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Autoplacement: Position New Access Points (BETA)

With the autoplacement feature, Juniper Mist™ can place the access point (AP) X,Y coordinates on a floorplan for you automatically. This feature saves time and makes for an easier deployment.


You should only attempt autoplacement during a maintenance window. During the autoplacement process, wireless clients cannot connect to APs as the APs will not broadcast the SSIDs. The amount of downtime you need to schedule depends on how many APs are on the floorplan. Also see the requirements listed below.

Requirements for using autoplacement:

  • The supported AP models for autoplacement are AP24, AP32, AP33, AP34, AP43, and AP45.
  • The minimum required firmware version for autoplacement is version 14.28310.

Before you use the autoplacement feature in a new deployment, ensure that:

To place access points on a floorplan automatically:

  1. From the left menu of the Juniper Mist portal, select Location > Live View.
  2. Select the site and the floorplan.
  3. Click Setup Floorplan.
  4. Click the Auto Placement button near the top right corner of the page.
    Location of Auto Placement button
  5. Select the APs that you want to place on the floorplan.
  6. Click Start Auto Placement.
  7. When the warning appears, read the information, and then click Yes to continue or No to cancel.
    Warning message

    It takes a few moments for Juniper Mist to complete the operation and display the X,Y coordinates of the APs. The amount time it takes depends on how many APs are on the floorplan. The more APs you place on the floorplan, the longer it takes the autoplacement operation to complete.

    Example: Wait message with estimated time remaining

    Upon completion of the autoplacement scanning, Juniper Mist prompts you to select your reference APs. You need to identify the positions of these APs manually. The reference APs act as a source of truth that Juniper Mist uses to calculate the locations to place the remaining APs automatically.

    Reference AP message
  8. Do one of the following:
    • Drag and drop the reference APs onto the floorplan.

    • Edit the APs' location with the X,Y position, height, and orientation angle. Make sure to set these values correctly as Mist uses the positions of the reference APs to calculate the positions of the remaining APs.

  9. Click Confirm.

    It takes a few moments to complete the operation and display the X,Y coordinates of the APs. The amount of time it takes depends on how many APs are on the floorplan.

  10. On the right side of the page, view the progress message and the final status message:
    • If you see the Placement Preview and a large check mark on the right side of the page, it indicates that the autoplacement process is complete. You can review the results and either accept or reject the results. See the Evaluate the Results section below.

    • If you see “APs Misplaced” on the right side of the window instead of a large check mark, this means that an error occurred. You need to restart the autoplacement process.

    Evaluate the Results in the List View

    View the results in the List View of the Placement Preview.

    Example: Placement Preview with Completed Status

    Example: Partially Complete Autoplacement

    Placement Preview with Partially Complete status


    • Green check mark—For new site deployments, a green check mark appears only when a reference AP has been placed correctly.

    • Blue square—A blue square next to the AP name indicates that the AP is isolated and cannot communicate with other nearby APs. Juniper Mist cannot place these APs on the floorplan automatically, which is why the autoplacement status is Partially Complete.

    View More Information in the Map View

    You can use the map view to evaluate the autoplacement.

    Click the Map View button, and then select the Show Confidence check box in the top right corner of the map. Juniper Mist displays the confidence levels for the APs.

    Map View and Show Confidence check box


    To view the confidence level for an individual AP, hover your mouse over the AP.

    The confidence level indicates how confident Mist is with the autoplacement of the APs. Confidence levels are high, medium, and low. Mist displays a radius to indicate the probability of where the APs might be located. The algorithm places the APs in the most probable location.

    • A low confidence level (red) is associated with a larger radius area and indicates low certainty about the actual location of the APs. If Mist indicates a low confidence level, then you’ll need to manually place the APs on your floorplan within the radius predicted by Mist. Note that Mist cannot place isolated APs automatically on the floor plan—you’ll need to manually place them on the floor plan.

    • A high confidence level (green) indicates a smaller probability area and therefore high certainty about the AP location.

    • A medium confidence level is indicated by orange color.

    To get a visual of how the APs were autoplaced, click the Show Animation check box in the top right corner of the map.

    Example: New Site Autoplacement (Animation)

    Greenfield animation example

    Accept or Reject the Results

    You can accept or reject the results for individual APs or for all APs.

    Select or clear the check boxes as needed, and then click Accept or Reject.