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BSSID Locking

How to test a particular AP by using the BSSID locking feature

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Written by sabine
Updated over a week ago

Test a particular AP by specifying the BSSID that your sensor should connect to and test. This works for sensors testing one or multiple SSIDs. This can be accessed in sensor config for a particular sensor.

  • Click Add/Edit a sensor

  • Add SSID (if not already there)

  • Click configure (for advanced configuration)

  • Choose Locked under BSSID Selection

  • Select the BSSID you would like to test from the drop down menu, or type in a BSSID by choosing custom

  • You have the option to enable locking permanently or for a specific period of time

  • Do the same for every SSID you would like to enable BSSID locking for.

You can also lock the BSSID from the Wi-Fi Environment panel on sensor status page by clicking on the lock icon:

BSSID locking gives you greater control over which AP your Cape sensor is testing, allowing you to focus on APs which may be underperforming.

Cape sensors by default test the client experience, and that means we test the BSSID which we think the majority of clients would have associated with โ€“ given a choice. Cape does this by using BSSID selection criteria based on RSSI, throughput, and probability the connection is stable.

However, at times you will want to see what other parts of your network are doing, or what the experience is like for clients which might have a different BSSID preference (This is because BSSID selection methods are vendor specific). To do this you can lock the sensor to test only your BSSID of interest, this will ensure that you get the full view of how that radio is functioning on your network.

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