Installation guide

How many Cape Sensors do I need to monitor my network?

The number of Sensors you need depends on your environment and monitoring needs. Here are some guidelines which can help you decide how many Sensors is right for you.

General Guidelines

  • Place at least one Sensor in each area that users congregate or use WiFi the most, and in areas with WiFi complaints
  • Place Sensors in areas with WiFi or network performance concerns or complaints
  • Place Sensors in locations that are difficult, time consuming or expensive to reach in person (e.g. remote branches)
  • Place Sensors in any areas with mission-critical equipment connected to WiFi
  • Use at least one Sensor per SSID tested
  • Do not place Sensors in areas with access points that get very little data traffic such as coverage access points on the edge of your building or in less frequented areas (e.g. storage rooms)
  • In large networks with multiple access and aggregation switches, consider placing at least one Sensor per access switch
  • Try not to move Sensors after installation as this invalidates comparisons with historical data. If you plan to move a Sensor to trouble spots in response to user complaints, we recommend keeping a spare Sensor for temporary, tactical deployments
  • Typically, expect a ratio of one Sensor for every six to 24 Access Points
  • When in doubt, start small and add more Sensors over time
  • Speak to a Cape product expert if you need more information

Read on for additional guidelines and ideas by type of environment.

SMB and Enterprise

  • 1-2 Sensors per open-plan working area
  • 1 Sensor per:
    • Lobby or reception area
    • CEO / executive office
    • Busy conference / meeting room
    • Cafeteria
    • Remote branch

Hotels

  • 1-3 Sensors in the hallway on each of the hotel floors
  • 1-2 Sensors per lobby
  • 1 Sensor per:
    • Business center
    • Hotel conference and meeting rooms
    • Restaurant or cafeteria
    • Fitness center
    • High occupancy staff areas (kitchen, working areas, housekeeping etc.)

Hospitals

  • 1-3 Sensors in the hallway of each hospital floor
  • 1-2 Sensors in high occupancy staff / nurse and doctor areas (kitchen, working quarters, resting areas, finance, insurance, medical records etc.)
  • 1 Sensor per:
    • Lobby or reception areas (ground level and receptions on respective floors)
    • Cafeteria or food court
    • Patient waiting area
    • Family visitation areas

Education

  • 1-3 Sensors in the hallway of each university or school floor
  • 1-2 Sensors per cafeteria
  • 1-2 Sensors per library or study Area
  • 1-2 Sensors per indoor sports facility
  • 1-2 Sensors per high occupancy staff/teacher/management areas (kitchen, working areas, principal office, finance and accounting, etc.)
  • 1 Sensor per:
    • Large classroom / lecture venue
    • Computer room / public computer desk area
    • Laboratory

Shopping center or mall

  • 1-3 Sensors per food court
  • 1-2 Sensors per major store / anchor tenant
  • 1 Sensor per entrance area
  • 1 Sensor near rest rooms

Arena

The number of Sensors needed highly depends on the venue size and capacity. Please get in touch for a free assessment.