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  • Sam Drazin
    Import Solutions from older versions of Wireless Workbench
    Topic posted July 5, 2012 by Sam DrazinExpert, tagged how-to 
    Title:
    Import Solutions from older versions of Wireless Workbench
    Description:

    Overview

    Wireless Workbench 6 allows you to import certain files from older versions of Wireless Workbench so that you can get up and running quickly with the new version of the software by using your existing solution files. The steps below will outline how extract data from the older version of Wireless Workbench and how to import that data properly into Wireless Workbench 6.

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    Supported Files

    Only certain file types from previous versions of Wireless Workbench can be imported into Wireless Workbench 6. The following file formats are supported by Wireless Workbench 6:

    • .sol (Wireless Workbench 4)
    • .sl2 (Wireless Workbench 5)

    These file formats are somewhat limited in the information they can store, but they can be seamlessly imported into Wireless Workbench 6 and will automatically generate inventory items for each device.

    Generating a Solution File

    The steps shown below will illustrate how to generate a solution file from a saved scene file within Wireless Workbench 5.

    Launch Wireless Workbench 5 and open the saved scene (.scn) file.

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    Ensure that the devices from your scene file populate the Device Manager.

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    Next, the compatibility wizard will assist in generating a solution file which will contain the device type and frequency information from the Device Manager, which can then be imported into Wireless Workbench 6.

    From the toolbar at the top of the window, select the "Compatibility" button.

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    In the dialog that pops up, select "Synthesis Mode", and then select Next.

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    The next dialog will show all channels from the Device Manager. To leave the devices at the frequencies they are currently assigned to, click the "Unselect All" button. Then, select Next.

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    Continue to hit Next several times until you see the following screen of the wizard.

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    Select the "Export" button, and name the solution file. Press Save when complete.

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    The file that has just been exported can now be imported into Wireless Workbench 6.

    Importing the File into Wireless Workbench 6

    Quit Wireless Workbench 5, and launch Wireless Workbench 6.

    From the File menu, select Import > Inventory...

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    Specify the file type you wish to import from the drop-down at the bottom of the Import dialog (in this case, we are importing a file from Wireless Workbench 5, which is a .sl2 file). Choose the file you wish to import, and then select Open.

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    Wireless Workbench 6 will process the solution file and import as much data as possible.

    An Import Summary dialog will pop up indicating which devices were successfully imported.

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    Any devices that could not be imported and mapped directly to devices acknowledged by Wireless Workbench 6 can be used to generate exclusions automatically by checking the checkbox at the bottom of the dialog. Generating exclusions based on the frequency values from the file will instruct the frequency calculator to avoid those frequencies when coordinating new ones.

  • Sam Drazin
    Configuring IR Presets2
    Topic posted November 7, 2011 by Sam DrazinExpert, tagged how-to 
    Title:
    Configuring IR Presets
    Description:

    Overview

    IR Presets allow you to configure transmitter parameters to be set for Axient and UHF-R transmitters. The parameter values will be pushed when you IR sync the transmitter with the receiver that you configured the IR Presets.

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    Open the receiver's Properties Panel

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    Right-click on an AXT400 or UR4D/UR4S receiver in the Inventory view and select "Properties"_" to access the receiver's properties panel.

    Access the IR Presets menu

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    Expand the "Settings" section, and switch to the "Tx" tab. Within this area, you can access the IR Presets menu by selecting the "IR Presets" button.

    Configure IR Presets

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    Each drop-down represents a value-set of a parameter that can be pushed to the transmitter when one is IR synced. Change the setting for each parameter to the value you want any transmitter to adjust to when you sync it.

    By default, all parameters will be set to "No Change", which will leave that parameter of the transmitter on its current value.

    Press "Close" to save any changes made.

    Sync a transmitter

    The next time you sync a transmitter, confirm that the IR Presets you configured were pushed successfully to the device.

