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Cisco Cloud-Based

Predictive RF Tool
Brief Tutorial

Planning Tool vs Onsite Surveys


Predictive Planning estimates number of access points (Aps) based
on area

Not a survey tool! No knowledge about the RF environment

Useful to estimate survey time

Cisco Prime Infrastructure,


Aruba VisualRF,
Aerohive Online Planner

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Who Needs a Planning Tool?


We will always be clear on disclaimers:
A planning tool DOES NOT replace a site survey
Every time you can, do an onsite site survey
Dont complain if you only use a planning tool only, and get imperfect coverage after
deployment

BUT: how do you guestimate a number of APs for a new deployment?


This is needed to evaluate the cost of the deployment
This is needed to evaluate the duration of the site survey

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Who Needs a Planning Tool?


When is using only a planning tool dangerous?
Large deployments
Complex floors plans
Demanding applications
Deployments where Wi-Fi quality is
critical (healthcare etc.)

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Why Yet Another Planning Tool?


Our objective:
Online planning tool (no need to install onsite software)
Easy to use (a child can complete a project in less than 7 minutes)
Dynamically evolving offering more options through dynamic new releases, while keeping the
interface simple
Better than anything else out there (better interface, easier to use, more accurate underlying
math, more options)
Did we achieve this? Oh yeah, and more

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Cisco Cloud-Based Predictive RF Tool Features

First Cloud-based Wireless Tool

Supports all Cisco Access points Aironet, Meraki

Supported on all Browsers

Cisco Commerce Workspace Integration

Google Earth Integration

Simple drag & draw from RF legends provided

Easy to switch between access points and applications

Optimized for better access points coverage

Easy RF proposal generation


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Save and complete project

Click to add other products

Click to remove or edit config / qty

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Cisco Cloud-based Predictive RF Tool Features


(Cont.)

Multi-floor planning

Several coverage models


(Data, Voice, Location)

Flexible maps (ability to redimension, stretch, edit,


copy/add/delete maps, floors,
walls)

Flexible coverage personalization


(ability to change number of APs,
change AP power, change target
band of operation, change AP
model)

Flexible AP positioning (ability to


move, add, remove APs)

User-friendly display (sliding ruler


to see the exact edge of a given
coverage value, extensible and
contextual menus to offer options
without clogging screen)
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Deep Dive
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Click to Expand
This menu is available in all pages

Goes to

Goes to

New Project

Manage Existing
Projects

System and CCW Profile, password

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Only this is mandatory

But this will help you


locate the building on a map

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Coverage area and floor maps are optional, you can skip if you want

When you have your area defined,


click to upload floor map

Click to outline your building contours

Address is pre-populated from previous page


You can change the address manually
Or use the Google map tool to move the focus to your building location
Double click to close the shape
If
needed,
click to
delete
the area
(and
draw a
new
one)

Click to start
Drag to move
Click to change direction

Click

Click

Click Click

Click

Click

Click

Click

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Save and Continue

Change floor name if needed


Supported formats
Browse to select a map
Choose Feet or Meters
Floor dimensions calculated
from coverage area dimensions
(can be changed later)

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Here as well,
you can
delete and redraw the area
to better fit
your map, if
needed

Rotate

You can also


resize the
area:
Click the area edge

Move the wall

Move the corner

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Save and Continue

Here as well,
you can
delete and redraw the area
to better fit
your map, if
needed

Rotate the map

You can also


resize the
map:
Click the map

Click

Stretch / compress

With these
tools, you can
make sure
that coverage
area and map
perfectly fit

Expand / reduce

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Save and Continue

Click a wall then Remove if needed

Walls follow
the same logic
as coverage
area drawing

Choose
your wall
type

Click to start
Drag to move
Click to change direction

Click

Double click to stop Click Click

Then draw your next wall

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APs are auto placed for data coverage

Change to manual adjustment if needed

Change AP
model
Change to voice
or location
Change target
band
Change target AP
power level

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Go back to auto-mode
Click, then click the map to put an AP there

Click an AP, then click to remove

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Save and complete project

Click to add other products

Click to remove or edit config / qty

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Thank you.