator must give write privileges to the non administrative users, to the Summit WMScanner
directory in the Program Files directory.
Before installing the driver on Vista (32 bit), execute the following steps:
1 Run GPEdit.msc (the Group Policy editor).
2 Open Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Device Installation.
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3 Select Treat Drivers Signed by Microsoft the Same as Those Signed by Others and then click Properties.
4 On the settings tab, select Enabled.
5 Open a command window, select Run As Administrator, and run the Group Policy update utility,
GPUpdate.exe, to ensure that the settings are updated on the target system. Ensure that the success
message is shown.
Driver Installation
CAUTION
If the WLAN card has not been previously installed on the computer, then it is recommended to straight away install
the measurements adapter without installing the card manufacturer’s driver. Non-administrative users must have the
write permissions to the directory where the drivers are installed.
For Measurements, use recent Atheros 802.11 chipset LAN cards
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Netgear 802.11a/b/g wireless PC card (model #WAG511)
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Cisco a/b/g Cardbus Adapter (model #AIR-CB21AG-A-K9)
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Ubiquiti Networks SuperRange Cardbus
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D-Link DWA 645 Rangebooster N 650 Notebook Adapter
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AirPcap 802.11 Wireless Packet Capture Card
Follow the instructions below for installing measurements driver for Summit WMScanner.
Driver Installation Instructions:
1 Insert the network adapter into your computer's PCMCIA slot.
2 If the hardware update wizard pops up, press cancel. Double click on Driver Setup.exe present in the
Summit WMScanner\Help\WLAN drivers\ directory.
3 The RF Measurement Driver Installer dialog box appears. Select Next.
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4 Choose I accept this agreement. Select Next.
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5 If you receive a warning message reporting the software has not passed Windows Logo testing,
choose Continue Anyway.
The driver will now be installed. When the installation finishes, it will notify you that the installation
was successful. If you encounter an error, please contact the Extreme Networks support.
6 An Add remove entry is added which can be used to remove the driver from the system.
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NOTE
If some other driver (say card manufacturer’s driver) has been installed prior to running the installer then, then the
installer will create a backup of the old driver before installing the new driver. The old driver will be restored when
the driver will be uninstalled. The installer may or may not ask for a computer restart.
Uninstalling the Measurements Driver
To uninstall the measurements driver:
1 Go to the Windows Control Panel.
2 Click on Add or Remove Programs.
3 Select the Windows Driver Package and Click on Change/Remove.
4 Click Yes.
The Measurement driver will now be uninstalled.
Hardware Removal
CAUTION
You should only remove the WLAN card adapter from your computer using the following hardware removal process.
Failure to follow this process could cause your computer to crash and may cause loss of data.
To remove hardware:
1 Ensure Summit WMScanner is not running
2 Double click the Safe Hardware Removal icon
in the system tray.
3 Choose your Wireless LAN Adapter from the Safely Remove Hardware dialog box. Select Stop.
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4 Again, select your adapter and select OK to confirm you wish to remove the hardware (this will not
uninstall the driver.
This process simply allows you to safely unplug the adapter from your computer).
You can now remove the WLAN Adapter from your computer. This completes the hardware
removal process.
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Activating Your Software
For continued use beyond the 14 day trial period, Summit WMScanner requires an activation code, an
activation code must be obtained from Extreme Networks to fully activate your software.
NOTE
To obtain a license activation code you will need the MAC address of the machine the WMScanner product is
installed on. This can be obtained from the Register Product dialog in the procedure that follows.
NOTE
According to the license agreement, your software may only be installed on one PC. License activation codes are tied
to your PC and are non-transferable. Activation codes will not be provided for multiple PCs. Please be aware of this
before requesting an activation code from Extreme Networks.
Obtaining an Activation Code
1 When running the software prior to activation, you will be prompted that an activation code could
not be obtained. Click OK to proceed to the License Maintenance Dialog.
2 The License Maintenance dialog displays your current license type and status. Click the Register
Product button to begin the activation process.
NOTE
The License Maintenance dialog is also accessible by clicking Help > Manage Licenses.
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3 To obtain an activation code for your software, complete the activation request form.
Your software includes a 14-day trial license to provide you with a brief grace period. To begin using
your software, click Cancel and then click the Exit Update Dialog button.
Applying Your Activation Code
1 An activation code will be returned to you via email as a file attachment. Upon receipt of your
activation code, save the file to an easily-accessible location, preferably your Windows desktop.
2 Access the Update License dialog again by clicking OK when prompted that an activation code could
not be obtained OR by clicking Help > Manage Licenses and clicking the Register Product button:
3 Click the Browse button, locate and select your activation code file, and click Open:
4 Click OK to activate your software. The License Information will update to reflect the type and
remainder of your license.
NOTE
Activation codes enforce your end user license agreement. Please keep in mind that this electronic license control
mechanism is merely an enforcement method for the terms of this agreement. Regardless of the functions of the
electronic license control, you are bound by the terms of the end user license agreement.
Determining Your Version
To determine the version of your software, click Help > About This Software. Your version number is
displayed in the upper left hand corner of the dialog.
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Providing the WMScanner Activation Code
An annual activation (license) code is required for continued use of Summit WMScanner. Use the
following steps to update the activation (license) code:
1 Launch Summit WMScanner from the desktop icon.
2 Select the Help menu.
3 Click on the Manage Licenses option.
The License Maintenance dialog box displays.
4 Select Register Product.
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To obtain the Summit WMScanner software license key:
a Note the Summit WMScanner Serial/Voucher Number for the software. Summit WMScanner is
part of the Extreme Networks Wireless Management Suite (WMS) software. It uses the same
Serial/Voucher Number as WMS. The WMS Serial/Voucher Number can be found on the product
label located on the outside flap of the WMS CD sleeve.
b Note the MAC address of the PC on which this software should be installed, as shown in the
Client Lock Code (MAC Address) field in the figure above.
c
Navigate to the Extreme Networks License Server Website, at
www.extremenetworks.com/extreme/upgrade.htm.
d Select the license for Summit WMScanner.
e Follow the instructions provided to generate and activate the license key.
NOTE
If you have not already registered this product with Extreme Networks, you can register on the Extreme Networks
website at: http://www.extremenetworks.com/go/productregistration.
5 The license key arrives by email to the customer. Save the attached key to the local drive where the
Summit WMScanner software drive is installed.
NOTE
The license key is unique to the Client Lock Code. If the Client Lock Code differs from the information provided
to generate the license activation key, the Summit WMScanner software will not activate.
6 Relaunch Summit WMScanner and return to the Register Product screen.
Provide the License activation key.
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7 Click on the Register button.
Summit WMScanner is now ready for use.
Understanding Wireless Network Design
Some general knowledge is important for measuring a 802.11a, b, g, or n wireless communications
network. By no means is this section meant to be complete or comprehensive, but it should serve as a
general introduction for someone who is looking to expand their knowledge of WLANs.
Wireless Network Basics
Measuring wireless signal coverage and placing access points can be a relatively easy task, but problems
hindering the quality of the network quickly multiply when multiple access points are involved. The
proximity of access points to users and to each other, access point channel settings, and access point
power settings can all affect the signal quality and thus wireless network performance.
Several important factors directly affect signal strength. Signal strength near an access point (same room
to several tens of feet away) is considered very strong and is directly related to the access point’s output
power level. Signal strength, however, decreases as you move farther away from the access point
(referred to as attenuation). Another key factor that contributes to diminished signal strength are
obstructions, such as walls and wall-like metal shelving. Keep in mind that different construction
materials attenuate RF signals in different ways.
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Steps for Measuring a Wireless Network
This section provides you a brief overview of a common suggested workflow using Summit
WMScanner. This workflow describes how most people will work with Summit WMScanner to measure,
visualize measurement results, and troubleshoot WLAN problems. This workflow is intended to give you a
better understanding of how to get started using this software. As your knowledge of this product
matures, you may find more productive ways to use the software as your needs require.
Before Getting Started
There are several things to consider before measuring wireless network performance:
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Do you have access to complete facility drawings in bitmap, jpg, CAD, or Summit WMScanner .dwg
format?
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What are the wireless coverage requirements?
Answers to these questions vary from location to location; however, it is important to consider each of
the above questions throughout the measurement process.
Import Site-Specific Drawing
The first step in wireless network validation is to open the drawing file of the facility or facilities for
which you will be measuring wireless performance. Summit WMScanner requires a facility layout that
properly represents the scale and basic layout of the building. The following primary sources of facility
data may be use in Summit WMScanner:
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Jpg or Bmp file: Any raster image depicting the building floorplan can be used for surveys within
Summit WMScanner. These images can be drawn by hand in basic image editing software, or they
can be taken from existing floor plans. After importing and scaling, a .jpg or .bmp file is a simple,
efficient method for modeling a building within Summit WMScanner.
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Raw facility CAD file: Most large building facilities are designed in a CAD (Computer Aided Design)
software package. There are many different CAD file formats, but two of the most common are the
.dwg and the .dxf file formats. Summit WMScanner supports opening of these types of CAD files. If
you import these “raw” building files, you will need to scale the drawing, which allows you to
specify the relative dimensions of the building for using during measurement.
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Formatted facility drawing file: This is a specially formatted network design drawing file (with the
same *.dwg extension as some raw CAD drawing files) created within Summit WMScanner. The
drawing file represents building obstructions that affect RF signal coverage. The drawing file
contains information about the location of walls and other obstructions, the type of construction
material, and the wireless network hardware locations and configurations. Some drawing files may
be formatted as empty structures, and not contain access points or any other network hardware
within them.
For each input source, there is a specific Summit WMScanner workflow:
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Raw facility model:
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Create a new drawing or open the image file in Summit WMScanner
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Scale the drawing
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Perform measurement survey
Formatted drawing file, none, some, or all access points/sensors:
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Open the .dwg file in Summit WMScanner
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Perform measurement survey
Measurement and Data Visualization
You can use the Measurement Survey menu within Summit WMScanner to verify signal coverage and
visualize measurement heat maps. Wireless coverage measurement is beneficial for one or more of the
following reasons:
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Allows you to troubleshoot areas where users may be experiencing RF QoS and performance
difficulties.
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Informs you of potential flaws in your original design by determining if the network performs as
originally predicted.
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Reports rogue/pre-existing APs within the facility.
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Enables wireless network fine-tuning.
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Documents the quality of the network as originally installed.
Wireless network measurement is performed using the Measurement Survey menu.
Exporting Drawings to WMS
To send your drawing to WMS you must format your drawings. Summit WMScanner allows you to
format your drawing using the Format Building menu. You can then send this formatted drawing to
WMS.
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WMScanner GUI and Menus
This chapter provides the information you need to become familiar with the Summit WMScanner
Graphical User Interface (GUI), menu options, utilities, and help options. To help you use Summit
WMScanner efficiently, the chapter is organized around the following structure:
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“WMScanner GUI Layout” - Provides an overview of the Graphical User Interface (GUI), toolbar icons,
and command line window.
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“WMScanner Menus”- Describes the primary Summit WMScanner menus and their options. The File
and View menus are described in detail. The Measurement Survey and Utilities menus are described
from a high-level, while further details are left to the respective chapters.
WMScanner GUI Layout
Launch WMScanner from the Windows Start menu by selecting Programs > Summit WMScanner
>Summit WMScanner or by double-clicking the WMScanner icon from your Windows desktop:
:
When the Summit WMScanner GUI opens, note the major features:
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NOTE
To display the Legend Window, select the Toggle dockable legend icon from the toolbar. For more information, see
“Toolbar Icons” on page 20.
NOTE
Whenever you change Summit WMScanner’s window size, user preferences, or the project workspace, all settings are
saved upon exiting the tool. These saved settings are restored the next time that you launch Summit WMScanner.
Toolbar Icons
Toolbar icons quick-link to Summit WMScanner commands:
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The toolbar icons that follow allow you to manipulate the drawing views:
:
Drawing Window - Right Click Menu
Right-clicking anywhere within the drawing window displays the following menu. This menu provides
quick access to the most commonly used functions for viewing the drawing, including real-time pan and
zoom and moving up and down building floors.
NOTE
Whenever performing tasks within Summit WMScanner, you can press Esc to cancel or abort any command.
Hot Keys
The following hot keys are available to help you move quickly within the drawing window:
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F1 - Mouse and GUI help
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F2 - Place Access Point
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F3 - Refresh screen
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F4 - Move down one floor
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F5 - Move up one floor
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F6 - Zoom to drawing extents
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F9 - Go to a specific floor
Legend Window
In addition to the legend displayed in the drawing, Summit WMScanner contains a legend window that
displays labels and colors for partition categories and measurement data.
To toggle the legend window on or off, click the
remain off (or on) until you toggle it again.
button on the standard toolbar. The legend will
The legend window also displays the current floor of your drawing and allows you to easily change
floors. To do so, left-click on the floor text to navigate to another floor. By default, partition categories is
disabled. Enable partition categories by selecting Utilities > Legend and checking the Partition Color
Legend check box from within the drawing Legend dialog.
You can also toggle the display of the Prediction Results Color Legend and Measurement Data Color Legend
by toggling the appropriate check box.
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WMScanner Menus
Summit WMScanner has been designed with an organized menu structure designed to allow you to
quickly access similar features from within the same menu. The following sections provide a brief
overview of each toolbar menu and the functionality that is provided by the submenu commands.
File Menu
The File menu provides the ability to create and open project workspaces, open, and save drawings:
New Drawing
Creates a new empty drawing that can be used to construct a floor plan.
Open Project/Floor
Plan
Opens a facility drawing (*.dwg) or raw image file (.dxf, .bmp, .pcx, .tif, .jpg,
.bak).
Import From WMS
Imports drawing and site information from WMS. If a target WMS Server is not
specified, a dialog box appears where the WMS Server IP address, port and
user credentials can be defined to initiate the import operation. Summit
WMScanner authenticates the session while communicating with WMS and
then opens the site file. When the function is complete, the session is closed.
Save Project
Saves the current drawing and measurement run at its existing location with its
current name.
Save to WMS
Saves the current drawing with all its contents and name information to WMS
for interoperation. If a target WMS Server is not specified, a dialog box appears
where the WMS Server IP address, port and user credentials can be defined to
initiate the import operation. Summit WMScanner authenticates the session
while communicating with WMS. When the function is complete, the session is
closed.
Save Project As
Saves the current drawing and measurement run with a different name and/or
file path.
Exit
Exits the Summit WMScanner program. A prompt displays asking if you wish to
save changes whether or not the drawing has been modified.
Merging a Color Scheme
Whenever you open a drawing file, Summit WMScanner compares the color scheme of the drawing
with the default color scheme. The application displays the following warning in case of differences and
allows you to merge the color scheme of the drawing and the default color scheme.
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NOTE
You can only merge two WMScanner color schemes if you open a drawing.
1 Click Yes to display the Color Scheme Merge Wizard..
The color scheme merge wizard displays the list of differing schemes as well as the differences
between those schemes. The dialog box displays the conflicting elements of the Default Scheme and
the current scheme used in the drawing (Drawing Scheme), on opposite sides of an automatically
suggested Final Scheme. Initially, the Final Scheme is a combination of the two schemes using the
full list of values from the Default Scheme and all appropriate colors from the Drawing Scheme.
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a To add an element to the Final Scheme manually, select the elements from either the Drawing
Scheme or Default Scheme and then click the “>” or “<“ buttons.
b To remove the unnecessary element, select the element and then click the Remove button.
c
To edit the Final Scheme manually, click the Edit Scheme... button.
The Edit Scheme dialog box appears, which uses the same system discussed in “Editing a Color
Scheme” on page 26.
2 Click the Next > button, once you are done with editing the color scheme. If there are differing color
scheme assignments, the Merge color schemes assignments dialog box appears:
a To edit the assignment, select the display type and then click the Edit Assignment... button. The
Select Color Scheme dialog box appears:
b Select the color scheme from the drop down list and click OK. The Select a color scheme dialog box
returns.
3 Check the Save merged color scheme to a file option to save the file at the location of your choice. Check
the Create backup for drawing color schemes option to create a backup at the location of your choice.
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4 Click Finish.
Editing a Color Scheme
There are many reasons why a color scheme might need to be changed. Use the following steps when
an existing color scheme needs to be edited:
NOTE
The following steps may be used to add or remove basic colors from the Color Scheme.
1 Click once on the color scheme for editing.
2 Click the Edit button. The Color Scheme Editor dialog box appears.
3 Double-click the value to be changed. For this demonstration, select 802.11 Channels.
NOTE
The Color Scheme editor does not always appear the same for all the Scheme Names listed.
4 Change the numeric value.
5 Click on the corresponding color. The basic Color window appears.
6 Select a custom color.
7 Click on the OK button. The Edit Color Scheme window returns.
Scale Floor Plan
The Scale Floor Plan command allows you to scale all entities in the floor plan, providing Summit
WMScanner an accurate representation of distances within the drawing file.
NOTE
It is important to scale a drawing as it allows you to specify the relative dimensions of the building for using during
measurements.
After selecting Scale Floor Plan, left-click in the drawing to select a start point and an end point. When
you are finished, a dialog prompts you to enter the actual physical distance between the two locations.
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The appropriate scaling will be applied so that the distance between the points within the drawing
matches the value you enter. If your drawing contains measurement data, you should erase it before
using the scale command.
1 To scale drawing, select File > Scale Floor Plan.
2 Click the OK button. Select the two points in the drawing to know the physical distance between.
The Scale Drawing dialog box appears showing the desired distance.
View Menu
The View menu offers powerful capabilities for displaying your drawing and measurements in a variety
of ways. You can alter the current view of the building environment, refresh, zoom, and pan the
drawing. The View menu also allows you to change the appearance and perspective of measurements.
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Select Zoom to enable real-time zooming. Once real-time zooming is activated,
click and hold the left mouse button while moving the mouse up or down to
zoom in or out, respectively. Press ESC to cancel.
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Window
Zooms a particular area/window in the drawing. Once the window zooming is
activated, click and hold the left mouse button while moving the mouse up or
down to zoom in or out. Press ESC to cancel.
Pan
Use Pan to move left, right, up or down in your view of the drawing. Pan is an
alternative to using the scrollbars. When this menu option is selected, the
cursor changes to a hand, and allows the user to drag the screen image around
with the left mouse button. From this mode, the right mouse button brings up
the zoom menu. Press ESC to cancel.
Zoom Extents
Zooms to display the entire drawing. Zooming to the drawing extents will
effectively show all of the visible objects in the drawing window.
Refresh Screen
Refreshes the display. Use this command when partitions or other drawing data
disappear that should be visible. This is sometimes necessary if a command is
cancelled by hitting the ESC key when the command is partially completed. If
a command is aborted prior to the completion process, the display may be left
in an interim state. The Refresh Screen command will bring the display up to
date.
Building Floor
Opens a fly-out menu that include commands for selecting and viewing floors.
See “View Menu - Building Floor” on page 28.
3D Views
This command allows you to have menu access to the 3D Orbit and Top Views.
Shade
The commands under this fly-out menu allows users to view the model in 2D
wireframe or with shading enabled. See “View Menu - Shade” on page 30.
Advanced >
Display Order
This command allows you to change the display order of a image that has been
imported into the drawing. Changing the display order will change whether
other entities in the drawing are displayed in front of or behind the image.
Entities that are displayed behind an image may not be visible.
When this command is selected, you are prompted in the text window at the
bottom of the main program window, to select items. These items are the
images whose display order will be changed. Left-click on the image that is
obscuring your partitions, to select it, then right click. You will receive a
prompt in the text window asking how the display order is to be changed.
Typing ‘B’ for back, and hitting the return key will move the partitions to the
back of all other visible entities. Use of the other options, that is, moving
images to the front, or putting them above or below specific partitions, is not
recommended.
Advanced > Set
This command brings up a Display Options dialog described in “Advanced Displayed Drawing Set Displayed Drawing Information Dialog” on page 31.
Information
View Menu - Building Floor
This menu option is a fly out menu which helps you to adjust the display of different floors in the
building. Use the commands in this menu to control the visibility of a floor, and to specify the “current”
floor. While floors other than the current floor may be made visible, the current floor is the default floor
for many operations in Summit WMScanner
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The Building Floor submenu contains the following commands:
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Up One Floor - If a drawing has more than one floor, and the current floor is not the top floor, this
command will make all layers associated with the next higher floor visible and hide all other layers.
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Down One Floor - If a drawing has more than one floor, and the current floor is not the lowest floor,
this command will show all the layers associated with the next lower floor visible and hide all other
layers.
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Goto Floor - This command opens the Goto Floor dialog. You can select a floor and click the OK
button, at which point Summit WMScanner changes the 'current floor' to what the user selects as
well as showing the selected floor. For example, you can show floors 1 and 4 while you are on the
4th floor. Then you can hide the 4th floor and view only the 1st floor.
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Show Floors - This command prompts you to select a floor from the Select Drawing Floors to Make
Visible dialog (). Once you select the floor, Summit WMScanner makes the layers associated with that
floor visible. You can use this dialog to select and display multiple floors at once.
