Wirepath is a Visual Quoting-related feature that you can use to better estimate the cabling requirements in your projects. If you are new to using Wirepath, check out this article to learn Wirepath concepts.
This article lists some common scenarios where Wirepath is typically used. In this article, we assume you know how to use Plan View, Floor Plan, or Location Boundary and add Items/Products to the Floor Plan in the Products View. If you are new to the Visual Quoting experience, check out this article on getting started with Visual Quoting for more details.
Place your products precisely on the floor plan. This goes a long way in wire paths and the resulting cabling requirements being accurate.
1 - Cable Along One Wall
This one's simple. After you have set the Scale for Wirepath, add a path along the wall where the cable will be run.
Click the path line and add the actual cable item in the side panel. In this example, we run an audio cable from the computer to the speakers.
2 - Cable Along Multiple Walls
Here, you have to extend the path line along the first wall to an adjacent one, like an 'L-shape.' If you want to extend it to the third wall, you can do that too.
Click the path line and add the actual cable item in the side panel. In this example, we run a network cable from the router to the display device.
3 - Multiple Cables Along a Path
If you are running different types of cables along the same path, say through a cable tray or raceway, click the path line and add all the cable items in the side panel. Both cables will show up in the Items view as separate items.
In this example, we add one wire path for audio, network, and electrical cables.
4 - Multiple Cables of the Same Type Along a Path
If you are running the same type of cable but need multiple runs of it, click the path line, add the cable item, and specify the number of Runs in the side panel. This will automatically estimate the cable length as 'X' times that of the wire path, where 'X' is the number of Runs.
In this example, we assume that the wire path in scenario (3) is running 10 runs of the network cable.
5 - Distinguish Wire Paths
If, for some reason want to show the wire paths in your quote explicitly, you can assign different colors to the wire paths. Click the wire path and assign a color to it in the side panel. Do this for all wire paths, and the path lines on the floor plan will be seen in the designated colors.
6 - Add Cable Accessories
If you want to add cabling accessories for previous scenarios, you can add them as items in the relevant wire path's side panel. Cloud will automatically calculate the length of the accessory based on the length of the wire path.
In this example, we add a raceway for a wire path added in scenario (3).
7 - Estimate Cabling for Symmetric Paths
If you are installing home theater speakers that require a symmetric placement, Wirepath reduces your efforts to estimate cabling in half. You don't need to add wire paths for each speaker.
After you set the wire paths for the speakers on the Left, you can change the Runs in the side panel to 2 to factor in the cabling for the speakers on the Right.
8 - Account for Change in Elevation in the Path
If the cable path changes elevation, you can use the Rise and Fall options in the side panel. A good example of this scenario is how the audio cable is run from the A/V receiver placed in front of a wall to the Surround Speaker placed on the opposite wall. This will require a Rise to the ceiling and a Fall from the ceiling to the speaker.
In this example, we set the Runs to 2, add the audio cable with a 7-feet Rise from the A/V receiver up onto the ceiling, and a 3-feet Fall from the ceiling to the Surround Speaker.