Wall Attenuation Reporting

The recent release of AI Pro from Ekahau now supports wall types with the option to configure unique wall attenuation values per band.  This is a welcome feature addition, but immediately after seeing this feature I wondered how to include this information in custom template reports to document the configured wall type attenuation per band.

As the Ekahau online documentation for custom reports is slowly being updated for AI Pro, not all the new data and visualization tags are described.  As a result, I wanted to document some new data tags that have been introduced to document band specific wall type attenuation values.

All tags were introduced in ESS 8.5.2 and all must be defined inside a wall type loop. Below are some of the already existing data tags related to documenting wall types:

NameDescriptionData Tag
wall-type-nameName of the current wall type.<#${wall-type-name}#>
wall-type-attenuationAttenuation of the current wall type.<#${wall-type-attenuation}#>
wall-type-width-in-metersWidth in meters of the current wall type.<#${wall-type-width-in-meters}#>
wall-type-width-in-feetWidth in feet of the current wall type.<#${wall-type-width-in-feet}#>
wall-type-height-in-metersHeight in meters from floor level of the current wall type.<#${wall-type-height-in-meters}#>
wall-type-height-in-feetHeight in feet from floor level of the current wall type.<#${wall-type-height-in-feet}#>
wall-type-hover-in-metersHover height in meters from floor level of the current wall type.<#${wall-type-hover-in-meters}#>
wall-type-hover-in-feetHover height in feet from floor level of the current wall type.<#${wall-type-hover-in-feet}#>
wall-type-color-iconAn icon image that has the color of the current wall type.<#${wall-type-color-icon}#>
wall-type-color-small-iconSame as wall-type-color-icon tag but smaller. Introduced in ESS 8.6.2.<#${wall-type-color-small-icon}#>
wall-type-color-large-iconSame as wall-type-color-icon tag but larger. Introduced in ESS 8.6.2.<#${wall-type-color-large-icon}#>

Sample floor plan with walls drawn in:

Sample floor plan with wall types added

We can use the tags in an example template:

Sample custom report template for wall types

Here we can see the output report from the above template:

Wall type attenuation value listed in table format

Three new commands were introduced in AI Pro 11.0.0. All tags must be within a floor loop. The three data tags are:

NameDescriptionData Tag
wall-type-attenuation-2.4Attenuation of the current wall type on the 2.4GHz band.<#${wall-type-attenuation-2.4}#>
wall-type-attenuation-5Attenuation of the current wall type on the 5GHz band.<#${wall-type-attenuation-5}#>
wall-type-attenuation-6Attenuation of the current wall type on the 6GHz band.<#${wall-type-attenuation-6}#>

We can use the new tags in an example template:

Sample custom report template for wall types

Here we can see the output report from the above template:

Wall type attenuation values listed per band in table format

Slàinte!


Resources

Ekahau custom report documentation:

https://support.ekahau.com/hc/en-us/sections/115001529668

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