NOTE
Any layers that were currently visible will remain so in the drawing.
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Hide Floor - This command opens the Select Drawing Floors to Hide dialog. After selecting a floor to
hide, the software hides layers associated with the chosen floor.
View Menu - Shade
The commands under this submenu allows users to modify the way the display is rendered. Select the
Refresh Screen command to return to normal operation.
The Shade submenu contains the following commands:
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2D Wireframe - The default view of the drawing. All surfaces will appear transparent, allowing you
to see through walls and visualization results. 2D Wireframe is best used with bitmap and JPEG
images.
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Hidden - Shades and displays the object like Flat Shaded, Edges On except that it hides the lines
representing faces hidden from the user’s perspective.
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Flat Shaded, Edges On - Shades the objects between the polygon faces. Materials that you have
applied to the objects show when the objects are flat shaded. The wireframe will also be visible. For
large drawings (drawings with a large number of entities), the software may be faster in 2D
Wireframe mode.
Advanced - Set Displayed Drawing Information Dialog
The Set Displayed Drawing Information dialog helps you to reveal or hide the various entities such as
access points, ceiling and floor tiles, contours, and antenna patterns.
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Display Transmitters
on Other Floors
When this checkbox is activated, the complete antenna system of all access
points on all floors will be visible at all times. When not checked, only access
points on the current floor will be visible.
Display Legend
When this checkbox is activated, the legend in the drawing will be visible,
displaying information about the meaning of colors of partitions and of
visualization results.
Display Extension
Channels in Offset
Format
Check to display the channels in offset format ( +1/-1). If this option is not
selected, the extension channels are displayed in number format. By default,
this option is unchecked.
Display Azimuth
Antenna Patterns
Check this box to display the azimuth antenna footprint of visible antennas.
Display Elevation
Antenna Patterns
Check this box to display the elevation antenna footprint of visible antennas.
NOTE: If both the Display Azimuth Antenna Patterns and Display Elevation
Antenna Patterns are activated, Summit WMScanner displays the full threedimensional antenna pattern.
Radius of Patterns (m) If you have chosen to display antenna patterns, this number is the outer radius
of the pattern. Adjusting this setting controls the perceived size in meters of
antenna patterns on the screen. Increasing or decreasing the size of the
displayed antenna pattern is useful for very large drawing files. Enlarging the
antenna patterns makes it easier to spot current antenna placement while
zoomed.
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Display Ceiling Tiles
Check this box to display ceiling tiles placed in the drawing. Ceiling tiles are
triangular surface entities that define the boundaries of the ceiling separating
each floor of the building. Using this checkbox, you can select to either view or
hide ceiling tiles. This functionality is useful to visualize where elevator shafts,
auditoriums, or other building features are positioned. Ceiling tiles are used to
explicitly specify ceilings if none exist in the drawing. Otherwise, ceilings are
assumed to be everywhere.
Display Floor Tiles
Check this box to display floor tiles placed into the drawing. Floor tiles are
simply ceiling tiles that have been placed on the floor below the current floor
being displayed. For example, if Floor1 has had ceiling tiles specified for it
and you adjust your view using the View > Building Floor commands to be
Floor2, if the Display Floor Tiles checkbox is set the ceiling tiles positioned for
Floor1 will be visible while you are viewing Floor2. This command is useful for
report generation purposes and for understanding what open areas on the
current floor are available to the floors below.
Default Drawing Units
Display
This dropdown list controls the default drawing units used throughout to
display lengths and distances. This only controls the settings for dialog boxes
the first time you open them. Afterwards, the settings of the individual units
selection controls within the dialog box are independently set. That is, the
settings of each dialog box remain as you last left them independent of this
flag.
Equipment Related
Scale Factor
Changes the size of the icons on the screen with respect to value provided.The
setting is global, and the scale factor is applied equally to all access points,
RFID devices and so on.
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Informational
Windows
Some commands in Summit WMScanner will display a dialog box containing
helpful hints on using the command when it is accessed for the first time.
These dialog windows, known as information windows, provide detailed
information about the command. It is highly recommended that you carefully
review each information window before continuing to use the corresponding
command.
Each information window contains a toggle that, when selected, will prevent
the informational window from being displayed the next time you use the
command. Once the toggle for a given dialog box has been set, it will not
display again until you either reinstall the software program or use the Reset
Display of Informational Windows functionality described here.
The Reset Display of Informational Windows button, when selected, will reset
all information windows for all Summit WMScanner commands such that they
will appear the next time a given command is activated. This command will
also reset the displayed position and size of all Summit WMScanner dialog
boxes and windows to their defaults.
Format Building Menu
The Format Building menu contains commands for importing external drawing data and specifying the
types of materials in the drawing that can affect wireless signal propagation. For more information on
the proper way to format drawings, see “Model Building” on page 165.
This section of the manual provides a general description of each menu command on the Format
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Building Wizard
This command launches the Building Wizard, which is used to format, edit,
and assemble building floors. The Building Wizard operates within the current
Project Workspace and does not necessarily perform operations in the currently
open drawing. In fact, accessing this menu command can force you to save the
file you currently have open before proceeding. For details, see “Format
Building Menu” on page 165.
Insert
Contains options for adding a raster image or other types of drawing file to the
current drawing. See “Importing Images Using Insert” on page 183 for further
details.
Format CAD Drawing
The Format CAD Drawing command is used to quickly and easily convert layers
and entities in an AutoCAD drawing provided by a customer or end-user, into
entities that are recognized by Summit WMScanner. This command will
process the layers of the currently open drawing. This same functionality is
available through the Building Wizard which operates on the current workspace
as opposed to the currently open drawing file. For details, see “Model
Building” on page 165. The process of formatting a CAD drawing is described
in detail in “Importing an Unformatted File” on page 176.
Edit
The Edit menu provides the standard Windows file editing capabilities. See
“Edit Sub-menu” on page 35for more details.
Zones
This command allows you to draw logical zones in the floor plan. These zones
can be of three different types - Reader Zones, GeoFencing Zones, and
Locationing Zones. See “Drawing Zones” on page 185 for more details.
Draw Partition
This command opens the Partition Draw dialog box that enables you to add
new partitions to the drawing. See “Drawing Partitions” on page 196 for
details.
Change Partition Type This command allows you to change the type of RF attenuating material that is
associated with a particular wall in the drawing. See “Convert Partition Type”
on page 183 for details.
Change Partition
Height
This command allows you to modify the height of processed partition.
Change Partition Floor This command allows you to move entities on the current floor to another floor.
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Current Partition
Categories
The Current Partition Categories command allows the user to define eight
different types of obstructions being used in the current drawing. It also allows
the user to change the color of the corresponding partition categories by
selecting any color from the color drop-down box next to the partition category.
Categories available for use in drawings are defined in the partition library,
which is editable using the Format Building > Edit Partition Library menu
command. The Partition Library serves as a reference of obstruction
information. Entities from the Partition Library are selected for use in Summit
WMScanner drawings using the Current Partition Categories menu command.
Edit Partition Library
Edit Partition Library allows the user to add, remove, and edit different
partition categories. Entries in the Partition Library do not affect partitions in
the current drawing. To use a new partition type in the current drawing, create
the partition type with the Edit Partition Library command, and then make it
one of the current partition categories with the Format Building > Current
Partition Categories command.
Remove-Purge
Unnecessary Drawing
Information
This command removes unnecessary Autocad information that is not pertinent
to the main layers that will be processed into RF attenuating partitions.
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Scale Drawing
The Scale Drawing command allows you to resize entities within the
environment. You can scale the entire drawing (both formatted and
unformatted), or only the formatted entities of one drawing or each entity-byentity. You will be prompted to select two points in the drawing (by clicking
with the mouse) and you can then enter the actual physical distance between
the two locations you picked. The appropriate scaling will be applied so that
the distance between the points within the drawing matches the value you
enter. If your drawing contains measurement data, you should erase it before
using the scale command.
Set Building
Coordinate Reference
Point
Specifies an origin in the drawing. This allows you to set a single reference
point from which all other coordinates are determined. This is the common
reference point used to align multiple floors.
Advanced
This command provides access to the Building Manager, Drawing Limits, Layer,
LineWeight, Prune Overlapping Partitions, Break/Ungroup Entities. See
“Advanced Sub-menu” on page 36.
Edit Sub-menu
The Edit sub-menu provides the standard Windows file editing capabilities such as cut, copy, paste, and
erase.
Cut Wall
The cut wall removes selected objects from the drawing and places them on the Windows Clipboard. To
insure drawing information stability, Summit WMScanner does not allow certain entities (such as access
points) to be cut from the database. Instead, use the appropriate command within the Network Design
menu.
Copy Wall
Copies selected wall objects to the clipboard.
Paste Wall
Inserts data from the clipboard on the drawing or at insertion point.
Erase Wall
This command removes the selected objects from the drawing without placing them on the Windows
Clipboard.
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Advanced Sub-menu
The Advanced sub-menu provides functionality for modifying different aspects of a drawing, drawing
entities, and objects.
Building Manager
The Building Manager dialog box provides advanced functionality for managing and navigating floors in
the current drawing. Most users will not require these features.
Add Floor
Adds a new floor to the current drawing.
Remove Floor
Removes a selected floor from the current drawing.
Set as Current Floor Sets a particular floor to the current floor and makes it visible.
Show Floor
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Hide Floor
Hides a selected floor.
Align Floors
Aligns floors vertically if a building has multiple floors.
Specify Ceiling
Opens the Ceiling Editor dialog box, which allows you to select the floor, and
Add Section of Ceiling, or Erase Section of Ceiling.
Set Reference Point
If you are combining drawings of the same floor or are of two separate
buildings, use Set Reference Point on each drawing separately to position the
drawings properly relative to one another before combining them.
Scale Drawing
The Scale Drawing command allows you to resize entities within the
environment. You can scale the entire drawing (both formatted and
unformatted), or only the formatted entities of one drawing or each entity-byentity.
You will be prompted to select two points in the drawing (by clicking with the
mouse) and you can then enter the actual physical distance between the two
locations you picked. The appropriate scaling will be applied so that the
distance between the points within the drawing matches the value you enter. If
your drawing contains measurement data, you should erase it before using the
Scale Drawing command.
Insert Drawing
Combines two separate drawings into one. The drawing you select will be
inserted into the currently open drawing. This command is most often used to
combine multiple floors of a building where each floor's information is
contained in a separate drawing file into a single 3D model of the building, or
to combine drawings of separate buildings.
Update Drawing
Purges the drawing files Summit WMScanner uses during RF predictions and
updates the drawing database after making modifications to the building
model. Using this button is not necessary unless the drawing file has become
corrupted.
Drawing Limits
The Drawing Limits command allows you to specify the limits of the drawing. Drawing limits are used
by the software’s AutoCAD graphics engine. Generally, they only need to be set when a drawing is
received from an architect or customer that has extremely large limits far beyond the building(s) in the
design. Grossly oversized limits can make it hard to perform some Summit WMScanner functions, such
as scaling. The Drawing Limits command allows you to set the drawing limits to be closer to the actual
building or buildings in your design.
Layer Properties Manager
The Layer..... (Layer Properties Manager) allows you to directly manipulate the drawing layers on which
walls and other entities are stored. It is almost never necessary to directly manipulate layers, but some
advanced users, especially those with CAD experience, may wish to do so. A layer is a grouping of one
or more drawing entities. Layers themselves have properties. For example, each layer has a unique
name by which it is referenced (e.g., ‘FLOOR1’). Layers may be invisible (in which case the drawing
entities that are part of those layers are hidden from view) or visible. Layers have a default color
associated with them such that all new graphical entities (e.g., lines) placed on a given layer assumes
the default color of the layer.
Summit WMScanner uses layers to organize and manage physical obstructions such as walls. Each
partition type is stored on its own layer. Use the Format Building > Current Partition Categories command
to view the partition types, and the layers they are stored on. Note that the objects for each floor are
stored on a separate layer, so that the “windows” on the first three floors of a drawing might for
example be stored on MPART1, MPART2 and MPART3 respectively.
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When layers are visible, you can make changes to entities on the layer. Hidden layers remain stored in
the drawing file, but the objects on hidden layers are not accessible for selection. Layers that are hidden
are generally unaffected by your actions. Certain commands in the software will access and alter entities
that exist on hidden layers. For example, if you remove an access point from a drawing using the
Equipment > Edit/Remove access point command, the access point will be removed from the drawing
regardless of which layer the access point resides upon.
However, if you select entities using the Format Building > Change Partition Type command, entities on
hidden layers are not visible and therefore cannot be selected and converted into a different partition
category. Objects that exist on a layer can be moved to other layers and can have their properties
controlled by the settings of the layer. For example, an entity moved to layer “FLOOR1” assumes the
default properties of layer “FLOOR1”, such as color and visibility. If you move an entity to a layer that
is hidden, the entity will become hidden.
Summit WMScanner drawings use a structured layer scheme for organizing building floor plans in a
database. Depending on the complexity of the objects that you wish to incorporate, the software may
have a different number of layers for each formatted floor. You can manipulate the different properties
of the layer by clicking the different symbols in the Layer Properties Manager dialog box.
Manually creating new layers may be beneficial if you have additional information you would like to
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existing layer. The Layer Properties Manager also allows you to create new layers by using the New
button in the Layer Properties Manager dialog box. You can also select a particular layer and make it the
current layer by clicking the Current button.
Lineweight Settings
Lineweight Settings are useful for increasing the thickness with which lines are drawn in 2D Wireframe
and other wireframe views. It is not common to use the 2D Wireframe view; the Flat Shaded, Edges On
view is more commonly used, as it has filled in walls that provide a more realistic 3D appearance.
However, when in 2D Wireframe mode, thicker lines can help make the walls of a building stand out
over a bitmap background.
To use typical settings for displaying lineweights, check the Display Lineweights checkbox in the
Lineweight Settings dialog box, and choose 0.30mm from the Default combo box. Make sure that your
Lineweights list box has ByLayer selected. Click OK in the Lineweight Settings dialog box to close it and
display the increased lineweights. Note that the lineweights will only be visible in wireframe modes.
Lineweights do not affect RF propagation simulation.
Prune Overlapping Partitions
This command process the design removing overlapping partitions to prevent double/triple attenuation
of partitions. Overlapping partitions are lines that get drawn directly on top of each other. Because
Summit WMScanner treats each line as a wall, the effect of overlapping lines is that two walls are
recognized where there should only be one. Prune overlapping partitions removes the duplicate lines so
long as they are the same partition type and drawn with the same start and end point.
Break/Ungroup Entities
This command ungroups individually selected grouped blocks in the current viewport. This means that
any grouped blocks that are currently being displayed will be separated (ungrouped) if you select them.
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Equipment Menu
The Equipment menu encapsulates the ability to place, configure, and modify your network equipment
within Summit WMScanner. Summit WMScanner allows you to place access points, sensors, and
controllers in your network design.
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Place Access Point
This command prompts you with a list of pre-configured access points that you
may place in your drawing. To place an access point, double click your left
mouse button on an access point from the list. Your mouse cursor will turn
into an access point that will move as you move your mouse. Left click in the
drawing to position the access point at a fixed location. You may continue to
left click to place more access points. Press the ESC key to exit place access
point mode and return to the list of pre-configured access points.
Edit/Remove Access
Point
This command allows you to edit, remove, move, or copy any access point in
the drawing.
View Access Point
Colors
This command allows you to override the default colors of access points. It will
color code access points based on floor number, air interface, channel set,
active channel, power, antenna type, cable type, or connector type. You may
specify the colors by double clicking on a label in the dialog box that you want
to change. See “Access Point Colors” on page 140
Move Access Point
This command allows you to change the location of an access point. Select the
access point you wish to move from the list and click the Move button. The
mouse will then show the access point you selected and will move as you move
your mouse around the floor. Left click to place the access point in the new
location.
Copy Access Point
This command allows you to place access points that have the same properties
as another access point in your drawing by selecting an access point and then
selecting the location where you would like the copy to be placed. You may
also multi-select access points to copy more than one at a time. The software
will automatically give the new access points unique names.
Clone Attributes
Each access point in your network has a variety of specifiable characteristics
such as RF information, input power, and height above ground. This command
selectively clones specific access point attributes to single or multiple access
points.
Wireless LAN
Controller
This command opens a fly-out menu for placing, editing/removing, and moving
wireless controllers.
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Sensor
This command opens a fly-out menu for placing, editing/removing, moving, and
copying sensors.
RFID
This command opens a fly-out menu for placing, editing/removing, and moving
RFID readers. The RFID readers come with a default antenna. You can add
more antennas and also edit antennas. See “Adding/Editing the Antenna” on
page 157 for more details.
Reference Tag
This command opens a fly-out menu for placing, editing/removing, and moving
Reference-Tags. These are equipment placeholders used to improve the
accuracy of Real Time Locationing System (RTLS). See “Reference Tags” on
page 158 for more details.
The Measurement Survey menu provides the ability to collect wireless network measurement data and
use that information to locate access points, visualize coverage, and generate measurement files.
Measurement Survey is discussed in more detail in “Measurement Surveys” on page 73.
Measurement Survey Data
Record New Data
This command will launch a client application that will allow you to collect
measurement information about your network from a WLAN (Wireless LAN)
card. See “Taking Measurements” on page 74 for details.
Configure Scan
Settings
Select this command to specify which access point channels Summit
WMScanner will scan, and the scan duration (dwell time). These settings are
controlled from the Configure Scan Settings dialog. See “Taking
Measurements” on page 74 for details.
Configure
Authorized List
Select this command to filter viewing of access points of various classes.
Filtering is controlled from the Configure Authorized List dialog. See
“Configuring the Authorized List” on page 84 for details.
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Visualize Survey
Data
This command allows you to view data based on real WLAN measurements.
Invoking this command opens the Visualization panel, allowing you to select
from the following types of heat maps:
Channel Grid
Coverage Grid
SNR Grid
SSID Grid
Data Rate Grid
Noise Grid
Hybrid Network Overlap Grid
Channel Width Performance Grid
Channel Width Configuration Grid
Data Rate Performance Grid
See “Visualizing Survey Data” on page 100 for details.
Visualization
Options
This command opens the Visualization Options dialog, which allows you to set
the Visualization Boundary, Distance Visualization Limit, and Grid Bin Size.
See “Configuring Measurement Visualizations” on page 104 for details.
Import
Measurement Data
This command allows you to import an ASCII (plaintext) measurement logfile
created by Summit WMScanner. See “Importing Measurement Logfiles” on
page 119 for details.
Export
Measurement Data
This command allows you to export measurement data embedded within the
drawing to an ASCII (plaintext) logfile. See “Exporting Measurement Logfiles”
on page 120 for details.
Delete
Measurement Data
This command allows you to remove measurement data from the current
drawing. Your measurement data logfile, however, will still remain on your hard
drive unless you select the option to “Erase Logfile” on the Measurement Run
Delete dialog box that prompts you for the measurement run you would like to
remove. See “Deleting Measurement Data” on page 121 for details.
Access Point
Associations
Allows you to identify which measurement runs correspond to which access
points in the drawing file.
Display
Measurement Data
This command is used to set, show, hide and change the marker settings.
Reports Menu
Summit WMScanner provides an extensive reporting capability that network designers can use to
document all aspects of their WLAN design including project information, design parameters,
measurement data results, and measurement heatmaps. This information is output in MS Word format
for easy viewing, editing, and archiving. To launch the reporting feature, select Reports > Run Reports:
NOTE
Before generating reports for Microsoft Word, ensure the rfreports.dot is selected as the primary template. Use the
following steps to set rfreports.dot as the template:
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1 Launch Microsoft Word.
2 From the top menu in Microsoft Word, select Tools > Templates and Add-ins...
3 In the Global templates and add-ins section, click on the Add... button
4 Browse to the c:\program files\Summit WMScanner\Template directory.
5 Select the rfreporting.dot file.
6 Click on the OK button.
7 Uncheck all other .dot files listed.
8 Click on the OK button.
The rfreports.dot file is loaded and ready for the Summit WMScanner report generation.
When the Report Configuration dialog appears, select the tab you wish to configure for reporting:
After selecting the report parameters, Summit WMScanner creates the report in the file specified.
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When you are satisfied with the report parameters, select Generate Report, and chose an output file name
from the Save As dialog:
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After selecting the report parameters, Summit WMScanner generates the report. Depending on the
complexity of the design, this may take several minutes.
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Utilities Menu
The Utilities menu provides access to commands that are useful through the entire software package.
The commands allow you to do such things as:
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Enter project information
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Set/Create Project Workspace
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Alter the drawing legend
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Create text labels
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Show distance between two points
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Preferences
Project Information
This command opens a tabbed dialog box that will allow you to view and edit
information about the current project workspace.
Set/Create Project
Workspace
This command opens a dialog box that allows you to view and edit information
about the current project workspace.
