Site Survey Tool - TamoGraph

Prev Page Next Page
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
Adjusting Horizontal Antenna Orientation
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
AP Rank and Secondary Coverage
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 and Configuration Settings
Frequently Asked Questions
Sales and Support

Manual Placing and Configuring Virtual APs

To place an AP on the floor plan, press the AP drawing tool button and select one of the pre-defined AP types; for example, “Generic 802.11n (2.4 GHz)” or “Generic dual band 802.11n.” Click on the floor plan to place an AP in a desired location. After that, you can change its properties by double-clicking on the AP or by selecting the Properties context menu item. The AP Properties dialog can be used for loading AP characteristics from one the presets, assigning a unique name to the AP, or for customizing AP characteristics. Virtual AP icons are marked with a small blue “V” in the icon corner so that you could distinguish between real and virtual APs.

To customize an AP, you can use two tabs: one for Radio #1 (typically 2.4 GHz) and one for Radio #2 (typically 5 GHz). Some newer APs can work in “two 5 GHz radios” mode, in which case you can configure both radios to use 5 GHz. These tabs allow you to turn on and off these radios independently (using the Radio enabled check box) and configure the following characteristics for each of the two radios:

  • Standard. Use this drop-down list to select one of the 802.11 standards. For Radio #1, select 802.11ax, 802.11n or one of the 2.4 GHz legacy standards (or even 802.11ac, if your AP works in “two 5 GHz radios” mode.) For Radio #2, select 802.11ax, 802.11ac, 802.11an, or 802.11a.
  • Channel width. If the selected standard allows channel bonding, then select one of the available channel widths: up to 40 MHz for 802.11n and up to 160 MHz for 802.11ac and 802.11ax.
  • Channel / Channel set. Select a single channel if the channel width is set to 20 MHz or a set of channels if the channel width is greater than 20 MHz.
  • MAC address. You can change the MAC address to your AP. This is typically not necessary because the application always assigns unique MAC addresses to the APs.
  • SSID. Use this field to assign an SSID to the AP. The same SSID may be shared by several APs.
  • Power. Use this drop-down list to select the AP transmit power. Most of APs have a transmit power of 17 dBm (50 mW). It is always a good idea to refer to the documentation of the specific AP model you plan to deploy to find this value. Remember that transmit power might depend on the channel frequency and band.
  • HT / VHT / HE Parameters. Use this frame to control the advanced 802.11n (HT), 802.11ac (VHT), and 802.11ax (HE) parameters: primary channel number, number of spatial streams, short guard interval, and supported rates. The Supported Rates dialog can be used to specify the legacy and HT /VHT rates supported by the AP. It is a common practice to disable some or all of the legacy rates when you plan a WLAN for performance rather than coverage.
  • Antenna. Use this frame to specify the kind of antenna used by the AP. The Select button opens the antenna selection dialog (overviewed below). With the Rotation control, you can specify the angle (in degrees) relating to the horizontal positioning of the antenna. With the Elevation control, you can specify the angle (in degrees) above the horizon, i.e., the angle by which the antenna is tilted up or down in relation to the theoretical horizon. With the Tilt control, you can specify the angle (in degrees) relating to the vertical axis, i.e., the angle by which the antenna is tilted sideways. The Height control can be used to specify the height of the AP above the floor level. The Advanced dialog provides top, front, right, and 3D views of the selected antenna diagram and can be used to adjust the antenna orientation either by rotating the diagram top, front, or right views or by entering numeric values.

When you have edited AP properties, you can save the current configuration for future use by clicking the Save as Preset button at the bottom of the dialog window.