  • Sam Drazin
    Properties Panels
    Topic posted November 15, 2011 by Sam DrazinExpert, tagged how-to 
    Title:
    Properties Panels
    Description:

    Overview

    Wireless Workbench will typically be a portion of a large system of Shure wireless components, including Axient, PSM1000, and UHF-R devices. Properties panels act as your window to the hardware, giving you almost full access of device parameters and controls from your computer running Wireless Workbench 6.

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    Relevant Devices

    Wireless Workbench 6 renders properties panels for networked Shure wireless devices only. This includes the following devices:

    • AXT400 receivers
    • AXT600 Spectrum Manager
    • AXT610 ShowLink Access Point
    • AXT630/631 Antenna Distribution Amplifier
    • AXT900 Networked Charger
    • PSM1000 Transmitter
    • UHF-R receivers (UR4S, UR4D, MW4S, MW4D, UR4S+, UR4D+, etc...)

    With a properly configured network, you will be able to access the properties panels for any of the devices listed above. While online, you can control certain parameters of the physical devices themselves via Wireless Workbench.

    Access

    Properties panels can be accessed from either the Inventory view, or the Monitor tab. You can view a properties panel for both offline and online devices. A device must be in the inventory for you to access it's properties panel. Either add devices from the Add New Device dialog, or discover them from your network.

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    Inventory View

    To access a device's properties panel from the Inventory view, right-click on the device and select "Properties...". The device's properties panel will be displayed.

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    Monitor Tab

    To access a device's properties panel from the Monitor tab, that device's channel strip must be displayed. Consult the Setting up Channel Strips and Configuring the Monitor Tab page for more details on channel strips.

    Right-click on the device's channel strip and select "Properties". The device's properties panel will be displayed.

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    Content

    Each series of device offers a different set of parameters and controls, and the corresponding properties panels align with those differences. Let's walk through each of the different properties panels and inspect the controls they present.

    UHF-R/MW Receivers

    Here is an example of the UR4D properties panel. This panel only represents one channel of the UR4D, and would look the same for a channel of an MW receiver, or a UR4S as well.

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    There are three primary regions of controls on this panel.

    • The top-left area of the panel holds frequency settings, including the frequency, group and channel, band and TV channel of the device.
    • The top-right area of the panel holds more channel-specific information, including RF/audio meters, audio mute, transmitter tone key information, and firmware version of the device.
    • The bottom area of the panel is expandable and collapsible, and contains all network information for the device (shown expanded here).

    PSM1000 Transmitters

    Here is an example of the P10T properties panel. This panel only represents one channel of the PSM1000 transmitter.

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    There are three primary regions of controls on this panel.

    • The top-left area of the panel holds frequency settings, including the frequency, group and channel, band, TV channel, and firmware version of the device.
    • The top-right area of the panel holds more channel-specific information, including audio meters, audio level, RF power, and RF Mute.
    • The bottom area of the panel is expandable and collapsible, and contains all network information for the device (shown collapsed here).

    Axient Receivers

    Here is an example of the AXT400 properties panel. This panel only represents one channel of the AXT400 receiver.

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    There are three primary regions of controls on this panel.

    • The top-left area of the panel holds the RF/audio meters of the channel, and several device properties including Device ID and band.
    • The top-right area of the panel holds more channel-specific information, including transmitter tone key information, frequency, and group and channel.
    • The bottom area of the panel is expandable and collapsible, and contains four tabs of receiver properties
    • Radio: properties from the "Radio" menu of the front panel are kept here. Manage Interference Detection, Frequency Diversity mode, and various other settings relating to RF transmission here.

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    • Audio: properties from the "Audio" menu of the front panel are kept here. Manage analog output, digital sample rate, and other audio settings here.

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    • Utilities: properties from the "Util" menu of the front panel are kept here. Manage network settings, device locks, and other device-wide properties here.

