CTS 074: Wi-Fi Monitoring with Sensors

Wi-Fi monitoring is an important aspect of operating a WLAN. Where hard-wired is easy to do nowadays, how do you monitor a network connection of hundreds or even thousands that use an invisible signal to connect back to your network? David Wilson of Cape Networks talks about how it can be possible to monitor Wi-Fi in any environment.

Monitoring Wi-Fi with Cape Sensors

 

Wi-Fi Monitoring with Sensors

David Wilson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cape Networks which develops wireless sensors. These sensors can be placed anywhere on your network and can perform tests as if they were a wireless client. The benefit of having wireless sensors is to get insight into specific environments. You can use this information to find out how Wi-Fi may be performing, get statistics, and act accordingly.

Be sure to listen to the podcast about the free sensor giveaway.. or scroll down to the bottom of this post 🙂

The wireless sensors do not analyze RF. They act as wireless clients. This means it is ideal to have these sensors placed as close to the users as possible.

Listen to the episode to hear more about Wi-Fi monitoring using sensors.

  • Introduction of Cape Networks
  • Perspective on Wi-Fi monitoring
  • Placing Wi-Fi sensors close to the users
  • Cape Networks’ simple dashboard for monitoring the sensors
  • Cloud-based dashboard
  • Testing external services and websites
  • Testing internal services such as DHCP and DNS
  • Testing of internal websites
  • Sensor hardware
  • Setting up the sensor

Screenshots

Three sensors on a table Warnings on the Cape dashboard Warnings on the Cape dashboard Testing connectivity on the Cape dashboard Look at the Cape dashboard

Links and Resources

Free Sensor Giveaway

David Wilson has offered to give away one free sensor to a lucky listener. We will select one person randomly from the entry pool. Here’s what you receive:

  1. One Wi-Fi sensor
  2. One year subscription to the Cape Networks dashboard

The requirements of entering in this giveaway:

  1. Must be in the United States (sorry there are some regulatory restrictions here)
  2. Enter the form below
  3. Leave a comment on this page on where you believe the name Cape Networks originated from.

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Rowell, CWNE #210, is a network engineer in Higher-Ed. He enjoys working with wireless networking technologies and loves to share and engage with the community. You can connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

15 comments on CTS 074: Wi-Fi Monitoring with Sensors

  1. David says:

    Too late to enter into the contest? (form seems to be unavailable)
    Gonna guess Cape Networks has something to do with Cape Town in South Africa

    1. Rowell says:

      Just fixed the error with the form!

  2. Justin Cox says:

    I would guess the name is related to Cape Town South Africa.

  3. Dawn Douglass says:

    Probably related to Cape Town where David Wilson was born and part of the company still resides.

  4. Topher says:

    I agree that it has something to do with Cape Town since they have an office there, but perhaps it is also in reference to a superhero cape as Cape Networks is coming to rescue your network from Bad-Fi. ヽ(´ー`)ノ

  5. Nathan Backus says:

    Definitely agree with South Africa. He demonstrated the product in Phoenix at WLPC. Now a podcast it, good stuff!

  6. Glenn Cate says:

    Cape Networks came from the city where David was raised (or where he worked or attended university) which is Cape Town, South Africa.

    -Glenn

  7. Glenn Cate says:

    Actually–the “second” reason for Cape Networks is that they want the Wi-Fi technicians to be seen as heroes, who of course, wear “capes”! Too funny!

  8. Charlie Dean says:

    Is it too late for the contest? As others already guessed, I was going to say Cape Town, South Africa is where Cape Networks name is from.

  9. Lance Romigh says:

    I’d say Cape Town as well 🙂

  10. Joel Crane says:

    Cape Networks empowers IT personnel to be Wi-Fi superheroes, with a cape!

    …I’m sure it’s also because they’re based out of Cape Town. It has a nice double-meaning. 🙂

    We met with these guys at WLPC… super cool, very knowledgable, fun to talk to. Excited about their product for sure!

  11. Brandon says:

    Cape wants to help IT Managers be seen a heroes in their organizations.

  12. Oren Rish says:

    1. All Bad-Fi avengers wear capes and are armed with wifi sensors.
    2. Cape Town

  13. Aaron Evans says:

    IT Superheroes, eradicating bad wifi with monitoring

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