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Hi,

Is it possbile to auto-predict that in a new building where and which position which height the Cisco Access-points needs to be install.

I mean that i will get the report kind that where exactly the AP's needs to be installed in a buliding.

Thanks
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ryan_johnstonCommented:
I would suppose as long as you know the height of the ceilings and what materials are used you could plan it out.  But I don't think it can be done automatically...
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Craig BeckCommented:
You need to do a survey to determine that.
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ArneLoviusCommented:
Yes, but you need to have an engineering simulator to "build" the floor to then calculate the signal propagation.

the above a/ uses expensive software and b/takes considerable time from a skilled designer

don't forget that the placement of  "furniture" such as filing cabinets can also significantly affect wireless propagation in an office environment...
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Craig BeckCommented:
...not if you use Cisco's WCS, Arne!

You put in the floor plan, set the wall structures and ceiling heights and the WCS simulates for you.

Agreed, it is expensive though. ;-)
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ArneLoviusCommented:
I'd class WCS as a basic engineering simulator...

There is however a 30 day evaluation licence, so it might be worthwhile having a go...

There is also the Fluke product http://www.flukenetworks.com/enterprise-network/wireless-network/AirMagnet-Planner
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Craig BeckCommented:
WCS is the CUWN management platform and is designed to control multiple controllers simultaneously, as well as provide comprehensive reporting capabilities.  The planning mode is an added feature.

AirMagnet Planner doesn't have a demo version, so you have to buy that either on its own or as part of Survey Pro.
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ArneLoviusCommented:
I included the Airmagnet product as a "non Cisco" alternative...
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Craig BeckCommented:
@Arne - apologies I thought you were implying it was a free alternative.
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ArneLoviusCommented:
@Crag, aaah I see how it could be read like that,  it wasn't the intention :-)
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