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    • Tx: properties from the "Tx" menu of the front panel are kept here. Manage linked transmitters and IR Presets here.

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    Axient Spectrum Managers

    Here is an example of the AXT600 properties panel.

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    The properties panel for the Spectrum Manager holds three main sections of controls.

    • The drop-down boxes on the left outline modifiable settings of the Spectrum Manager.
    • The table on the right is a live view of the Spectrum Manager's Compatible Frequency List, or CFL.
    • The bottom area of the panel is expandable and collapsible, and contains all network information for the device (shown collapsed here).

    With the live view of the CFL, you can observe the Spectrum Manager as it monitors all backup frequencies that it received during the last deployment, and watch each frequency's dBm level change with the shifting RF environment.

    Axient ShowLink Access Points

    Here is an example of the AXT610 properties panel.

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    The Access Point properties panel shows several stats regarding the device's current state.

    • Set either Automatic or a specific channel to dictate where in the 2.4 GHz spectrum the Access Point operates.
    • The meter on the left shows the device's used capacity for device management.
    • The "Connected" section on the right shows all linked transmitters communicating through the device. Mouse over the Transmitter's Device ID to see the current ShowLink signal strength.
    • The bottom area of the panel is expandable and collapsible, and contains all network information for the device (shown collapsed here).

    Consult the Scanning the 2.4 GHz Spectrum page for more information on using the Access Point as a scanner.

    Axient Antenna Distribution Amplifiers

    Here is an example of the AXT630/AXT631 properties panel.

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    There are a collection of device properties that can be set from this panel. Network settings are available from within the collapsible portion on the bottom (shown collapsed here).

    Axient Networked Chargers

    Here is an example of the AXT900 properties panel.

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    Up to four battery bays with two slots each can be held by the AXT900. When populated, the battery color and text will display its percentage of current charge. Stats on the battery's health and life are listed below when a certain battery is selected.

    The bottom area of the panel is expandable and collapsible, and contains all network information for the device (shown collapsed here).

  • ksepede
    Channel Strip Size1
    Topic posted January 28, 2016 by ksepedeNovice, tagged how-to 
    Title:
    Channel Strip Size
    Personal Computer:
    MacBook Pro 15inch. OSX 10.10.5
    Description:

    Hi there,

    Is there a way of having a mixture of 'Full' and 'Condensed' channel strip sizes?

  • Zaynoun Ghannaj
    how to use WWB6 with UHFR1
    Topic posted June 27, 2014 by Zaynoun GhannajNovice, tagged how-to 
    Title:
    how to use WWB6 with UHFR
    Personal Computer:
    Toshiba Tecra, operating on Windows 8.1 64-bits, with 6GB as system memory
    Shure Hardware:
    1x UHF-R
    Description:

    i am aiming to use my UHF-R system (UR4D) to scan the spectrum in order to plan an SLX installation with the proper frequencies (Manual frequency planning). i used to do the same process with WWB5 and the systems works ok with my previous computer working on Windows 7. now i faced 2 obstacles:

    1- WWB 5 couldn't be installed on windows 8.1, and i failed to find on the internet any installation file for it. 

    2- by using WWB6, the UR4D was not discovered on the network:

    - the computer and the UR4D are both connected to same Router, in the same IP range. 

    - the ping result is 100%

    - I specified in network settings for WWB6 the correct network adapter to be used. 

    can anyone assist me to overcome these two obstacles? 

    Many Thanks 

     

  • Sam Drazin
    Device Association Dialog
    Topic posted November 5, 2011 by Sam DrazinExpert, tagged how-to 
    Title:
    Device Association Dialog
    Description:

    Overview

    The Device Association dialog is an interface to assist the user in choosing parameters of devices for which the system has conflicting information. Because Wireless Workbench acts as a remote control for Shure hardware, it and the hardware can become out-of-sync in their opinions of parameter values for devices. This dialog gives the user several options to resolve them.