Geo-Reference
Building
Summit WMScanner allows you to geo-reference your drawing by recording the
latitude and longitude for a given set of coordinates (ideally the upper left and
right bottom points) in your drawing, effectively geo-referencing these points. This
command opens a dialog box that allows you to pick two geo-location points, edit
these points, or remove them. See “Utilities - Geo-Reference Building” on
page 55 for more details.
Legend
This command opens a dialog box that allows you to configure the drawing legend
and title block in the drawing view. With this dialog box, you can change the text
in the title block, alter the size and position of the legend relative to the drawing,
and toggle what information is shown in the legend. See “Utilities - Drawing
Legend” on page 57.
Labels
This command lets you add text labels with your choice of font, formatting, and
color to the drawing. When you place a label, you first use the mouse to identify
where the label should go on the screen. This involves identifying the rectangular
region bounding the label; the label text will wrap within the text box. The label
editor will then appear enabling you to enter text of various fonts, styles, and
colors. Once a label has been placed, click on it and drag the mouse to move the
label to a different location. To edit a label, double-click on it. The label editor
will reappear and allow you to change the label’s text.
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Show Distance
Between Points
This command prompts the user to select points in a drawing; Summit
WMScanner draws temporary line segments between consecutive points. While
the mouse cursor is moved around, a tool tip displays the sum of the lengths of
the line segments. Pressing ESC once will cancel the current set of lines, and
pressing ESC again will terminate the command. The distance is based on the
current scale of the drawing.
Preferences
This command brings up an Options dialog box that allows you to configure
various Summit WMScanner settings with respect to File, Display, Save, Plotting,
User preferences, Drafting, and Selection.
WMS Configuration
Use this option to save WMS configuration information to a WMS server. If a
target WMS server has not been specified, a dialog displays where the WMS
Server IP address and port can be defined as well as the user permissions
required to initiate the operation.
Project Information
You can view and edit information about the current project. Select Utilities > Project Information. When
the Project Information dialog appears, optionally enter Project, Customer, and Notes information and
select OK when finished.
Setting the Project Workspace
To set the project workspace, select File > Set/Create Project Workspace. The Project Workspace selection dialog
appears:
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To select a project workspace to be the current workspace, you may first select a repository of workspaces,
using the Browse button. The current workspace repository is indicated to the left of the Browse button.
The default repository directory is “C:\Program Files\Summit WMScanner\Workspaces”. You will only
need to select a different repository if your workspaces are stored on a file server or other non-default
location, e.g. if you are sharing centrally stored workspaces with collaborators. Note that the project
workspace repository is reset when the dialog box is closed, to the repository in which the current
workspace is stored.
Below the project workspace repository is a list of available project workspaces selected. Selecting a
project workspace specifies that you want to work with all files, configurations, and custom settings
belonging to that particular workspace. By default, Summit WMScanner picks the last active project
workspace to be current on startup. Select the desired workspace, then click Set Current to change the
workspace. When you are finished with the Project Workspace selection dialog, click Done to exit.
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You can also delete a project workspace by selecting the Erase button.
Creating a New Project Workspace
To create a new project workspace, select File > Set/Create Project Workspace. The Project Workspace selection
dialog appears:
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From the Project Workspace selection dialog box, you can create, erase and choose between currently
defined project workspaces.
At the top of the dialog box, the Current Project Workspace is shown. The Current Project Workspace can
be changed, a new project workspace can be created, and project workspaces can be deleted from with
the Project Workspace dialog.
To create a new workspace, select the New button from within the Project Workspace dialog. The Define
New Project dialog appears:
Enter the new project name and select OK when you are finished. This example uses
“Research_Campus” as the project name. The new project name now displays in the Project Workspace
dialog.
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In addition, a subdirectory with the new project name will be created under the Workspaces Directory
and the local project workspace directory structure will be established within it. In general, you are free
to add your own directories or subdirectories to any project workspace as the job demands. Keep in
mind that changes to files in the global workspace may directly impact all project workspaces.
However, the project workspace directories created by Summit WMScanner should not be removed as
all software modules read and write to these directories during normal operation.
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After you have created the new project workspace, select Done to exit the Project Workspace dialog.
Now, the active project workspace is the one you just created.
Utilities - Geo-Reference Building
Summit WMScanner enables you to geo-reference your drawing. Summit WMScanner allows you to
record the latitude and longitude coordinates for a given set of points in your drawing, effectively georeferencing these points. To geo-reference a drawing, you will first need to record a set of x, y, and z
coordinates, and then associate the known geographic coordinates of these coordinates from a given
coordinate system, WGS84 in this case.
Select Utilities > Geo-Reference Building menu to open the Geo-Reference Building dialog box.
This dialog box allows you to pick the x, y, z coordinates from the drawing, remove them, and edit
them. Once you are done with picking the x, y, z points, you can export them to WMS, along with the
drawing.
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Pick Points – this option allows you to pick two points from the drawing: ideally, upper left and
lower right. Click the Pick Points button and then click the left top or right bottom corner in the
drawing to record the x-y coordinates of the drawing. Once you record the x-y coordinates of the
drawing, enter the WGS84 latitude and the longitude of the point you picked from the drawing.
Click again on the drawing to get the other set of coordinates. Enter the WGS84 latitude and
longitude for the new set of points.
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NOTE
The latitude value must be within the range -90 to +90 and the longitude value must be within the range -180 to
+180. You can enter up to six decimal places in the latitude and longitude field. Summit WMScanner rounds the
seventh digit after the decimal point.
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Click the OK button to record the points. You can re-record the points by clicking on the Pick Points
button. This overwrites the earlier recorded points. If you are satisfied with the recorded points, click
the Done button, to exit the dialog box or you can choose to Edit or Remove the geo-reference points.
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Remove – this option allows you to remove the geo-reference points entered in the geo-reference
building. To remove the geo-reference points, click the Remove Points button.
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Click the Pick Point button and then click on the drawing to re-record the x, y points. Enter the WGS84
latitude and longitude for these newly recorded points. Click the OK button to exit the dialog box by
recording the edited values; click the Cancel button to exit the dialog box without recording the new
values and ignore the new changes.
Utilities - Drawing Legend
Selecting Utilities > Legend opens the Drawing Legend dialog.
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The information you enter in the Drawing Legend dialog box is for your reference and may be filled
out with any text that you wish. The check boxes in the lower left corner of the Drawing Legend
dialog box allow you to set what information the legend may display automatically. Once you have
configured the legend, use the Set Position button to configure where the legend will be displayed on
the drawing. When you press the Set Position button, you will then be prompted to click in the
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drawing to set the new legend position. Choose the point in the drawing where you want the lower
left corner of the legend to appear.
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Once you have finished configuring and placing the legend, press the OK button to dismiss the
Drawing Legend dialog. You may edit the drawing legend at a later time by accessing the menu
command
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Preferences Dialog
Summit WMScanner offers many different configuration preferences for your convenience. These
preferences allow you to configure the file paths, printers, autosave, pointer devices, fonts, colors, and
many other settings. This section describes each of the tabs in the Preferences dialog.
Preferences - Files
The Files tab in the Preferences dialog box presents the options noted on the next page. Most of the
settings are determined during installation, or are derived from your computer’s Windows profile
(under Windows XP/Vista 32/Vista 64), and do not need to be changed under normal circumstances.
Note the Automatic Save File Location folder. This specifies where the Auto-Save feature saves the
drawing file.
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Preferences - Display
This tab, controls various options related to how the drawing is rendered to the screen. For example, the
Colors button allows you to customize the user interface colors to suit your personal preferences.
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Display scroll bars in drawing window - Enables horizontal and vertical scrollbars in drawing window.
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Colors - The Color Options dialog box allows you to customize the colors used in the drawing. For
example, by selecting the “Model tab background” entry in the Window Element pull down list, and
then selecting a color in the Color pull down list, you may change the background color of your
drawing window. Typically either a black or white background gives the best results.
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Fonts - The following dialog allows you to choose a font for the Command Line pane and the Session
History window. This only affects the appearance of text within the lower command prompt area.
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Preferences - Open and Save
Preferences related to how Summit WMScanner opens and saves files are contained in the Open and Save
tab under the Options dialog. Users will typically want to keep the “Save as:” preference set to “Summit
WMScanner 2004 drawing”. This option is the default; however, users can override this in the “Save
As…” dialog box available from the File menu.
External References (Xrefs) are links within a CAD drawing file to a separate, external drawing file. Xrefs
are typically only a concern when importing CAD drawings. The default settings should be sufficient
for most applications.
The options under the File Safety Precautions frame (see red arrow above) are very useful:
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Automatic Save - Checking this box enables the save option, allowing you to specify a time interval in
minutes for saving your work.
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Create backup copy with each save - Select to force Summit WMScanner to maintain a separate backup
file of each save.
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Maintain a log file - This checkbox allows a user to capture the messages from the command line
window. The log file is written to the main program directory and the filename typically starts with
the name of the drawing and ends with a “.log” extension. It is important to note that each time you
run the software it will append new information onto the log file, meaning that it will grow larger
over time.
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File extension for temporary files - This editable field allows you to change the “.” suffix of the saved
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This tab controls the default settings for the printing and plotting subsystem. Use this functionality to
control the way in which your designs are printed.
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Preferences - System
This tab enables you to adjust such properties as whether or not the software will generate an audible
alert on errors, and to configure access to system pointing devices other than the Windows system
mouse (example, a CAD drawing tablet).
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Preferences - User Preferences
The User Preferences tab contains a number of settings that are primarily of interest to users familiar with
AutoCAD. The default settings for these values are generally the most beneficial.
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Windows Standard Behavior - Enables you to select whether to use the standard Windows accelerator
keys (example, CTRL-C performs a copy operation, CTRL-V performs a paste operation) or the rightclick popup menu. Some users who are very familiar with CAD programs such as AutoCAD prefer
to map the right mouse button to perform a carriage return operation. In Summit WMScanner, a
carriage return will repeat the last command performed, which is a standard CAD program
behavior. By mapping the right mouse button to the carriage return operation, you may activate the
previous command by simply right-clicking with your mouse.
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When prompted to select a point by Summit WMScanner, you may type an exact coordinate in the
command prompt area (e.g., by typing “0.1,2.3,5.2” you are referring to the point within the drawing
at x-coordinate 0.1, y-coordinate 2.3, and z-coordinate 5.2). If Object Snap is active, however,
coordinates you enter on the keyboard may “snap” to a different location. For example, if Object
Snap is set to snap to entity end points, and you type a coordinate on the keyboard, if the coordinate
is near the end point of a drawing entity, the actual coordinate the software will use is that of the
end point of the drawing entity since Object Snap is active. To disable this, select the “Keyboard
entry” option in the Priority for Coordinate Data Entry window.
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Object Sorting Methods - Enables you to customize the order in which operations are performed on
drawing entities. If any of the check boxes are set, the corresponding operation is performed on
drawing entities by the order in which they were created. If not set, the corresponding operation is
performed on drawing entities randomly. For example, if the Redraw check box is set, and you select
the View > Refresh Screen command from the main program menu, drawing entities are redrawn on
the screen in the order in which they were created (example, the first drawing entity is redrawn
first). Otherwise, the entities will be redrawn randomly. Generally, you should notice no change in
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operation by activating or deactivating Object Sorting. Except in extremely specialized applications
(example, you wish to have certain drawing entities plotted prior to others), this functionality should
not affect your work in Summit WMScanner.
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Lineweight Settings - Enables you to activate, deactivate, or adjust the settings for the display of
lineweights in the software. When in the 2D wireframe shade mode (accessed through the View >
Shade menu), lineweight settings effect the perceived thickness of line entities. For example, you may
use the lineweight settings to make all entities representing the outer wall of your building to appear
thicker than the interior walls. This only affects the way lines are displayed on the screen and has no
impact on the way drawing entities are managed.
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Hyperlink - Enables you to adjust the way the mouse cursor responds when it encounters a hyperlink
within Summit WMScanner. For example, when the mouse cursor passes over a hyperlink, the
cursor transforms into a small hand to visually identify the hyperlink.
Preferences - Drafting
The options in the Drafting tab are useful if Summit WMScanner is regularly used on a computer with a
non-standard display resolution. Related options are also under the Selection tab.
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AutoSnap Marker - Indicator displayed at a snap point when the OSNAP option is turned on, but can
be difficult to see at high display resolutions.
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Aperture Size - The region that the software will search for objects when you are making a selection.
This allows a certain amount of inaccuracy in positioning the mouse cursor for a selection, but can
be counterproductive on a low-resolution screen where the software might find another object in the
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The options in the 3D modelling tab are useful if Summit WMScanner to set
with solids and surfaces in 3D.
options for working
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3D crosshairs: this option
in 3D operations.
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controls settings for the display style of the crosshairs pointer
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Show Z Axis in Crosshairs: Controls whether the Z axis is displayed by the crosshairs pointer.
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Label Axes in Standard Crosshairs: Controls whether axis labels are displayed with the crosshairs
pointer.
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Show Labels for Dynamic UCS: Displays axis labels on the crosshairs pointer for the dynamic
UCS even when the axis labels are turned off in the Label Axes in Standard Crosshairs box.
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Crosshair Labels: Choose the labels to display with the crosshairs pointer.
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Use X, Y, Z: Labels the axes X, Y, and Z.
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Use N, E, z: Labels the axes with abbreviations for North, East, and Z elevation.
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Use Custom Labels:
Labels the axes with characters that you specify.
Display UCS Icon - Controls the display of the UCS icon.
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Display in 2D Model Space: Displays the UCS icon in model space when the current visual style
is set to 2D Wireframe.
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Display in 3D Parallel Projection: Displays the UCS icon in model space when the current visual
style is set to 3D Hidden, 3D Wireframe, Conceptual, or Realistic, and the projection style is set to
Parallel.
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Display in 3D Perspective Projection: Displays the UCS icon in model space when the current
visual style is set to 3D Hidden, 3D Wireframe, Conceptual, or Realistic, and the projection style
is set to Perspective.
Dynamic Input: Controls the display of dynamic input fields for coordinate entry.
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Show Z Field for Pointer Input:
dynamic input.
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Displays a field for the Z coordinate when using
3D Objects: Controls settings for the display of 3D solids and surfaces.
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Visual Style While Creating 3D Objects: Specifies
primitives.
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the visual style while creating 3D solid
Deletion Control While Creating 3D Objects: Specifies whether defining geometry used in
creating solids and surfaces is automatically deleted once the 3D object is created or whether you
are prompted to delete the objects.
U Isolines on Surfaces and Meshes:
surfaces and meshes.
Sets the isolines property in the U direction for
V Isolines on Surfaces and Meshes: Sets the isolines property in the V direction for
surfaces and meshes.
3D Navigation: Sets walk, fly, and animation options for displaying 3D models.
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Reverse Mouse Wheel Zoom:
Reverses the zoom direction on a wheel mouse.
Preferences - Selection
The Selection tab provides options related to selecting objects in a drawing. These options are quite
useful when using Format Building to reformat an existing CAD drawing.
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Noun/Verb Selection - To specify objects for a command to operate upon, you can either make the
selection and invoke the command, or invoke the command and then make the selection. The former
is considered a noun/verb selection (the selection occurs before specifying the action) and is enabled
by this checkbox.
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Use Shift to add to selection - Checking this box forces Summit WMScanner to use the typical
Windows selection semantics. The default is to add to the selection when you click on a different
object, and to remove the object from the selection set when shift is held down.
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Press and Drag - Summit WMScanner usually requires you to define a selection rectangle with two
clicks, each at diagonally opposite corners. Enabling this checkbox allows you to click and drag to
sweep out rectangles.
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Implied Windowing
window).
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Object Grouping - Checking this box implies that if one object in a group is selected, the rest of the
group should also be selected.
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Associative Hatch - This option is generally not used with Summit WMScanner drawings, which
usually do not make use of associative hatches. This option determines which objects are selected
when you select an associative hatch. If this option is selected, boundary objects are also selected
when you select an associative hatch.
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Grips - The boxes shown on objects once they are selected. They are so named because they permit
you to drag and reshape or resize the object once selected. The options are straightforward with the
exception of the “enable grips within blocks” checkbox, which specifies whether individual objects
within a block have visible grips, or whether a set of grips is shown for the block as a whole.
- When a point is selected outside of an object, start a selection rectangle (or
Utilities Menu - WMS Configuration
Select Utilities > WMS Configuration to open the WMS Configuration dialog box. This dialog box enables
you to specify the IP Address, Port Number, Communication Protocol and the User Credentials that are
used to connect to WMS server. The WMS credentials are stored on your local machine.
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IP Address: Specify the IP address of the WMS server.
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Port Number: Specify the port numbers for secured and unsecured communication protocols. The
default port number for secured communication (HTTPS) is 8443, and for unsecured communication
(HTTP) is 9090.
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Communication Protocol: Select HTTPS for a secured communication and HTTP for unsecured
communication with WMS server. HTTPS is the default communication protocol.
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User Credentials: Specify the user credentials in the User Name and Password fields to connect to
WMS server. To save the password for future communication, select the Remember Password
checkbox.
Help Menu
The Help menu provides valuable information about every aspect of Summit WMScanner.
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User Manual F1
This command will launch the Summit WMScanner User’s Guide.
Manage
Licenses
Allows the management of your Summit WMScanner license.
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Networks
Website
This command launches Extreme Networks Website.
About
This command opens the About Summit WMScanner screen, which shows
information about the software.
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Measurement Surveys
Summit WMScanner eliminates the hassles involved in collecting data acquisition by implementing a
point-and-click method of acquiring measurement data from your PC’s wireless LAN (WLAN) card. The
following workflow diagram provides an overview of the primary measurement survey steps for
recording measurements and visualizing the results.
Setup Measurement Run
Select Record New Data
Setup Measurement Run Options
Specify Mode and Record
Measurements
Select Marker Mode or Track Mode
Perform Measurements
Save Results
Visualize Measurement Results
Select Visualization Display
Options
View Results (Channel, Coverage,
Interference, SSID, Throughput)
Summit WMScanner provides two site-specific means of recording measurement information:
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RF Monitoring - Using a proprietary WLAN driver, Summit WMScanner automatically collects data
from all visible APs. For this process to function, the WLAN card must not be associated with an
access point.
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AP Performance - This mode is used to determine the performance of a specific access point within
the drawing.
Summit WMScanner requires a working WLAN card for recording measurement data.
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NOTE
Before recording measurements, run File > Scale Floor Plan and identify a measured area in the floorplan to provide
Summit WMScanner with an accurate representation of distances within the drawing file.
Taking Measurements
The recommended method of taking measurements is by the use of a notebook, laptop or pen-tablet
computer with a preferred PCMCIA wireless LAN adapter card or USB card. This configuration allows
the user to physically take 802.11 measurements from all physical area of the building. The Summit
WMScanner’s Measurement Survey menu contains the capabilities to measure RSSI, noise levels, data rate,
and 11N statistics (such as channel width, guard interval, and MIMO performance) from compatible
cards.
Summit WMScanner’s Measurement Survey menu contains tools for:
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The measurement of AP data
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Scan Settings
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Configuration of the Authorized APs
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Visualization Survey Data & Options
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Importing, Exporting & Deletion of Measurement Data
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Marker/Trackline Settings.
Use the following steps to record measurement data:
1 Open the drawing from the File > Open menu.
2 From Summit WMScanner menu select Measurement Survey > Record New Data.
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The Configure Real-Time Measurement Run Information dialog box appears.
The Configure Real-Time Measurement Run Information dialog box contains the following options for
tailoring measurement runs:
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Description - All measurement data files are distinguished from one another by a unique
description that you provide in this edit box. The measurement description must consist of
alphanumeric characters. Extreme Networks recommends using this option to label the floor to be
measured and to document the person collecting the data.
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Building Notes - Provides a small scratch space to enter quick notes regarding the measurement
run before you begin.
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Create ASCII Log File - The collected measurement data is stored under the Measured directory of
the current project workspace. This file may be renamed as desired. It is recommended that the
file have the same name as the measurement run name you specify (this is the default,
automatically filled in when you change the description for the measurement run).
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Receiver Height Above Floor - Specifies the vertical height (Feet/Meters) at which you will record
measurement data.
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Marker Color - This button allows you to set the color of markers you will be placing in the
drawing. The choice of marker color applies only during the measurement process, and may be
altered after the measurement run is complete.
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Setup Instructions - Select this button to display instructions for the measurement mode selected.
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Select Measurement Mode - Use this pull-down menu to the measure measurement mode:
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3 From the Select Measurement Mode drop-down list, select WLAN Device.
4 Click the Next button. The Measurements Options dialog box appears.
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RF Monitoring - Collects data passively by sniffing the packets from the surrounding access
points.
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AP Performance - Collects data directly from an access point. This option is also known as
throughput.
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Server Mode - Starts a throughput server for server side measurements.
