Settings and options you can configure in the AMS Wireless SNAP-ON application. Accessed through the File > Options menu.

General (Paths)

Local Wireless Diagrams folder

The location to save local diagrams. By default, these are saved in:

<drive:>\Users\Public\Public Documents\Local Wireless Diagrams

Shared Wireless Diagrams folder

The location to save diagrams that can be shared with other users. By default, these are saved in:

<drive:>\Users\Public\Public Documents\Shared Wireless Diagrams

Wireless Diagrams (General)

Option Description
Units Select a unit of distance for the AMS Wireless SNAP-ON application. The selected unit is used for all distances in the application.
Display information panels Select the check box to enable all user assistance dialogs.

Wireless Diagrams (New Devices)

Option Description
Display Properties Dialog Select the check box to show the device properties each time you drop a device on a diagram. If you clear the check box, the properties dialog does not automatically appear. You can still access it by double-clicking the device or right-clicking a device and selecting Properties.
Device Height Enter an elevation which becomes the default for any subsequent devices added to the diagram. Mounting height is taken into account when determining whether a device meets the network design parameters you specify. In cases where a gateway has a remote-mounted antenna, the antenna height should be specified as the device height when checking network layout.
Distance (from reference point) A default value for those devices placed on the pasteboard of the diagram.
Gateway Model Select the default gateway model used in the diagram.
Update Rate Enter a value which becomes the default update rate for new placeholder devices added to a diagram.

Wireless Diagrams (Design Parameters)

The parameters used when checking a wireless network against wireless recommended practices. You can change the settings to better reflect your specific requirements.

When you reset network design parameters for a diagram (Diagram Tools > Settings > Reset to Default Planning Parameters), you replace diagram-specific settings with the values in the Parameters pane.

Clicking the Defaults button on this screen returns the values to default settings, and any new diagrams created use these values. Open diagrams will not use new values until you reset network design parameters.

Table 1. Network Design Parameters
Environment/Devices Variable Default
  Obstruction Height 20 ft
  Line of Sight Height adjustment 6 ft
  Range Above Line of Sight 750 ft
  Range Below Line of Sight 250 ft
Density above Plant No Obstruction
Density below Plant Medium
  Minimum neighbor devices 5
  Minimum Neighbor Percentage 25%
Wireless Devices
  Minimum neighbor devices 3
Wireless Adapters
  Minimum neighbor devices 4
  Default Maximum Range 750 ft
Extended Range Devices (devices located above the line of sight height)
  Minimum neighbor devices 3

Wireless Diagrams (Appearance)

Option Description
Pasteboard Color Select a default color for the area surrounding the plot plan (for new wireless diagrams only).
Cluster Devices Enable or disable device clustering on diagrams.
Scale Indicator Select how the scale is displayed on diagrams.
Devices Select how GPS coordinates are displayed on diagrams with a GPS scale. Select the foreground color, background color, and font characteristics for device tagnames.
Range Circles Select the color and transparency placed around devices or diagrams that are valid, and those not meeting design parameters. The color for Show Network Coverage is derived from the selected color for valid range circles. It is a lighter shade of the valid range circle color.
Network Transparency Drag the sliders to set the transparency of the active and inactive networks.
Obstruction Select the fill color for the obstruction indicator. Drag the slider to set the transparency of the obstruction indicator.

Wireless Diagrams (Appearance - Live Diagrams)

Select color and width for normal and low stability communication paths displayed on live networks in a diagram.