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In-Building

Wireless
Design Software

Users Manual
Version 2.1.1

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or components as progress in engineering and manufacturing may warrant RF-vu Software Manual Version 2.1.1.

USERS MANUAL - VERSION 2.1.1

Table of Content
About this document........................................................................................................................................4
0.1. Revision history...............................................................................................................................4
1. Introduction to RF-vu ..............................................................................................................................4
1.1. Launch RF-vu ..................................................................................................................................4
1.2. Workspace Configuration................................................................................................................5
1.3. Tools Options ..................................................................................................................................7
1.3.1.
General ....................................................................................................................................7
1.3.2.
Database synchronization ........................................................................................................8
1.3.3.
Preferred Parts .........................................................................................................................8
1.3.4.
Image compression ..................................................................................................................9
2. Design Plan..............................................................................................................................................9
2.1. Create a new project ........................................................................................................................9
2.1.1.
Project Properties...................................................................................................................10
2.1.2.
Security..................................................................................................................................11
2.1.3.
Settings ..................................................................................................................................11
2.1.4.
Units ......................................................................................................................................12
2.1.5.
Calculations ...........................................................................................................................13
2.1.6.
CDMA Technology ...............................................................................................................13
2.1.7.
Part ID ...................................................................................................................................14
2.1.8.
Back-off factors .....................................................................................................................17
2.1.9.
Mobile Signal ........................................................................................................................17
2.2. Add Systems ..................................................................................................................................19
2.2.1.
Base Station ...........................................................................................................................19
2.2.2.
Off-Air Repeater with donor base station..............................................................................21
2.2.3.
Off-Air Repeater with measured RSSI at the donor antenna.................................................26
2.2.4.
Wi-Fi source ..........................................................................................................................28
2.3. Remove a System ..........................................................................................................................30
2.4. Add Components and interconnect them.......................................................................................31
2.4.1.
Shape Cables..........................................................................................................................34
2.4.2.
Add Shapes, Lines, Text Boxes .............................................................................................34
2.4.3.
Inverse through / tap splitter ports .........................................................................................36
2.4.4.
Rotate a component ...............................................................................................................36
2.5. Data View Filter window...............................................................................................................37
2.5.1.
Data View Filter definition....................................................................................................38
2.6. Show / Hide calculation and cable length labels ...........................................................................39
2.7. Part Info window ...........................................................................................................................40
2.8. Debug Message List window.........................................................................................................41
3. Layout Plans ..........................................................................................................................................42
3.1. Import a layout plan.......................................................................................................................42
3.1.1.
Layout plan file (*.dwg) .....................................................................................................43
3.1.2.
Layout plan file image type ................................................................................................44
3.2. Configure Scale on a Layout Plan .................................................................................................45
3.2.1.
Same Horizontal & Vertical Scale.........................................................................................46
3.2.2.
Different Horizontal & Vertical Scale ...................................................................................47
3.3. Add components onto a Layout Plan.............................................................................................48
3.3.1.
Push components from Design Plan to Layout Plan..............................................................48
3.3.2.
Pull components from Design Plan onto Layout Plan ...........................................................49
3.4. Position components onto Layout Plan .........................................................................................50
3.5. Display information onto Layout Plan...........................................................................................51
3.5.1.
Show / Hide cable length labels.............................................................................................51
3.6. Show Design / Layout sibling........................................................................................................52
3.7. Design on Layout Plans .................................................................................................................53

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3.7.1.
Add a System.........................................................................................................................53
3.7.2.
Remove a System ..................................................................................................................53
3.7.3.
Add components and interconnect them................................................................................54
3.7.4.
Remove or delete a component..............................................................................................54
3.7.5.
Shape Cables..........................................................................................................................55
3.7.6.
Add shapes, lines, text boxes .................................................................................................55
3.7.7.
Inverse through / tap splitter ports .........................................................................................56
3.7.8.
Data View Filters...................................................................................................................56
3.7.9.
Show predicted antenna contour............................................................................................57
3.7.10. Via and cable length calculations ..........................................................................................57
3.7.11. Add a Via...............................................................................................................................58
3.8. Measurement tools.........................................................................................................................59
3.8.1.
Ruler ......................................................................................................................................59
3.8.2.
Area calculator.......................................................................................................................60
4. Picture Plans ..........................................................................................................................................62
4.1. Overlay components on a Picture Plan ..........................................................................................62
4.2. Pull components from Design Plan onto Picture Plan ...................................................................64
4.3. Display information on Picture Plan..............................................................................................65
5. Add legends to Design, Layout and Picture Plans.................................................................................65
6. Reports...................................................................................................................................................66
6.1. Equipment List ..............................................................................................................................66
6.2. Cost Details ...................................................................................................................................67
6.3. Cable Routing Report ....................................................................................................................69
6.4. Cross-Reference Report.................................................................................................................70
7. Printing ..................................................................................................................................................71
7.1. Page setup......................................................................................................................................71
7.2. Print preview .................................................................................................................................73
7.3. Print Current page..........................................................................................................................74
7.4. Print Project ...................................................................................................................................74
7.5. Print Selection ...............................................................................................................................75
7.6. Insert reports into a PDF file .........................................................................................................76
7.7. Export to Image .............................................................................................................................76
8. Database of components........................................................................................................................77
9. Tricks and shortcuts...............................................................................................................................77
9.1. Toggle between Selector Cursor and Pan Cursor ..........................................................................77
9.2. Shortcut Key..................................................................................................................................77

