If you're like me you like to have as much information as you can about whatever it is you are doing. Wireless access is no exception. When using wireless so many things can go wrong. You can have a weak signal, too much noise, strange frequency variations, and many other issues. Without the tools to find these issues you may never know what is keeping you from getting the speeds you should be getting.
The wavemon tool is a very handy tool to have in your arsenal that will help you gather information you might not otherwise have. With wavemon you can see Signal levels, Noise levels, Signal to noise ratios, frequencies, TX power, sensitivity (if available), bitrate, and so much more.
One of the only issues that might turn you off of wavemon is that it is an NCurses tool. This means the tool is run in a terminal window (I have found it runs best under Eterm) and uses ASCII to create the information it offers. Don't let this cause you not to want to use wavemon because it is a very useful tool.
Getting and Installing
Wavemon is downloaded and installed from source. Download the tarball from the Wavemon site and save it to your hard drive. The installation steps are simple:
As you can see, in the image on the left, the Wavemon info window offers a lot of information.
At the bottom of the screen you will notice there are 10 possible options (of which some have no entries). Each of these options are different screens you can view.
The list of windows is:
You can also start wavemon with a few handy options. Those options are:
If you need more information than your standard networking tools offer, and do not want to dump any extra cash into a third party offering, wavemon is just the tool for those looking to know everything there is to know about their networks. It's easy to use, offers a ton of information, is open source, and has a tiny foot print.
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