In-Building

Wireless
Design Software







User’s Manual
Version 2.1.1














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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. Revision history
Issue Date J ustification
1.2 2004-06-16 RF-vu – User’s Manual - Version 1.2
2.0 (pre) 2004-10-16 RF-vu – User’s Manual - Version 2.0 – Pre-release
2.0 2004-11-01 RF-vu – User’s Manual - Version 2.0 – Official release
2.1 (pre) 2005-02-22 RF-vu – User’s Manual - Version 2.1 – Pre-release
2.1 2005-03-30 RF-vu – User’s Manual - Version 2.1 – Official release
2.1.1 2005-06-07 RF-vu – User’s 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.
1.1. Launch RF-vu
Double-click on RF-vu’s 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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1.3. Tools Options

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 – User’s
Manual for more details.
1.3.3. Preferred Parts


Change
order of an
entry from
the list
Add a new part
entry (will launch
DB part selector
window)
Delete part
entry
Available Shortcut Keys are
from CTRL+0 to CTRL+9
Preferred Parts toolbar is populated
as per the information contained in
Enter a number
from 0 to 9 and
press Change
Tools -> Options -> Preferred Parts
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 RF-
vu 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. Zero’s 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 (σ). 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 there’s 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

3. Configure frequency
band, technology, number
of channels, etc
2. Select Base
Station Sector
1. System Info
window, select
Add System
4. Fill out Site
information
details 5. Select Next to
continue in the
system wizard

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ed
8. Select Finish to go
back to the Design Plan
7. Fill out the
Downlink path
6. Fill out the
Uplink path

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

1. System Info
window, select
Add System
4. Fill out Site
information
details
5. Select
Theoretical Path
6. Select Next to
continue in the
system wizard
3. Configure frequency
band, technology, number
of channels, etc
2. Select Off-Air
Source
9. Select Next to
continue in the wizard
8. Fill out the
donor site
Downlink path
7. Fill out the
donor site
Uplink path

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13. Select the
donor antenna
12. Add any other
loss than free space
(trees, buildings, etc)
11. Fill out the distance
between the donor site and
the off-air repeater
10. Fill out the
donor tower info
-
16. Select Ok to
go back to the
wizard
15. Select the
antenna model
14. Select the
antenna
manufacturer
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18. Position the Donor base
station on the Design Plan
* System info is always in
System Info window
17. Select Finish to go back
to the Design Plan
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24. Select Cable
category
23. Position
repeater on the
design page
19. Select
Repeater
category
22. Select Ok to
go back to the
wizard
21. Select the
repeater model
20. Select the
repeater
manufacturer
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27. Enter cable
length
28. Select Ok to
go back to the
design page
26. Select the
cable model
25. Select the
cable
manufacturer
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 there’s connection
validation, it’s important to
connect output to input or
else the connection won’t be
made
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2.2.3. Off-Air Repeater with measured RSSI at the donor
antenna

1. System Info
window, select
Add System
4. Fill out Site
information
details
5. Select
Measured RSSI
6. Select Next to
continue in the
system wizard
3. Configure frequency
band, technology, number
of channels, etc
2. Select Off-Air
Source
8. Select the
donor antenna
7. Enter the
measured RSSI

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12. Select Finish to go back to
the Design Plan
11. Select Ok to
go back to the
wizard
10. Select the
antenna model
9. Select the
antenna
manufacturer
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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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5. Available Data View
filters for Wi-Fi system
(composed of SRC0
and SRC1)
3. Add Wi-Fi sources
on the Design plan
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.
Fiber Repeater
Wi-Fi source
Fiber BDA
Attenuator
Repeater
- Splitter
- Directional Coupler
- Hybrid Combiner
- Cable
- Coax
- Optical
- Twisted Pair
Power Supply
Miscellaneous
Fiber Repeater Hub
Fiber BDA Hub
Filter
- Duplexer
- Diplexer
BDA
Antenna

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Component Spec
- Electrical
- Generic
- Mechanical
RF Spec. &
Adjustment
Toggle between
Uplink and
Downlink Spec.
Component image
Component
Description
Model
Manufacturer
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3. Position
components on
Design Plan
4. Select Cable
category
2. Place as many
components of the
same type or Right
Click to come back to
the regular cursor
1. Position the
selected
component
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7. Adjust cable
length
8. Select Ok to
go back to the
Design Plan
6. Select the
cable model
5. Select the
cable
manufacturer
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 there’s connection
validation, it’s important to
connect output to input or
else the connection won’t 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
3. Right Click on
the object just
created and select
Properties

