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Plan Wireless for New Building


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Alright, I got my hands on some of that sweet, sweet advanced licensing for EMC. So, now I can make floorplans and view some heat maps. I've got a bit of a conundrum, though. I need to plan the AP placments for a new building. I've got a floorplan built out, but the building doesn't exist so I don't have APs for it, yet.

Is there a way I can just dump a bunch of theoretical APs onto the floorplan to help map out the coverage?

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Userlevel 4
Hi Terren,

Use the ExtremeWireless(TM) RF Planning Tool:

https://Wirelessplanner.extremenetworks.com

Create an account (free), create site floorplans - provide as much detail about your floor's obstructions/absorptions (concrete walls, etc...) and then select Auto-placement for the internal Antenna Model you intend to deploy. You can also optionally select manual-placement, but auto-placement may be a good starting point
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Paulo Francisco wrote:

Hi Terren,

Use the ExtremeWireless(TM) RF Planning Tool:

https://Wirelessplanner.extremenetworks.com

Create an account (free), create site floorplans - provide as much detail about your floor's obstructions/absorptions (concrete walls, etc...) and then select Auto-placement for the internal Antenna Model you intend to deploy. You can also optionally select manual-placement, but auto-placement may be a good starting point

This works pretty well, thanks!
Userlevel 5
If you are looking for fancy options, look into Ekahau. They have several moderately priced packages for planning a wireless network. There is all sorts of surveying and auditing options. It's also very well supported so new hardware shows up in the tool pretty quickly. So you can import a map, draw your walls (or if you have a CAD drawing, it will draw walls for you), then select what model Extreme AP you are using, then select what you want to accomplish (data, wireless voice, etc) and then hit autoplan and let it crank out a placement map for you.

There is definitely a learning curve to the product, but it's a nice investment if you are going to be doing more areas or other buildings.

Oh, and you can export your plan in "Cisco format" and then import that zip file to Extreme so you don't have to go and re-draw everything. Just match up your generic named AP's with your real Extreme hardware in XMC and you are done.
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Steve Ballantyne wrote:

If you are looking for fancy options, look into Ekahau. They have several moderately priced packages for planning a wireless network. There is all sorts of surveying and auditing options. It's also very well supported so new hardware shows up in the tool pretty quickly. So you can import a map, draw your walls (or if you have a CAD drawing, it will draw walls for you), then select what model Extreme AP you are using, then select what you want to accomplish (data, wireless voice, etc) and then hit autoplan and let it crank out a placement map for you.

There is definitely a learning curve to the product, but it's a nice investment if you are going to be doing more areas or other buildings.

Oh, and you can export your plan in "Cisco format" and then import that zip file to Extreme so you don't have to go and re-draw everything. Just match up your generic named AP's with your real Extreme hardware in XMC and you are done.

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll look at it.

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