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       wavemon - a wireless network monitor


       wavemon [-h] [-i ifname ] [-l] [-r] [-v]


       wavemon  is a ncurses-based monitoring application for wireless network
       devices. It plots levels in real-time as well as showing  wireless  and
       network  related  device information. Currently, wavemon is still based
       on the wireless extensions by Jean Tourrilhes <>.

       The wavemon 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.

       On  startup,  you'll  see  (depending  on  configuration)  one  of  the
       different monitor screens.  At  the  bottom,  you'll  find  a  menu-bar
       listing  the  screens  and  their  function  key  names.  The following
       screens can be selected:

       Info (F1)
              This is 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-

              The  Interface  section  at  the top shows information about the
              monitoring interface, including interface name, type, ESSID, and
              available encryption formats.

              Below,  in  the Levels section, you can see up to four bargraphs
              showing (1) relative signal quality and (2) signal level in dBm.
              If  the  wireless  driver also supports noise level information,
              additionally (3) noise level in dBm and  (4)  Signal-Noise-Ratio
              (SNR)  in dB are shown.  The colour of the signal level bargraph
              changes from red  to  yellow  and  green  at  fixed  levels.  If
              thresholds  have  been set, two arrows on the signal level graph
              will show the positions of the current thresholds.

              The Statistics section displays packet and byte counters  and  a
              few other packet-related statistics.

              The  subsequent  Info  subsection  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.

              Lastly, the Network section shows network-level parameters.  The
              MAC-address  is  resolved  from  ethers(5).  The IPv4 address is
              shown in CIDR  notation  (RFC 4632  address/prefix_len  format).
              Since  often  those  two  values  also  determine  the broadcast
              address (last 32 - prefix_len bits set to 1),  that  address  is
              shown  only if it does not derive from the interface address and
              prefix length. Likewise, the interface MTU is shown only  if  it
              differs from the default Ethernet MTU of 1500 bytes.

              Another keyboard shortcut for this screen is 'i'.

       Level histogram (F2)
              This  is  a  full-screen histogram plot showing the evolution of
              levels with time.  The screen is partitioned into a  grid,  with
              dBm  levels  shown in green at the right hand side (depending on
              configuration).  At the  very  minimum,  the  evolution  of  the
              signal-level  is  shown.  If  the  wireless driver also supports
              noise-level  information,  additionally  a   noise   graph   and
              associated SNR graph appear.

       Scan window (F3)
              A  periodically  updated network scan, showing access points and
              other wireless clients, ordered by frequency and then descending
              order  of  signal  quality.  Each  entry  starts with the ESSID,
              followed by the colour-coded MAC address and the  signal/channel
              information. A green/red MAC address indicates an (un-)encrypted
              access point, the colour changes to yellow for non-access points
              (in  this  case  the  mode is shown at the end of the line). The
              uncoloured information following the MAC address lists  relative
              and  absolute signal strengths, channel, frequency, and the mode
              if the node is not an access point.

              Please note that gathering meaningful scan data can take several
              seconds.  Partly  for  this  reason, the Scan window is the only
              screen that can not be suspended (CTRL-Z).

       Preferences (F7)
              This screen allows you to change all  program  options  such  as
              interface  and  level  scale  parameters,  and  to  save the new
              settings to the configuration file. Select a parameter with <up>
              and  <down>,  then  change  the  value  with <left> and <right>.
              Please refer to wavemonrc(5)  for  an  in-depth  description  of
              applicable settings.

       Help (F8)
              This page might show an online-help.

       About (F9)
              Release information and contact URLs.

       Quit (F10)
              Exit wavemon. An alternative shortcut for quitting is 'q'.

       Note:  some  operations,  such  as displaying encryption information or
       performing    scans,    require    CAP_NET_ADMIN    privileges     (see
       capabilities(7)).   For   non-root  users,  these  can  be  enabled  by
       installing wavemon setuid-root.


       -i interface
              override autodetection and use the specified interface.

       -d     dump interface parameters to stdout and exit.

       -g     check screen geometry: a minimum size  is  required  for  proper
              display;  this  flag  adds  a check to ensure it is sufficiently
              large. Enable this if window does not display properly.

       -r     generate random levels (for testing purposes).

       -h     print help and exit.

       -v     print version information and exit.


              Influences the grouping of numbers if set. See also locale(1).


              The local per-user configuration file.


       Written by Jan Morgenstern <>.


       Send   bug   reports    and/or    suggestions    to    Gerrit    Renker


       This is free software with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. See file COPYING for


       wavemonrc(5), wireless(7), ethers(5), locale(1), capabilities(7)