I'm using the prism54 driver for my NetGear WG511 card. This driver
reports statistics properly in /proc/net/wireless:
$ cat /proc/net/wireless
Inter-| sta-| Quality | Discarded packets |
face | tus | link level noise | nwid crypt frag retry misc |
eth1: 0000 197. 194. 238. 0 0 0 0 0
The problem at hand is, that the wireless monitor applet calculates
the link quality percentage with a quality value range of 0..92 in
mind and does NOT check the range reported by the driver as it
should. The prism54 reports values up to ~250. As a result, the link
quality percentage displayed virtually never goes below 100%.
The problem is know to the GNOME folks:
but it seems that they are too bored to fix it properly. :-)
Can we have a local fix in Fedora? Above bug reports includes a
$ rpm -q gnome-applets
I guess the problem is also existent in FC2 and current rawhide,
so feel free to upgrade the report.
As the upstream bug report suggest, the problem isn't an easy one, nor
is the patch workable since it will probably give worse results for
The problem is relatively high on my priority list since the
gnome-netstatus applet has the same problem and I have a WG511 too,
but I'd prefer to track this upstream. No need to track the same
problem in two places.