Wireless Access Point Configuration
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Example of the Wi-Fi Access Points on a floorplan:
You will need the following access point information for each WAP:
- Location – This is the location of the WAP on the floorplan.
- BSSID (Base Radio MAC address)
- Optional – Height (Distance in meters from typical desk height to access point height.)
During the setup, we can also enter a default value for the Height which will be applied when calculating the position for all WAPs. If require then provide the values to your SpaceIQ Project Manager to be configured.
Step 1. Obtain the WAP's BSSID
You will need to know the BSSID of the Access Points. BSSID is typically the Base Radio MAC address of the WiFi Chipset running on a Wireless Access Point. For more information on BSSID (https://www.juniper.net/documentation/en_US/network-director1.5/topics/concept/wireless-ssid-bssid-essid.html)
Validate your BSSID
After you have your list of BSSIDs, you can perform the below test from your wireless computer to confirm you have provided the correct information.
- Working from a wireless computer.
- Ensure you are connected wirelessly.
- Open a command prompt, and type in:
netsh wlan show interfaces
This displays all wireless interfaces on your system. When your wireless is active and connected to an AP, you get output similar to this example below.
Name : Wireless Network Connection Description : Intel(R) WiFi Link 5100 AGN GUID : f5ad6606-3b9d-41b3-8e5b-91b870edd256 Physical address :00:21:6b:9d:db:ec State : connected SSID : green BSSID : 00:23:69:94:0c:f9 Network type : Infrastructure Radio type : 802.11g Authentication : WPA2-Personal Cipher : TKIP Connection mode :Auto Connect Channel : 11 Receive rate (Mbps) :54 Transmit rate (Mbps) :54 Signal : 99% Profile : green
To display all networks and access points that are visible to the computer running the command. Use the following command:
netsh wlan show networks mode=bssid
This can be used to compare the list of the BSSIDs to what is mapped.
Step 2. Complete the WAP Mapping
Map one BSSID per physical access point device and to improve accuracy these must all be the same band (either all 2.4GHz or all 5GHz). If available, mapping 2.4GHz BSSIDs is recommended.
In Serraview, set up the location of the Wi-Fi Access Points on the floorplan.
Step 2.1 Add Wi-Fi space type to the floorplan
From the Spaces module complete the following:
- From the left-menu, click Spaces.
- Use the Location Selector drop-down to navigate to the building and floor or enter the location.
- Click the Edit Floor icon.
- From the View Selector area, click Equipment & Reporting.
- Check the Wi-Fi Access Point check box. This will display the Wi-Fi Access Points on the floorplan.
- Click the Add Polyline icon. The Add Polyline panel displays. For more details, refer to Add Serraview Polyline.
- From the Select a Space Type selector, enter in Wi-Fi Access Point and select the space type.
- Click on the floorplan where the Wi-Fi Access Point will be located. The Wi-Fi Acess Point is added as a point.
- Optional - If there is more than one point then keep adding the points on the floorplan.
- Click the Publish Changes icon.
The Wi-Fi Access Points must be added to a parent space type, such as Primary Circulation or Corridor.
Step 2.2 Edit the floorplan's Wi-Fi Access Point
- Double click the WiFi Access Point. The Edit Space form displays.
- In the Name field, enter the WiFi Access Point's name.
- In the BSSID field, enter the BSSID (this is obtained in step 1).
- Optional – In the Height (m) field, enter the height (distance in meters from typical desk height to access point height).
- Click the Update Space button.