5 Select the RF Monitoring option.
6 Click the Next button. The Configure Real-Time Measurement Run Information dialog box appears.
7 Click the Configure Scan Settings button. The Configure Scan Settings dialog box appears.
The Configure Scan Settings dialog box contains the following options:
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Selecting 802.11 a, b, g, and n channels for measurements
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Setting Dwell Time for each channel
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Setting Receiver Height Above Floor
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Setting Dwell Time for all selected channels
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Specifying channel width
Specifying Channel Width
Different APs work in different channel widths (e.g. the 802.11 N capable APs are capable of working in
the 40 MHz channel width). You can specify 40 MHz channels using extension channels (+1, -1) along
with the 20 MHz primary channel number. Thus, you also need to specify the channel width in scan
settings. You can specify the channel width in the following modes:
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In 20 MHz mode, only APs working in the 20 MHz channel width are detected. Setting the advanced
Channel Width Settings option detects 40 MHz APs while scanning for channels with 20 MHz channel
width. This option is disabled by default when the channel width is set to 20/40 MHz or 40 MHz.
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In 40 MHz mode, you can specify the exact extension channel to be used. This option is disabled by
default for other modes. The options available are +1 and -1, therefore, scanning takes place only in
the 40 MHz channel width and not in 20 MHz for a selected channel. Thus, an AP is detected only if
it works on that 40 MHz channel.
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In 20/40 MHz mode, you need to specify only the primary channel to be scanned. The software
automatically adds scanning for all possible configurations of extension channels for that primary
channel. Thus in 20/40 MHz mode, each selected primary channel can essentially represent up to
three separate scans, one for 20 MHz, one for extension channel +1, and one for extension channel -1
(both for 40 MHz). Packets are recorded if the AP configuration is the same as the scanning
configuration.
The Configure Scan Settings dialog box provides precise control over the time that Summit
WMScanner spends on each channel for all valid Air Interface Standard channels in WLAN. Use this
feature to focus the survey on specific access point channels.
1 Select the desired options, and click the OK button. The Configure Real-Time Measurement Run
Information dialog box appears.
2 Click the Next button, and then select the measurement WLAN adapter.
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Make sure the adapter is not being used for network connection if the adapter is set for scanning.
3 Click the OK button. The bottom pane of the drawing map is divided into two parts.
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The drawing map window is divided into two parts:
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Access Point Information - The Access Point area contains the following information about the
detected access points:
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MAC Address - Media Access Control address for the corresponding access point.
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SSID - Service Set Identifier for the corresponding access point.
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Signal Strength - The average signal strength of the wireless connection as reported by the
client.
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RSSI - Received Signal Strength Indication. This column indicates the power level of a
received signal. RSSI units are in dBm (decibels relative to one milliwatt).
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Standard - Air Interface Standard for the corresponding access point (802.11a/b/g/n)
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Noise - The radio power (in dBm) of the background noise on the frequency that the AP is
operating on. When the client is in promiscuous mode, the client constantly changes
frequencies and measures RF for all channels that it is scanning. The noise value is collected
from the perspective of the client (location wise), while the scanned channel data corresponds
to the advertised AP channel.
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SNR - Signal to Noise Ratio. This is the signal power in dBm minus the noise power in dBm.
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WEP - Wired Equivalent Privacy. This column displays whether the WEP setting for the
corresponding access point is enabled or disabled.
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Channel (Ext) - The primary and extension channels for the AP. The extension channel is
indicated in parentheses. Whenever an AP is indicated to work in an extension channel, it
means that the AP will transmit/receive in 40 MHz channel width.
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Channel Width - The channel widths the AP is capable to work in, 20 MHz only or dynamically
alternate between 20 MHz or 40 MHz.
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Accepts GF - This column indicates whether the AP is capable of receiving 802.11n frames
transmitted in the Greenfield format. When frames are transmitted in the Greenfield format,
they are transmitted without any protection from legacy APs.
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Has Legacy Client - This column indicates whether a legacy client is associated with an 11n AP
or not. This field will be indicated as “N\A” (not available) for legacy APs and as “Yes” or
“No” for 802.11n APs. This column indicates that the BSS is working in the HT Mixed mode.
Marker Settings - Provides the following marker options:
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Single Marker - In this mode, select an area of the drawing map to identify your current
location within the building.
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Track Run - In this mode, select an area on the screen with the mouse where you are currently
standing within the building.
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Setting Measurement Points
While Summit WMScanner is polling the wireless network, you can record single marker or complete
track run measurement points. This is performed from within the Mode section of the measurement
survey control panel:
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Select a mode for setting measurement points. Mode options are:
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Single Marker - To correlate a measurement with a specific location, select Marker Mode, then leftclick the location in the model where the measurement is being made. The X, Y coordinate is then
identified from the mouse click and stored in the drawing database. You can continue to move in
the building, and click the location in the model where each measurement is being made. These
location data points will be used when you run Visualizations.
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Track Run - Like Single Marker mode, Track Run mode correlates a measurement with a location.
However, Track Run mode records multiple points along a straight line which are collected and
plotted between your start and end point clicks. Track runs are continuously drawn between
clicks unless you exit to Single Marker Mode and then return into Track Run mode. You can use
Track Run mode if you intend on recording multiple measurements in a straight line.
To use Track Run mode, left-click to identify your start position, then walk to another location.
Left-click again to identify your end position. Measurement points are then plotted along that
straight line path in discrete and even increments. The X, Y, Z coordinate is then identified from
the mouse click and stored in the measurement file. These location data points will be used when
you run Visualizations.
In the next example, the user clicks the starting point of the track run:
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In the next example, the user clicks the ending point of the track run. Note the intermediate
measurement points displayed along the track run path:
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2 To delete measurement Single Marker or Track Run data points, click the Undo button. Track runs are
deleted one segment at a time. Select Pause to halt network measurement, Resume to continue the
measurement survey session.
Configure Visible Data
By default, the Measurement Scan List panel shows all the available visible Access Point information. As
a result, some columns may be hidden. You can use the scroll bar at the bottom of the Measurement
Scan List panel to view the hidden columns.
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Click the Configure Visible Data button to configure the displayed information/columns. The Select Scan
List Columns to be Displayed dialog box appears. Select the columns to be displayed in the Panel. You can
also change the order in which the columns need to be displayed.
The Select Scan List Columns to be Displayed dialog box contains the following controls:
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Hidden Columns List Box: Contains the columns which you do not want to display on the
Measurement Scan List panel. You can select multiple columns simultaneously, however, columns are
not sorted. Double-click any element in the list to move all the selected elements to the Visible
Columns list box. Initially, this list is empty.
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Visible Columns List Box: Contains the columns that you want to display on the Measurement Scan List
panel. It supports multiple selections, however, elements are not sorted. Double-click any element in
the list to move all the selected elements to the Hidden Columns list box. Initially, this list contains all
the support columns.
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>> button: Moves all the elements from the Hidden Columns list box to the Visible Columns list box.
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> button: Moves the selected element(s) from the Hidden Columns list box to the Visible Columns list
box.
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<< button: Moves all the elements except MAC Address from the Visible Columns list box to the Hidden
Columns list box.
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< button: Moves the selected element(s) from the Visible Columns list box to the Hidden Columns list
box. You can not hide MAC Address. If you select MAC Address to hide, the following warning
message appears: “MAC Address can not be hidden”.
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Up button: Moves the selected element up in the order by one position. This button is enabled if you
select one element from the Visible Columns list box.
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Down button: Moves the selected element down in the order by one position. This button is enabled
if you select one element from the Visible Columns list box.
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OK button: Completes the process of selecting the columns to be displayed in the Measurement Scan
List panel.
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Cancel button: Cancels the current selection. The Measurement Scan List panel displays the last selected
columns.
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Configuring the Authorized List
Knowing and categorizing all access points broadcasting throughout your facility is a critical portion of
a measurement survey. Summit WMScanner allows you to select and control which access points are
categorized as Authorized (green AP icon), Rogue (red circle icon), or Unauthorized (yellow
exclamation point icon). This feature also allows you to filter access points based on each category,
allowing your to focus the measurement survey and visualization only on the access points that your
require.
1 Select the Configure Authorized List button from within the Mode panel. This opens the Configure
Authorized List dialog box:
In the next example, the measurement survey shows all visible access points, each flagged as Rogue
(red circle icon). By default, all uncategorized access points are considered Rogue:
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2 To categorize the access points, select the Configure Authorized List button and select the access points
you wish to remove from the Rogue MAC address list:
3 Next, the selected access points are moved to the Unauthorized MAC Addresses list.
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In the next example, access points are also move to the Authorized MAC Addresses list.
4 If you need to remove MAC addresses from any of the lists, select the desired MAC address, then
click the Remove MAC button below the respective list.
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Best practice tip: Document the MAC Address and SSID on a sheet of paper before removing the access point
from Summit WMScanner. This information can be added using one of the ADD buttons.
5 When finished modifying the Authorized List, click the OK button. The Measurement control panel
will display the new state of each access point.
6 To filter the access points based upon Authorized List status, use the View pull-down. When you are
finished with the measurement survey, select Exit. This process is complete.
Manual Data Entry
In Manual Data Entry mode, Markers are manually placed throughout the drawing map.
1 To associate an access point with the measurement run, select the access point from the drop-down
menu.
2 Select the Record Measurements/Markers button.
The Record Data dialog box displays, allowing record measurement data.
The
button allows you to pan the drawing. The
button allows you to zoom in and out in
the drawing. The
button undoes the last marker or track mode run. The list box at the top
allows you to change from Marker mode to Track mode.
The
button in the Record Data dialog box allows you to set measurement options. In the
resulting Options dialog box, the Quick Save button allows you to immediately flush all
measurements to the measurement logfile for safekeeping. The data backup interval controls how
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often measurements are automatically flushed to the logfile. For receivers that support configurable
averaging of data points, the Options dialog box provides control over the type of averaging and the
averaging interval. (Note that linear averaging converts values to linear power units such as Watts
before averaging, while the dB averaging algorithm averages the dB values directly.) The Record Data
dialog box has a Center on Marker check box that controls the display of the screen as measurements
are recorded. If this check box is checked then the drawing view automatically centers itself around
each marker that is taken. If the box is not checked, then the screen maintains its zoom and pan
settings until manually adjusted with the zoom or pan buttons.
AP Performance Mode
The AP Performance mode determines the performance of the client – AP link, when a client is
associated with the AP. The AP Performance mode has the following features:
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To test the performance of the client – AP link; client should be associated with the AP.
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The measurements adapter should be used to get the performance of the link, this adapter adds the
capability to measure some more fields not returned by normal WLAN adapters. Though simple
WLAN adapters are also supported (for backwards compatibility), not all data is available from
default drivers. Hence, it is advisable to use the measurements adapter.
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To judge link performance, there should be continuous data transfer between the AP and the
associated client. The AP Performance mode has two data transfer modes by which this continuous
data transfer can be done.
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It helps you scan the surrounding APs. This scanning is the default scanning done by the driver that
cannot be configured (channel, dwell time, etc.) by the user. This scanning does not support
reporting of noise information.
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You can measure throughput by using a AP Performance Server session.
NOTE
To properly judge the performance of an 11n AP, it is mandatory to perform a measurement survey in the AP
Performance mode using the measurements adapter by enforcing data transfer between the AP and the client.
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1 Select the AP Performance option and then click the Next button.
2 The Select WLAN Adapter dialog box appears. Select the Measurements (or other) WLAN adapter.
3 Click the OK button. Summit WMScanner polls the wireless network, and displays the visible access
points in real-time.
Enforcing Data Transfer and Server-Coupled Measurements
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You can specify different ways to enforce data transfer by selecting an option in the “Data transfer
method”. You can enforce data transfer either manually or by starting a AP Performance Server
measurement session.
Enforcing Data Transfer Manually
By selecting User Selected Application from the drop-down list you can start the data transfer you want.
Perform the following steps:
1 Ensure that the client is connected to the AP.
2 Start recording in the AP Performance mode.
3 Choose the WLAN adapter to start the local session.
4 Choose User Selected Application from the drop-down list to enforce data transfer. A dialog box
appears suggesting the user what type of data transfer to start.
Enforcing Data Transfer Using Server-Coupled Measurements
You can configure Summit WMScanner to run as a measurement server and client. This functionality is
known as AP Performance Server and is built into Summit WMScanner. You can use the measurement
server functionality:
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To enforce data transfer between the AP and an associated laptop. The enforce data transfer
generates network traffic. The network traffic allows you to capture network-level data such as
throughput, packet latency, and retry rates in addition to RSSI and noise.
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When multiple copies of the software are set up to run on multiple portable computers such that one
copy runs the measurement server functionality and others are used for measurements. In this
scenario Summit WMScanner copies on the measurement clients to connect to the measurement
server to collect measurement data at a centralized place.
To start the AP Performance Server measurement client, select the AP Performance Server option from the
Data transfer Method drop-down list. The AP Performance Server client – server combination generates
continuous network traffic over the AP – laptop link, which enables you to see link related information
in the Link tab. In addition, you can configure a AP Performance Server to generate varying amount of
traffic and measure statistics like throughput, latency, and jitter.
To enforce data transfer, you need to start a client - server session. You can start the session in the
following two ways:
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By starting a local AP Performance Server and connecting client on the same laptop
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By starting a remote AP Performance Server and connecting a client from a different laptop
Starting a Local AP Performance Server Session
As compared to starting a remote session, this method requires only one laptop. Perform the following
steps:
1 Ensure that the client is connected to AP.
2 Start recording in the AP Performance mode.
3 Choose the WLAN adapter to start the local session.
4 Choose AP Performance Server to enforce data transfer.
5 Click the Connect button on the Network tab.
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6 Choose the server type as Local Server and click the Connect button to start the session.
The software attempts to start the client and server on the same laptop, in such a way that any data
exchange that happens between the two actually traverses the AP - client link.
NOTE
In this process, under one of its steps the software tries to auto detect the IP of the gateway on the network or the
IP of the AP. Sometimes, when IP addresses are statically configured on the client, or due to some other reason the
detection fails, then you are prompted to enter the IP of the AP.
NOTE
Sometimes, a firewall at the access point or on the gateway can block this transfer, and a local session can fail to
start. In this case you can enforce data transfer by either disabling the problem firewall or by starting a remote AP
Performance Server session.
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Starting a Remote AP Performance Server Session
To start a remote measurement server session, choose the Server option in Measurement Options dialog
box
The Select Server Port dialog box prompts for the server port number.
After you specify the port number, the Measurement Server window appears.
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If you are not running in standalone mode, there are two ways to connect to a server:
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Using a client to connect to the server - From the client, in the Network tab, click Connect. Select
Remote Server as the Server type. Enter the IP address of the server to connect to it.
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Using a server to connect to a client - From the server, choose the menu option End Point > Connect.
NOTE
You do not require remote server connection to use the measurement client. However, to properly judge the
performance of an AP, it is mandatory to enforce data transfer while taking measurements in the AP Performance
mode. One of the ways is to use the AP Performance Server. When you use the AP Performance Server, the
server connection (both remote and local) generates network traffic to enable you to retrieve statistics such as
application level throughput, packet latency, and retry rates. Many users choose not to set up a remote AP
Performance Server to simplify their measurement tasks and use a local AP Performance Server measurement
method to enforce data transfer. Without enforcing data transfer, you can still measure RSSI and noise.
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Enter the IP address of the server you wish to connect to and the port that the server is running on,
then click Connect button. Servers that you have recently connected to will be remembered. In future
runs, you can reconnect to a server, by choosing one from the history list on the Connect to Server
dialog box.
After you are connected, click save data to record measurements. Now you have access to network
data that the server generates in addition to the RSSI, noise, and data rate measurement that are
available in stand-alone mode.
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Configuration and Statistics Panel
Link Information Tab.
The Link Information tab shows the performance of the current link. This tab contains the following
information: information:
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SSID - The SSID of the AP.
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BSSID – The BSSID of the AP.
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Air Standard – The air standard used for the data transfer.
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Channel (Ext.) – The 802.11 channel number used to transfer data. An extension channel is used if the
data transfer is currently happening in the 40 MHz channel width.
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RSSI – The Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI). This is measured in -dBm.
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Noise – The noise detected on the access point channel.
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Receive Data Rate – The average rate at which data packets are being received, while the constant
data transfer is happening.
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Channel Width Performance – An indication about the performance of the AP – client link with respect
to the channel width being used for the data transfer.
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Guard Interval – An indication about the performance of the AP – client link with respect to the
guard interval being used for the data transfer.
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MIMO Performance – An indication about the performance of the AP – client link with respect to the
MIMO parameters being used for the data transfer.
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This tab will not be displayed when the AP Performance measurements are done using a standard WLAN adapter.
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These fields are only displayed when data transfer is happening between the Client – AP link. Data transfer must be
enforced by the user. For more information, check the section “Enforcing data transfer and Server-coupled
Measurements”.
Data Tab.
This tab appears while using AP Performance Server data transfer method only.
The Data tab contains the following information and options:
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Statistics/Value - Displays the following real-time measurement data statistics:
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My IP Address - IP address of the machine that the client is running on.
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My Name - Displays the network name associated with the client’s machine.
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Maximum Bandwidth - Throughput in bits per second that the TCP Stream protocol attempts to
match its bandwidth usage. This setting is only used by the TCP Stream mode. Note that this is
not the actual throughput, only an upper limit that the AP Performance Server attempts to match
the actual throughput to. This upper limit can be changed by using the TCP Stream Configure
option on the Network tab
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Auto Logging Status - This option indicates whether the client has enabled or disabled auto
logging.
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Auto Logging Interval - This option displays the information how often the client saves data
markers if auto logging is enabled.
Network Tab.
This tab appears while using AP Performance Server data transfer method only.
The Network tab contains options and provides information for:
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Connecting to a Measurement Server.
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Setting the Protocol mode for TCP and UDP measurements:
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TCP Stream: Configure - Opens the TCP Stream Setup dialog box. From this dialog box, you can
modify the Client/Server Packet Size, specify the TCP packet Maximum Bandwidth Usage, and adjust the
packet Averaging Interval. The TCP Stream protocol calls for the client and server to exchange
information using TCP over IP instead of UDP packets. Most common network applications such as
browsing the web, performing file transfers, and checking E-mail are all TCP-based programs.
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The packet size settings that you can change are the packet size that the client sends to the server
(Client Packet Size) and the packet size that the server sends back to the client (Server Packet Size.)
The packet size is the number of bytes of raw data in every packet that is sent. By selecting one of
these options from the Packet Size drop-down list you can set the amount of data sent in the
payload of a test packet.
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The Maximum Bandwidth Usage setting allows the TCP Stream client to match real bandwidth usage
with the value that you specify from the drop-down menu. This allows Summit WMScanner to be
tailored to simulate the bandwidth usage of a wide range of network applications and users. The
Averaging Interval alters how long a client will average network statistics before sending results to the
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UDP Stream: Configure - Opens the UDP Stream Setup dialog box. From this dialog box, you can
modify the Client/Server Packet Size, specify the UDP packet Timeout, and adjust the packet
Averaging Interval. The UDP Stream protocol is a set of rules that the client and server follow to
exchange UDP data packets across the network. This protocol is designed to simulate Voice Over IP
or real time video streaming applications. When running the UDP Stream protocol the client has the
ability to detect important statistics that affect the quality of service for these types of applications.
Among these statistics are round trip time, jitter, and the packet loss rate.
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The packet size settings that you can change are the packet size that the client sends to the server
(Client Packet Size) and the packet size that the server sends back to the client (Server Packet Size.)
The packet size is the number of bytes of raw data in every packet that is sent. By selecting one of
these options from the Packet Size drop-down list you can set the amount of data sent in the
payload of a test packet.
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Timeout is the number of milliseconds that the client will wait for a response from the server before it
assumes that a sent packet has been lost. The Averaging Interval alters how long a client will average
network statistics before sending results to the server.
TCP Flood: Configure - The TCP Flood protocol is designed to determine the maximum available
bandwidth. For this reason it has no user configurable settings. Once this protocol is started, the
server will send as much data to the client in as short a time as possible. Throughput is the only
statistic calculated by this test.
Data Rows.
Displays recorded information for:
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Network ID - The network ID of the wireless access point that the WLAN card is currently associated
with.
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Throughput - Amount of data passed from the client to a server per unit time.
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Packet Error Rate - Percentage of packets that the client sent, but the server never returned. Possible
causes for lost packets include: the packet was mis-routed from the client to the server, the packet
was mis-routed from the server to the client, or the network latency was too high and the packet did
not return in the given timeout interval. This statistic is only available for UDP Stream mode.
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Round Trip Time - The time it takes a packet to be sent from the client to the server and then sent
from the server back to the client. This statistic is only available for UDP Stream mode.
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Client Packet Size - The size of the data payload that the client is sending to the server. This number
represents the current settings of the client.
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Server Packet Size - The size of the data payload that the server is sending to the client. This number
represents the current settings of the client.
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Packet Timeout - The amount of time that the client will wait for a reply from the server before it
assumes that a sent packet has been lost. This number reflects the current setting of the client. This
setting is only used by UDP Stream mode.
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Averaging Interval - Lists the time over which the client is averaging its measurements of the
throughput, packet error rate, packet latency, etc. This number reflects the current settings of the
client.
