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Using a Floor Plan or Custom Map in Dashboard

Maps and floor plans in the Cisco Meraki Dashboard allow for a more visual approach to managing large numbers of access points (APs), and for keeping track of their locations. This article will discuss how to upload custom floor plans, align them on the map, and place APs.  

Uploading and Aligning Custom Floor Plans

Custom floor plans can be used to visually organize APs based on their physical locations throughout a building. These floor plans can then be used on various other pages in Dashboard that utilize maps as well.

 

In order to upload a custom floor plan, the file must be:

  • Less than 5 MB in size
  • No larger than 65,448,100 pixels
  • One of the following file types:
    • JPEG
    • GIF
    • PDF
    • PNG

Note: If issues are encountered when uploading an image, ensure the browser being used is up to date.

 

To upload a custom floor plan/map:

  1. Navigate to Monitor > Maps & floor plans
  2. Click Edit floor plans

     
  3. Click the + that appears:

     
  4. Select the floor plan file to upload (for large files, wait for the image to upload)
  5. Enter a Name for the floor plan
  6. (Optional) Enter an Address and Dimensions for the floor plan. These, along with the Automatically place floor plan on Google map option are simply to aid in placing the floor plan on the map.

     
  7. Click Next

If Automatically place floor plan on Google map was checked, the floor plan will be saved with an approximated placement. Otherwise, click Set position to save the floor plan immediately with default placement. Then proceed below in order to properly align the floor plan with Google Maps. Aligning the floor plan with Google Maps will allow APs placed on the floor plans to automatically sync with the corresponding location in other maps views.

 

To align an uploaded floor plan with Google Maps:

  1. Click on the floor plan along the left side of the page

     
  2. A semi-transparent image of the floor plan will appear overlaid on top of the map with a toolbar along the top
  3. Use the toolbar to align the floor plan over its physical location on the map


     
  4. Click Set position to save the placement

Deleting/Renaming Custom Floor Plans

In order to remove or rename a custom floor plan:

  1. Hover over the floor plan along the left side of the page
  2. Then click the X to delete, Edit icon to rename
  3. Follow the prompts as appropriate

Placing APs on the Map/Floor Plan

APs can be placed on the Map, Satellite, or Floor plans views. If floor plans are being used and have been aligned, it is recommended that the APs be placed on the appropriate floor plan.

 

In order to place APs:

  1. Choose the appropriate map view in the upper right corner of the page. Map and Satellite will use Google Maps, while Floor plans will bring up any floor plans uploaded.
  2. Click Place APs on map (if Hide floor plans is available, click that first)
  3. Click and drag the AP from the list on the left side of the page, to the appropriate location on the map

     
  4. A bubble will appear indicating the change has been saved
  5. Repeat this process as needed for any remaining APs
  6. When finished, click Done placing APs

 

At this point, AP placement will be synched between the different views. So an APs placement on the floor plan will be reflected in the Map view. However, if changes are made in the Map or Satellite views, they will remove the AP from the floor plan view if moved outside of the bounds of the floor plan.

Removing APs from the Map/Floor Plan

In order to completely remove an AP from a floor plan and the maps view:

  1. Click Place APs on map
  2. Click the X next to the AP in question

Map Options

When viewing the map and floor plans, several options are available regarding additional information that can be displayed and how. Access those options by clicking on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the map.

 

Markers: Controls what is displayed within the icon for each AP

  • Plain - AP icons will contain no additional information
  • AP type - AP model number will be displayed
  • Clients - The number of clients connected to the AP over the last day
  • Current clients - The number of clients currently connected to the AP
  • Hops to gateway - For repeaters, this will display the number of hops to reach a gateway. Blank for gateways.

Neighbors: Controls color of lines displayed between APs with matching channels that are visable to each other over the air

Circles: Displays a semi-transparent circle around the AP, which size indicating the amount of data usage on that AP

Floor plans: Whether or not to display floor plans on top of the Map and Satellite views

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