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About this document
0.1.
Issue
1.2
2.0 (pre)
2.0
2.1 (pre)
2.1
2.1.1

Revision history
Date
2004-06-16
2004-10-16
2004-11-01
2005-02-22
2005-03-30
2005-06-07

Justification
RF-vu Users Manual - Version 1.2
RF-vu Users Manual - Version 2.0 Pre-release
RF-vu Users Manual - Version 2.0 Official release
RF-vu Users Manual - Version 2.1 Pre-release
RF-vu Users Manual - Version 2.1 Official release
RF-vu Users Manual - Version 2.1.1 Official release

1. Introduction to RF-vu
Basic operation of RF-vu software is covered in this chapter. Refer to
appropriate chapters in the Help File for in depth information.

Launch RF-vu
1.1.
Double-click on RF-vus icon on the desktop

Or
Select Start -> All Programs > iBwave Solutions > RF-vu to launch the
application.

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1.2.

Workspace Configuration
Toggle windows
On / Off

Open / Close / Lock Window


1. Place cursor on the window tab to make it
appear
2. Remove cursor from that window to make
it disappear
3. Pin the window to lock it on the
workspace

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To superpose 2 windows or more,


1. Pin the desired windows
2. Drag one of the windows on top
of the other one until a grey
rectangle appears
3. Release mouse button

To toggle between 2 windows or more,


1. Pin the desired windows
2. Drag one of the windows on the
window name until a grey
rectangle appears
3. Release mouse button
4. Toggle between windows with
the tabs

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Tools Options

1.3.

1.3.1.

General

From 0 to 6
decimals

Saves program
environment
settings (tool bars
configuration and
placement)

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1.3.2.

Database synchronization

Configure the Shared database


synchronization parameters.
Refer to DB Editor Users
Manual for more details.

1.3.3.

Preferred Parts
Available Shortcut Keys are
from CTRL+0 to CTRL+9

Add a new part


entry (will launch
DB part selector
window)

Delete part
entry

Change
order of an
entry from
the list

Preferred Parts toolbar is populated


as per the information contained in
Tools -> Options -> Preferred Parts
Enter a number
from 0 to 9 and
press Change

When designing in RF-vu, preferred parts can be dropped on the Design


Plan or Layout Plans by pressing the Shortcut Key (CTRL+ 0 to 9) or
simply by selecting the associated button from the preferred parts toolbar.

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1.3.4.

Image compression

Additional image compression settings can be configured to keep project


file size to a minimum.

2. Design Plan
2.1.

Create a new project

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2.1.1.

Project Properties

Fill in project
information fields and
load your company
logo if desired

Project information
appears on every
project plan

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2.1.2.

Security

Ability to set a
password protection
to open and/or modify
the project file

Ability to prevent RFvu Field users from


modifying the
dataview filter

2.1.3.

Settings
Project settings can be exchanged amongst
users and are found under C:\Program
Files\iBwave\RF-vu\Project Settings

To configure the font size


and color of Part ID, Part
model and Calculation

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2.1.4.

Units

Units can be
selected on a
per project
basis and
modified at any
time

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2.1.5.

Calculations

Ability to select if the Composite


output power is being calculated
on a Per band basis or Equally
shared between systems operating
on the same band of frequencies

2.1.6.

CDMA Technology

Percentage of power
allocated for Walsh
Codes can I settable
and will be taken into
account in calculations

Ability to select how


Mobile Signal Range
and Mobile Signal
RSSI calculations are
performed

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2.1.7.

