Wireless tool idea....

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Mercjoe, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. Mercjoe

    Mercjoe Network Guru Member

    I am sitting here using inSSIDer troubleshooting a issue when I had a thought. I am looking at the frequencies in use and the relative signal strengths when I realized that all this data is present in Tomato, it is just not correlated for easier display and analysis.

    All you TomatoUSB devs guys., would it be possible to display things like signal strength in a histogram that displays signal strength vs time. Or even to display things like channel and relative strength of each SSID on each of those channels. Like at inSSIDer and you can see how they are set up.

    My reasoning for this being useful is that it is using what the ROUTER is seeing. Not what a computer with a different chipset, wireless adapter, positioning, OS etc is seeing. Tools like inSSIDER are great for looking at the far end of the link, but not so much at the router end of things. Being able to look at the router on the far end of a WDS or WEB could yield some good insight into what is going on.

    There is no need for storing data. It would be realtime display much like the realtime bandwidth graph is now.

    What do you think? How much room would it take in the firmware to display something like this. Nothing fancy, just a simple set of graphs.
  2. Planiwa

    Planiwa Network Guru Member

    The wonderful thing about Tomato is that it makes it possible to do all of this as a user.

    [Frankly, I would prefer to see developers pay more attention to the essentials.]

    Yesterday I posted some hints about this, hoping to start a collaborative conversation.
    Wireless Measurements from WL

    One of my routers produces a "Wireless Environment Report" (every 5 minutes) that makes this sort of information available to the wifi users via a web page hosted on the router.
  3. Mercjoe

    Mercjoe Network Guru Member

    I would prefer them working on the big stuff as well.

    Again, this was just an idea.

    I looked at your post. Interesting stuff, but that displays out all text. I was thinking more on the lines of a visual output. It is easier to read and allows for quicker troubleshooting.
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