2. Draw an area
where to place the
selected object
1. Select Line, Shape or
Text Box

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6. Modify Color
and Font if text
is required

5. Modify Color,
Width and Style
of contour

4. Modify the
shape and
background
color
8. When writing
into a text box,
“CTRL-ENTER”
acts as a line feed
7. Use “Bring to
Front” or “Send
to Back” for
ordering content
Use the following tool bar
to align text Vertically
and Horizontally

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2.4.3. Inverse through / tap splitter ports



1. Select component
2. Right-click
3. Inverse Tap/Through
1. Select component
2. Right-click
1. Inverse Tap/Through
2.4.4. Rotate a component



2. Press Rotate Left or Rotate
Right button
3. Rotation is in 90°
increment
1. 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.


Detailed
calculations legend

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

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2.5.1. Data View Filter definition
Filter Description
Parts ID
Component identifier
(Prefix +Number)
Parts Model Component’s model
Cable Length Cable Length
Cable Loss Cable Loss for each section
Power / Channel
Output power per channel for a specific
source at a specific node
Composite Power
Total output power for a specific source at a
specific node. Sum of all channels.
Absolute Gain / Loss Node gain or loss
Pilot Power
CDMA pilot power based on user defined
parameters under Tools/Options
(See section 1.3)
CDMA Overhead
CDMA Pilot, Paging, Sync power based on
user defined parameters under Tools/Options
(See section 1.3)
MS RSSI
Expected Mobile RSSI at each antenna based
on user defined parameters under
Tools/Options (See section 1.3)
MS Signal Range
Expected Mobile range at each antenna
based on user defined parameters under
Tools/Options (See section 1.3)
Noise / Channel Uplink noise power
Mobile Signal & C / N
• 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
connector node and
select Show connector
calculation
Right-click on a
calculation label select
Hide connector
calculation
Right-click on a cable and
select Show cable
length/loss
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
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

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
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
Information:
AGC is active for the specified part

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3. Layout Plans
3.1. Import a layout plan




5. Select your plan file
(Any type of image file
or DWG)
4. Locate a Layout
Plan file
3. Enter plan name
1. Open Plans Info
window
2. Select New
Layout Plan

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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:


4. Start the conversion process

3. (Opt.) - Save the converted file
as a PNG image
2. Specify the conversion quality
1. Select layers to
import

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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)
• J oint 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 file or
AutoCAD DWG)
5. Select your plan
file (Any type of
image file or *.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-vu’s Automatic
Cable Length calculation feature.

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



5. Accounts for vertical
and horizontal drops for
cable going through
several Layout Plans (can
be confirmed for each
individual cable as well)
4. Automatic (requires
a scale to be set) or
Manual cable length
calculation modes
3. Allow a Layout Plan
size & position to be
locked on the screen
2. Set a scale on a
Layout Plan
1. Select a Layout Plan
and click Plan
Properties

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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

3. If you wish to
reset you vector
position
2. If you do not see
a blue vector, press
Locate Vector
1. Select Same
Horizontal &
Vertical
7. Click Ok to confirm
scale settings
6. Specify the vector’s
length
1. Select and move
each vector end to
its desired location
5. Select and move
each vector end to
its desired location
4. Zoom-in each
vector end
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3.2.2. Different Horizontal & Vertical Scale
3. Confirm resulting
scale by pressing Ok
3. Confirm resulting
scale by pressing Ok

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

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
3. Assign selected components
to the desired Layout Plan with
the drop down menu
2. Select one or
multiple components
1. Select Design Plan tab
Technique
#2
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

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3.3.2. Pull components from Design Plan onto Layout Plan

2. Right Click and
select Pull from
Design Plan
1. Select the desired
Layout Plan
Components already
assigned to other
Layout Plans
3. Select the
components that
need to be on the
Layout Plan

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3.4. Position components onto Layout Plan
Shows where the other end of a cable is
located and which component it is
attached to
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)

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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)
2. Select the label and
move it to the desired
location
1. Select the Data
View Filter window
to display the desired
information
3.5.1. Show / Hide cable length labels
Adding a
system in Layout Plan mode is no different than adding it in Design Plan
Right-click on a
cable and select
Show cable
length
Right-click on a
cable length label
and select Hide
cable length

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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 Layout Plan,
right-clik on a
component and select
Show design sibling to
locate it on a Design Plan
From a Design Plan, right-
click on a component and
select Show layout sibling
to locate it on a Layout
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
System’s 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
2. Move a snap
point to its
desired location
1. Select a
cable to shape
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. Select component
2. Right-click
3. 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.



