wavemon – ncurses-based monitoring for wireless network devices

wavemon is a wireless device monitoring application that allows you to watch signal and noise levels, packet statistics, device configuration and network parameters of your wireless network hardware.

It should work (though with varying features) with all devices supported by the Linux kernel.

wavemon is free and open source software.

Features include:

  • Plots levels in real-time as well as showing wireless and network related device information.
    Interface splits into different “screens”. Each screen presents information in a specific manner. For example, the “info” screen shows current levels as bargraphs, whereas the “level” screen represents the same levels as a moving histogram.
  • Info – the most comprehensive screen. It displays a condensed overview of wireless-specific parameters and network statistics, as well as bar graphs. The layout is arranged into several sub-sections.
  • Interfaces – shows information about the monitoring interface, including interface name, type, ESSID, and available encryption formats.
  • Levels – shows the following information:
    • Relative signal quality
    • Signal level in dBm.
    • If the wireless driver also supports noise level information, additionally noise level in dBm and Signal-Noise-Ratio (SNR) in dB are shown.
  • Statistics – displays packet and byte counters and a few other packet-related statistics.
  • Info – lists the current operational mode and configuration of the wireless interface. What parameters are actually shown depends on the capabilities and selected mode of your network device.
  • Network – hows network-level parameters.

Website: github.com/uoaerg/wavemon
Developer: Jan Morgenstern and contributors
License: GNU General Public License v3.0

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