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Another AirWave heatmap question

Sorry, I know there are a lot of these threads around, but reading them didn't quite answer my question.


I have an outdoor deployment of 275's in a zoo. It is 40 acres, hilly and full of trees and bamboo.


I took a scale drawing of the grounds (2D, not topographical) and uploaded it as a "floor plan". I marked the distance in a known area.


Now as I deploy AP's in new locations, I plop them in the VRF map. And as I look at the heat map, I am wondering how it is generated. I've attached a pic from today.


Monkey Deck, Otterly Cool, and Red Panda Deck are all new within the past 2 days. Monkey Deck is the newest, yet it shows heat and the other 2 do not. 


So questions:

  • Is the heat color based on # and strength of connections?
  • How is it figuring out how far to extend the various heat colors?
  • And most intriguingly, how is it figuring out the shape of the heat colors? See around Meerkat - how has it determined the orange shape?

There are a couple of areas that show no coverage (or connections? Anyway, the white areas) where this is not the case. I am particularly curious about Otterly Cool. It's only been up a day, but it is a high traffic area that currently has a few connections.


Operationally, this isn't terribly important. I walk these areas and test with a variety of devices, and so far so good. But at some point I will be deploying Meridian, and I am assuming it uses similar information to determine location of users.


I am new to Aruba and have to say I am extremely pleased with the 275's performance. It was a lot of work to get that first one up (what with a controller and airwave and all), but subsequent deployments have been a snap.



Frequent Contributor II

Re: Another AirWave heatmap question

didn't see the attachment, so trying again


Re: Another AirWave heatmap question

This would be better handled in a support case.  Support can run through with you on how to get site xml file and how to read the xml output.

Rob Gin
Senior QA Engineer - Network Services
Aruba Networks, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
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