Network monitoring

First things first

If you haven’t already, you’ll need to create an account in the Perch app.


If you’re an MSP, it’s important to select “I am managing other Organizations” during signup. This will allow your account to easily add new Organizations under your MSP umbrella.

Port Mirroring

For your network to be able to properly connect with your sensor, you’ll first need to get port mirroring set up. Port mirroring, also known as SPAN (Switch Port Analyzer), sends a copy of all network packets seen on one port (or an entire VLAN) to another port, where the packets can be analyzed through a Perch sensor and routed to the Perch cloud.


We strongly recommend setting up port mirroring before getting on an onboarding call with us. However, we’re happy to help if you need it.

These articles will help you get mirroring set up:

Physical only:

Virtual only:

Cloud only:

Setting up your sensor

Now that port mirroring is out of the way, you’re ready to install your sensor. Let’s determine what sensor type you have – Physical, Virtual, or Cloud. You might have a combination of sensors, so you’ll want to check out each article that pertains to your sensor type.


We’ll help guide you through the process of setting up your sensor, all we need is a quick call. You can arrange your call here.

Physical sensor

Here’s what you need to know to get your physical sensor up and running:

Virtual sensor

If you are using a virtual sensor, this article will get you in the right place:

Cloud sensor

In order to set up your cloud sensor, pick the terminal you’re using:


If you have attempted a self-install you must notify Perch so we can verify we’re receiving required traffic.

Manage your sensor

Learn how to manage your sensor with the following article:

Deep dive

With Perchybana we can work alongside you, you can go in and get your hands a little dirty and see the data that we see, or any combination of the two. We make the data transparent, giving you full control over your security posture.

Adding integrations expands Perch’s threat analysis to include the log data of your other tools and services. It lets you aggregate your data, giving you a clear view of your environment. We have a variety of integrations and are continuing to add more to our arsenal. Find all of our currently available integrations here:

Once your integrations are set up, you can go to the Perch Marketplace to start gathering essential content. Without setting up the Perch Marketplace, Perch will only have the capability to pull in logs and cannot generate additional content. You can read about setting up the Perch Marketplace and more here:

Ready for more?

Are you ready to become a Perch power user? Kick it up a notch and head to the Ready to Explore section. Here you’ll learn how to finalize your onboarding and get involved in a big way.


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