Part ID

Generation options:
Auto-generate IDs for all parts: this mode generates part IDs
automatically without offering the ability to manually modify an ID
when desired;
Generate IDs for new parts only: this mode generates part IDs
automatically for new components added to the design. It allows the
user to manually modify a part ID, as long as it is unique.
Font: ability to customize the look and size of the font used for part IDs.
Template: this section depicts what part IDs are to be composed of.
Sample: shows an example of a part ID as per the formula entered
in the Value text box
Value: is a string of characters corresponding to a combination of
variables, characters and numbers. Below, find some of the conventions
to be used when editing the value field:

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# : Represents a one-digit numbering index. RF-vu
automatically increments that number;
## : Represents a two-digit numbering index. RF-vu
automatically increments that number and applies as many
digits as there are # symbols. Zeros will be used to fill in
the numbering index when necessary.
\ : RF-vu expects to see a variable name following a back
slash symbol. Otherwise, the back slash symbol will be
part of the global part ID as a free text character;
Any character or string of characters not mentioned above
or not a variable will appear as a string of characters as
part of the part ID;
Variables:
\ID: ID from tab (refer to next section)
\LPNAME: Layout Plan Name is the name assigned to
the Layout Plan
\LPCODE: Layout Plan Code specified on each Layout
Plan properties window (see image below)
\BNAME: Building Name specified on each Layout Plan
properties window (see image below)
\BCODE: Building Code specified on each Layout Plan
properties window (see image below)

To select a part ID formula, simply click on it from the list and it will appear
in the value field. To add a new formula template, simply press and
enter the formula string into the value text box. To delete an entry from the
list existing formulae, simply select the formula and press .

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Preset ID acronyms
specific to each
type of component.
Used in the
template TAB.

Part numbering
start index

Ability to reset the part


numbering index on each
Layout Plan

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2.1.8.

Back-off factors

Back-off factor are applied to the 1 dB Compression point


value of active components that do not have technology output
power per channel rating based specified in the database
Select the
technology, enter
de back-off factor
value and press
change

2.1.9.

Mobile Signal

Propagation models are used for Mobile Signal Range and Mobile Signal
Expected RSSI calculations. Also, these models are used for the Antenna
Contour shown on scaled Layout Plans. Currently, the user can choose between
2 propagation models:
Free Space Path Loss (also called Friis equation)
Path Loss Exponent
Free Space Path Loss model takes into account body, fading and building
material losses. While Path Loss Exponent model considers the n exponent
factor and the variance (). Propagation parameters can be set per band of
frequencies.

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2.2.

Add Systems

A system is an RF source defined per frequency band, technology


and number of channels. The user can add as many systems as
needed and theres no limitation. This functionality is suitable for
multi-carrier, multi-technology projects.
There are three different types of sources:
- Base Station
- Off-Air Repeater with donor base station
- Off-Air Repeater with measured RSSI at the donor antenna
2.2.1.

Base Station

2. Select Base
Station Sector

3. Configure frequency
band, technology, number
of channels, etc

4. Fill out Site


information
details

1. System Info
window, select
Add System
5. Select Next to
continue in the
system wizard

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6. Fill out the


Uplink path

7. Fill out the


Downlink path

8. Select Finish to go
back to the Design Plan

9. Position the Base Station on


the Design Plan
* Base Station info is always in
System Info window

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2.2.2.

Off-Air Repeater with donor base station

2. Select Off-Air
Source
4. Fill out Site
information
details
1. System Info
window, select
Add System

3. Configure frequency
band, technology, number
of channels, etc

7. Fill out the


donor site
Uplink path

5. Select
Theoretical Path

8. Fill out the


donor site
Downlink path

6. Select Next to
continue in the
system wizard

9. Select Next to
continue in the wizard

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11. Fill out the distance
between the donor site and
the off-air repeater

10. Fill out the


donor tower info

13. Select the


donor antenna

12. Add any other


loss than free space
(trees, buildings, etc)

14. Select the


antenna
manufacturer

15. Select the


antenna model

16. Select Ok to
go back to the
wizard
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17. Select Finish to go back


to the Design Plan

18. Position the Donor base


station on the Design Plan
* System info is always in
System Info window

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19. Select
Repeater
category
20. Select the
repeater
manufacturer

21. Select the


repeater model

22. Select Ok to
go back to the
wizard

24. Select Cable


category

23. Position
repeater on the
design page

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25. Select the
cable
manufacturer

