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KWirelessMonitor

   0.5.91  

KDE Networking Tool

Score 75%
KWirelessMonitor
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Link:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 3.1.x
Downloads:  25312
Submitted:  Mar 25 2004
Updated:  Jan 2 2005

Description:

KWirelessMonitor is a small KDE application that docks into the system tray and monitors the wireless network interface. It supports both Linux (tested on several major distributions) and FreeBSD (tested on 5.2.1). The systray icon shows the signal quality and the bit rate using a "bar graph" and a "pie chart", respectively. In the configuration dialog, you can change the bit rate and power management settings of the wireless interface. It is also able to automatically enable power management when using battery power and/or automatically disable power management during data transfer. By default, KWirelessMonitor tries to automatically detect the wireless interface. You can also manually set the interface name if necessary. Starting with version 0.5.91, KWirelessMonitor can connect to a network specified by the user (experimental). For more information, please check out the homepage.




Changelog:

0.5.91:
# Experimental: Added support for connecting to a network specified by the user. User can enter the appropriate network name (ESSID) and click Ok/Apply to connect to the network. (Currently only supports unencrypted networks.)

Note: Tested on Fedora Core 2, Mandrake 10, and FreeBSD 5.2.1, which are supported by distribution-specific code. For other distributions, it falls back to generic code, which _theoretically_ should work. However, given the quirks I have encountered in the above three distributions, there are likely problems with other distributions as well. Please test this feature and report problems if it does not work.

0.5.4:
# After settings are enabled, the previously saved settings are now immediately applied.
# Added menu item for enabling settings.

0.5.2:
# Changed manual power management setting UI: ``Enable'' and ``Disable'' are now push buttons.

0.5.0:
# New user interface for power management settings: manual and automatic settings are now mutually exclusive.

0.4.8:
# Available bit rates are now automatically detected, so now 802.11g bit rates can be selected. (Linux only.)

0.4.6:
# Improved AC status detection with ACPI on Linux.
# Improved quality calculation heuristics on Linux. (Hopefully this will support driverloader/ndiswrapper users who previously encountered "No signal" or similar problems.)
# The status window is now sticky (i.e., appearing on all desktops) and without its own task bar entry.

0.4.4:
# Added timeout heuristic for "automatically disable PM" to improve performance.

0.4.2:
# FreeBSD support for "automatically disable power management during data transfer".

0.4.0:
# Automatically disable power management during data transfer (Linux only).

Pre-0.4.0 features (both Linux and FreeBSD):
# Automatically enable power management when using battery power. (Requires kernel ACPI or APM support on Linux; requires kernel APM support on FreeBSD.)
# Truly transparent systray icons.
# Allow changing bit rate and power management settings from the configuration dialog. kdesu is used to launch a helper process as root.
# Display network name, signal quality, bit rate, and current power management mode in tooltip and status window.
# Auto-detect the wireless interface.
# Display signal quality and bit rate graphically.




LicenseGPL
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(Fedora Core 1 RPM, should also work on Red Hat 9)
(Fedora Core 2 RPM)
(Mandrake 10.0 RPM)
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 KwirelessMonitor

 
 by eyecon on: Aug 2 2004
 
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This is clearly (IMO) a teriffic tool. Any chance of a kicker applet?


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 Re: KwirelessMonitor

 
 by pach on: Aug 3 2004
 
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Could you describe more specifically what you would like to see on the panel? Thanks!


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 Re: Re: KwirelessMon

 
 by macguyvok on: Aug 14 2004
 
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Basically I'd like to see the same thing as what's in the system tray; maybe with the signal quality shown as well.


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 Re: KwirelessMon

 
 by pach on: Aug 16 2004
 
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So you would like the option to display the information on the panel instead of in the system tray (i.e., only one will be present)?


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 Re: Re: KwirelessMon

 
 by macguyvok on: Aug 17 2004
 
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Yes, that would be great. Also, I think it would really be nice if I could have the option to have the link quality (the number from 'link quality' in iwconfig) displayed inplace of the rate pie graph. Make it an option to display one or the other. (I find having that number can be very useful.)

However, this is an awesome program. Keep up the good work!


--Mac
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 Run 2 instances?

 
 by Zyk on: Aug 14 2004
 
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First, thanks for nice program.

