Question regarding wlan plugin's definition of signal quality...

Peter N. Spotts pspotts at
Fri Jan 11 21:28:12 CET 2008

On Fri, 11 Jan 2008 14:08:49 -0600
Robby Workman <xfce at> wrote:

> Liviu Andronic wrote:
> > On 1/11/08, Andrew Robinson < at> wrote:
> >> Try running iwconfig. It should print the correct number
> > 
> > I can report similar problems on Gentoo. The WaveLAN plugin and
> > iwconfig dispaly different signal figures for the signal quality.
> > Usually, the plugin is much more optimistic.
> Just a wild guess here, but...
> Perhaps the plugin only polls for the signal strength periodically
> (and with a relatively long delay) - I know that the signal strenth
> of the wireless network here fluctuates wildly, so that would maybe
> *almost* make sense... :-)
> -RW
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Interesting thought. I know I've got Conky set up to poll quite
frequently. Yet over the long term, my connection according to Conky is
consistently in the 50s and 60s (I'm at the other end of the house)
while Wavelan is consistently around the mid-80s. Would that it were
so!  ;-)



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