26. Select the


cable model

27. Enter cable


length

28. Select Ok to
go back to the
design page

29. Place the cursor on one


connector until the red dot
flashes
30. Drag the cable to the
other connector until the red
dot flashes
31. Release the mouse
button
32. Shape the cable
* Since theres connection
validation, its important to
connect output to input or
else the connection wont be
made
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2.2.3. Off-Air Repeater with measured RSSI at the donor
antenna

2. Select Off-Air
Source
4. Fill out Site
information
details
1. System Info
window, select
Add System

3. Configure frequency
band, technology, number
of channels, etc

5. Select
Measured RSSI

6. Select Next to
continue in the
system wizard

7. Enter the
measured RSSI

8. Select the
donor antenna

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9. Select the
antenna
manufacturer

10. Select the


antenna model

11. Select Ok to
go back to the
wizard

12. Select Finish to go back to


the Design Plan

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13. Position the system on the


Design Plan
* Donor Base Station info is
always in System Info
window

14. See how to bring and


connect the off-air repeater
in section 2.2.2

2.2.4. Wi-Fi source


Another type of system is a Wi-Fi (802.11x) access point. One or
many access points will form a new System under the System Info
window. To delete a Wi-Fi system, all access points must be deleted.

1. Select the Wi-Fi


source button from
the Parts tool bar
2. Select the Wi-Fi
source from the part
selector window.
Output power can be
set on the Access Point

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3. Add Wi-Fi sources


on the Design plan

5. Available Data View


filters for Wi-Fi system
(composed of SRC0
and SRC1)

4. Interconnect with
other components
6. Wi-Fi System Info (cannot
click on properties button)

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2.3.

Remove a System
2. Select
Remove System

1. Select the
system to be
removed

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2.4.

Add Components and interconnect them

To access the components database, select the type of component


required in the Parts Window and select the component by
Manufacturer and Model.
- Cable
- Coax
- Optical
- Twisted Pair

Antenna
BDA

- Splitter
- Directional Coupler
- Hybrid Combiner
Repeater
Attenuator

Filter
- Duplexer
- Diplexer
Fiber BDA Hub

Fiber BDA

Fiber Repeater Hub

Fiber Repeater

Power Supply
Miscellaneous

Wi-Fi source
Manufacturer
Toggle between
Uplink and
Downlink Spec.

Model

RF Spec. &
Adjustment

Component
Description

Component Spec
- Electrical
- Generic
- Mechanical

Component image

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2. Place as many
components of the
same type or Right
Click to come back to
the regular cursor

1. Position the
selected
component

4. Select Cable
category

3. Position
components on
Design Plan

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5. Select the
cable
manufacturer

6. Select the
cable model

7. Adjust cable
length

8. Select Ok to
go back to the
Design Plan

9. Place the cursor on one


connector until the red dot
flashes
10. Drag the cable to the
other connector until the red
dot flashes
11. Release the mouse
button
12. Shape the cable
* Since theres connection
validation, its important to
connect output to input or
else the connection wont be
made

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2.4.1.

Shape Cables

1. Click on the cable


you wish to reshape

2. Click and drag an


intersection dot to
shape the cable

2.4.2.

Add Shapes, Lines, Text Boxes


1. Select Line, Shape or
Text Box

2. Draw an area
where to place the
selected object

3. Right Click on
the object just
created and select
Properties

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4. Modify the
shape and
background
color

5. Modify Color,
Width and Style
of contour

7. Use Bring to
Front or Send
to Back for
ordering content

6. Modify Color
and Font if text
is required

8. When writing
into a text box,
CTRL-ENTER
acts as a line feed

Use the following tool bar


to align text Vertically
and Horizontally

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2.4.3.

Inverse through / tap splitter ports

1.
2.
3.
1.

2.4.4.

Select component
Right-click
Inverse Tap/Through

Rotate a component
2.
3.

1.

Press Rotate Left or Rotate


Right button
Rotation is in 90
increment

Select component

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2.5.

Data View Filter window

The Data View Filter window is used to display all kinds of information on
the design diagram. Check the box related to the desired view to see the
information. As many boxes as required can be checked simultaneously.
The configuration of
some calculations can
be set under
Tools/Options (See
section 1.3 of this
document)

The color of the


readings fits with the
system color
represented in the
Data View Filter
window and the
System Info window

Detailed
calculations legend

Refresh updates all


calculations when pressed
Clear all disables all
check-boxes
Auto-update continuously
refreshes all calculations

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2.5.1.

