Planning and Provisioning Devices

Floor Plan enables the capability to plan buildings, floors, and location for device provisioning before the actual deployment. You can create a floor plan and add devices to the floor plan.

The planning and provisioning workflow includes the following procedures:

Creating a Floor Plan

The Floor Plan allows you to add, modify, and import a floor plan background image file. When importing RF Radio Frequency. RF refers to the electromagnetic wave frequencies within a range of 3 kHz to 300 GHz, including the frequencies used for communications or Radar signals. plans, ensure that the devices from the device catalog are included.

To create a new floor plan, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Aruba Central app, set the filter to one of the options under Sites.

    The dashboard context for the selected site is displayed.

  2. Under Manage > Overview, click Floor Plan.

    The Floor Plan dashboard is displayed.

  3. Click Add Floor.

    The Floor Plans tab is displayed.

  4. Click Edit in the slide out pane on the right.
  5. Click New Floorplan.

    You can also add the floor plan by right-clicking on the center gray area and click New Floorplan. The New Floorplan pop-up window is displayed.

  6. Click Choose File and locate a floor plan image file from your local file system.

    You can import the floor plan image file in the JPG, JPEG, GIF, BMP, PDF, PNG, DWG, and SVG format.

  7. Assign a floor name and a floor number in the Floor name and Floor number text boxes, respectively.
  8. Click Save.

    Make sure that you add a new floor plan image within the recommended size of 2625*2625 feet or 800*800 meter. You can also use the measure tool to resize the current image to the recommended size.

    You can define a new floor by clicking the Define New Floor option on the top right corner.

  9. The Define New Floor includes the following option:
    1. Scale—Shows the dimensions of the floor.
    2. Region—Allows you to define floor plan boundary and planning region.
    3. CAD Layer—Allows you to import walls from the CAD file.
    4. Access Points—Allows you to add the access points to the floor plan.
  10. Click Next button after you set the Scale, Region, and CAD layer for the floor.
  11. To add a planned access point, under Access Points > Planned APs, select the device type from the Type drop-down menu.
  12. In the Count field, enter the number of devices to add to the new floor.
  13. Click and drag the Deployment Type slider bar to adjust data rates for a high-density or low-density environment.
  14. Optionally, click the Advance link to configure the advance deployment options:
    1. Service Level—Select Speed or Signal to plan coverage by adjusting the data rate requirements (speed) or AP signal strength settings. Click Calculate AP Count to recalculate the suggested number of APs based on these settings.
    2. Client Density—In the Max Clients field, set the anticipated number of clients that will be stationed on the floor. In the Clients Per AP field, enter the maximum number of clients supported by each radio. Click Calculate AP Count to recalculate the suggested number of APs based on these settings.
  15. Click Add APs to Floorplan to add the planned APs to the floor.
  16. Click Finish.
  17. To remove the planned device from the floor plan, right-click on that device and click Remove.

The following animation shows how to create a new floor plan:

Importing a Floor Plan

The devices in the backup must be added to Aruba Central before importing the floor plan. After importing the floor plan, supported Aruba APs that are not been added to Aruba Central will show up as Planned APs. Onboarding Devices is moved to the HPE GreenLake Account Home. For more information on adding devices, refer to the HPE GreenLake User Guide.

To import a floor plan exported from AirWave, Aruba Central, or Ekahau, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Aruba Central app, set the filter to one of the options under Sites.

    The dashboard context for the selected site is displayed.

  2. Under Manage > Overview, click Floor Plan.

    The Floor Plan dashboard is displayed.

  3. Click Add Floor.

    The Floor Plan tabs are displayed.

  4. Click the Import tab.
  5. Click Choose File and select the file with the floor plan to import.

    Floor plan backup files created in Aruba Central 2.5.2 and later can now be imported to Aruba Central.

    Aruba Central now supports Ekahau Import of floor plan files exported using the Ekahau tool (version 10.4.0.135). You must configure a building before exporting the Ekahau floor plan.

    The supported file formats for Ekahau import are ZIP and ESX files; for AirWave import, it is ZIP files. The maximum file size supported for the import file is 250 MB.

  6. Click Import.

    When an import is complete, the UI displays a notification to alert the user. The Imported Sites table displays the import summary information of the last import operation.

After successfully importing the floor plan, a new site or floor gets created only when the site or floor does not exist.

Types of import files:

Modifying Floor Plan Properties

To edit the properties of an existing floor plan, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Aruba Central app, set the filter to one of the options under Sites.

    The dashboard context for the selected site is displayed.

  2. Under Manage>Overview, click Floor Plan.

    The Floor Plan dashboard with all floors is displayed.

  3. Select any one of the floors under All Floors and click Edit to modify the properties.

    If the dashboard is in List view, hover over any one of the floors and click Edit to modify the properties.

    In case of multiple floors, the floor plan view page allows you to select the floor from the drop-down list. Click Edit to modify the properties.

  4. Click Save.

Adding Devices to the Floor Plan

You can add planned devices or devices available in Aruba Central to a floor plan. Instead of real devices, planned devices are used to simulate AP behaviors (heatmap coverage) on the floor plan. You can match and replace planned devices with real devices that are available in Aruba Central.

To add the already deployed devices to the floor plan, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Aruba Central app, set the filter to one of the options under Sites.

    The dashboard context for the selected site is displayed.

  2. Under Manage > Overview, click Floor Plan.

    The Floor Plan dashboard is displayed.

  3. Select any one of the floors under All Floors and click Edit to modify the properties.

    If the dashboard is in List view, hover over any one of the floors and click Edit to modify the properties.

    In case of multiple floors, the floor plan view page allows you to select the floor from the drop-down list. Click Edit to modify the properties.

  4. Click the Add Deployed Devices.

    A list of provisioned APs is displayed.

    By default, devices that have already been added to Floor Plan are hidden. To show them, clear the Hide APs that are already added check box at the bottom of the list.

  5. Click and drag an AP to its proper location on the floor.

To add planned devices when creating a new floor plan, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Aruba Central app, set the filter to one of the options under Sites.

    The dashboard context for the selected site is displayed.

  2. Under Manage > Overview, click Floor Plan.

    The Floor Plan dashboard is displayed.

  3. Select any one of the floors under All Floors and click Edit to modify the properties.

    If the dashboard is in List view, hover over any one of the floors and click Edit to modify the properties.

    In case of multiple floors, the floor plan view page allows you to select the floor from the drop-down list. Click Edit to modify the properties.

  4. Click Add Planned Devices and select a device type (model) from the list of available devices.
  5. Click and drag the device to the desired location on the floor.
  6. To replace a planned AP with an AP that is available in Aruba Central, click Auto-Match Planned Devices from the Action tab.

    To auto-match devices, ensure that you edit the device name or MAC address of the planned AP to match the name or MAC address of the AP added to Aruba Central.

Deleting a Floor with in a Site

To delete a floor within a site in summary view, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Aruba Central app, set the filter to one of the options under Sites.

    The dashboard context for the selected site is displayed.

  2. Under Manage > Overview, click Floor Plan.

    By default, the Floor Plan dashboard with all floors is displayed in the summary view.

  3. Hover over the floor and click the delete icon and confirm the delete action to delete the floor.

To delete a floor within a site in list view, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Aruba Central app, set the filter to one of the options under Sites.

    The dashboard context for the selected site is displayed.

  2. Under Manage > Overview, click Floor Plan.

    By default, the Floor Plan dashboard with all floors is displayed in the summary view.

  3. Click List view.

    The floor plan dashboard with a list of floors is displayed.

  4. Hover over the floor and click the delete icon and confirm the delete action to delete the floor.