Site Survey Tool - TamoGraph

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System Requirements
Differences between the Windows and macOS Versions
Driver Installation - Microsoft Windows
Wi-Fi Capture Engine Installation - macOS
Licensing and Trial Version Limitations
Interface Overview
Access Point List
Floor Plan / Site Map
Plans and Surveys, Properties, and Options Panel
Main Menu
Spectrum and Networks Panel
Performing a Site Survey
New Project Wizard
Adapter Signal Level Correction
Data Collection
Understanding Survey Types: Passive, Active, and Predictive
Active Survey Configuration
Best Practices, Tips, and Tricks
Survey Job Splitting
RF Predictive Modeling
Drawing Walls and Other Obstructions
Drawing Attenuation Zones
Copying, Pasting, and Deleting Multiple Objects
Undo and Redo
Virtual APs Placement Methods
Manual Placing and Configuring Virtual APs
Antenna Selection
Creating Vendor-Specific AP Presets
Automatic Placing and Configuring Virtual APs
Reconfiguring Virtual APs
Applying Visualizations
Working with Multi-floor Sites
Mixing Real and Virtual Data
Best Practices, Tips, and Tricks
Analyzing Data – Passive Surveys and Predictive Models
Selecting Data for Analysis
Adjusting AP Locations After Passive Surveys
Splitting an AP into Multiple Unique APs
Working with Multi-SSID APs
Visualization Types
Signal Level
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
AP Coverage Areas
Signal-to-Interference Ratio
Number of APs
Expected PHY Rate
Frame Format
Channel Bandwidth
Channel Map
Analyzing Data – Active Surveys
Selecting Data for Analysis
Visualization Types
Actual PHY Rate
TCP Upstream and Downstream Rate
UDP Upstream and Downstream Rate
UDP Upstream and Downstream Loss
Round-trip Time
Associated AP
Spectrum Analysis
Hardware Requirements
Spectrum Data Graphs
Performing Spectrum Analysis Surveys
Viewing Collected Spectrum Data
Exporting Spectrum Data
Reporting and Printing
Customizing Reports
Google Earth Integration
Configuring TamoGraph
Plans and Surveys
Plan / Map
Client Capabilities
Colors and Value Ranges
AP Detection and Placement
Visualization Settings
Tips Panel
Configuring GPS Receiver
Using GPS Configuration Dialog
Finding the GPS Receiver Port Number
Taking Photographs
Voice Control
Using TamoGraph in a Virtual Machine
Command-Line Options
Frequently Asked Questions
Sales and Support

Drawing Walls and Other Obstructions

To draw a wall or other obstructions (e.g., doors or windows) on the floor plan, press the wall drawing tool button and select one of the pre-defined wall types, for example “Brick wall” or “Interior office window.” You should select the type that best matches the actual wall you are going to draw. You can also select one of the two drawing modes: Line or Polygonal path. If you selected the Line mode, left-click on the floor plan to start a new wall and left-click once again in a new location to finish the wall. A straight line representing the wall will be drawn. If you selected the Polygonal path mode, left-click on the floor plan to start a new wall and left-click every time you need to start a new line segment. This will draw a connected series of line segments. If you hold the Ctrl key (on Windows computers) or the Shift key (on macOS computers) while drawing walls, the line is drawn in orthogonal mode (0, 90, 180, or 270 degrees). If you need to cancel the previous move, right-click on the shape and select Undo Last Segment in the context menu. To finish the wall, click on the last point or press the ESC key. You can move or resize the walls that you have drawn. To move a wall, select it and drag it with the left mouse button to a new position. To resize a wall or wall segment, select it, move the mouse over the vertex (shown as a white circle), click on it, and drag it with the left mouse button to a new position.

Please note that there is no need to redraw similar obstructions manually; you can simply copy and paste objects individually or in groups. For example, you can copy a set of walls, doors, and windows from one room and paste it to another. See Copying, Pasting, and Deleting Multiple Objects for more information.

After the wall has been drawn, you can change its properties in the Obstruction Properties dialog. To display this dialog, double-click on a wall or select the Properties context menu item. In the dialog window, you can change the obstruction type by selecting one of the existing presets or modify obstruction characteristics such as attenuation, reflection, or color. Attenuation is a drop in strength measured in dB that the RF signal experiences when it passes through the obstruction. Because materials might attenuate differently at different frequencies, there are two separate attenuation values for 2.4 and 5 GHz. You can enter a custom attenuation value. A custom value can be obtained by measuring signal strength on each side of the obstruction and calculating the difference. Measurements can be performed using TamoGraph or any WLAN analyzer, e.g., CommView for WiFi. Reflection is a percentage of signal strength that is reflected by the obstruction at the 90° angle. Color is an arbitrary color used to show the obstruction on the floor plan. If you prefer obstructions to appear colorless (i.e., grayscale), you can configure the application to grayscale them in the Visualization Settings panel. When you have edited obstruction properties, you can save the current configuration for future use by clicking the Save as Preset button at the bottom of the dialog window.

You can also select an existing preset, modify it, and click Save to save it under the same name. To save it under a different name, change the preset name before clicking Save. Click New to create a new preset from scratch. To delete an existing preset, click Delete.

Consider creating separate custom presets for each wall or door type in your project even if they match existing presets.  This allows you to change the values or colors of all similar objects with a few clicks, as shown below:

drawing obstructions