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    When it is Shown

    The Device Association dialog is shown in several scenarios, which are summarized below:

    1. An online device goes offline. Before it comes back online, either its parameters in Wireless Workbench change, the parameters on the hardware change, or both change such that when it comes back online, the hardware and Wireless Workbench disagree about what certain values of merge-able parameters(1) should be.
    2. In the Inventory view, both an offline and an online instance of a certain device exist. The user then drags-and-drops(2) one of the instances on top of the other, in an attempt to merge their values (ie: taking an offline setup and applying it to hardware once on site).
    3. In scenario #1, when the Device Association dialog pops up, it represents a pending merge that must be resolved before that device is interacted with. If you choose to dismiss the Device Association dialog, it will reappear if you attempt to modify that device in any way.

    The Interface

    The Device Association dialog allows the user to keep parameters for a device from either Wireless Workbench or the hardware. Parameters are grouped into 2 buckets, and can be selected independently for each device in conflict.

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    Parameter Buckets

    Parameters for every device are classified in 2 buckets, "Frequency" and "Settings". For each device in conflict, Frequency and Settings parameters can be chosen from either the hardware or Wireless Workbench. For a full reference of which bucket parameters are classified in, consult the "Frequency and Settings Parameters Per Model" chapter of the Wireless Workbench 6 Help System. To access this page, search for "parameters" in the left sidebar, and find the page within the results below.

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    Frequency Bucket

    The "Frequency" bucket represents all parameters that are directly tied to the frequency value of a device, including Group & Channel, band, and Tx Profile. Note that Frequency parameters will only be available for certain devices with tunable frequency values, like microphone and in-ear monitor systems. Use the toggle buttons in the section labeled "A" in the window below to choose which "Frequency" parameters are kept.

    Settings Bucket

    The "Settings" bucket represents all other parameters that are directly tied to the device, including Channel Name, Device ID, RF Gain, and others. Use the toggle buttons in the section labeled "B" in the window below to choose which "Settings" parameters are kept.

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    Interaction

    To select whether parameters come from the hardware or Wireless Workbench, use the toggle buttons for each bucket of parameters for each device.

    When the button says "From LIVE Devices", this means that the parameters for that device from that bucket will come from the hardware's current settings.

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    When the button says "From OFF-LINE Devices", this means that the parameters for that device from that bucket will come from Wireless Workbench's current settings.

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    Modifying One Device vs. All Devices

    The Device Association dialog is split into 2 horizontal sections, allowing device-by-device granularity of choosing parameters to keep, or a global choice for all devices in conflict.

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    In section "C" of the window above, Frequency and Settings parameters can be set for all devices in conflict. In section "D", Frequency and Settings parameters can be chosen on a device-by-device basis.

    Committing Parameters

    Once each device has been configured to receive the appropriate Frequency and Settings parameters, pressing the "Apply" button next to each individual device (as in section "D" above) will update both the hardware and Wireless Workbench to the proper values, and remove that device from the Device Association dialog. If it was the only device in conflict, then the Device Association dialog will close, as all conflicts will have been resolved.

    If Frequency and Settings parameter values for all devices have been set using the toggle buttons in section "C", pressing the "Apply to All" button (as in section "C" above) will update both the hardware and Wireless Workbench to the proper values, and close the Device Association dialog, as all conflicts will have been resolved.

    (1) Consult the "Frequency and Settings Parameters Per Model" section of the Wireless Workbench 6 Help system for a full list of merge-able parameters for all networked Shure devices.

    (2) Consult the "Merge Offline and Live Devices" section of the Wireless Workbench 6 Help system for more information on the mechanics of drag-and-drop merging.