Data View Filter definition

Filter

Description

Parts ID
Parts Model
Cable Length
Cable Loss
Power / Channel
Composite Power
Absolute Gain / Loss
Pilot Power

CDMA Overhead

MS RSSI

MS Signal Range
Noise / Channel

Mobile Signal & C / N

Component identifier
(Prefix + Number)
Components model
Cable Length
Cable Loss for each section
Output power per channel for a specific
source at a specific node
Total output power for a specific source at a
specific node. Sum of all channels.
Node gain or loss
CDMA pilot power based on user defined
parameters under Tools/Options
(See section 1.3)
CDMA Pilot, Paging, Sync power based on
user defined parameters under Tools/Options
(See section 1.3)
Expected Mobile RSSI at each antenna based
on user defined parameters under
Tools/Options (See section 1.3)
Expected Mobile range at each antenna
based on user defined parameters under
Tools/Options (See section 1.3)
Uplink noise power
Expected Mobile signal level at each node
based on user defined parameters (MS
RSSI or MS Signal Range)
Carrier-to-Noise ratio (Mobile Signal /
(Noise / Channel))

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2.6.
Show / Hide calculation and cable length labels
When too many calculation labels or cable lengths are shown, it is possible
to hide some labels at one specific connector of a component, for an entire
component or simply hide a cable length. Inversely, hidden labels can be
re-activated as well.

Right-click on a
calculation label select
Hide connector
calculation

Right-click on a cable
length label and select
Hide cable length/loss

Right-click on a
component and select
Hide part calculations

Right-click on a
connector node and
select Show connector
calculation

Right-click on a cable and


select Show cable
length/loss

Right-click on a
component and select
Show part calculations

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2.7.

Part Info window

Part Info window gives


information related to the
component where the
mouse cursor is pointing

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2.8.

Debug Message List window

Information:
AGC is active for the specified part

Warning:
A maximum value was exceeded (e.g.: Optical budget, Input Power, etc)
Some values different than zero are showing zero because of the limited
amount of displayed decimal digits.
Saturated output

Error:
Frequency-wise compatibility between part and system signal source
Cable does not support system signal source frequency
A property used by RF-vu is not defined for a part
A property used by RF-vu has an invalid value for a part
Fiber hub and remote unit are not compatible (not from same family)
Invalid formula between two connectors of a part

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3. Layout Plans
3.1.

Import a layout plan


1. Open Plans Info
window

2. Select New
Layout Plan
3. Enter plan name
4. Locate a Layout
Plan file

5. Select your plan file


(Any type of image file
or DWG)

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3.1.1.

Layout plan file (*.dwg)

RF-vu supports (*.dwg) file type for Layout Plan. It imports the (*.dwg) file
and converts it to (*.png) format (W3C Portable Network Graphics format).
During this conversion process, the user can select which layers are to be
imported by selecting or un-selecting from the converted layers window.
Also, the user has the option to save the converted (*.dwg) file as a
separate (*.png) file using the optional Output file section at the bottom of
the window:

1. Select layers to
import

2. Specify the conversion quality


3. (Opt.) - Save the converted file
as a PNG image

4. Start the conversion process

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3.1.2.

Layout plan file image type

RF-vu supports numerous types of image file format as a Layout Plan:


Bitmap format (*.bmp)
Graphics Interchange Format (*.gif)
Joint Photographic Expert Group format (*.jpeg, *.jpg)
W3C Portable Network Graphics format (*.png)
Tag Image File Format (*.tiff)

2. Select New
Layout Plan

1. Open Plans
Info window
3. Enter plan name

4. Locate a Layout
Plan file

5. Select your plan


file (Any type of
image
or
image
file file
or *.dwg)
AutoCAD DWG)

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3.2.
Configure Scale on a Layout Plan
A scale must be set on each layout plan in order to use RF-vus Automatic
Cable Length calculation feature.
1. Select a Layout Plan
and click Plan
Properties
2. Set a scale on a
Layout Plan

3. Allow a Layout Plan


size & position to be
locked on the screen
4. Automatic (requires
a scale to be set) or
Manual cable length
calculation modes

5. Accounts for vertical


and horizontal drops for
cable going through
several Layout Plans (can
be confirmed for each
individual cable as well)

It is also possible to lock the Picture Plans siez and position on the
screen by doing a right-click from the context when the cursor is
positioned over the Layout Plan:

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Once the user has pressed the Configure scale button, these steps
must be followed:
3.2.1.