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Packet Jitter - Statistical variance of the arrival times of packets that are sent at regular intervals. The
lower the jitter in your network, the more regular your IP traffic will be because this means that
most packets take the same amount of time to get from a given point A to point B. If there is a high
jitter in your network then two different packets sent from A to B will take two significantly
different times to complete the trip. This statistic is only available for UDP Stream mode.
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Noise Strength - The radio power (in dBm) of the general background noise on the frequency that the
client is operating on.
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Transmit Bandwidth - This is the maximum megabits per second that the client can transmit or receive
from its wireless connection.
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WLAN Update Interval - This is how often the client gathers information about its wireless connection
from its network card. This number represents the current setting of the client.
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Peak Data Rate - This is the maximum data rate that the client is recording during packed transmit/
receive.
You may add or remove the display options when you click on the Configure Display button. This
opens the Configure Data Rows dialog box. Move data rows between the two listboxes by selecting a
row and using the arrow button between the listboxes. Or, you can double-click the desired
selection. Any row listed in the right listbox will be displayed by the client and any row displayed in
the left list box will not be displayed. Furthermore, you can change the row display order by clicking
once on the row that you wish to move, and selecting either the Move Up or Move Down buttons.
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Chat Tab.
This tab appears while using AP Performance Server data transfer method only.
The Chat tab allows you to send messages to the server and other Summit WMScanner clients. To use
this facility you must be connected to a server. Then, type your message into the Message field and click
the Send button. A copy of the message will be displayed in the status window of the Chat tab along
with the IP address of the sender.
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Visualizing Survey Data
To display survey data:
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Visualization Panel
This section describes the options in the Visualization panel.
The Visualization panel provides the following options for configuring and viewing the postmeasurement results:
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Display Options - Select the type of measurement data you want to display:
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Channel - See “Channel Visualization” on page 105
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Coverage - See “Coverage Visualization” on page 106
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SNR - See “SNR Visualization” on page 107
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SSID - See “SSID Visualization” on page 108
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Expected Legacy Data Rate - See “Expected Legacy Data Rate Visualization” on page 109
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Noise - See “Noise Visualization” on page 110
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Channel Width Performance - See “Channel Width Performance” on page 114
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Data Rate Performance - See “Data Rate Performance” on page 115
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Hybrid Network Overlap - See “Hybrid Network Overlap Visualization” on page 112
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Channel Width Configuration- See “Channel Width Configuration Visualization” on page 113
The Filter By drop-down list displays all filters. You have an option to filter by Channel, SSID, and
Association Status.
The Association Status filter is primarily useful in the Channel Width Performance visualization and the
Data Rate Performance visualization.
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Colors - To change the color settings for visualizations, click the Colors button. The Color Scheme Editor
dialog box appears, which provides options for choosing color settings for each value. Region colors
are assigned according to the signal strength as defined in the color scheme editor. Changing these
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Grid Options - Opens the Visualization Options dialog box.
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Filter Measured Values - The pull-down menu allows you to display the visualization based upon
access point/base station Channels, SSID, or Association status.
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Standard - This General Settings option allows you to select the Air Interface Standard such as IEEE
802.11g, 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11n. Available Air Interface Standard options are dependent on the
configuration of the selected access point.
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Floor - Toggles the currently displayed floor.
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Signal - Allows you to adjust the displayed min/max dBm ranges.
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Refresh - Redraws the visualization display.
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Clear Map - Clears the display of all visualizations.
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Exit - Exits the Visualization panel.
To run map visualizations, first choose the Filter Measured Values (Channel, SSID, or Association
status), select the Standard, and Floor for which you want to run a visualization. Next, choose your
desired visualization mode by selecting the appropriate Display Options pull-down and highlighting the
visualization type.
For each visualization that you run (Channel, Coverage, SNR, SSID, Expected Legacy Data Rate, Noise,
Hybrid Network Overlap, Channel Width Configuration, Channel Width Performance, Data Rate
Performance), all grid information such as access point type, access point name, and grid results are also
displayed within the Legend Data panel.
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Configuring Measurement Visualizations
Summit WMScanner automatically picks an area of your drawing over which to generate measurement
visualizations. You may configure this area as well as other grid visualization options such as the
resolution of the display. To configure these options, click the Grid Options button on the measurement
visualization panel:
Selecting Grid Options opens the Visualization Options dialog box:
The Visualization Options dialog box allows you to do the following:
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Set the Visualization Boundary - The visualization boundary represents the area of the drawing over
which the grid values will be calculated for measurement data. If no measurement data is taken in a
particular area of the grid boundary, no information will be displayed. You can reduce the amount of
time Summit WMScanner takes to produce visualizations by reducing the area of the boundary. To
set the visualization boundary, choose Select Region and then click the Pick button from the
Visualization Options dialog box. You will be prompted to use your mouse to draw a box on the
screen that represents the new boundary area.
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Set Distance Visualization Limit - The distance visualization limit represents the maximum distance at
which measurement data are considered for visualization purposes. For a typical indoor office
environment, this value should not be changed from the default 5 meter value. If you wish to
achieve a greater resolution of measurement data you should consider taking more measurement
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Configure Grid Bin Size - The Grid Bin Size sets the resolution of the visualization grid. Increasing this
number produces more points in the building over which data is calculated and displayed. This will
increase the amount of time required to draw the heat map. For typical indoor office environments, a
value of one meter generally works well. This value should always be set to something less than the
Distance Visualization Limit. Decreasing the Grid Bin Size produces more grid bins over the
Boundary Region. Increasing the Grid Bin Size produces fewer grid bin points in the Boundary
Region.
To exit the Visualization Options dialog box and save your changes, click OK. To exit without saving,
select Cancel.
Channel Visualization
The Channel visualization mode allows you to view regions of coverage colored by the best serving
channel (20 or 40 MHz width) to that region. If you have selected all MAC addresses in the
Visualization panel filters, the Channel visualization shows the best serving channel for MACs detected
during the currently loaded measurement runs. This view helps you to verify your facility's channel
plan layout. To open coverage visualization, choose the Channel option.
You can use the Visualization panel filter to view the coverage area for a specific channel (20 or 40 MHz
width) or for a specific MAC address. You can select both 20 and 40 MHz channels. This can be useful if
you want to view the areas of your facility where a client can obtain service from a particular channel or
AP.
You can also fine tune the signal strength cutoff criteria to display channel coverage regions by
adjusting the Signal Power filter on the Visualization Panel.
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An example of channel visualization is shown on the next page. Hovering the mouse over the grid
vertices displays more information about the data at particular points in the visualization:
This visualization, by default, colors the 20 MHz 802.11 channels and all combinations of their 40 MHz
802.11 channels in the same color. For example, all grid vertices serving the channels 5(-1), 5 and 5(+1)
are shown in the same color. You can select new colors for these channels depending upon your
requirements.
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Channel grids are only displayed as shaded when in the Flat Shaded, Edges On mode (View > Shade > Flat Shaded,
Edges On).
Coverage Visualization
The Coverage visualization mode allows you to view regions where a certain level of RSSI (Received
Signal Strength Intensity) occurs. The regions are displayed as color-coded grids directly on the drawing.
You can use this view to verify network coverage, identify and locate rogue access points (APs), and
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verify the location and channel settings of the APs within your infrastructure. To open coverage
visualization, choose the Coverage option:
NOTE
Coverage grids are only displayed as shaded when in Flat Shaded, Edges On mode (View > Shade > Flat Shaded,
Edges On).
SNR Visualization
The SNR (signal-to-noise ratio) visualization mode allows you to view the best SNR from the MAC
addresses you have selected within the Visualization Panel filters. The SNR determined for each MAC
at a given point takes into account interference from other radios broadcasting on interfering channels,
including interference from non 802.11 sources. The best of the SNR values calculated at each grid point
is displayed at the grid point.
Signal-to-noise is often referred to as a measure of signal quality. The SNR visualization allows you to
view the signal quality available to a client at locations throughout the facility. Since the SNR view
shows the signal strength with respect to the background noise inherent to the environment and devices
operating in that environment, this visualization mode may help diagnose areas where good signal
quality is not available. Better signal quality is required for higher throughput and data intensive
applications such as VoIP (Voice over IP). To visualize SNR, choose the SNR option:
You may wish to filter this view for a particular network or single MAC address. For example, if you
have two wireless networks in your facility, one broadcasting an SSID of engineering and another
broadcasting an SSID of sales, you may wish to select only one SSID to visualize at a time from the
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Visualization panel filters. Using the filters allows you to identify areas of good or poor signal quality
for specific networks, or specific MAC addresses.
NOTE
SNR grids are displayed as shaded when visualized in the Flat Shaded, Edges On mode (View > Shade > Flat
Shaded, Edges On).
SSID Visualization
The SSID visualization mode allows you to view regions of coverage colored by the best serving SSID to
that region. If you have selected all MAC addresses in the Visualization Panel filters, the SSID
visualization shows the best serving SSID for MACs detected during the currently loaded measurement
run. This view is often most useful if you isolate a single SSID to view. By doing so, this visualization
mode allows you to see areas of your facility were a client might be able to obtain service on a
particular SSID or network. To visualize SSID grids, choose the SSID option:
You can use the Visualization Panel to filter to view the coverage area for a particular SSID. A blank
SSID means that some MAC addresses were not broadcasting their SSID at the time the measurement
data was collected
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You may wish to also fine tune the signal strength cutoff criteria for displaying the SSID coverage
regions. This can be done on the Visualization Panel by adjusting the Signal Power limits.
NOTE
SSID grids are displayed as shaded when visualized in the Flat Shaded, Edges On mode (View > Shade > Flat
Shaded, Edges On).
Expected Legacy Data Rate Visualization
The Expected Legacy Data Rate visualization mode allows you to view the data connection rate that a
client might be able to achieve in an environment with optimal noise levels. Note that the data
connection rates are part of the 802.11 standards and they do not specify actual data throughput levels
achievable by the client. This visualization will show which data rates a client can expect when
connected to a best serving AP at a particular grid point based on the RSSI from the AP. The expected
data rate from the AP is derived from its RSSI at a particular point. This visualization shows rates
according to 802.11 A/B/G standards only and not 80211 N, because 11N rates cannot be determined
based on RSSI alone. Thus, 802.11 A/N or 802.11 B/G/N APs, in visualization, will be treated as 802.11
A and 802.11 B/G APs respectively. To visualize data rate, choose the Expected Legacy Data Rate option.
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The following is an example of Expected Legacy Data Rate visualization. Hovering the mouse over the
grid vertices displays the data at particular points in the visualization:
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Data Rate grids are displayed as shaded if visualized in the Flat Shaded, Edges On mode (View > Shade > Flat
Shaded, Edges On).
Noise Visualization
The Noise visualization mode allows you to view regions where a certain level of noise occurs. The
regions are displayed as color coded grids on the drawing. This view shows the worst noise at each
point, which makes the visualization ideal for identifying noise problems within your facility. To
visualize noise, choose the Noise option:
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If the noise is on a channel that will not affect your network, then you can filter the channels - to be
considered in the visualization - by selecting or deselecting the appropriate channels.
The following example shows a noise visualization. Hovering the mouse over the grid vertices displays
the data at particular points in the visualization. This can help you identify the channel which has noise
(on it). The first channel listed in the tooltip is the channel with the worst noise at that location.
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Noise grids are displayed as shaded if visualized in the Flat Shaded, Edges On mode (View > Shade > Flat Shaded,
Edges On).
Noise and Verification of Network Operability
Noise plays a major role in network reliability and the quality of service. If there is significant noise in a
particular region of the network, the quality of service is likely to be worse in that region than in other
regions. By using Summit WMScanner’s noise visualization capability, you can quickly identify regions
of high noise. You can use tooltips to identify the precise channel where the noise is located. If an access
point is in an area that has high noise in a specific channel, Extreme Networks recommends selecting an
alternative channel for that access point.
Hybrid Network Overlap Visualization
The Hybrid Network Overlap visualization allows you to view the deployment type of the entire network.
This visualization shows areas of coverage where the clients are served only by 802.11 A\B\G (Legacy)
APs, only 802.11 N APs (High Throughput) APs or all 802.11 A\B\G\N (Hybrid) APs. Network
planners can use this view to determine where clients can get potentially better performance because of
the presence of 802.11 N APs. This visualization also allows network planners to determine the location
where legacy equipment is hindering 11n design.
The following is an example of Hybrid Network Overlap visualization. Hovering the mouse over the
grid vertices displays the data at particular points in this visualization
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Channel Width Configuration Visualization
The Channel Width Configuration visualization allows you to view the channel width that the client is
able to use while communicating with the best serving AP. All 802.11 A/B/G APs can transmit/receive
in a 20 MHz channel width while 802.11 N APs have the capacity to transmit/receive in 20 MHz
channel width only or both 20/40 MHz channel width (depending upon its configuration). A bigger
channel width for data transmission and reception allows the usage of a higher data rate.
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Channel Width Performance
The Channel Width Performance visualization allows the user to view the degree to which a client is
able to consume the channel width while transmitting and receiving data packets when associated with
an AP. You can use this visualization to verify whether clients associating and transmitting/receiving
data with 802.11 N APs (configurable in 20/40 MHz channel) are able to use the full channel width.
This visualization makes use of available measurement data only when data is being transferred. Thus,
to view this heat map, it is mandatory for you to perform measurement surveys. These surveys should
be performed in the AP Performance mode using the custom driver by enforcing data transfer between
the AP and the client.
The amount of channel width being used can be judged only from the packets being exchanged during
data transfer. You can use the Association status filter to select/deselect the MACs for which the
visualization is to be viewed.
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Data Rate Performance
This visualization shows the data rates that a client actually uses while transmitting and receiving data
packets during its association with an AP. This visualization makes use of available measurement data
only when data is being transferred. Thus, to view the heat map, it is mandatory for you to perform
measurement surveys. These surveys should be performed in the AP Performance mode using the
custom driver by enforcing data transfer between the AP and the client. Compared to the Expected
Legacy Data Rate visualization, Data Rate Performance visualization does not use RSSI to derive data rate.
Data Rate Performance visualization uses the data rate measured on the basis of packets exchanged
during data transfer.
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You can select/deselect the MACs, for which the visualization is to be viewed, using the Association
filter from the Filter By drop-down list.
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Verifying Network Coverage
On the Visualization panel, there will be a list of all the MAC addresses that were detected in the
measurement runs loaded in the drawing. If you select only the MACs in the list that are a part of your
network’s infrastructure, then the resulting grid shows the Network Coverage for only your access
points.
Identifying and Locating Access Points
Use the following steps to locate an access point:
1 Select one of the MACs in the list on the Visualization panel.
2 Change the lower signal limit to result in a grid that shows only the areas with higher signal
coverage.
3 Click on the Refresh button.
4 Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have a grid coverage that is tightly centered around a small area:
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Following the above steps will result in a grid coverage being displayed that will pin-point the location
of the AP with the MAC you selected. If this MAC is not in your infrastructure, then this process will
help you locate unauthorized or rogue APs. Otherwise, it will help you verify the location of an AP that
is part of your infrastructure.
Verifying the Channel and SSID Settings of Access Points
You can quickly verify the channel settings of all APs that were visible during the measurement runs
present in or imported into the drawing. Just select the Filter By: drop-down box and choose Channel.
Then you can look at the resulting list and all the MACs will be grouped according to their channel.
Filtering by SSID allows you to do the same thing with respect to the SSID.
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Importing Measurement Logfiles
If you have measurement data from prior sessions, use the Measurement Survey > Import Measurement
Data command to import a Summit WMScanner tab-delimited ASCII file, or other formats from specific
measurement receivers, and visualize the data directly within the building drawing.
Selecting Import Measurement Data opens the following dialog, which enables you to select the
measurement type from the Select Type of Logfile to Import drop-down menu, and the location and name
of the logfile:
After selecting the type of logfile to import, use the Browse button to find the location of the
measurement file, and then select OK to import the file.
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Exporting Measurement Logfiles
After you have collected measurement data, you can export measurement data for a select measurement
run into an ASCII log file by using the Measurement Survey > Export Measurement Data command.
After each measurement run, use File > Save Project to save the measurement data in the drawing file.
Selecting Export Measurement Data opens the following dialog, which enables you to select the
measurement you wish to export and the location and name of the logfile:
Use the Browse button to choose the destination of the ASCII measurement file, and then select OK to
export the file.
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Deleting Measurement Data
Use the Measurement Survey > Delete Measurement Data command to remove measurement data from the
current drawing file.
The Measurement Run Delete dialog box appears:
Select the measurement run from the list that you want to remove from the drawing. Next, press OK to
have the measurement data erased from the drawing. If you previously stored an ASCII measurement
logfile (this logfile is written automatically when you collect the data), deleting it from the drawing will
NOT erase the ASCII logfile.
If you wish to also have the ASCII logfile erased, check the Erase Logfile box before deleting the logfile
data from the drawing. Measurement data logfiles, by default, are stored in the Measured sub-directory
of the current project workspace directory.
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Access Point Associations
Summit WMScanner utilizes a site-specific model of the measurement environment to associate
measurements with a location based upon a 3D X, Y, Z-based coordinate system. Associating with an
access point is necessary if you choose to optimize your WLAN plan. In order to optimize, the planning
tool must know which access point you were connected to when taking measurements so that it can
accurately compare measured values to the prediction from the correct access point in the drawing. To
associate, select Measurement Survey> Access Point Associations:
Select the measurement run from the Edit Measurement Run dialog box:
When the Access Point Associations dialog box displays, edit the associations between measurement
channels or frequencies and access points in the environment. The association between a measurement
run and an access point is an essential part of the process of using measurements to optimize RF
propagation simulation parameters with Optimize Predictions. The Access Point Associations functionality
is included in Summit WMScanner because it is often convenient to make these associations while out in
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the field. This information will then be carried over when bringing measurement data back to your
design product.
The fundamental idea of access point association is that in order to compare measured values to
predicted values, the software needs to know which virtual transmitter in the drawing produced the
measured values. If a measurement run is associated with a given virtual transmitter in a Summit
WMScanner drawing, then that transmitter is used to calculate simulated values to compare with the
values gathered in the measurement run. Since each receiver has a different access point association
method, refer to the individual receiver documentation for more details on associating access points.
The following examples are from a measurement session recorded through a LAN card.
Summit WMScanner records the IP address, SSID, and MAC address of the access point for each
measurement. This is useful if you happen to roam between access points when taking measurements
since you can associate measurement points within a single measurement run to multiple access points
in the drawing.
NOTE
When you exit the Associate dialog box and the measurement run gets saved in the drawing, it is also saved as an
ASCII logfile in .wvc format in the measured folder of your current project workspace folder.
After you associate the access points to your measurement, the display window shows your survey
annotated by the order in which you took the measurement:
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Display Measurement Data
After recording measurements, you can display or hide both text and graphical markers on the building
drawing by using the Measurement Survey > Display Measurement Data command.
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Text Display
To display measurement data as text in the drawing, click Measurement Survey > Display Measurement
Data > Text Display. Choose the measurement run you wish to display form the drop-down box and
click Next.
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Set Text Height
To control the height of text markers, click Measurement Survey > Display Measurement Data > Set Text
Height. This will modify the size of the measurement data text in the drawing. This value can be set in
feet or meters.
Graphical Display
Summit WMScanner can also display measurement data as graphical markers in the drawing. These
markers indicate measured values using both color and height. To configure graphical markers, click
Measurement Survey > Display Measurement Data > Graphical Display.
The Graphical Measurement Display dialog box appears:
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From the Graphical Measurement Display dialog box, you can select the measurement data you wish to
display. Select one or more measurement runs from the list and choose the data value you would like to
display from the pull down list. There are many options for the pull down data display, but not all of
them will apply to your measurement data. If you select measurement information that is not included
in your measurement runs, nothing will be displayed in the drawing.
The Marker Radius enables you to control the size of each marker point. The marker radius is specified in
meters (relative to scale of the drawing). Selecting Configure Colors displays the Color Scheme Editor dialog
box:
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The following example shows a measurement session with Graphical Markers enabled:
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The following example shows a measurement session with Text Markers enabled:
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Show All Markers
To show the display of all measurement text in the drawing, click Measurement Survey > Display
Measurement Data > Show All Markers.
Reposition and Scale
Selecting the Measurement Survey > Display Measurement Data > Reposition and Scale command allows you
to move existing measurement points in the drawing. You have the option of relocating individual
measurement points or adjusting the scale of an entire measurement run. When adjusting the scale of a
run, the marker’s position relative to each other remains the same but the distance between them
increases or decreases depending on your scaling.
Hide All Markers
To hide the display of all measurement text in the drawing, click Measurement Survey > Display
Measurement Data > Hide All Markers.
Configure Markers/Tracklines
To configure Markers/Tracklines, select Measurement Survey > Display Measurement Data > Configure
Markers/Tracklines.
Type or select Measurement Marker Size and Trackline Arrowhead Size.
Managing Access Points
The following workflow example provides an overview of the primary steps for selecting, placing, and
configuring access points.
