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Chapter 5. Operate Basic WCS > Maps Management

Maps Management

An important feature of the Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS) is its capability to provide a graphical representation of the wireless network using maps. Maps can be used to show access point (AP) coverage or to locate devices. Information can be provided to Cisco WCS to enhance the accuracy of the coverage area display. To use the maps feature, navigate to Monitor > Maps. The page provides access to the various map displays and details. From this page, you can create a campus map and add outdoor areas or buildings and floors. When creating a campus, outdoor area, or floor map, you can also import a graphical background to help the visualization (supported formats are .PNG, .JPG, .JPEG, and .GIF).

You can then add APs to each floor or outdoor area by choosing the Add APs option, selecting APs known to WCS and not yet assigned to another map, indicating the AP height and antenna type and orientation, and then dragging and dropping the AP to its location on the map or inputting the coordinates of the location. You then see the heat map of each AP. The AP icon color also informs you about the AP radio status. For example, green shows that the AP radio has no fault, yellow shows that the AP radio has a minor fault, and red shows that the AP radio has a major fault. A blinking access point icon indicates that an interference, noise, coverage, or load profile failure alarm is pending against this access point. If a radio is disabled, a small “x” appears in the middle of the icon. The RF prediction that is compl....provide a very accurate RF heat map. The map is interactive, so as you scroll over an object on the map, more information about that object appears in a pop-up. Also, if you click an object, such as an AP, the monitoring page for that particular object is displayed.


  

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