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    Sam Drazin
    Importing a WiNRADiO Scan
    Topic posted December 5, 2011 by Sam DrazinExpert, last edited November 26, 2013 by AdminProficient, tagged how-to 
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    Importing a WiNRADiO Scan
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    Overview

    While Wireless Workbench 6 does not currently support WiNRADiO devices, it is possible to import scan files from a collection of WiNRADiO scanners. This is made possible using Wireless Workbench 5, which is free, and can be downloaded here.

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    Prerequisites

    Depending on the version of Wireless Workbench 5, only certain WiNRADiO scanners will be supported. The following devices can be used with Wireless Workbench 5.0.5:

    • WR-1550
    • WR-G305e/WFM
    • WR-G305e/WFM/PD
    • WR-G33WSM

    WiNRADiO Notes

    WiNRADiO software must be installed prior to using the device with Wireless Workbench. You can download it from WiNRADiO's website.

    Ensure that Wireless Workbench is not running while installing WiNRADiO. Refer to WiNRADiO documentation to make sure that the software for the WiNRADiO model is supported by the operating system. Test your WiNRADiO scanner with your WiNRADiO software and make sure it is working before using it with Wireless Workbench.

    It is recommended to turn off Wireless Workbench before installing or uninstalling any software.

    When scanning with the WR-G305e or WR-G33WSM models it is recommended to have the WiNRADiO RF Gain Preamplifier engaged, which is accessible from the WiNRADiO control software. Please refer to WiNRADiO documentation for help with this feature.

    Run a Scan

    Ensure that Wireless Workbench 6 is not running. Connect your WiNRADiO scanner via USB to your computer, and power it on. Launch Wireless Workbench 5.

    Select the "Frequency Plot" button from the menu bar to open the Frequency Plot window.

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    If your WiNRADiO scanner is properly configured and connected, you will see it listed in the Scanners section on the left of the Frequency Plot window. If it does not show up, confirm that you have the WiNRADiO software and all necessary drivers are installed and try again.

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    Wireless Workbench 5 requires that you specify a range to scan by selecting a band of a predefined Shure wireless device. Select a step size (to specify resolution of the scan), a band, and then a specific range within that band to scan.

    NOTE: The last two drop-downs specifying scan range ("Frequency From:" and "Frequency To:" fields) will default to the entire band range, and do not have to be modified.

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    With the WiNRADiO device selected, press "Start" to begin the scan.

    NOTE: While scanning with a WiNRADiO device, you cannot scan with any other hardware using Wireless Workbench 5.

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    The scan will run indefinitely. When you have collected enough data, press "Stop". Then, save your scan to a file by pressing "Save".

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    Save your scan file, and note the path where it is saved.

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    Close Wireless Workbench 5, and launch Wireless Workbench 6. Open the Frequency Plot from the global menu bar.

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    Select the "Files" tab, and press the Folder button under the "Files" box to open the saved scan file.

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    Navigate to the scan file saved from Wireless Workbench 5, and select "Open".

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    Your scan file from the WiNRADiO scanner is now imported into Wireless Workbench 6. Notice that all scan passes are maintained, and can be scrubbed using the time slider on the right of the Frequency Plot window.

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    Answer

     

    • badkarma
      This is a great article since we are already invested in WinRadio.

      I'd also like to see info on the pros and cons of doing a scan on location using ULX-D. Seems like you wouldn't be able to scan wideband maybe?
    • steveratcliff
      I was told at one point by Shure that WWB6 would not ever be (directly) compatible with WinRadio. Is this still the prevailing thought process or will WinRadio (or other scanners-Signal Hound, TTi, etc) be included in WWB6 updates? As I posted elsewhere, I would be happy to purchase the Shure Scanner hardware but not in it's current form-factor of a full rack space. The more compact, the better. Wireless is a very important part of my work but I can only justify carrying so many large tools with me.
    • Sarma
      Signal Hound would be really nice but I can see point if Shure guys want to keep it by own hardware.
      Thanks Shure for great software!
    • bsaudio
      Sam - correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it recommended to click on the Options Arrow/Triangle in WWB5, and the select Attenuate, when using a WinRadio scanner?

     

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