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finite9
August 7th, 2008, 09:10 AM
Anyone seen this or installed it?:

http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS6100424493.html

Seems like a nice tool for monitoring wifi networks. The radar seems like maybe just a gimmick, but it could be useful if it shows range correctly--it would be more intuitive to see APs using a visual radar rather than a list.

I like the decibel rating as well...seems more accurate that Network Manager.

lesliek
August 7th, 2008, 09:29 AM
Well, I tried to install it and it wouldn't install (using Unbuntu 8.04 and the gDesklets framework available from the repositories).

coffeecat
August 7th, 2008, 12:01 PM
Well, I tried to install it and it wouldn't install (using Unbuntu 8.04 and the gDesklets framework available from the repositories).

Double-check that you followed the installation instructions here (http://www.xirrus.com/library/pdf/XirrusWiFiMonitorDeskletLinux_InstallationGuide1.0 .txt). I installed this on my laptop in Linux Mint using the Ubuntu paragraph and it's working fine: gDesklets from the Ubuntu repository and then installing the Xirrus tar.gz package from a running gDesklets windows.

I've also installed the MacOS version on my MacMini and that's running fine too.

finite9, yes it is useful, but I wouldn't have it running all the time. One of the useful things is that it displays the WiFi channel. Handy in troubleshooting when a neighbour sets up a new wireless network on the same frequency as you.

For anyone interested, here is the Xirrus webpage (http://www.xirrus.com/library/wifitools.php).