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Configuration
Placement
Selection
Access Point Placement and Configuration
Select Access Points
· Select Access Points
· Select Building Floor
Place Access Points
· Place Access Points
· View Placed Hardware
Configure Access Points
· Edit Access Points
· Configure Air Interface
Standards and General
Settings
Access Point Placement
Selecting Equipment > Place Access Point displays the Place Access Point dialog box. This dialog box
allows you to directly place hardware equipment at a desired location in the drawing by clicking in the
drawing at the location you want to locate the hardware.
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To place hardware in the drawing, double left click the hardware description in the Place Access Point
dialog box and then left click at the location in the drawing where you would like the access point
placed. If the access point you are placing has antenna’s that are attached via cables, then click again in
the drawing to specify the location of the antenna relative to the access point. You may continue to
place multiple access points by clicking in the drawing again.
To place access points on a different floor, use the floor drop-down menu located on the lower-right side
of the Place Access Point dialog box to change the floor currently displayed in the drawing.
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To exit manual placement, press the ESC key, which will return you to the Place Access Point dialog box.
The example on the next page shows the result of manual access point placement. Note that when you
place the mouse cursor over an access point or right-click, a tool tip window provides details about the
access point hardware:
Once you are satisfied with access point placement, you are ready to configure the channel and power
settings.
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Edit/Remove Access Point
The Equipment > Edit/Remove Access Point command allows you to edit, remove, move, or copy any
access point in the drawing.
The Edit/Remove Access Point dialog box shows a list of every access point in the drawing, a description
of the access point, its floor location, air interface standard, channel number, and transmit power. You
may click in the Name or Description field to directly edit that field, or you may optionally double click
on the access point icon next to the access point name to bring up an edit window with more options.
The following options are available from the Edit/Remove Access Point dialog box:
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Copy — To copy an access point, select it from the list and press the Copy button. You may then click
on the drawing to place a copy of the access point the same way you use the Place Access Point
command. Press the ESC key to return to the Edit/Remove Access Point dialog box. You may copy an
access point to another floor in the drawing by first changing to that floor.
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Move — The Move Access Point button works the same way as the Copy Access Point button, except
that the access point will be moved from its previous location to the new point in the drawing where
you click.
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Remove — To remove an access point or access points, select them from the list and then press the
Remove button. Use caution when removing an access point, as removing an access point can not be
undone
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Change Floors — The Edit/Remove Access Point dialog box provides a floor pull down list that allows
you to change your view to a different floor of the drawing. Use this combo box to see the location
of access points on other floors.
Edit
Choosing the Edit button on the Edit/Remove Access Point dialog box opens the following Edit Access
Point dialog box.
Within a local project workspace, all access points must have a unique name. That is, the name entered
in the Name edit box cannot be used for any other access point within the drawing. If you accidentally
enter a duplicate name in the edit box, Summit WMScanner will display a warning message. The access
point name may be up to 20 characters long, but can only consist of alphanumeric characters. New
access points are automatically given a name in the form of TxXX, where XX is an auto-incremented
number incremented each time a new access point is added. Naming restarts at 01 for each new project
workspace.
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View settings for - This drop-down menu controls which air interface standard you are modifying
settings for, such as independently setting different power levels for 802.11a and 802.11g.
Configure - This dialog box allows you to manually set Air Interface Standards beyond the default
access point settings. With this capability, you can remove intermediate channel frequencies as an
added precaution to minimize channel overlap interference.
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The transmit power of an access point is configured via two fields: Input (mW) power, and Gain. The
sum (dB terms) or product (absolute Watt terms) of the Input power and the Gain is displayed as the Tx
Power. The Tx Power is the signal power that is supplied to the distribution system, e.g. to the cable or
antenna attached to the access point. The Input power and the Gain are modeled separately so that for
repeaters and BDAs the power from a donor antenna can be entered into the Input power field and the
gain of the repeater/BDA can be entered into the Gain field. For WLAN access points, the Gain field
can be left at 0 (1, in absolute Watt terms) and the power output of the BTS or access point can be
entered into the Input. Regardless of how the Input (mW) and Gain fields are used, it is essential to
verify that the Tx Power field displays the desired net output.
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Channel Set - This drop-down menu provides a way to indicate which grouping of channels, within
the air interface standard, are used by the access point. Some air interface standards have blocks of
channels which are licensed as a unit and these blocks are referred to in Summit WMScanner as
channel sets. For some air interface standards, channel sets are not relevant.
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Active Channel - Select the specific channel on which the access point transmits. The channel setting
determines the frequency of transmission, which is displayed next to the channel number. The
Channel Set and Active Channel determine the interference between access points, so if your
intention is to analyze interference in your design, you must carefully and accurately set the
channels and channel sets of your access points.
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Performance Tab - The Performance tab provides a Performance Lookup Table list for selecting various
air interface performance .wvt files.
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If you select the 11n air interface standard from the View Settings for list, the Operational Mode drop
down and the Use Short Guard Interval check box appears in the Performance tab.
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Operational Mode: This option allows you to select any one of the two operational modes - HT Mixed
and HT Mixed 40MHz. To make the AP operate on a 20 Mhz channel, select HT Mixed mode or
select the HT Mixed 40 MHz mode to make the AP operate on a 40 MHz channel.
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Use Short Guard Interval: Select the Use Short Guard Interval check box to reduce the guard interval
from 800 nano seconds to 400 nano seconds.
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Access Point Additional Tab - You can optionally assign the 32-character SSID (Service Set Identifier)
and the MAC (Media Access Control address) for the current access point. Each air interface
standard can have its own SSID and MAC address, which are set for the air interface standard
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Access Point Hardware Tab - The Access Point Hardware tab enables you to specify a description of
the selected access point. This is only for your reference in distinguishing the transmitter from other
transmitters. The access point description may be up to 128 characters:
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Access Point Style Tab - The Access Point Style tab enables you to specify the color, display settings,
and size of the marker used to identify the location of the access point on the drawing. The Display
Antenna System drop down list lets you turn on or off the display of the antenna system attached to
the access point, or show only the components of the antenna system placed on the current floor. By
default, all components of the antenna system are shown.
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Access Point Position Tab - The Access Point Position section configures the location of the access point.
This enables you to enter the absolute position of the access point on the floor within the building. All
coordinates are given relative to the origin (also called the Floor Alignment Point) of the building
coordinate system.
Access Point Colors
Selecting Equipment > View Access Point Colors displays the dialog box.
The Color Override dialog box allows you to override the default colors of access points based on
selection criteria. Set your desired color selection criteria by choosing an option from the drop-down
menu. The list of items for that criteria will automatically update in the dialog box and will be
displayed in the current color for access points of that criteria. Double click on a colored item to change
its color.
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Move Access Point
Selecting Equipment > Move Access Point is a quick way to change the location of an access point which
has already been configured.
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From the Move Access Point dialog box, select the access point that you wish to move and click Move.
Only access points on the current floor may be moved with this command. To move access points to a
different floor, use the Move command on the Edit/Remove Access Point dialog box.
Your pointer will take on the appearance of the access point that you selected from the list. Move the
Access Point to the desired location and click to place it. You may also move multiple access points
simultaneously by selecting more than one access point before clicking Move. Click Finished after
moving access points.
Another way to move access points is through the Access Point Positioning prediction mode. This
function allows you to visualize the coverage footprint of your access point as you move it to a new
location. This is much faster than continued repositioning and repeated simulation of the new location
and can help you intelligently select a new location for your access point.
Copy Access Point
The Copy Access Point menu command works very similar to the Move Access Point command. To copy
one or more access points on a floor, select Equipment > Copy Access Point. The Copy Access Point dialog
box opens.
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Select the access point you want to copy from the Copy Access Point dialog box and then press the Copy
button. Click in the drawing to specify the location where you want the access point copied to.
Continue clicking to make additional copies, or end the operation by right-clicking or by pressing the
ESC key. This returns you to the Copy Access Point dialog box, then click Finished.
Clone Attributes
Each access point in your network has a variety of specifiable characteristics such as RF information,
input power, and height above ground. It is often the case where users want to change one or more of
these characteristics to a new value for any number of access points already placed in their design.
Summit WMScanner allows you to selectively clone specific access point attributes to single or multiple
access points by selecting Equipment > Clone Attributes.
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Network Controllers
This section describes the tasks involved in controller placement.
Placing Controllers
Selecting Equipment > Wireless LAN Controller > Place Wireless LAN Controller displays the Place WLAN
Controller dialog box. This dialog box allows you to directly place equipment at a desired location in the
drawing by clicking in the preferred location.
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To place a controller in the drawing, double left click the hardware description in the Place WLAN
Controller dialog box and then left click at the location in the drawing where you would like the device
placed. You may continue to place multiple devices by clicking in the drawing again.
To exit placement, press the ESC key, which will return you to the Place WLAN Controller dialog box.
The following example shows the result of the manual placement.
Once you are satisfied with the controller placement, you are ready to configure the settings.
Editing/Removing Controllers
The Equipment > WLAN Controller > Edit/Remove WLAN Controller command allows you to edit, remove,
and move any controller in the drawing. Selecting Equipment > WLAN Controller > Edit/Remove WLAN
Controller opens the dialog box.
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The Edit/Remove WLAN Controller dialog box shows a list of every controller in the drawing. The
following options are available from the Edit/Remove WLAN Controller dialog box:
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Edit - The Edit button allows you to configure a controller. See “Edit Controller” on page 146.
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Move - The Move button allows you to move a controller from a previous location to a new point in
the drawing where you click.
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Remove - The Remove button permanently removes the controller from the drawing.
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Copy - To copy a controller, select it from the list and press the Copy button. You may then click on
the drawing to place a copy of the controller the same way you use the Place Controller command.
Press the ESC key to return to the Edit/Remove WLAN Controller dialog box.
Edit Controller
Choosing the Edit button on the Edit/Remove WLAN Controller dialog box opens the Edit WLAN
Controller window.
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Within a drawing file, all the controllers must have a unique name. That is, the name entered in the
Name Edit Box cannot be used for any other controller within the drawing. If you accidentally enter a
duplicate name in the box, Summit WMScanner will display a warning message. Note that the MAC
Address field must be entered correctly if you plan to export your design to WMS.
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Hardware Configuration - The Hardware Configuration section contains three fields: Description Field,
IP Address Field, and MAC Address Field. Each of the fields is user editable.
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Hardware Position - This enables you to enter the absolute position of the controller on the floor
within the building. All coordinates are given relative to the origin (also called the Floor Alignment
Point) of the building coordinate system.
Managing Sensors
The following sections describe the tasks involved in placing, updating and moving sensors.
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Placing Sensors
Sensors are RF detectors used in a wireless network designs to monitor RF activity in your network
environment. This feature is a key enabler for wireless asset tracking. Summit WMScanner allows you
to place sensors within your building drawing. To do this, select Equipment > Sensor > Place Sensor:
To place sensors in the drawing, double left click the hardware description in the Place Network Sensor
dialog box and then left click at the location in the drawing where you would like the sensor placed.
You may continue to place multiple sensors by clicking in the drawing again.
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During sensor placement, your mouse cursor takes on the appearance of a sensor. Click on the areas in your
drawing where you want sensors placed. When finished, right-click or press the ESC button.
Editing/Removing Sensors
After manual sensor placement, you can edit and remove sensors from your building drawing by
selecting Equipment > Sensor > Edit/Remove Sensor. The Edit/Remove Sensor dialog box displays.
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Choose the sensor you wish to remove, then select Remove Sensor. Double click on a sensor to edit its
name, location, or sensor height. You can also toggle the sensor display on or off by selecting the Show
Network Sensors on drawing checkbox. Click Done when you are finished.
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Moving Sensors
The Move Sensor command is a quick way to change the location of a sensor which has already been
placed. To do this, select Equipment > Sensor > Move Sensor. The Move Sensor dialog box displays.
From the Move Sensor dialog box, select the sensor that you wish to move and click Move. Your pointer
will take on the appearance of the sensor that you selected from the list. Move the sensor to the desired
location and left-click to place it. You may also move multiple sensors simultaneously by selecting more
than one sensor before clicking Move. Click Finished after you are done moving sensors.
Copying Sensors
The Copy Sensors menu command works very similar to the Move Sensor command. To copy one or
more sensors on a floor, select Equipment > Sensor > Copy Sensor. The Copy Sensor dialog box appears
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Select the sensor you want to copy from the Copy Sensor dialog box and then press the Copy button.
Click in the drawing to specify the location you want the sensor copied to. You may also copy multiple
sensors simultaneously by selecting more than one sensor before clicking Copy. Press the ESC key to
return to the Copy Sensor dialog box, then click Finished.
Managing RFID Devices
RFID devices are used to read RFID tags and capture 1D and 2D bar codes and images. When used
with existing Extreme Networks wireless infrastructure devices, RFID readers help ensure a seamless
integration throughout the enterprise — even when multiple types of product identification and
tracking systems are deployed. This feature is a key enabler for wireless asset tracking. Summit
WMScanner has a default antenna associated with each RFID. The user can add more number of
antennas within a specified maximum limit of antennas.
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Placing RFID
Summit WMScanner allows you to place RFID devices within your building drawing. To do this, select
Equipment > RFID > Place RFID.
The Place RFID dialog box lists the RFID readers supported by Summit WMScanner, along with the max
antenna limit.
To place a RFID reader in a drawing, select (highlight) a RFID reader from within the Model Field and
click the Place RFID button. Continue to place multiple RFID readers by clicking in the drawing again.
By default only one antenna is associated with each RFID reader. To add more antennas to a RFID
reader, refer to “Adding/Editing the Antenna” on page 157.
The following RFID readers can be placed:
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RD5000
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XR440
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XP480
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XR450
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MC 9090G
The following example shows the result of manual RFID reader placement.
The name of the RFID reader appears in the location placed. When finished, Right-Click or Press the ESC
button.
Editing/Removing RFID Devices
Summit WMScanner allows you to edit, move, copy or remove RFID readers from your building
drawing by selecting Equipment > RFID > Edit/Remove RFID.
The Edit/Remove RFID dialog box lists all the RFID readers in the drawing, with its description and
floor location. To select a RFID reader, click on any one of the Name Field, Description Field or Floor
Field options.
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The following options are available in the Edit/Remove RFID dialog box:
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Edit – the edit option allows you to edit an individual RFID’s name, description, IP address, MAC
address, floor, height of floor, x-coordinate, y- coordinate, and marker size. You can also double-click
any field of the RFID row to bring up the Edit RFID dialog box. This Edit RFID dialog box allows
you to edit the antenna associated with each RFID. See “Editing RFID” on page 155 for more details.
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Move - the move option allows you to move a RFID reader to a new location on the drawing. To
move a RFID, select it from the list and then Click the Move button. Click on a new location on the
drawing, to move the RFID to a new location.
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Copy – the copy option allows you to copy the RFID reader to a new location. To copy a RFID reader,
select it from the list and click the Copy button. You may then Click at the location on the drawing
where you want the RFID reader to be copied to place a copy of the RFID, in the same way you use
the Place RFID command. Press the ESC key to return to the Edit/Remove RFID dialog box. You can
copy a RFID to another floor in the drawing by first changing to that floor.
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Remove - the remove option permanently removes the RFID reader from the drawing. To remove a
RFID reader, select it from the list and then click the Remove button. To remove multiple RFID
readers, press the CTRL key and select multiple RFID and then click the Remove button.
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Moving, copying, and removing a RFID reader moves, copies, and removes the antennas associated with that
RFID reader.
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Exit – this option allows you to exit the Edit/Remove RFID dialog box.
Editing RFID
Choosing the Edit button from the Edit/Remove RFID dialog box opens the Edit RFID dialog box. This
dialog box allows you to configure your RFID reader and also edit the antennas associated with the
RFID reader.
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The Name field: Within a drawing file, all RFID readers must have a unique name. That is, the name
entered in the Name Edit Dialog Box cannot be used for any other RFID reader within the drawing. If
you accidentally enter a duplicate name in the box, Summit WMScanner displays a warning
message.
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The Antenna Button: This option allows you to edit and configure the antenna associated with the
RFID reader. See “Adding/Editing the Antenna” on page 157
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Hardware Configuration: Using the hardware configuration you can edit the description field, the IP
address field, and the MAC address field. The description field can be used to give additional
information about the RFID reader. By default the description field displays the RFID model name.
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Hardware Position: The hardware position field defines the location of the RFID reader. This enables
you to enter the absolute position of the RFID reader on the floor within the building. All
coordinates are given relative to the origin (also called the Floor Alignment Point) of the building
coordinate system. You can also change the floor on which a RFID reader is deployed using the
drop-down menu of the Located on Floors option. When a RFID reader is moved to some other
floor, the antennas associated with it are also moved to that floor.
Click OK or Cancel to go back to the Edit/Remove RFID dialog box.
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Adding/Editing the Antenna
Clicking on the Antenna button on the Edit RFID dialog box displays the Antenna Association dialog box.
This allows you to add a new antenna, and edit, remove, move the existing antennas. This dialog box
displays the RFID information such as the model of RFID reader and the maximum number of antennas
that can be associated with the RFID reader.
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Add: to add an antenna to the RFID reader click the Add button and then Click at the location in the
drawing, where you would like the antenna to be placed. You can also choose to place an antenna
away from the RFID reader. Continue to Click on the drawing until you are done with the antenna
placement. If you reach the maximum limit, the Summit WMScanner displays a warning message.
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To enable the Add button select any empty field in any of the columns available.
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Edit: this option allows you to edit the x-coordinate, y-coordinate, and antenna height. This enables
you to enter the absolute position of the antenna on the floor within the building. All coordinates are
given relative to the origin (also called the Floor Alignment Point) of the building coordinate system.
Summit WMScanner does not allow you to change the floor of the antenna, as the antenna can only
be placed on the same floor as that of the RFID reader.
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Remove: To remove an antenna, select the antenna and then click the remove button. To remove
multiple antennas, press the CTRL key and select multiple antennas and then click the Remove
button.
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Move: To move an antenna, select the antenna and then click at the location in the drawing where
you want the antenna to be placed.
Once you have finished the editing of the antenna, you can click the Done button to go back to the
Edit RFID dialog box.
Reference Tags
Summit WMScanner allows you to place fixed reference tags as part of its integration with WMS. By
placing fixed reference tags within a network design, the WMS Real Time Locationing System (RTLS) can
associate the position of these tags to wireless equipment within the facility and it can thus improve the
accuracy of its position determination.
Placing Reference Tags
You can place a reference-tag at a desired location in the drawing by selecting Equipment > Reference-Tag
> Place Reference-Tag.
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Selecting the Place Reference-Tag command displays the following dialog box:
The Place Reference-Tag dialog box allows you to place the reference-tag of your choice - active tag or
passive tag.
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Active-Tags: These are WiFi tags whose location is provided to the RTLS engine. This information is
used to increase the locationing accuracy of any WiFi device.
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Passive-Tags: The location of these tags is tracked and provided to the RTLS. This information is used
to determine the position of the mobile RFID reader that reads the tag, and to increase the WiFi
locationing accuracy.
To place a reference-tag, select the tag you want to place, select the floor where you want to place the
reference-tag, and then click the Place Reference-Tag button. Alternately, you can double-click the tag. To
place multiple tags, you can continue to click on the drawing again. The following example shows the
result of manual reference-tag placement.
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To get back to the Place Reference-Tag dialog box, right-click or press the ESC key. Once you are satisfied
with reference-tag placement, you are ready to configure the reference-tag settings.
Editing/Removing Reference-Tag
The Equipment > Reference-Tag > Edit/Remove Reference-Tag command allows you to edit, remove, move,
or copy any reference-tags in the drawing. Selecting Edit/Remove Reference-Tag command from the
Equipment > Reference-Tag menu opens the dialog box.
The Edit/Remove Reference-Tag dialog box lists all the reference-tags in the drawing, with its description,
and floor location.
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Edit – the edit option allows you to edit an individual reference tag’s name, description, reference
code, floor, height of floor, x-coordinate, y- coordinate, and marker size. You can also double-click
the reference-tag to bring up the Edit Reference-Tag dialog box. See more options on “Editing
Reference Tag” on page 161.
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Move - the move option allows you to move a reference-tag to a new location on the drawing. To
move a reference-tag, select it from the list and then click the Move button. Click on a new location
on the drawing to move the reference-tag to a new location.
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Copy - the copy option allows you to copy the reference-tag to a new location. To copy a reference
tag, select it from the list and click the Copy button. You may then click on the drawing to place a
copy of the reference-tag, in the same way you use the Place Reference-Tag command. Press the ESC
key to return to the Edit/Remove Reference-Tag dialog box. You can copy a reference-tag to another
floor in the drawing by first changing to that floor.
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Remove - the remove option permanently removes the reference-tag from the drawing. To remove a
reference-tag, select it from the list and then click the Remove button. To remove multiple access
points press the CTRL key and select multiple reference-tags and then click the Remove button.
