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    Merging Online and Offline Devices
    Topic posted November 11, 2011 by Sam DrazinExpert, last edited December 6, 2013 by AdminProficient, tagged how-to 
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    Merging Online and Offline Devices


    Wireless Workbench allows you to plan out a show's inventory and perform frequency coordination ahead of time. Without access to the hardware in advance, all device settings and frequency values will likely be initialized on offline devices representing your gear.

    When you arrive to the venue, Merging will allow you to take the settings and values from your offline devices and push them to the online devices once discovered in Wireless Workbench.

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    Adding Offline Devices

    Initially, you'll want to set up an offline version of your show. This will involve adding all the hardware you expect to coordinate for or around to your Inventory. Select the "Add new device" button from the global menu to access the Add New Device dialog.


    From the Add New Device dialog, select the Manufacturer/Model/Band of the device you want to add. You can add multiple devices from this view by selecting a number greater than 1 in the "Active Devices" field.


    You can configure select device and channel parameters from this dialog, but this can also be done later from several other views. Once you're ready to add the device(s), select "Add".

    Configure your Offline Inventory

    Once your devices are added in the Inventory view, you can proceed in modifying device parameters and frequency values to your liking. This will often include running Frequency Coordination, calculating compatible frequencies for the devices accounted for.

    For more information on performing Frequency Coordination, refer to the Frequency Coordination tutorial video.


    Save your Show File

    A show file is a file that encapsulates all modifiable parameters and devices within your inventory, as well as scan files, show properties, and other elements of your Wireless Workbench environment. Saving your show file will allow you to prepare an entire show's setup ahead of time, and load the show file when you arrive at the venue.

    To save the show file, select File -> Save, or press Command+S for Mac, Control+S for Windows.


    Merging your Show File and Online Devices

    Once you arrive at the venue, launch Wireless Workbench and open your show file. To open a show file, select File -> Open, or press Command+O for Mac, Control+O for Windows.

    With your show file loaded, you should see your entire offline inventory set up as you last saved it. You are now ready to connect to your network of Shure wireless hardware.

    Ensure that you have a properly configured network of Shure wireless devices. Connect your computer to the network. If everything is properly configured, you should discover your devices and they will be displayed in the Inventory view alongside your offline pre-configured devices.


    We want to take the parameters from the offline devices and apply them to the online devices. This can be accomplished simply by dragging and dropping the offline device on-top of the online device.


    This tells Wireless Workbench that you want to merge the offline and online versions of the device into a single entry.

    NOTE: Merges are only allowed if the following criteria are met:

    • Both devices of the same model and band
    • One of the devices is offline, and the other device is online

    The yellow border around the destination device indicates that a merge is allowed to occur. If that yellow border does not show up, then you have not met the 2 requirements needed to perform a valid merge.

    In order to allow you to specify which parameters you want to keep (either offline from the show file, or online from the live devices), the Device Association dialog is displayed.


    To briefly summarize this dialog's functionality, the toggle buttons shown allow you to specify the source of the parameters that will be kept for the devices in merge. Choose to keep offline or live settings for both the Frequency parameters and Settings parameters for each device you want to merge.

    To keep the settings we set on the offline device and overwrite the hardware's current settings, we'll select "From OFF-LINE Device" for both Frequency and Settings buckets of parameters.


    Select "Apply" to apply the merge.

    For more detailed information on the specifics of how to use the Device Association dialog, consult the Device Association Dialog page.

    After the Merge

    Once the merge is complete, notice that the old offline version has gone away, and the online version of the device now has all the parameters that were set on the offline version. Awesome!


    Continue to drag-and-drop offline and online devices to merge until all offline versions of the devices have passed their parameters to their online counterparts.



    • mikekahrs

      Nice, however VER shipped me many UR4S units and my WWB file that I created in my office used UR4D units and I couldn't merge.  Manually transferring freqs is not a good idea as mistakes can be made, as I was on show site and was a busy boy.


      Any suggestions?  Can I merge offline UR4S to one channel of an online UR4D?  I was too busy to try it that day.


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