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Use Gateway Wireless Controller Maps

The Fireware Web UI Wireless Deployment Maps is a dynamic tool available that you can use to help you visualize your wireless environment, determine where to place your AP devices, and how to best configure them for your network. You can use the graphs and charts available in the map views to see the location and coverage details (signal strength, wireless band, and SSIDs) for your AP devices. This can help you find any channel or location conflicts, and optimize your deployment scenario.

The Maps page includes two views: the Wireless Coverage Map and the Channel Conflict Map. The Wireless Coverage Map shows the location of your AP devices to one another. The Channel Conflict Map show the location of your AP devices and any other wireless devices in the vicinity, and shows the channel and bandwidth details for each device.

Before you use the Maps page to see your AP devices, make sure that all your AP devices are online and the information for each AP device is current. If a change has occurred on an AP device since the last scan of the area, a warning message appears for that device on the Maps page. You must scan the AP devices again to get the most recent data. For more information, see the Scan the Area for Devices section.

To see information on the Gateway Wireless Controller Maps page, the Firebox must first scan the area for AP devices:

  1. Select Dashboard > Gateway Wireless Controller.
    The Gateway Wireless Controller page appears.
  2. Select the Maps tab.
  3. If the Gateway Wireless Controller has not recently scanned the area, click Display Maps.

Screen shot of the Maps page with the Display Maps button
The Gateway Wireless Controller scans the area for AP devices.

Screen shot of the Maps page, scanning the wireless network
The Wireless Deployment Maps appear, with the Wireless Coverage Map selected by default.

Screen shot of the Wireless Coverage Map

Read the Maps

Your AP devices appear in the Wireless Deployment Maps represented by colored dots. The color of the dots depends on the map view and the status of the AP device.

Wireless Coverage Map View

On the Wireless Coverage Map, AP devices appear in their physical locations to one another. The color of the AP device dot specifies whether it uses the band and SSID filters you specify.

Uses the selected band (All, 2.4 GHz, or 5 GHz) and SSID
Does not use the selected band and SSID
Rogue access points that are not paired with your Firebox or specified as a rogue access point exception

Channel Conflict Map View

The color of the dots on the Channel Conflict Map indicate whether there are any channel conflicts between your AP devices and the other wireless access points in the area.

No channel conflicts
Moderate channel conflicts
Significant channel conflicts
Does not use the selected band and SSID
Foreign access points that are not part of your deployment, and are not paired with your Firebox
Rogue access points that are not paired with your Firebox or specified as a rogue access point exception

Links Between Access Points

The connector links between the AP devices and other wireless access points appear on both Wireless Deployment Maps as lines with a pattern. The color of the line represents the channel conflict between the access points. The length and pattern of the line represent the strength of the signal between the access points.

Link Line Colors
No channel conflicts
Moderate channel conflicts
Significant channel conflicts
Link Line Patterns
Strong signal strength
Good signal strength
Weak signal strength

Use the Legend

To help you read the Wireless Deployment Maps, you can use the Legend that appears on both Maps pages.

  1. At the top of the Wireless Coverage Map or Channel Conflict Map pages, click Legend .
    The Gateway Wireless Controller Maps dialog box appears.
  2. Review the definitions of the Access Points icons and links.

Screen shot of the Gateway Wireless Controller Maps Legend, page 1

Click Next to view the subsequent page of the Gateway Wireless Controller Maps Legend.

 

Click Back to view the previous page of the Gateway Wireless Controller Maps Legend.

Screen shot of the Gateway Wireless Controller Maps Legend, page 2

Click Close to exit the Legend.

 

Select a Radio Band View

To help you refine your view of the AP devices that appear on the Map page, you can select which radio bands to include in the map: 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, or both. The default view is to show all AP devices. AP devices that are included in the radio band view appear with a colored dot and show colored line links to other devices, as described in the previous sections. When you select an option to include only one radio band in the map view, the other devices are not removed from the map. Instead, they appear with a gray dot and do not show a colored line link to other devices.

Show 2.4 GHz Radio Bands

To only include connections in the map display for AP devices that use the 2.4 GHz band, above the map, select 2.4 GHz.
The map display updates to only include links between your local AP devices that use the 2.4 GHz band.

Screen shot of the Wireless Coverage Map with only 2.4 GHz AP devices

Only the AP devices that use the 2.4 GHz band appear with a blue dot. AP devices that use the 5 GHz band have a grey dot.

 

Show 5 GHz Radio Bands

To only include connections in the map display for AP devices that use the 5 GHz band, above the map, select 5 GHz.
The map display updates to only include links between your local AP devices that use the 5 GHz band.

Screen shot of the Wireless Coverage Map  with only 5 GHz AP devices

Only the AP devices that use the 5 GHz band appear with a blue dot. Any AP devices that use the 2.4 GHz band will have a gray dot.

 

Show All Radio Bands

To include connections in the map display for AP devices that use the 2.4 GHz or the 5 GHz band, above the map, select All.
The map display updates to include the links between all of your local AP devices in the map.

When All is selected, all of the AP devices in the map appear with a blue dot.

 

Filter Maps by SSID

Another method you can use to help you further refine your view of the AP devices that appear on the Maps pages is to select which SSIDs to include in the maps. The default view is to show all AP devices. AP devices that use the SSID you select appear with a colored dot and show colored line links to other AP devices, as described in the previous sections. When you select an option to include only one SSID in the map view, the other AP devices are not removed from the map. Instead, they appear with a gray dot and do not show a colored line link to other AP devices.