Same Horizontal & Vertical Scale

1. Select Same
Horizontal &
Vertical
2. If you do not see
a blue vector, press
Locate Vector
3. If you wish to
reset you vector
position

4. Zoom-in each
vector end

6. Specify the vectors


length

5. Select and move


1.
each vector end to
its desired location

7. Click Ok to confirm
scale settings
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3.2.2.

Different Horizontal & Vertical Scale


1. Position Horizontal and
Vertical vectors to desired
locations (refer to
procedure in section 3.2.1)

2. Specify Horizontal
and Vertical vector
lengths

3. Confirm resulting
scale by pressing Ok

4. Resize the image to fit the


page. (use zoom option to
see the full page)

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3.3.

Add components onto a Layout Plan


3.3.1.

Push components from Design Plan to Layout Plan

1. Select Design Plan tab

Technique
#1
2. Select one or multiple
components and right click

3. Assign selected
components to the desired
Layout Plan

1. Select Design Plan tab


3. Assign selected components
to the desired Layout Plan with
the drop down menu

Technique
#2
2. Select one or
multiple components

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3.3.2.

Pull components from Design Plan onto Layout Plan

1. Select the desired


Layout Plan

2. Right Click and


select Pull from
Design Plan

3. Select the
components that
need to be on the
Layout Plan

Components already
assigned to other
Layout Plans

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3.4.

Position components onto Layout Plan

1. Select the component to be positioned


2. Move the component to its location
3. Shape the cable to show where it runs (see
section 2.4.1 to view how to shape a cable)

Shows where the other end of a cable is


located and which component it is
attached to

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3.5.

Display information onto Layout Plan

3. Select Line,
Shape or Text Box
to add more info
(see section 2.4.2)

1. Select the Data


View Filter window
to display the desired
information

2. Select the label and


move it to the desired
location

3.5.1.

Show / Hide cable length labels

Right-click on a
cable and select
Show cable
length

Right-click on a
cable length label
and select Hide
cable length

Adding a
system in Layout Plan mode is no different than adding it in Design Plan
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mode. Refer to section 2.2 for complete instructions onto adding a system
in Layout Plan mode. System are represented by the following symbols in
Layout Plan mode:
3.6.

Show Design / Layout sibling

From a Design Plan, rightclick on a component and


select Show layout sibling
to locate it on a Layout
Plan

From a Layout Plan,


right-clik on a
component and select
Show design sibling to
locate it on a Design Plan

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3.7.
Design on Layout Plans
It should be noted that a component added onto any layout plan will be
automatically added onto the Design Plan.
It is possible to design a system on layout plans instead of using the
Design Plan mode. Although, there is a very limited number of Data View
filters available in Layout Plan mode in the current product release.
All components on a Layout Plan are represented by a pre-defined symbol
instead of on image as per the database of components.
3.7.1. Add a System
Adding a system in Layout Plan mode is no different than adding it in
Design Plan mode. Refer to section 2.2 for complete instructions onto
adding a system in Layout Plan mode. System are represented by the
following symbols in Layout Plan mode:
Base Station

Off-Air System (with donor antenna)


3.7.2. Remove a System
There are 2 variances of removing a system from a Layout Plan. The first
one consist of removing a system from one Layout Plan whitout removing it
from the Design Plan.
1. Right-click on the
Systems symbol

2. Pull part to
3. None

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The second variance consists of deleting system from both the Layout and
Design Plans. This can be done by clicking on the system symbol with the
mouse and using the delete key from the keyboard. Also, the user can
follow the procedure as per section 2.3.
3.7.3. Add components and interconnect them
Other than the fact the all components of the same family are represented
by the same pictogram in Layout Plan mode, adding component on a
Design Plan requires to follow the same procedure as per section 2.4.
Below, find a list legend of component symbols seen on a layout plan:

3.7.4. Remove or delete a component


The same variances and methodologies apply for removing components
as decribed in section 3.7.2.

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3.7.5. Shape Cables
Shaping cables in Layout Plan mode is almost the same as in Design Plan
mode(refer to section 2.4.1). Although, it is possible to shape a cable in
other angles than vertically or horizontally.
3. New snap
points are added
as you move one

1. Select a
cable to shape

2. Move a snap
point to its
desired location

4. Right-click on
a snap point to
delete it

3.7.6. Add shapes, lines, text boxes


Adding shapes, lines or text boxes on a Layout Plan consists of the
methodology as described in section 2.4.2.

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3.7.7.

Inverse through / tap splitter ports


1.
2.
3.