How can I run 2 instances of KWirelessMonitor at same time? I have a notebook with 2 wireless card and I'd like to monitor them simultaneously. I am using KDE under Fedora 2 test 3.


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 Re: Run 2 instances

 
 by pach on: Aug 16 2004
 
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Unfortunately, right now it only supports a single instance. This has actually been on my todo list for a while. I just haven't had time to look at it yet...


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 Dutch Howto

 
 by linuxhelp on: Aug 22 2004
 
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Here is a dutch howto/review! => http://www.linuxhelp.be/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=51&Itemid=35

Greeetz,

Tux


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 Re: Dutch Howto

 
 by pach on: Aug 23 2004
 
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Thanks! Keep up the good work!


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 Re: Re: Dutch Howto

 
 by linuxhelp on: Aug 23 2004
 
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I'l do, thanx for reply !!


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 No Signal

 
 by kparsha on: Sep 2 2004
 
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hi,
this is a great tool if only i cld get it to work properly, having installed it I find that inspite of there existing a good connection, even as I am sending this mail, the applet says NO SIGNAL. Its been configured (automatic) to the wireless lan wlan0.
FYI: I have a Athresor chipset AR5001 card that is using the NDIS wrapper for the windows driver.


Karthik
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 Re: No Signal

 
 by pach on: Sep 3 2004
 
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If you are compiling from source, one possible problem could be that the versions of your running kernel and your kernel headers don't match.

Otherwise, it could be a problem with ndiswrapper. Could you send me the following to help me determine the problem?

1. Output of 'iwconfig'
2. Output of 'cat /proc/net/wireless'

Thanks.


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 Re: Re: No Signal

 
 by kparsha on: Sep 3 2004
 
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thx for the immediate attention.

I am using the FC1 rpm.
---------------------------------------------------------
%iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

Warning: Driver for device wlan0 has been compiled with version 16
of Wireless Extension, while this program is using version 15.
Some things may be broken...

wlan0 IEEE 802.11b ESSID:"Computer Science LAN" Nickname:"Bhairav"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.457GHz Access Point: 00:02:2D:54:53:24
Bit Rate=11Mb/s
Link Quality:0/0 Signal level:-47 dBm Noise level:-256 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

--------------------------------------------------------------------
cat /proc/net/wireless
Inter-| sta-| Quality | Discarded packets | Missed | WE
face | tus | link level noise | nwid crypt frag retry misc | beacon | 16
wlan0: 0000 0 209 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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looks like the ndiswrapper is not updating /proc/net/wireless file.... I guess that is one of the probs.


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 Re: No Signal

 
 by pach on: Sep 4 2004
 
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Ok, so that explains it. The driver reports quality 0/0, and it is interpreted as "no signal". Since several people have reported similar problems related to ndiswrapper/driverloader, I'll try to implement a workaround, e.g., using the signal/noise values.


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 Idea for KDE 4

 
 by tvakah on: Sep 6 2004
 
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I think that for KDE 4, we should take the various similar apps (knemo, kppp's icon, kwirelessmonitor etc) and roll them into one system service. Basically, roll knemo and kwirelessmonitor into one, and then modify kppp to use that service rather than doing it itself.

Any thoughts?


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 Re: Idea for KDE 4

 
 by pach on: Sep 8 2004
 
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I think kwirelessmonitor is actually more similar to kwifimanager, kwlaninfo, etc. I'm not familiar with the applications you mentioned, so could you describe more specifically how you would like to see these apps merged? Thanks.


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 Auto reconnect?

 
 by edonnelly on: Sep 7 2004
 
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I think this program is great. My wireless occasionally disconnects, and I can keep a close eye on it with this program. How hard would it be to have this program automatically run a script when the network disconnects? I have a simple one (a few iwconfig commands and an ifup wlan0) that I need to run whenever I get disconnected, but if this program could do it, that would be a great feature.


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 Re: Auto reconnect?

 
 by pach on: Sep 8 2004
 
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It shouldn't be difficult to allow a user to specify a custom script/program. However, I would prefer a solution that is transparent to the user. The problem is that, of course, this would require distribution-specific code to handle, e.g., DHCP stuff. I haven't figured out a good solution yet, and that is why I haven't added support for setting network name (ESSID) yet. Reconnect involves the same issues.

For now, you may want to try kwifimanager. IIRC, it does allow a user to specify custom scripts for some events.


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