To select the SSID to show on the Maps page:

  1. From the Show All SSIDs drop-down list, select one SSID.

    The Maps page refreshes to only include devices that use the SSID you selected.
  2. To include all available SSIDs in the maps, select Show all SSIDs.

Anchor Access Points

Because the views of the Maps page are dynamically generated, the devices that appear in the maps move around based on their physical location, and can often overlap another device in the map. To make it easier to see the connections and possible conflicts to other access points in the map, you can anchor any AP device to a particular location on the map.

After you anchor your AP devices, the length of the link lines between the AP devices and foreign access points does not indicate the signal strength between the devices.

Though you can use this feature for both Maps page display options, this is particularly helpful for the Channel Conflict Map, because there can be many devices and SSIDs that overlap in the map.

To anchor your AP devices:

  1. At the top of the Maps page, select the Sticky Access Points check box.
    All access points on the maps are anchored to their current locations.
  2. Select an AP device and drag it to another location on the map.

Select each AP device and drag it to another location.

Select each AP device and drag it to another location.

Select each AP device and drag it to another location.

Select each AP device and drag it to another location.

Select each AP device and drag it to another location.

Select each AP device and drag it to another location.

Select each AP device and drag it to another location.

Select each AP device and drag it to another location.

Select each AP device and drag it to another location.

Move an Access Point

When many AP devices appear in your maps, it can be difficult to see the connections to the other AP devices in the map. To make it easier to see the connections to an AP device, you can use your mouse to grab the AP device and manually move it to another location on the map. If you have selected the Sticky Access Points check box, when you move the AP device to another location on the map, it is anchored to the new location.

When you hover your mouse over an AP device, the colored dot and text for the AP device expand so you can better see the AP device and grab it.

Grab an AP device with your mouse and move it to another location on the map.

 

Grab an AP device with your mouse and move it to another location on the map.

 

Grab an AP device with your mouse and move it to another location on the map.

 

Grab an AP device with your mouse and move it to another location on the map.

 

Grab an AP device with your mouse and move it to another location on the map.

 

Grab an AP device with your mouse and move it to another location on the map.

 

Grab an AP device with your mouse and move it to another location on the map.

 

Grab an AP device with your mouse and move it to another location on the map.

 

Grab an AP device with your mouse and move it to another location on the map.

 

Grab an AP device with your mouse and move it to another location on the map.

Grab an AP device with your mouse and move it to another location on the map.

Grab an AP device with your mouse and move it to another location on the map.

Grab an AP device with your mouse and move it to another location on the map.

Grab an AP device with your mouse and move it to another location on the map.

Grab an AP device with your mouse and move it to another location on the map.

See Access Point Information & Details

When you select an AP device on either of the maps, you can click the AP device to see information about that AP device. The available information includes:

  • Current Users — Current number of connected users
  • Bandwidth Usage — Amount of bandwidth in use on the AP device, in kilobytes
  • IP — IP address of the AP device
  • SSIDs — SSIDs for the AP device
  • Radio 1 — Settings for Radio 1
  • Radio 2 — Settings for Radio 2
  • Model — AP device model number
  • Serial Number — AP device serial number
  • Location — Current location of the AP device

Screen shot of the Access Point Information dialog box

If you select a foreign access point (small, light blue dot), you can see these details about the access point:

  • BSSID — BSSID number assigned to the foreign access point
  • Channel — Wireless channel used by the foreign access point

Screen shot of the information for a foreign access point

To see more detailed information about the selected AP device or foreign access point:

Click View Details.
The detailed page view for the selected AP device or access point appears.

The Details page for an AP device or a foreign access point includes a smaller version of the map for the selected device, with only the connections for that AP device or foreign access point.

Also included are all the details that appeared in the Information dialog box, as well as a table of the bandwidth usage for each radio band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), and a table with the connection details for all the wireless access points in the area.

Screen shot of the Details page for an AP device

Details page for a paired AP device.

 

Details page for a foreign access point device.

To see information for only the wireless access points that have a channel conflict with the selected AP device or foreign access point:

Select the Show only conflicting devices check box.
The information page updates to remove any devices that do not have a channel conflict with the AP device.

If you find channel conflicts in your AP device configuration, and you want to change the configuration for the AP device, you can click Configure this Access Point to go directly to the Network > Gateway Wireless Controller page for the selected AP device.

For more information about how to configure your AP device, see Configure AP Devices in the Gateway Wireless Controller.

To see information for another AP device from this information page, from the Access Points drop-down list, select another AP device.

To return to the previous Maps page, in the breadcrumbs, click All Access Points.

Scan the Area for Devices

At the top right side of the Maps page, you can see the amount of time that has elapsed since your Firebox last scanned the area to locate your active AP devices and any other local, foreign access point or wireless devices. The information from each scan is cached in the map for 8 hours. To refresh the location data that appears on the Maps page, you must manually scan the area again.

To complete a new scan of the area:

At the top right of the Maps page, click Rescan.
Screen shot of the Wireless Coverage Map with the Rescan button
The Firebox scans the area to find all the active AP devices and other local wireless devices.

See Also

Monitor Wireless Connections (Gateway Wireless Controller)

Configure AP Devices in the Gateway Wireless Controller

Wireless Access Point Types

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