Configure Location Hierarchy

Introduction to Location Hierarchy

Location Hierarchy feature enables you to organize your network view within Cisco Spaces based on your physical business location hierarchy and access point deployments. You can organize the hierarchy based specific
brands, regions and business taxonomy that is relevant for your business.

By translating your IT network view into a business view, you are automatically presented with a cleaner business relevant insights report. Any changes to your network topology are automatically reflected here thereby
making it easy to manage.

The Location Hierarchy module also makes it easy for you to manage role-based access, set tracking rules and drive varied outcomes based on the nature of the business location.

Location Hierarchy features as shown in the figure above:

  • 1

    Account Name: Each Cisco Spaces customer is provided with a default account name (root name), and this account name acts as the root location of Cisco Spaces location hierarchy.

  • 2

    Wireless Controller(s): Wireless controller(s) imported in Cisco Spaces. A single controller or multiple controllers added together as additional controllers under a Primary Controller

  • 3

    Groups: Multiple locations or zones grouped together based on geolocation, brand or any other type of grouping depending on the business

  • 4

    Location: All access points within a physical building consolidated as a Location.
    This is the most important node in Location Hierarchy as business insights and location analytics calculations are generated from here

  • 5

    Zones: Collection of access points within a section of a building/location. It be defined based on the departments in a physical building of an organization

  • 6

    # of Locations: Number of locations in an Account, Controller, or Group

  • 7

    # of APs: Number of access points in an Account, Controller, Group, Location or Zone

  • 8

    # of BLE Beacons: Number of BLE beacons in an Account, Controller, Group, Location or Zone

  • 9

    # of Proximity Rules: Number of Proximity Rules defined in an Account, Controller, Group, Location or Zone

  • 10

    # of Users: Number of Users in an Account, Controller, Group, Location or Zone

  • 11

    More Actions: Various options to organize and setup Location Hierarchy

    • Renaming: Rename account name, wireless controllers, groups, locations, and zones
    • Add a Wireless Network: Import wireless controller(s) at an Account level
    • Create Group: Create a group at an Account, Controller, Group, Location, and Zone level
    • Add/Edit Metadata: Add/Edit metadata at an Account, Controller, Group, Location, and Zone level
    • Location Info: Add/Update location information such as Brand Name, Addresses, Timezones, and Area of Sq. Ft/Meter
    • Edit: Edit controllers to assign Primary and Additional controllers
    • Add Network: Create a Location by consolidating access points based on AP naming conventions (Prefix on AP Name)
    • Edit Group: Edit groups to include or exclude locations
    • Add Zone: Create a zone by consolidating access points at a Location level based on AP naming conventions (Prefix on AP Name)
    • Delete Location: Delete a Location from the location hierarchy

Recommended 5 Steps Process to Define Location Hierarchy

  • 1

    Choose primary and additional controllers before importing

  • 2

    Review the default (auto configuration) hierarchy suggested by platform

  • 3

    If the given hierarchy is in tune with physical business locations, then proceed to import as it is and create groups or zones if required

  • 4

    If the auto configuration hierarchy is incorrect, un-check the “Select All” option and import all APs under single location “Unconfigured”

  • 5

    Configure LH manually (Check How-To Section Below)

    • Add Locations under Primary WLC
    • Create Zones, if required
    • Create Groups based on Locations, if required
    • Add Meta Data
    • Delete any irrelevant locations

How-To’s

How to Import Wireless controllers in Location Hierarchy?

  • STEP 1

    Go to Customized Setup page step 4 “Import Controllers into Location Hierarchy”, click on “Import Controllers”

  • STEP 2

    Choose the location where you want to import controllers and click “Next”. (If importing controllers for the first time, you will see the default location i.e. your Cisco Spaces account name. if not, you will also see the controllers you’ve imported earlier)

    Choose the controller you want to import and click “Next”. (If you’re importing multiple controllers, select only 1 controller at this step (this will be your Primary Controller). You can add rest of the as additional controllers shown in STEP 5 below)

  • STEP 3

    Review the locations auto discovered by Cisco Spaces.

    • • If the auto discovered locations are as per your business locations (Based on AP naming convention), then Select All/specific locations you want to import and click “Finish”.
    • • If the auto discovered locations are NOT as per your business locations (Based on AP naming convention), then uncheck the Select ALL and click “Finish”. (All your APs now will be imported under single location called “Unconfigured”. You can organize/configure locations in the Location Hierarchy referring the “Location Hierarchy Setup” section on this guide)

  • STEP 4

    If you want to add additional controllers, click on “No, Continue with Setup” button.

    • • Click on “Import Controllers” in the Customized Setup page step 4
    • • Select the Primary controller and click “Next”
    • • Select all the controllers you want import and click “Finish”

How to Import additional wireless controllers in Location Hierarchy?

  • STEP 1

    Go to Customized Setup page step 4 “Import Controllers into Location Hierarchy”, click on “Import Controllers”

  • STEP 2

    You will see the primary controller you’ve imported earlier in the following screen. Select the primary controller and click “Next”.

  • STEP 3

    Select the all controllers you want to import and click “Finish”.

How to add a Location?

  • STEP 1

    In the Location Hierarchy page, mouse hover on the existing wireless controller and click More Actions represented by 3 dots on the far-right corner.

  • STEP 2

    Choose Add Network.

  • STEP 3

    Enter name of the Location in the “Network Name” field.

  • STEP 4

    Enter prefix of the AP names deployed at the respective location in the “Access Point Prefix” field and click Fetch.

  • STEP 5

    Review the matching AP names fetched based on the given prefix and click Add.

How to delete a Location?

  • STEP 1

    In the Location Hierarchy page, mouse hover on the Location node that you want to delete and click More Actions represented by 3 dots on the far-right corner.

  • STEP 2

    Choose Delete Location.

  • STEP 3

    Click Delete on the confirmation screen that appears.

How to create a Group?

  • STEP 1

    In the Location Hierarchy page, mouse hover on the Account Name, Wireless Controller, or Location node where you want to create a group and click More Actions represented by 3 dots on the far-right corner.

  • STEP 2

    Choose Create Group.

  • STEP 3

    Enter name of the Group in the screen that appears.

  • STEP 4

    Select Wireless Networks, Locations, or Groups and click Add.

How to create a Zone?

  • STEP 1

    In the Location Hierarchy page, mouse hover on the Location node and click More Actions represented by 3 dots on the far-right corner.

  • STEP 2

    Choose Add Zone.

  • STEP 3

    Enter name of the Zone in the “Zone Name” field.

  • STEP 4

    Select APs deployed at the respective zone you want to create and click Add.

How to add Location Information?

  • STEP 1

    In the Location Hierarchy page, click on the Location where you want to add location info.

  • STEP 2

    Click “Edit” on Location Data.

  • STEP 3

    Enter Location Info such as Brand Name, Country, City, Address, Timezone, area units in Sq. Ft/Sq. Mt and click Update.