Editing Reference Tag
Choosing the Edit button from the Edit/Remove Reference-Tag dialog box opens dialog box that allows
you to configure your tag.
Summit WMScanner allows different edit options for active and passive tags.
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The Name Field - Within a drawing file, all reference-tags must have a unique name. That is, the name
entered in the name field cannot be used for any other reference-tag within the drawing. If you
accidentally enter a duplicate name in the box, Summit WMScanner displays a warning message.
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Hardware Configuration - The hardware configuration section contains the following fields:
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The Model Field: This field will always be disabled. Summit WMScanner does not allow user to
modify this field.
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The Description Field: This field gives a description of the tag. By default the description field
displays the type of tag. You can also use this field to give additional information about the tag,
for example, “tag at rear end”, “name of the person who placed the tag”, etc.
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The Reference Code Field:
The reference code for active tag is a MAC address. The MAC Address field must be entered in the
correct format.
The reference code for passive tag is a unique identifier. By default the Reference Code Identifier
takes the value same as the reference-tag name. If you enter a duplicate value in the reference
code field Summit WMScanner displays a warning message.
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Hardware Position - The hardware position field defines the location of the reference-tag. This
enables you to enter the absolute position of the reference-tag on the floor within the building. All
coordinates are given relative to the origin (also called the Floor Alignment Point) of the building
coordinate system. You can also change the floor on which a reference-tag is deployed using the
drop-down menu of the Located on Floors option.
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Model Building
Summit WMScanner allows you to format your drawings using the Format Building menu. To create the
3D virtual model, you use the Building Wizard utility from within the Format Building menu. Building
Wizard provides powerful functionality for modeling a building quickly and easily. The process of
modeling a building includes specifying the location, height, and type of materials that make up the
building floor plan. Once the 3D virtual model is finished, you can export this formatted drawing to
WMS.The Building Floor Manager may be renamed as the Building Wizard in some versions.
Creating Site-Specific Information Workflow
The following workflow diagram provides an overview of the primary steps for creating a site-specific
model.
Format Building Menu
Summit WMScanner provides a Format Building menu that leads you through the process of creating
your 3D virtual environment model. Format Building supports two basic starting points for generating
the three-dimensional drawing of a facility.
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Starting with a previously drawn CAD floor plan. File formats include .dwg, .dxf, 3DS, ACIS Solid,
Drawing Exchange Binary, and others.
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Starting with a blueprint and converted into a scanned image format such as .bmp, .jpg, .tif, .wmf,
.tga, .gif, etc.
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Using the Building Wizard
The Building Wizard is used to convert information about a building or campus floor plan layout into a
3D drawing database. The Building Wizard provides an interface for allowing you to quickly model the
different floors of your building and to assemble those floors into a final combined drawing.
The Building Wizard is automatically launched after you create a new project workspace. To launch the
Wizard manually, select Format Building > Building Wizard from the Summit WMScanner toolbar. If you
have CAD drawing files with MANY curves, circles (AutoCAD arcs) Extreme Networks recommends
you use the Scale Drawing command prior to launching the Building Wizard: open the drawing, scale
it, save it, and move to the next floor. When all the building floors are scaled properly, then use the
Building Wizard. See “Scale Drawing” on page 208.
The Building Wizard operates on separate files (one per floor) during the floor formatting process.
When working with multiple floors, you can use the Assemble Building button on the dialog box to
combine formatted floors into a single combined drawing that will be stored in a single file named
<workspace name>_Final.dwg. You should also click the Assemble Building button even if you only have
one floor and are using the building floor manager. Otherwise, the software will report that you do not
have an assembled drawing in the workspace as noted the paragraph two, above.
The Building Wizard runs within the context of the current project workspace. This means that
information about floors created and formatted within the context of the Building Wizard will be
saved in a project workspace file. Any work done for a particular workspace will be remembered
the next time you launch Summit WMScanner and reopen that same project workspace. For this
reason you should create a new project workspace for each new building you format.
The following list provides a brief overview of the tasks you can perform within Building Wizard:
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Create a new floor that can be formatted and assembled
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Remove a floor
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Format a floor
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Edit a floor
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Rearrange the order of floors
Assemble formatted floors into a single drawing database file.
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The Building Wizard contains a list of floors ordered by floor number. A green circle next to a floor
specifies that the floor has been properly formatted using the Format Floor Wizard. Selecting the floor
causes the Edit Floor button to display. See “Editing Floors in an Existing Building Model” on page 181
for further details.
A yellow circle next to a floor specifies that the floor is empty and has not yet been formatted. Selecting
the floor causes the Format Floor button to display. See “Formatting Floors Using the Floor Formatting
Wizard” on page 169 for further details.
Add Floor
Use the Add Floor button on the Building Wizard dialog box to append a new unformatted floor to the
end of the list of floors for the current project workspace.
Remove Floor
Use the Remove Floor button on the Building Wizard dialog box to remove the currently selected
building floor from the list. Using this option will permanently delete the highlighted building floor and
will reorder the remaining floors. For example, if you select Floor 2 from a list of three floors and press
the Remove Floor button, Floor 2 will be completely removed (regardless of whether it has been
formatted or not) and floor 3 will be renamed to Floor 2 automatically.
Up/Down
Use the Up and Down buttons to move the currently selected floor up or down in the list of floors. The
first floor in the list will become the ground floor when the building is assembled, and the other floors
in the list will be assembled in the order they are listed (one on top of the other).
Format Floor
See “Editing Floors in an Existing Building Model” on page 181 for details of each Edit (Format) Floor
option.
Help Button
Use the Help button on the Building Wizard dialog box to launch the Summit WMScanner User’s Guide.
Assemble Building
Use the Assemble Building button to combine formatted floors into a single drawing that can be used by
Summit WMScanner to perform cross floor system performance analysis.The Building Wizard is
intended to guide you through the process of formatting and assembling the building floors Pressing
the Assemble Building button will overwrite your <workspace name>_Final.dwg file and delete all
placed access points. If you should need to make changes to your final assembled drawing (add or
delete walls, etc.), you may do so with the formatting menu commands directly available from the
Format Building menu instead of using the Building Floor Manager. See “Editing Partitions and RF
Obstructions” on page 192 for details.
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You will be asked to perform two tasks when you press the Assemble Floors button: (1) Set the legend
position and (2) Verify the drawing. These two steps are described in detail in the sections that follow.
Drawing Legend.
When you assemble the building floors, the Drawing Legend dialog box appears.
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The information you enter in the Drawing Legend dialog box are for your reference and may be
filled out with any text that you wish. The check boxes in the lower left corner of the Drawing
Legend dialog box allows you to set what information the legend displays in the drawing
window. Once you have configured the legend, use the Set Position button to configure where the
legend will be displayed in the drawing window. When you press the Set Position button, you
will then be prompted to click in the drawing to set the new legend position. Choose the point in
the drawing where you want the lower left corner of the legend to appear.
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Once you have finished configuring and placing the legend, press the OK button to dismiss the
Drawing Legend dialog box and continue to the Verify Drawing step. You may edit the drawing
legend at a later time by accessing the menu command Utilities > Legend.
Verifying Drawing Assembly.
Once you chosen to assemble building floors and then configured the drawing legend, you will be asked
to verify that the drawing appears as you intended it to. This is your opportunity to make sure that you
properly set the alignment points for a multi-floor building by making sure the floors stack up properly.
The Verify Drawing dialog box allows you to view the assembled drawing from multiple perspectives
and to make sure floors are scaled relative to each other.
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Use the buttons to view the building from each of several different angles. Hovering your mouse over a
button will give you a tool tip telling you what action the button performs.
If you are not satisfied with how your drawing looks, press the No button to return to the Building
Floor Manager where you can correct any errors. Otherwise, press the Yes button finish the Assemble
Floors process.
Formatting Floors Using the Floor Formatting Wizard
The purpose of the Floor Formatting Wizard is to guide you through the steps that are required to import
and format a floor. To properly format a floor, you need to begin with some basic information about the
floor of the building, such as the location of where walls and obstructions are in relation to each other.
To begin formatting an unformatted floor, select an unformatted floor from the list of floors on the
Building Floor Manager dialog box and press the Format Floor button.
Pressing the Format Floor button opens the Floor Formatting Wizard.
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The Floor Formatting Wizard supports the following methods as a starting point for entering
information about a floor:
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Leave Floor Empty - This option allows you to defer formatting this floor until a later time.
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Sketch Floor Plan - Use this option to freehand sketch the layout of a building floor plan. Summit
WMScanner supports a variety of drawing tools that make this process easy. The drawing tools
allow you to do such things as make straight lines, make perpendicular lines, make exact end point
connections of lines, and draw rooms. The freehand sketch method is most often used when another
form of an electronic blueprint is not available. When drawing a line, you first specify its height and
material type. Summit WMScanner automatically takes care of building the three dimensional building
database model as you sketch.
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Make Copy of Floor - Make a copy of a floor that you have previously formatted in the current project
workspace by using the Format Floor Wizard.
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Import Non Formatted File - Allows you to import an unformatted file such as an AutoCAD architect
file, raster bitmap image, etc., that you can use to trace the walls of the floor plan. After importing
an unformatted raster image file, you use the same easy drawing tools of the Sketch Floor Plan
mode to specify where walls exist, their height, and what type of material they are made of. Summit
WMScanner automatically takes care of building the three dimensional building database model as
you sketch. If you import an unformatted AutoCAD file, you will be given the opportunity to select
the individual drawing entities (one by one, or by layer) and process them all at once as a particular
type of construction material.
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Import Preformatted File - This option allows you to import a floor from a previously formatted
Summit WMScanner file. This can be useful if you share the work of formatting floors with other
team members. Each team member can format a separate floor, then the floors may later be
combined into a single drawing using this option.
The Floor Formatting Wizard is a Windows style guide that includes several navigation buttons
allowing you to change from one dialog box to the next. On each dialog you will be asked to review
information or perform an action. Once you have stepped through each dialog in the wizard, you will
have the option to press the Finish button on the wizard to save your work. If at any time you wish to
abort the wizard, press the Cancel button (This will abort any formatting you have done to the floor, and
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your work will be lost). Press the Next button on the wizard to continue to the next step. Use the Back
button to repeat previous steps.
Detailed instructions on formatting floors by various methods are described in the following sections.
Leave Floor Empty
Selecting the Leave Floor Empty option on the first dialog box of the Floor Formatting Wizard is the same
as pressing the Cancel button on the Floor Formatting Wizard dialog box. Choose this option if you decide
that you do not wish to format this floor at this time. Pressing the Next button will present you with a
screen stating that you have chosen to leave the selected floor empty. Simply press the Finish button on
the Floor Formatting Wizard to return to the main dialog of the Building Floor Manager.
Sketch Floor Plan
Selecting the Sketch Floor Plan option on the first dialog of the Floor Formatting Wizard will allow you
to sketch the layout of a building floor plan. There are six steps to sketching a floor plan:
1 Select Sketch Floor Plan.
After selecting the Sketch Floor Plan option on the first dialog of the Floor Formatting Wizard, press
the Next button to continue to step two of the wizard.
2 Set the Slab-to-Slab Height.
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In this step, enter the desired height for the floor. You may do so in either feet or meters.
3 Sketch Floor.
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a Press the Sketch Floor button to begin sketching the floor plan. Pressing the Sketch Floor button
will cause you to temporarily leave the Floor Formatting Wizard, but once you are finished
sketching the floor plan you will automatically be taken back to where you left off in the Floor
Formatting Wizard.
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b Press Sketch Floor to display the Draw Partition dialog box.
The Draw Partition dialog box enables you to add new partitions to the drawing. This is used
most frequently when tracing over an imported raster image of a blueprint, but may also be used
to sketch a floor plan from scratch. If you are using this manual as a step-by-step follow along
guide, see “Drawing Partitions” on page 196 now for additional information on drawing
partitions, then return to this section to continue with sketching a floor plan using the Floor
Formatting Wizard.
4 Scale Floor.
This step requires you scale the floor you sketched in step three. It is important for Summit
WMScanner to know the relational distance of one wall to another. Press the Scale Floor button on the
wizard dialog box.
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You are prompted to select two locations by left clicking your mouse at two different points in the
drawing. After selecting two points, you will then be prompted to enter the physical real world
distance between those two points.
The check box option to Lock cursor to line endpoints during scale enables you to accurately scale the
drawing based on the distance from the end point of one wall to the end point of another wall.
Using this option will cause your mouse cursor to exactly lock onto the end of wall, even if you do
not click precisely on an end point. “Editing Partitions and RF Obstructions” on page 192 provides
information on scaling an already assembled final drawing without using the Building Floor
Manager.
5 Set the Floor Alignment Point.
This step requires you set an alignment point for the floor. The alignment point you choose will
become the origin for the x-y plane represented by a top-down view of the drawing. The Building
Floor Manager uses the origin of the x-y plane to align building floors vertically with the Assemble
Floors command. Therefore, it is important you choose a floor alignment point that is common
among all floors that you wish to align. You can also choose a common point on an elevator shaft or
stairwell. For example, choosing the bottom left corner of every floor will often work well for
rectangular shaped floors.
To set the floor alignment point, press the Set Alignment Point button and click the point in the
drawing you wish to become the origin.
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You may check the option to Lock cursor to line endpoints during align before setting the floor alignment
point. This option will allow you to set the origin at the end point of a line with exact mouse click
precision.
6 Verify the Formatting Steps.
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This final step highlights the formatting that you have performed. Should you wish to redo any
of the steps, use the Back button to go back to a previous step. Otherwise, press Finish to complete
the formatting of the current floor and return to the Building Floor Manager.
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Making a Copy of a Floor
Select the Make Copy of Floor option on the first dialog of the Floor Formatting Wizard to create an exact
copy of an already formatted floor. Select the floor you wish to copy from in the pull down box to the
right of the Make a Copy option. Click Next to perform the copy.
Importing an Unformatted File
Select the Import a Non Formatted file option on the first dialog of the Floor Formatting Wizard to begin
the process of importing an unformatted drawing file.
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Complete the following steps to properly format an unformatted drawing file:
1 Select File Import Location.
Choosing to import an unformatted floor will display an additional option where you must select
the location of the unformatted file you wish to import. Use the Browse button to locate your
unformatted file on disk, then press Next to proceed to step two. It is a good idea to store your
unformatted files in the unformatted folder of your project workspace. This is the default folder
opened when clicking the Browse button. Files will also be copied there when opened from another
location.
2 Set Slab-to-Slab Height
This follows the same process as “Set the Slab-to-Slab Height.” on page 171.
3 Format the Floor
This step is used to process the unformatted floor.
Press the Format Floor button to temporarily leave the Floor Formatting Wizard so that you may
process the unformatted file. Pressing the Format Floor button will give you different formatting
options based on the type of unformatted input file you chose in step one. If you chose to import a
Summit WMScanner recognized CAD file format, you will be taken to the Format CAD Drawing Process
dialog box. If you chose to import a raster file in step one (such as a bitmap or jpeg), you will be
taken to the Draw Partition dialog box.
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For more information on processing a CAD drawing file with the Process Unformatted dialog box, see
“Format CAD Drawing” on page 192.
For more information on processing a raster image with the Draw Partition dialog box, see “Drawing
Partitions” on page 196.
Once you have completed formatting your drawing file, press the Next button to continue to step
four.
4 Scale the Drawing
This step requires you scale the floor you have sketched. It is important for Summit WMScanner to
know the relational distance of one wall to another. Press the Scale Floor button on the wizard dialog
to begin scaling the drawing. You will be prompted to select two locations by left clicking your
mouse at two different points in the drawing. After selecting two points, you will then be prompted
to enter a the physical real world distance between those two points.
You may choose to check the option to Lock cursor to line end points during scale to enable you to
accurately scale the drawing based on the distance from the end point of one wall to the end point of
another wall. “Scale Drawing” on page 208 provides additional information on scaling a final
assembled drawing without using the Building Floor Manager.
NOTE
You cannot lock you cursor to elements in an image, only objects in the drawing such as lines or partitions.
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5 Set the floor Alignment Point.
Step five requires that you set an alignment point for the floor. The alignment point you choose will
become the origin for the x-y plane represented by a top-down view of the drawing. The Building
Floor Manager uses the origin of the x-y plane to align building floors vertically with the Assemble
Floors command. Therefore, it is important that you choose a floor alignment point that is common
among all floors that you wish to align. For example, choosing the bottom left corner of every floor
will often work well for rectangular shaped floors.
To set the floor alignment point, press the Set Alignment Point button and click the point on the
drawing you wish to become the origin.
Select Lock cursor to line endpoints during align before setting the floor alignment point. This option
allows you to set the origin at the end point of a line with precision.
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6 Verify Formatting Steps
Should you wish to redo any of the steps, use the Back button to go back to a previous step.
Otherwise, press the Finish button to complete the formatting of the current floor and return to the
Building Floor Manager.
Import Preformatted File
Select the Import an Already Formatted file option on the first dialog of the Floor Formatting Wizard to
import a floor from a file that has already been formatted with Summit WMScanner.
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Choosing to import a preformatted floor will display an additional option where you must select the
location of the formatted file you wish to import. Use the Browse button to locate your unformatted file
on disk, then press Next to proceed to step two.
If the file you choose to import has more than one floor, you will be prompted to select which floor
number you would like to import from the already formatted file.
Importing from an already formatted file gives you the ability to use a team of multiple people to
format the floors of a building, then quickly assemble the multiple floors into one single drawing.
Editing Floors in an Existing Building Model
Editing a floor in the Building Floor Manager allows you to make modifications to a floor that you have
already formatted with the Format Floor Wizard. The Edit Floor option will only be available for floors
that have already been formatted. To begin editing a floor, choose an already formatted floor from the
list of floors on the Building Floor Manager’s main dialog and then press the Edit Floor button.
Select the Edit Floor button to modify an already formatted floor using the Floor Formatting Wizard.
Selecting an empty floor causes the Format Floor button to display. See “Formatting Floors Using the
Floor Formatting Wizard” on page 169 for further details.
The following options are available from the Building Floor Manager dialog:
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Rescale Floor
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Convert Partition Type
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Process Unformatted Layers
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Clear Floor
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Edit Floor Name
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Rescale Floor
The Rescale Floor button allows you to set the scale for the floor you have chosen to edit from the
Building Floor Manager’s main dialog. The scaling command will resize all entities within the floor. You
will be prompted to select two points in the drawing (by clicking with the mouse) and then you will be
prompted to enter the actual physical real world distance between the two locations. The appropriate
scaling will be applied so that the distance between the points within the drawing matches the value
you enter.
See “Snap to Endpoint” on page 183 for information on how to select your scaling points more
accurately.
Reset Floor Alignment Point
The Reset Floor Alignment Point button allows you to choose the location that you wish to be the origin
of the x-y plane of the top down perspective of the floor. The point you choose to be the origin is also
the point within the drawing that will be used to align this floor with floors above and below it.
See “Snap to Endpoint” on page 183 for information on making your origin point selection more
accurately.
Draw New Partitions
The Draw New Partitions button allows you to draw new walls to the floor you have chosen to edit.
Press the Draw New Partitions button to be taken to the Draw Partition dialog box detailed in section
“Drawing Partitions” on page 196. With the Draw Partition dialog box, you draw individual partitions, a
square room, and delete partitions.
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Convert Partition Type
The Convert Partition Type button lets you convert individual wall entities from one type of partition to
another. Select the type of partition you want to convert to using the pull down menu on the Change
Partition Type dialog box, then press the Select button. Individual entities must first be selected by leftclicking on them. Then, right-click to change the intended partition type.
If you accidentally select the wrong entity, deselect it by holding down the SHIFT key and left-clicking
on the partition. Use the ESC key to return to the Convert Partition Type dialog box. See “Change
Partition” on page 199 for more information on converting partition types.
Process Unformatted Layers
The Process Unformatted Layers button lets you return to the Format CAD Drawing dialog box that the
Floor Formatting Wizard uses to allow you to process the layers of a CAD file that contains unformatted
entities.
It is unlikely that you will ever need to return to this dialog once a floor has already been formatted,
but the functionality is provided here just in case.
NOTE
Layers will not be available for formatting if you choose to delete the remaining unformatted entities after formatting
the CAD drawing
See “Format CAD Drawing” on page 192 for more information on formatting a CAD file using the
Process Unformatted Information dialog box.
Clear Floor
The Clear Floor button allows you to empty the contents of a floor and return the floor to the
unformatted state.
CAUTION
There is no way to undo the Clear Floor option, so only use it if you intend to reformat a floor using the Format Floor
Wizard.
Snap to Endpoint
The Snap to endpoint when scaling floor or setting floor alignment point option will allow you to more
precisely click exactly on the end point of a line in the drawing. Check this option to able the automatic
snap of the mouse cursor to the end points of lines.
Importing Images Using Insert
If you want to add a raster image or other type of drawing file to the current drawing, select
Format Building > Insert. The fly-out submenu contains commands for adding different types of images
to your drawing.
