NetBeez’s release of version 1.5 of its sensor-based network performance monitoring solution introduces a feature called service set identifier (SSID) hopping. The feature enables a NetBeez sensor to monitor many Wi-Fi networks by sequentially connecting to up to four SSIDs. For each SSID in a hopping group, the sensor verifies Wi-Fi authentication, network connectivity, and Internet performance.
As per Tech Terms.com, “An SSID is a unique ID that consists of 32 characters and is used for naming wireless networks. When multiple wireless networks overlap in a certain location, SSIDs make sure that data gets sent to the correct destination. The SSID is different than the name that is assigned to a wireless router.”
NetBeez elaborates, “SSID hopping enables a wireless monitoring sensor to sequentially test different Wi-Fi networks in a round robin fashion. This strategy is very useful when you don’t want to deploy a dedicated sensor for each network available at one location. With the proper configuration, the same sensor will continuously cycle through multiple SSIDs.”