Bug 129100 - Wireless applet signal strength misleading
Wireless applet signal strength misleading
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 129064
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-applets (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Mark McLoughlin
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Reported: 2004-08-03 21:29 EDT by Matthew Saltzman
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-02-21 14:04:56 EST
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Description Matthew Saltzman 2004-08-03 21:29:48 EDT
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7)
Gecko/20040706 Firefox/0.9.1

Description of problem:
While connected to a very weak WAP signal from another building, the
wireless applet nevertheless indicates signal strength near 100%. 
WinXP reports the same signal as "very weak" and wavemon reports s/n
ratios in the single digits.

Disabling the interface leaves the last measured percentage instead of
switching to "N/A".

What is actually being displayed, anyway?  Signal strength as a
percentage of what?

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install and enable wireless applet
2. Connect to a WAP at long distance and watch the signal strength meter.
3. Toggle the wireless interface between up and down.

Actual Results:  Signal strength meter indicates "very strong" signal

When the link is disabled, a percentage still shows in the signal
strength field and "WiFi" still shows in the status box, but is not

Expected Results:  Signal strength meter should indicate "very weak
signal" (not quite sure what's appropriate).  Disabling the interface
should change the status to indicated that I'm not connected.

Additional info:

On my home netowork, where I'm within about 30 feet of my WAP, signal
strength is in the 70-90% range.
Comment 1 Matthew Saltzman 2004-08-03 21:48:47 EDT
Sorry, not sure how this got committed twice.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 129064 ***
Comment 2 Red Hat Bugzilla 2006-02-21 14:04:56 EST
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.

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