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


2. The 3 dB HBW is
shown for directional
antenna
3. Change the azimuth by
moving the red square
around the center of
the antenna
1. Enable Antenna
Contour dataview filter
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 user-
defined 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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Scenario
Design
Plan
Layout Plan
Layout Plan
mode
Cable
Length
Length on
Plan A
Distance
between
VIA
Length
on Plan
B
#
Plan A Plan B L
C
L
A
V L
B
1
Auto Auto L
A
+ V + L
B
Auto
User
defined
Auto
2-a
Auto Manual L
A
+ V + L
B
Auto
User
defined
User
defined
2-b
Auto Manual User defined Auto
User
defined
L
C
– L
A
- V
3-a
Manual Manual L
A
+ V + L
B
User
defined
User
defined
User
defined
3-b
Manual Manual User defined
User
defined
User
defined
L
C
– L
A
- V
3-c
Manual Manual User defined L
C
– L
B
- V
User
defined
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.

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
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

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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
4. Right-click to modify
vector properties
3. Drag the mouse
cursor to the
other end
2. Click on one end of
the ruler vector

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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. Select Rectangle
area from the
tool bar
4. Draw an shape
an ellipse on the
layout plan
2. Draw and shape
a rectangle on the
layout plan
5. Right-click to
modify Rectangle
or Ellipse
properties

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1. Right-click Show
Properties to configure the
shape’s parameters
2. Shape’s
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








3. Enter picture plan name
2. Select New
Picture
1. Open Plans Info
window
5. Define Page Size
and Orientation
4. Open Page Setup

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8. Open the file
7. Choose file location
6. Select Image option
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






















2. Right Click and
select Pull from
Design Plan
1. Select the desired
Picture 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
5. Add legends to Design, Layout and Picture Plans






Calculations
Legend
Cables
Legend
Systems
Legend
Pictograms
Legend
Design Plan Available Available Available Not Available
Layout Plans Not Available Available Available Available
Picture Plans Not Available Not Available Available Not Available

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1. Select the Data
View Filter window
to display the desired
information
2. Select the label and
move it to the desired
location
3. Select Line,
Shape or Text Box
to add more info
(see section 2.4.2)
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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 Report’s
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
independentl y
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





4. Select Fit to printer
paper to automatically
resize the information to
be printed
3. Use the drop down to resize
info to be printed (ability to
print on multiple pages)
2. Define printer
page Size and
Orientation
1. Configure Print Setup
(printer paper)

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6. Define displayed
page Size and
Orientation
5. Configure Page Setup
(on-screen display)
9. Toggle Project info
and Company logo
(see section 2.1.1 on how
to insert logo)

8. Toggle border On/Off
7. Configure Title Border
(page border and project
information)
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7.2. Print preview


3. Print
2. Select number of pages to
preview
1. Select Print Preview
option

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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
• Layout Plans
• Picture Plans











Prints all Design, Layout
and Picture Plans
Plans will be printed as per the
Plans Info tree structure
NOTA: Print Project function does
not print any report
(Equipment List nor Cost Details)

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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)



3. Ordered list of
documents to print
2. List of available
documents to add to the
Documents selection list
1. Click on Selection on
than click on

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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
Distiller
TM
as your printer;
• Print the report(s) using Acrobat Distiller
TM
as your printer;
• With Adobe Acrobat
TM
, 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 – User’s 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).

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Shortcut Key Description
CTRL +A Select All
CTRL +C Copy
CTRL +N New Project
CTRL +O Open Project
CTRL +P Print Project
CTRL +S Save Project
CTRL +V Paste
CTRL +X Cut

F6 Zoom Fit

CTRL +SHIFT +I New Picture Plan
CTRL +SHIFT +L New Layout Plan
CTRL +SHIFT +O Tools Options
CTRL +SHIFT +P Project Properties

CTRL +0 Preferred Part #0
… …
CTRL +9 Preferred Part #9

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