  • Jesus Canton
    Sharing same Access Point Wirelessly on WWB61
    Topic posted March 5, 2014 by Jesus CantonNovice, tagged how-to 
    Title:
    Sharing same Access Point Wirelessly on WWB6
    Personal Computer:
    Macbook Pro
    Shure Hardware:
    2 Axt 400, 8 PSM1000, AXT610, AXT630, AXT600
    Description:

    Hello and thank you in  advance for any assistance

    I am new to the RF world, and have to setup what I believe is an Access Point for all of our Shure systems to show up on my Workbench. I have plugged in Power Over Ethernet and setup our wireless mics (axt 400s) and thats fine I am able to find the right frequency and they are good to go. I also did the same for the In Ears (PSM1000). I have two questions.

    1. My Spectrum Manager does not show up in WWB6, but it is daisy chained along with the axt400, and axt630... any idea what it can be?

    2. I cannot see neither systems when I disconnect Power over Ethernet and I am on the Wifi... is there a way to see both systems still running live on Wifi? 

    The answer's may be very simple but I cannot find it nor figure it out... any help would surely be appreciated.. thank you very much.

  • Sam Drazin
    Re-deploying a Solution to a Spectrum Manager
    Topic posted November 15, 2011 by Sam DrazinExpert, tagged how-to 
    Title:
    Re-deploying a Solution to a Spectrum Manager
    Description:

    Overview

    A powerful feature of Wireless Workbench is the ability to perform pre-show planning and frequency coordination without having access to your networked devices. Offline, you have full access to WWB6's frequency calculator, as well as the ability to configure a majority of the settings for your Shure wireless gear.

    This topic will describe how to take a coordination performed offline, and redeploy it to an online network of gear, including an AXT600 Spectrum Manager, when you arrive on site.

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    Prerequisites

    This topic's content assumes that you have already performed and saved an offline coordination using Wireless Workbench 6. Consult the Frequency Coordination tutorial video for more information on how to get to this point.

    After a coordination has been performed, the offline versions of your devices and backup frequencies will be holding the frequency values that you'll likely want to maintain and deploy to the hardware. To get to this stage, you will have had to deploy coordination results to inventory without a Spectrum Manager available (ie: on the RF Coordination Results window, you will have selected the "None" option as the managing Spectrum Manager for each zone in your coordination).

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    Furthermore, the Compatible Frequency List (or CFL) that Wireless Workbench created as a result of frequency coordination can be sent to an available Spectrum Manager, which can then manage that list (dispatch frequencies to Axient receivers experiencing interference, and monitor backup frequencies for all devices). You want this. Let's walk through how to get there.

    Discover a Spectrum Manager

    You've run a frequency coordination offline, or online with gear at a previous time. You now show up to the venue, and want to push your perfect frequency list to the Spectrum Manager to take advantage of backup frequency monitoring, and automated frequency dispatching to AXT400 receivers.

    Launch Wireless Workbench and load your coordination (from a Show File). Notice that the devices in your inventory will be holding their frequency values from your calculated solution.

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    Connect your computer to the same network as the Spectrum Manager you will want to utilize. Ensure the Spectrum Manager is powered on, and that it shows up in your inventory view as an online device.

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    Fake a Coordination

    The next steps will walk you through "faking" a coordination in order to perform deployment: the essential step to transfer frequencies to your Spectrum Manager.

    In the Frequency Coordination tab, select "Manage Channels..." from the right sidebar.

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    The Channel Summary dialog will open. This dialog shows all frequencies that will be input into the next calculation. You want to tell the calculator that all channels (both active devices and backup frequencies) should maintain their current frequency values. To do this, uncheck all rows by selecting "None" from the Select section.

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    Press "Save" to close the Channel Summary dialog. On the bottom of the right sidebar of the Frequency Coordination tab, select "Calculate New Frequencies".

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    The RF Coordination Results dialog will open, but with slightly different content than usual.

    In bottom of the Summary section, notice that it says "None" in the space where the number of frequencies found are usually listed. This is because we did not calculate any new frequencies (all channels were left on their current frequency values).

