The 7signal Sapphire Eye 500 (previously Sapphire Micro Eye) is a smaller portable Wi-Fi performance sensor which has been created for small areas. However do not be fooled by its size, except for spectrum analysis, it still performs all of the same tests & analytics as its bigger brother.
The Sapphire Micro Eye covers up to 2 access points. It is great for enabling Wi-Fi performance testing from wherever its location, be that on a desk, table or wall. All of the data which has been collected is gathered and used by Sapphire Cloud in the same way as it is for all other Sapphire Eye sensors.
What Sapphire Eyes See and Do
Sapphire Eyes execute active, cyclic end-user synthetic test traffic (Layers 1-7), perform a comprehensive passive analysis (Layers 1-2) as well as 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrum analysis. The tests are defined in a custom automated test profile which can include communication with premises and cloud servers of unique importance to your business. WLAN data is analyzed within the Eye and the results are stored in the EyeQ Cloud database which is part of the EyeQ Cloud platform. These are a few of the 600 key performance indicators that can be measured and tracked around the clock.
- Packet loss
- Voice quality
- Success rates
- Retry rates
- Airtime utilization
Sapphire Eyes are typically ceiling mounted throughout the WLAN area. Each Eye utilizes a dual-band 802.11 radio and low noise RF amplification technologies to enable active tests and maximize the range of operation. Sapphire Eyes take power from Power over Ethernet (PoE) and their wireless communications are encrypted.
On the 2100 model, beam steering provides amplification in the target direction and suppresses interference from other directions. This enables Eyes to make accurate active measurements from one single location. The use of client end beam steering technology essentially creates virtual test points in each beam direction.