Select component
Right-click
Inverse Tap/Through

3.7.8. Data View Filters


There are only 3 filters made available when designing in Layout Plan
mode. Those are:

The current software release does not allow enabling as many filters in
Layout Plan mode as it is possible in Design Mode.

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3.7.9. Show predicted antenna contour
Based on the selected propagation model, it is now possible to show a
predicted antenna contours for each system.

2.

3.

The 3 dB HBW is
shown for directional
antenna
Change the azimuth by
moving the red square
around the center of
the antenna

1.

Enable Antenna
Contour dataview filter

The current software release does not allow to enable as many filters in
Layout Plan mode as it is possible in Design Mode.

3.7.10. Via and cable length calculations


When two components connected to each other through a cable are
located on separate Layout Plans, a virtual component called VIA is
placed on each Layout Plan. The VIA represents a break point for the
cable going from one Layout Plan onto another. A distance can be userdefined for each pair of VIA or set to a standard value for the entire Layout
Plan. This distance is being taken into account when automatic cable
length calculation mode is enabled for cables.
Below, find a matrix to depict different scenarios and how a cable length is
being calculated:
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Design
Plan

Scenario

Layout Plan

Layout Plan
mode

Cable
Length

Length on
Plan A

Plan A Plan B

LC

LA

Auto

Auto

LA + V + LB

Auto

2-a

Auto

Manual

LA + V + LB

Auto

2-b

Auto

Manual

User defined

Auto

3-a

Manual

Manual

LA + V + LB

3-b

Manual

Manual

User defined

3-c

Manual

Manual

User defined

User
defined
User
defined
LC LB - V

Distance
between
VIA
V
User
defined
User
defined
User
defined
User
defined
User
defined
User
defined

Length
on Plan
B
LB
Auto
User
defined
LC L A - V
User
defined
LC L A - V
User
defined

3.7.11. Add a Via


If designing in Layout Plan mode, when 2 components
interconnected together are located on different Layout Plans, the
user must add a pair of Via to make a physical connection.
2- Place the VIA on the
Layout Plan by clicking on it

1- When in Layout Plan mode,


click on the VIA button from
the Parts tool bar

3- Select from the list the


Layout Plan on which the
other end of the VIA is
located and enter the distance
between both VIA

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3.8.

Measurement tools

3.8.1. Ruler
To estimate lengths, ruler vector can be traced on scaled floor plans.

1.

Select Ruler from


the tool bar

2.

4.

Right-click to modify
vector properties

3.

Click on one end of


the ruler vector

Drag the mouse


cursor to the
other end

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3.8.2. Area calculator


Rectangle and Ellipse shapes can be overlaid on scaled layout plans
to estimate an area in square feet or square meters.

3.

4.

Select Rectangle
area from the
tool bar

Draw an shape
an ellipse on the
layout plan
2.

5.

Draw and shape


a rectangle on the
layout plan

Right-click to
modify Rectangle
or Ellipse
properties

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1. Right-click Show
Properties to configure the
shapes parameters

2. Shapes
dimensions can
be configured in
each axis

3. Various
shape/display
parameters are
settable

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4. Picture Plans
4.1.

Overlay components on a Picture Plan


1. Open Plans Info
window
3. Enter picture plan name
2. Select New
Picture

4. Open Page Setup

5. Define Page Size


and Orientation

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6. Select Image option

7. Choose file location


8. Open the file

9. Resize the image to fit the


page. (use zoom option to
see the full page)

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4.2.

Pull components from Design Plan onto Picture Plan


1. Select the desired
Picture Plan

2. Right Click and


select Pull from
Design Plan

4. Rotate component
image if needed

3. Resize component
image in proportion with
the picture

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4.3.

Display information on Picture Plan


1. Select the Data
View Filter window
to display the desired
information

3. Select Line,
Shape or Text Box
to add more info
(see section 2.4.2)

2. Select the label and


move it to the desired
location

5. Add legends to Design, Layout and Picture Plans

Design Plan
Layout Plans
Picture Plans

Calculations
Legend
Available
Not Available
Not Available

Cables
Legend
Available
Available
Not Available

Systems
Legend
Available
Available
Available

Pictograms
Legend
Not Available
Available
Not Available

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6. Reports
Reports can be generated from the Tool Bar or through the Reports menu.

6.1.
Equipment List
The Equipment List report consists of an inventory of all the components
present on the Design and Layout Plans.

