monitor signal strength between a wap54g and a wrt54gs?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Veedo, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. Veedo

    Veedo Network Guru Member

    hey guys, long time lurker of these forums, and first time posting here. theres been a ton of useful info, and im greatly appreciative to any help i get here. but heres my setup and then my main question:

    i have a wrt54gs setup as my router and a wap54g running as a client hooked up to a workstation. is there any software or firmare out there that will let me see the signal strength between the router and the AP? i have been searching around for the past hour or so, and havent found any info, so im hoping someone here will know. this is going to be really important to me because im planning on setting up this router in a building that is 2500ft away from the wap54g (functioning then as a repeater and kicking out wireless to several workstations in a different building). i will have directional antennas hooked up to both the router and the AP, and it would be useful to have a utility to monitor signal strength while i point the antennas. any ideas? feel free to im me any im client. thanks for any help in advance. :rockon:
  2. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    HyperWRT Thibor has a "Site Survey" that will show signal strength of the remote access point (RSSI and Noise levels). This might help in determining signal strength in one direction, at least. Just set the WAP up in "access point" mode (so the WRT54G sees it as an access point) for the duration of your test.

    This assumes, of course, that your WRT54GS is not a V5 model.
  3. Veedo

    Veedo Network Guru Member

    ok that sounds cool, im gonna go do some research on it and check it out, thanks man!
  4. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

  5. Veedo

    Veedo Network Guru Member

    just flashed my router to the firmware you suggested. awesome, this is exactly what i was looking for! i know it varies, but what kind of numbers should i be seeing? noise is around -95 and signal is around -28, this is in the same room. cant wait to set this up via long distance and see how the boosted signal via firmware affects signal strength. changing the signal output seems to have very little affect on signal strength right now, probobly because i am in such a small area right?
  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    You may want to look at WiViz. It will show ALL wireless traffic, including AP and Clients.

  7. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    Also try netstumbler.
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