I don’t usually import AutoCAD files into Cisco Prime. But when I do, I do it in style

Importing a Map to Cisco Prime Infrastructure.

Do you prefer to import AutoCAD files into Prime Infrastructure over a JPG or PNG perhaps?  Sure we all do.  Here are some things you need to know about Prime and CAD files.

“I don’t usually import AutoCAD files into Cisco Prime.  But when I do, I do it in style”

If your like me and crave high-resolution images.  You might want to consider these steps.

Lets Get Started.

When importing a AutoCAD *.DWG, keep in mind that the level of resolution and detail may not be what you expect coming from an actual DWG file.

Example of a DWG imported directly to Prime (notice the resolution of the text)


Now for the alternative method.

  1. First, make a backup copy of the AutoCAD DWG file. Open the DWG file in either AutoCAD or a 3rd party viewer/editor.  
  2. Depending on the floor plan you may need to make some adjustments. e.g. colour of lines, removing extra lines that layers can’t control because they maybe tied to a line that you need on your map.
  3. Uncheck the clutter layers that you do and don’t need. e.g. these are usually markers or labels for items etc.
  4. Now you will want to print the floor plan.
  5. Notice the Custom Paper Size 1682 by 2378 mm.  This is important in creating a  high-resolution image.
  6. Make sure you choose “What to Print”.  By clicking  the drop box and selecting “window” it will take you back to the drawing and the selection tool will be enabled.  Select only the building outer walls that you need for your floor plan.
  7. Once you have selected the printable area you are now ready to save it as a PDF from the PDF drop down box.  Choose a file name and save.
  8. Your next step is to open the newly created file in Photoshop or some sort of photo editing software that is able to export the PDF to a JPG.
  9. Open the newly created PDF map to either Adobe Photoshop or similar editor capable of exporting it as a high-resolution JPG.  You shouldn’t have to make any changes to the default settings.
  10. Once the file is open you can now proceed to export the PDF to a JPG. Be patient as the file can take some time to save.  File sizes can range from 20mb – 30mb.
  11. Now you can proceed with importing the map as a JPG to your Prime Infrastructure.
  12. Don’t worry about the size of the image. Prime does not restrict the import file size of JPG’s for maps.  One caveat is to be patient when importing the large file, as it can take time for the system to rasterized it the first time.  Once its loaded it looks great! 

Example of a high-res JPG import. Notice the level of detail and Zoom Level compared to the standard DWG import.


I look forward to your comments and suggestions.


4 thoughts on “I don’t usually import AutoCAD files into Cisco Prime. But when I do, I do it in style

  1. Hi.
    Do you know if importing CAD maps for cisco prime, we can define the thickness of the walls so can we predict the coverage?

    nice article btw.
    best regards

    1. Hi Bruno, I dont belive that you can do that in any of the versions of Prime when inporting CAD. Unless somthing has changed in the latest version. If you really want to predict coverage of your design while reading CAD files you I suggest you look into tools such as Ekahau Site Survey. Ekahau has the ability for you to tag each layer or wall and clasify the wall type prior to importing. https://www.ekahau.com

      1. Hi Stew, I know ekahau as a very nice portfolio. I’m considering buying the product with the sidekick to measure exactly what I see is what I got.
        I was just wondering if Cisco Prime has the ability to provide the wall loss of the CAD files. I think it would be doable and nice for predictive surveys.

        Thank you again for the post and help.

        best Regards.

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