Fill in the Reports


Options window prior
to generate the report

A safety margin cable


be applied on any
cable length

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6.2.
Cost Details
The Cost Details report consists of an inventory of all the components
including pricing information (Construction & Unit costs).
Mark-up values can
be added on top of
the Equipment and
Construction costs
independently

Additional line items


can be added to the
Cost Details report

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Project cost is broken


down in 2 (Equipment
& Construction costs)

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6.3.
Cable Routing Report
The Cable Routing Report consists of an inventory of each Cable run
including details associated to components it connects to.

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6.4.
Cross-Reference Report
The Cross-Reference Report consists of an inventory of each component
with its Part ID, part model and part description along with where it is being
installed.

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7. Printing
7.1.
Page setup
The following procedure is valid for configuring the page setup of all type of
report or plan that can be printed using RF-vu:
Design Plan
Layout Plan
Picture Plan
Equipment List Report
Cost Details Report
1. Configure Print Setup
(printer paper)

3. Use the drop down to resize


info to be printed (ability to
print on multiple pages)

2. Define printer
page Size and
Orientation

4. Select Fit to printer


paper to automatically
resize the information to
be printed

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5. Configure Page Setup
(on-screen display)

6. Define displayed
page Size and
Orientation

7. Configure Title Border


(page border and project
information)

8. Toggle border On/Off

9. Toggle Project info


and Company logo
(see section 2.1.1 on how
to insert logo)

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7.2.

Print preview

1. Select Print Preview


option
2. Select number of pages to
preview

3. Print

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7.3.
Print Current page
Any report, plan or entire project printed will use the Print Setup
configuration as defined in section 7.1.

Will print only the active


report or plan

7.4.
Print Project
This function prints all plans as per their respective print setup properties.
Selecting the print project function will print all plans in the following order:
Design Plan
NOTA: Print Project function does
Layout Plans
not print any report
Picture Plans
(Equipment List nor Cost Details)

Plans will be printed as per the


Plans Info tree structure

Prints all Design, Layout


and Picture Plans

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7.5.
Print Selection
This function offers the flexibility to customize which plans are to be printed
and in what order.
NOTA: Reports must be printed seperately (Equipment List and Cost Details)
1. Click on Selection on
than click on

2. List of available
documents to add to the
Documents selection list
3. Ordered list of
documents to print

LEGEND
Add one document to the selection
Add all documents to the selection
Remove selected document from the selection
Remove all documents from the selection
Move up selected document
Move down selected document

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7.6.
Insert reports into a PDF file
The current product release does not allow printing Reports as part
of the Print Project or Print Selection functions. To do so, follow this
procedure:
Print your project or selection in a PDF file by selecting Acrobat
DistillerTM as your printer;
Print the report(s) using Acrobat DistillerTM as your printer;
With Adobe AcrobatTM, open your project or selection PDF file.
Using the Insert Pages function from the Document menu,
select the report(s) PDF file(s) to insert and provide required
information onto where to insert the report file(s);
Save the project or selection PDF file.

7.7.
Export to Image
It is also possible to save the active Design, Layout or Picture Plan as
an image file. The page setup configuration is used to determine the
area to save as part of the image.
1. Plans menu
2. Export to image

3. File name is entered


automatically
4. Specify file type
(BMP, GIF, JPG,
PNG)

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8. Database of components
Please, refer to DB Editor Users Manual.

9. Tricks and shortcuts


9.1.

Toggle between Selector Cursor and Pan Cursor

When on a Design, Layout or Picture Plan, simply press the SPACE bar from the
keyboard to change the mouse Selector cursor to the Pan cursor. Press the
SPACE bar again to change from the Pan cursor to the Selector cursor.

9.2.

Shortcut Key

There are two types of shortcut keys that can be used in RF-vu. The first one is
commonly seen within any other application and typically uses the format
CTRL+X (X being a letter). The second type represents a list of shortcut keys
specific to RF-vu application and uses CTRL+SHIFT+Y format (Y being a letter
or number).

Shortcut Key Description


CTRL + A
CTRL + C
CTRL + N
CTRL + O
CTRL + P
CTRL + S
CTRL + V
CTRL + X

Select All
Copy
New Project
Open Project
Print Project
Save Project
Paste
Cut

F6

Zoom Fit

CTRL + SHIFT + I
CTRL + SHIFT + L
CTRL + SHIFT + O
CTRL + SHIFT + P

New Picture Plan


New Layout Plan
Tools Options
Project Properties

CTRL + 0

CTRL + 9

Preferred Part #0

Preferred Part #9

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