    Here is the critical step: In the Zone/Spectrum Manager section, we will now assign a Spectrum Manager to manage the frequencies for a given zone. Selecting a Spectrum Manager for a given zone tells Wireless Workbench to deploy the full CFL for that zone to the specified Spectrum Manager.

    For More information on zones, check out the How do I create and utilize Zones? FAQ page.

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    NOTE: Only one Spectrum Manager can manage frequencies for a given zone. Also, you will only be able to assign a Spectrum Manager to manage a zone which the Spectrum Manager is currently in. To change the zone of a Spectrum Manager, change it's zone assignment from the Inventory view.

    Press "Deploy to Inventory" to send the CFL.

    The Deployment Summary dialog will open, showing the success of the deployment.

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    To confirm that the CFL from your last coordination was successfully sent to the Spectrum Manager you specified, lets open the device's properties panel and view the CFL live from the device. Navigate to the Inventory view, and right-click on the Spectrum Manager, and select "Properties...".

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    The Spectrum Manager properties panel shows a view of the CFL being monitored by the device (if any). The CFL view will show the in-use active device frequencies in the top portion, and the backups being monitored in the bottom section.

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    Confirm that the frequency list for the specified zone is tracked in the Spectrum Manager you designated in the RF Coordination Results dialog.

    Review Concepts

    As a quick primer, let's cover the basics of how the CFL fits in with your coordinated devices and Wireless Workbench.

    When Wireless Workbench performs frequency coordination, frequencies are either calculated for or analyzed around all channels in your inventory; this includes requested backup frequencies as well.

    The solution that results from frequency coordination is the Compatible Frequency List, or CFL. The list is significant to two entities: Wireless Workbench, and the Axient Spectrum Manager.

    Both Wireless Workbench and the Spectrum Manager can host a CFL. The Spectrum Manager, however, has a few extra capabilities enabling more control and automation with regards to the CFL. Namely, these capabilities include:

    • Editing the CFL (adding, changing, removing frequencies)
    • Monitoring backup frequencies (maintaining rank of all available frequencies)
    • Automatically dispatching backup frequencies to AXT400 receivers when interference occurs

    A CFL hosted by Wireless Workbench will not exhibit any of these features. It is for this reason that you would want to re-deploy a CFL coordinated offline to a Spectrum Manager once one is on your network.

  • oberta
    wwb 6_11_2_13 with Linux OS12.0
    Topic posted August 31, 2015 by obertaNovice, tagged how-to 
    Title:
    wwb 6_11_2_13 with Linux OS
    Personal Computer:
    openSUSE 13.1 + 13.2 64-bit
    Description:

    Hi ,

    we are using wwb only to calculate our Frequency Setups

    6.11.12.13 works fine with openSUSE 13.1 + 13.2 using wine

    KDE  4.14.9 + 10

    System works in German
    native Language !!
  • Sam Drazin
    Reset Registry Settings
    Topic posted November 18, 2011 by Sam DrazinExpert, tagged how-to 
    Title:
    Reset Registry Settings
    Description:

    Overview

    The Registry is a collection of saved parameters that relate specifically to your installed instance of Wireless Workbench. This collection of data keeps track of certain configuration choices you have made, and removes the need to duplicate the process of initializing preferences.

    In certain cases, it may be helpful to clear the registry, blanking Wireless Workbench's memory of your saved settings and configurations. This guide will show you how to clear your registry settings from within Wireless Workbench.

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    Access

    There is a menu option you need to select to reset Wireless Workbench's registry settings. To access this command, launch Wireless Workbench 6. Hold the Shift key down, and click on the Tools menu. You will notice that a new menu appears (called "Diagnostics"). Within this Diagnostics menu, select "Delete Application Settings".

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    An alert will pop up, warning you that resetting the registry will require Wireless Workbench to restart. Press "Reset" to proceed.

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    Once Wireless Workbench has stopped running, relaunch it. Your registry settings have been reset.

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