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    Import Solutions from older versions of Wireless Workbench
    Topic posted July 5, 2012 by Sam DrazinExpert, last edited December 6, 2013 by AdminProficient, tagged how-to 
    Import Solutions from older versions of Wireless Workbench


    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.


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


    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.


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


    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.


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


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


    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...


    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.


    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.


    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.

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