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KDE Networking Tool

Score 68%


Link:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 3.x
Downloads:  11723
Submitted:  Jan 3 2004
Updated:  Jan 13 2005


!!! KWireless renamed to KWlanInfo !!!
A renaming of kwireless was necessary to avoid an name conflict with kdenetwork3-kwireless.

KWlanInfo provides some information about wlan interfaces.

It's a kicker applet and so you must start it with a right click on a empty space in the kicker panel and then add it. At time it only works proper, if the wlan interface is set to "managed" mode (Access point).

Meanwhile it's tested with many wlan cards and distributions, but some wlan drivers do not set wlan statistics proper and so you get wrong data displayed.


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Attention!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
KWireless renamed because there's a conflict with a standard kwireless-applet in KDE. The new name is now KWlanInfo

- Opening info window does not appear in taskbar
- Min/Max indicators on bars in info window to see best and worst values of a connection
- Tooltip window for each bar shows full bar name and level (usefull if bar text to small or truncated)

Errors removed:
- Header files missing on some systems
- Nickname and ESSID on some systems not correctly displayed or kwlaninfo crashed

Error removed:
- Nickname and ESSID sometimes not updated

Errors removed:
- Header file error (wireless.h not found on some systems)
- Bars in info window have now the same colors like bars in applet

Behavior improved:
- info window on mouse over event now always on top
- if text to big for bar view, it will be truncated and not removed like in older versions

Reimplementation of some code:
There are no longer depencies to any extern files or programs (e.g. /proc/net/wireless, ifconfig ...).

Some compilation errors, program crashes on newer systems (KDE 3.2 + gcc 3.3) removed. Sorry, inadvertance of the programmer ;-)).

All regular expressions in QString changed to standard string functions, so you should be able to compile kwlaninfo with Qt >= 3.x
Following bug in KDE-3.2 fixed: info window shown in klwaninfo applet widget

Size of kwlaninfo now configurable. You can choose following modes (preferences dialog):
normal: ratio height:width = 1:2
condensed: ratio height:width = 1:1
ultra condensed: ratio height:width = 2:1

You can now choose when info bar shall be visible. Following modes are availible (preferences dialog):
Mouseover: info bar will be visible if you move mouse pointer over kwlaninfo
Double Click: info bar is visible on a double click on kwlaninfo
(in both modes info bar is hidden if mouse pointer leaves kwlaninfo)

infobar shows graphical signal strength too

bar text will be removed if it's to big for the view

type selection in preferences dialog removed

KWlanInfo applet still runs even of missing or removing wlan card.
In this case it displays an error and in a tooltip (mouse over kwlaninfo applet) it shows an error message.
If card will be inserted it shows the normal bar view again.

Redesign of the source code
IP address in info window added
Danish translation added (thanks to the translator "Frederik Dannemare")

Compiling error using qt version < 3.2 removed
Compiling of kwireless requires now only qt version >= 3.1

Info window shows now wlan settings like ESSID, Access Point ...
German translation included.
Following bug removed:
The info window was possibly not displayed correct (out of screen), if kicker panel or kwireless changed their position. Now the position of info window is correctly calculated.

An error occurs while opening preferences in Version 0.6. Now opening preferences works correct.
Further you need Qt Version 3.2.3 or higher.

"Type" in preferences dialog is reserved for future use.
Customizing of kwireless improved (see preferences dialog).
Following features added:
- setting of font and font color
- setting own bar colors for different levels.
- setting level values for changing the bar colors

Calculation of bar text size improved. On mouseEnter event a info window is shown.

While setting up preferences first time the "Procfile" value was empty. Now it's initial value is set to "/proc/net/wireless"

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 Working fine

 by CrimsonScythe on: Jan 9 2004
Score 50%

It works just fine with the Dell Truemobile 1150 (Orinoco) mini-pci card. However, the only card that I can choose in the configuration dialog is the Elsa card. Why is that?

Also, it would be cool to be able to adjust the colors so that they match the rest of my applets :-) I look forward to the next version!

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 Re: Working fine

 by phtest on: Jan 10 2004
Score 50%

The "Type" selection in Preferences will be used in a later version. Then it will offer more vendor specific configuration/information of a wlan card.
The customer settings of the bar colors will be soon implemented. Also setting up an own text font.

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 building from source

 by jguthrie on: Jan 10 2004
Score 50%

Building from source does not create a 'kwireless' binary file. I compile all of the objects and docs but the configure, make, make install never builds or installs the final binary.

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 Re: building from source

 by phtest on: Jan 10 2004
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Because it's a kicker panel applet the compiling does not create a binary. It will be created a library stored in ${KDEDIR}/lib/libkwireless.la. To start kwireless do this steps:
1. Right mouse click on an empty space in the kicker panel
2. Now select in the opened menu add->applet->kwireless

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 no changes

 by chrisbs on: Jan 11 2004
Score 50%

I have installed .6-pre and the applet is in my tool bar but it never updates. It sits at Quality 0% / Noise -255 / Signal -255.

I have a broadcomm 802.11g wirless (mini-pci) using linuxant.com's linux wrapper for windows drivers.

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 Gentoo ebuild

 by Praxxus on: Jan 14 2004
Score 50%

I whipped together a Gentoo ebuild for this:


Just cd to your PORTDIR_OVERLAY, tar -zxvf it into there, and then "emerge kwireless"

It works fine for me running the KDE 3.2 CVS ebuilds. So far I've tested it on a Dell Latitude D800 using the ndiswrapper driver.

Sweet app! Thanks for making it!


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 Re: Gentoo ebuild

 by Praxxus on: Jan 21 2004
Score 50%

Will This forum let you edit your posts?

Anyway, I moved the ebuild:


This one in particular is in the "net-wireless" section.


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 Lindows - error

 by pistooli on: Jan 17 2004
Score 50%

obviously it does not compile in Lindows 4.0 or 4.5 as these have earlier versions of QT than the requirement... :-(

cheers - pistooli

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 works on Xandros2

 by pistooli on: Jan 17 2004
Score 50%

nice one... compiles and works fine on Xandros 2.0

thanks - pistooli

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 Re: works on Xandros2

 by pistooli on: Jan 17 2004
Score 50%

you can get my contributed xandros binary from here:

  • http://www.xandrosuser.com/downloads/kwireless_0.6-xp1_i386.deb

  • cheers - pistooli

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