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Attach/Detach Raster Image - This command opens the Image dialog. A user can then insert a raster or
bit-mapped black and white, 8-bit gray, 8-bit color or 24-bit color image file into the drawing. Users
can insert images in a variety of formats, including Bitmap (.bmp), Tagged-Image File Format (.tif),
Joint Photographic Experts Group files (.jpg) and Portable Network Graphics (*.png). More than one
image can be displayed in any viewport, and the number and size of images is not limited. Once
you no longer need the raster image, you can detach the image from the drawing using this
command under the Format Building > Insert menu. This command is useful when a user would
like to trace out partitions over a scanned image. In this case, you attach the scanned image, and
then use the Format Building > Draw Partition command to trace out formatted partitions. Finally,
you may detach the scanned image when it is no longer necessary for formatting. This helps keep
the file size to a minimum and simplifies the appearance of the drawing.
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7 Click the Attach button and locate the drawing that you wish to import or attach. In the subsequent
dialog box, Attach Image, click OK. You will be prompted to enter the (x, y) coordinates of the
insertion location of the drawing, as well as the scale of the drawing. The default insertion location is
(0,0), and the default value for the scale is 1:1.
Windows Metafile (WMF) - Unlike bitmaps or raster files, metafiles contain vector information, which
can be scaled and printed without loss of resolution. Metafiles can be ‘exploded’. This means that a
metafile can be converted from a single grouped entity to individual ungrouped entities that Summit
WMScanner can format. Therefore, metafiles offer an advantage over raster images, because you no
longer have to trace over the image. Instead, you can directly format the entities in a metafile after
exploding the metafile. To explode a block or a metafile or any other grouping of entities, use the
Break/Ungroup commands accessed by clicking Format Building > Advanced > Break/Ungroup Entities.
DXF File - Drawing Exchange Format (DXF) files enable the interchange of drawings between Summit
WMScanner and other CAD programs. DXF files can be either ASCII or binary formats. Since these
types of files are highly portable across different applications, users may often have floor plans in
DXF format rather than DWG format. These files will appear as standard CAD drawing files when
imported. Therefore, formatting a file of this type is exactly the same as formatting a standard DWG
file.
AutoCAD DWG file - This type of file is the regular AutoCAD drawing file.
Drawing Zones
Summit WMScanner allows you to logically divide the floor plan in various zones. These zones are
polygons on the floor plan which can be used by the admin to define the policies for the mobile units
located within a particular zone. For example, a mobile unit placed in zone one can have policies set up
in such a way that all access is allowed, while the same mobile unit when located in zone two will just
have HTTP access and all associations denied in zone three. The association between the zone and the
devices is done by the controller. The Real Time Location System (RTLS) engine on the controller, maps
mobile units to zones and applies appropriate policies based on the current zone.
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Zones are of the following three types:
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Reader: The logical reader zones are polygons that contain the “read” zones of one or more RFID
readers. The RFID tag is mapped to a zone based on the coordinates of the antenna that actually
read the tag.
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Locationing: Locationing zones indicate that position locationing services are available within these
zones.
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GeoFencing: GeoFence zones indicate that GeoFencing services are available within these zones.
You can define a zone in the drawing by selecting Format Building > Zone > Add/Edit/Remove Zone.
Selecting the Add/Edit/Remove Zone command displays the following dialog box:
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Adding Zones
Click the Add button from the Add/Edit/Remove dialog box, to add a zone in the floor plan. This
command displays the following dialog box:
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Zone Type: Summit WMScanner allows you to place three types of zones in the drawing: Reader,
Locationing, GeoFencing. Select the type of zone you want to place from the Zone Type drop
down menu.
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Name: This option allows you to name the zone.
Draw: This option allows you to draw a zone of the selected type. To draw a zone, click on the
drawing and draw a polygon.
NOTE
Summit WMScanner does not allow two zones of the same type to overlap and displays a warning message.
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Coordinates: This option allows you to edit the x-y coordinates of the recently drawn zone.
To edit the x-y coordinates of the recently drawn zone, click any cell/field and then re-enter the
coordinates. After you are done, Click OK to commit the changes. Click Cancel to exit without commiting
the changes.
Editing/Removing Zones
Summit WMScanner allows you to edit, remove, change floor and colors of zone types, and toggle
visibility of the zones. It also allows you to refresh the drawing explicitly to view the changes made to
the drawing. To edit the exisitng zones, select Format Building > Zone > Add/Edit/Remove Zone.
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This dialog lists the number of zones along with the Zone Name, the Zone Type, the Floor, and the
Visibility of the existing zones.
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Edit Zones – This option is same as Add Zone functionality of the drawing. You can redraw the
existing zone, or edit the Zone Name, Zone Type, and the Coordinates using this option.
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Remove – this option allows you to remove the existing zones from the drawing. Select the zone you
want to remove and then click the Remove button.
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Toggle Visibility - See “Toggling the Visibility of the Zones” on page 190.
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Toggle All - See“Toggling the Visibility of the Zones” on page 190.
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Refresh - This option refreshes the drawing. All the new color definitions of the existing zones are
visible only when you refresh the drawing.
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Colors - See “Defining Zone Colors” on page 190.
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Floor – this option allows you to view another floor in the drawing.
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Done – this option allows you to exit the dialog box by commiting the changes.
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Toggling the Visibility of the Zones
Summit WMScanner allows you to toggle the visibility of the zones. You can choose to hide or show the
zones with the following two options:
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The Toggle Visibility Option – this option allows you to toggle the visibility of the existing zones,
irrespective of the zone type. To toggle the visibility, select the zone and then click the Toggle
Visibility button. To toggle the visibility of multiple zones, press the CTRL key to select multiple
zones and then click the Toggle Visibility button.
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The Toggle All Option – this option allows you to toggle the visibility of all the zones of the same
type.
To Show/Hide the visibility of an individual Zone Type, select the Zone Type and then use the
button or the <-- button. Click the OK button to commit.
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To Show/Hide the visibility of all the Zone Types, use the -->> button or the <<-- button., and then
click the OK button to commit.
Defining Zone Colors
The Colors option allows you to define a specific color for each zone type enabling you to differentiate
between the different zones. Clicking on the Colors button displays the following dialog box:
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This dialog box allows you to define a color for each zone type. It also allows you to edit the existing
color of the zone.
NOTE
By default all zones are displayed in brown color.
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Defining Colors: To define the color of the zone, double-click the value or the color field. This displays
the color palette. Select the color of your choice for each zone and then click the OK button. Click the
Refresh button from the Add/Edit/Remove dialog box to see the color change in the drawing.
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Add Button: this option allows you to add a new zone type and its color definition.
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Remove Button: this option allows you to remove the color definition for a particular zone type.
Show/Hide All Zones
You can choose to view or hide all the zones in the drawing. To toggle the zones from the menu directly,
select Format Building > Zone > Show/Hide All Zones.
NOTE
By default, Summit WMScanner saves the last saved option. If the zones are visible when the file is closed, the
zones are visible when you open the file next time.
Editing Partitions and RF Obstructions
The Format Building menu discussed in “Format Building Menu” on page 165, contains menu commands
for creating a drawing that Summit WMScanner can use for system performance. This section provides
more details about the following commands on the Format Building menu that affect Partitions.
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Format CAD Drawing
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Draw Partition
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Change Partition
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Current Partition Categories
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Edit Partition Library
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Scale Drawing.
Format CAD Drawing
The Format Building > Format CAD Drawing dialog box can be used to process an AutoCAD file (single
floor) for use by Summit WMScanner’s predictive engine without using the Building Floor Manager. If
you wish to assemble a floor with other floors (stack the floors), then it will be necessary to use the
Building Floor Manager to perform the assembly.
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To format an AutoCAD file without using the Building Floor Manager:
Select File > Open Drawing to open the AutoCAD file.
Next, choose the Format Building > Format CAD Drawing menu command to launch the dialog box. This
dialog allows you to manually format the layers in an AutoCAD file.
When the Format CAD Drawing command is initiated, some preparatory work will be performed on
the open AutoCAD file. In the course of this operation, Summit WMScanner will search through the
entire drawing file and attempt to separate all composite entities (for example, polylines, blocks, and so
on) into individually selectable graphical entities (such as lines). Any arcs in the drawing will be
automatically converted into a series of straight lines. It will also remove all references to unused blocks
and empty drawing layers.
During the course of this procedure, certain drawing entities may seem to disappear. They have not
been deleted from the drawing file, but may have moved to a hidden or invisible drawing layer as a
result of having been separated from the block or composite entity.
NOTE
Door arcs present on any layer with the word “door” in it will be automatically converted to doors. This process may
require several minutes, depending on the size of your drawing file.
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The main list box in this dialog displays all the layers that are present in the AutoCAD file. Formatting
an AutoCAD file involves going through the list of layers and deciding which need to be kept and
which ones can be safely removed. Double clicking on a layer causes the other unformatted layers to be
hidden so you can see what is on that layer.
By default, any layers that you have already formatted continue to be displayed so you can see how the
selected layer fits in with the rest of the drawing. After double-clicking a layer to hide everything else, it
is important to note that formatted layers will remain visible, but you can choose to hide them by
clicking the icon.
If you decide to remove all the entities on that layer, you can click the button.
If the layer does contain structures such as walls, doors, glass, tall and heavy objects, then you need to
convert them to one of your current partition categories. There are two ways to do this. The easiest is to
right click on the layer you wish to convert. Choose one of the Convert to menu options to convert the
entities in that layer to the given partition type.
The other method is to select the layer you wish to convert and then use the controls in the Automatic
Layer Processing group to convert the layer. You can specify the height of the partition when formatted
(to make cubicles, for example) and the partition type the layer will become. Pressing the Process
Selection button will covert the layer.
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As the layers are formatted, they will disappear from the main list box. If you format a layer and it does
not disappear from the list box then there are some entities left on that layer that are not lines and can
not be processed. You can use the icon to hide and show the formatted building data. This is useful
when you cannot distinguish the difference between formatted information and some lines on an
unformatted layer.
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Make multiple layers visible
Set drawing scale
Set origin
The Add New Partitions button displays a dialog that allows you to draw completely new walls (see
“Drawing Partitions” on page 196). Convert Individual Entities displays a dialog that allows you to
select individual lines in the AutoCAD file and convert them to partitions (see “Change Partition” on
page 199). This is useful when there is more than one wall type in a given layer.
Drawing Partitions
The primary way of creating partitions is by using the Draw Partition dialog. The Draw Partition dialog
box may be activated by choosing the Format Building > Draw Partition menu command.
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View/Edit Partitions - Use the View/Edit Partitions button to examine or change partition attenuation
factors.
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Draw Partition - This button allows you to add partitions. To do this, select the desired partition type
from the pull-down list in the dialog box and then click the Draw Partition button. The pull-down list
displays the eight partition types you choose within Format Building > Current Partition Categories (see
“Current Partition Categories” on page 200).
Summit WMScanner allows you to place partitions by clicking in the drawing with the mouse
cursor. Left click to start drawing a partition, and left click in another location to complete the
partition. If you continue to left click in successive locations, a continuous series of walls will be
drawn. Right click (or press the ESC key) to begin an unconnected string of partitions elsewhere in
the building. Right click twice (or press ESC twice) to return to the Draw Partition dialog box.
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Draw Room - Allows you to draw rectilinear rooms with square corners. To do this, select the Draw
Room button, then click in the drawing to indicate one corner of the room, then click again to
indicate the opposite corner.
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Delete Partitions - This button provides a way to undo partitions you have drawn. Each time you
click Delete Partitions, a previously drawn partition is deleted, starting with the most recently drawn
partitions.
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Snap To Endpoints - This checkbox helps you to draw partitions that join properly with no gaps
between walls. When the Snap To Endpoints checkbox is selected, and you are drawing partitions, a
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colored box highlights the end of previously drawn lines when your cursor is nearby. If you click
your mouse while the end of a nearby line is highlighted, the software will behave as though you
had in fact clicked exactly on the end of the nearby line, thereby creating perfectly joined partitions
with no gap.
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Raster Image Fading - When using imported raster images, you must use the partition drawing tool to
‘trace’ over the image where the partitions appear. You can make raster images dimmer, and
therefore make it easier to see what you have drawn, by using the Raster Image Fading slider bar.
You can change the viewing perspective, or zoom or pan to look at a different part of the drawing by
using the buttons on the bottom left of the Draw Partition dialog box.
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Pan
Zoom
SW Isometric View
When finished drawing new partitions, click Done to exit the Draw Partition dialog box.
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Drawing Tips
The main Summit WMScanner window has quick access buttons at the bottom of the screen that can
aid the process of drawing. The figure that follows shows the ORTHO and OSNAP buttons at the
bottom right of the main program screen.
The quick access buttons, when left-clicked, toggle the Orthogonal cursor mode and Object Snap on and
off. A given mode is on if the command is displayed in bold text. Otherwise, it is off. Settings for each
command may be accessed by right clicking on the button.
Object snap is a useful tool for adding partitions. To accurately connect drawing objects such as walls,
the cursor movement may not be steady enough. To assist users, object snap provides several
commands that can manually or automatically connect drawing objects to other objects at end points,
quadrants of circles, perpendicular intersections, and many other points of interest. To configure
automatic object snap, click on the OSNAP button on the status bar and configure using the subsequent
dialog box. Object Snap can be toggled on and off by clicking the OSNAP button on the status bar.
Since most partitions are either vertical or horizontal on the screen, you need to be able to put the
software in a mode that forces the cursor to draw partitions vertically or horizontally. Summit
WMScanner provides a command that handles this task. Clicking the word ORTHO on the status bar
toggles ORTHO mode. ORTHO mode forces the cursor to place objects in a drawing either horizontally
or vertically.
Change Partition
The Format Building > Change Partition Type command is used to covert existing formatted partitions into
a new partition type. This command can also be used to change already formatted partitions into a
different type of partition.
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This dialog lets you pick a new partition type to assign to one or many partitions on the drawing.
After selecting this menu command, you will be prompted to select the new partition type and the floor
upon which the changed partitions should appear. Keep in mind that all of the selected objects will be
formatted to one of the choices available in this dialog box and all of the objects will be placed on the
floor specified in the combo box at the top of the dialog box. After clicking Select you have the option of
selecting one or many objects by clicking them with the cursor. Alternatively, you can use more drawing
aids such as windows or fences to select several objects. To exit the selection mode and return to the
Change Partition Type dialog box, press the ESC key.
Current Partition Categories
Summit WMScanner ships with default names for partitions and default colors for partition objects.
Selecting Format Building > Current Partition Categories allows you to select the eight partitions used for
the current drawing.
NOTE
You were already given the opportunity to select your eight partitions when creating a the project workspace with the
Project Workspace Creation Wizard. Changing the partitions here may change the partitions assigned to Category 1.
The Identify Building Materials dialog box is shown on the following page. This dialog lets you select the
current eight partitions used in the drawing.
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To change a partition category, select a new partition from the drop-down list.
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To change the default color for that category, click on the color square next to a partition category.
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Editing the Partition Library
Although Summit WMScanner comes with default names for partitions and default colors for partition
objects, they are configurable to fit your specific needs. Selecting Format Building > Edit Partition Library
opens a dialog which lets you create and edit partition types.
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The Partition Library dialog box assists you in customizing the color, attenuation values, and name of
each type of partition. This dialog box also allows you to determine the location of your global partition
library file. You can use the text box at the top of the dialog or the Browse button to enter a directory
where the software should store the partition information. This can be used to share one copy of the
partition library with several installations of Summit WMScanner.
Selecting the “+” sign next to a partition expands its list of frequencies and attenuation values.
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The Partition Library panel includes the following options:
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Global Library Directory - You can use the text box at the top of the dialog box or the Browse button to
enter a directory for storing the partition information. This can be used to share one copy of the
partition library with several installations of Summit WMScanner, for example, on a centralized file
server.
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Add - Allows you to add a new partition category.
NOTE
Changes made in the Partition Library only modifies the global library, not the partitions in the current drawing.
If you want to update partitions in the current drawing, you can change the global library but you have to open
Format Building > Current Partition Categories and select one from the global library (see “Current Partition
Categories” on page 200).
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Remove - Allows you to delete the selected partition category. Selecting this option opens a prompt
dialog confirm the partition category delete.
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Edit - You can change the value for a frequency, add a new frequency, rename the partition category,
or change the attenuation value for a frequency. The attenuation value is the reduction in signal
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Import - There may be instances when you need to import partition category information from
another partition library (.xml file) or a propagation parameter file (.xpt file). Selecting the Import
button from the Partition Library dialog opens the Partition Import Filter, which provides you the
option to chose the source file by using the Browse button. You can import all the partition
information, or import only specific ones by selecting the Remove button to filter out unwanted
partitions.
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Scale Drawing
Scaling the drawing normally occurs in the Building Wizard via the Format Floor Wizard or Edit Floor
dialog box, but it may also be performed from the Format Building > Scale Drawing command.
NOTE
If you have CAD drawing files with MANY curves, circles (AutoCAD arcs) Extreme Networks recommends you use the
Scale Drawing command prior to launching the Building Wizard: open the drawing, scale it, save it, and move to the
next floor. When all the building floors are scaled properly, then use the Building Wizard.
If you choose to scale the drawing from the Format Building menu, you have the additional
functionality of choosing whether to scale the entire drawing, the current floor, or individual drawing
entities. Your choice is made in the Scale Drawing dialog.
After you click OK, the software will prompt you to select two points and then you will be prompted to
enter the physical real world distance between those points. Once the points have been selected and a
distance has been entered, the software will automatically scale the corresponding objects (Individual,
Current Floor, Entire Drawing) and refresh the drawing display.
A Completed Site-Specific Model - Viewing Buildings in
2D and 3D
This section presents examples of final building models processed through Summit WMScanner’s
Format Building functions. In the examples that follow, match the partition colors in the building
diagram to the Partition Categories in the Legend Data window to determine the material type.
Toggling Between Floor Views
By default, the Summit WMScanner displays the first floor of the building model in 2D.
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If your building or facility contains multiple floors, change the view to a different floor using several
different methods:
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Hotkeys (F5 up one floor, F4 down one floor)
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Through the View > Building Floor menu from the Summit WMScanner toolbar.
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By explicitly using the Goto Floor hotkey (F9), which opens the Goto Floor dialog box.
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By selecting View > Building Floor > Goto Floor, which also opens the Goto Floor dialog box.
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• You can also toggle floor selection by using the Current Floor link in the Legend Data window.
Viewing In 3D
The best way to get a full perspective of RF obstructions is to view your building model in 3D.
Summit WMScanner’s virtual environment models are inherently three dimensional. By default, the
ceiling heights you specify are used to determine the vertical height on a given floor. If a partition
resides on floor two of a building, the ceiling height of floor two is used to determine the height of the
partition, unless otherwise specified by you while drawing the partition. This is done automatically for
you during the formatting process. Thus, when you have finished formatting a drawing using Format
Building, even though the formatting process was strictly two dimensional, the final drawing is a true
3D site-specific model.
You can see the three-dimensional building structure by selecting View > 3D Views > 3D Orbit. A circle
will appear around the drawing. Now right-click on the drawing and select Preset Views > SW Isometric.
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To return to the 2D view, select View > 3D Views > Top. A building that has been fully formatted and
displayed in SW Isometric View with View > Shade > Flat Shaded, Edges On enabled.
You can also view your building model in 2D wireframe mode by selecting View > Shade > 2D Wireframe.
2D wireframe makes walls transparent and only displays their outline. This feature is optimal if you want
to see through a wall. 2D wireframe mode also causes the drawing to renders faster, as opposed to using
View > Shade > Flat Shaded, Edges On. 2D wireframe mode is also the only view in which lineweight is
displayed.
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Selecting View > Shade > Hidden makes “hidden lines” invisible while displaying a drawing in 3D.
“Hidden lines” refer to lines in a drawing that would not be visible if the objects in the 3D drawing
were visualized in real-life, true 3D.
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Customer Support
NOTE
Services can be purchased from Extreme Networks or through one of its channel partners. If you are an end-user
who has purchased service through an Extreme Networks channel partner, please contact your partner first for
support.
Extreme Networks Technical Assistance Centers (TAC) provide 24x7x365 worldwide coverage. These centers are
the focal point of contact for post-sales technical and network-related questions or issues. TAC will create a
Service Request (SR) number and manage all aspects of the SR until it is resolved. For a complete guide to
customer support, see the Technical Assistance Center User Guide at:
www.extremenetworks.com/go/TACUserGuide
The Extreme Networks eSupport website provides the latest information on Extreme Networks
products, including the latest Release Notes, troubleshooting, downloadable updates or patches as
appropriate, and other useful information and resources. Directions for contacting the Extreme
Networks Technical Assistance Centers are also available from the eSupport website at:
https://esupport.extremenetworks.com
Registration
If you have not already registered this product with Extreme Networks, you can register on the Extreme
Networks website at:
http://www.extremenetworks.com/go/productregistration
Documentation
Check for the latest versions of documentation on the Extreme Networks documentation website at:
http://www.extremenetworks.com/go/documentation
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