Why does wicd report a different signal strength from the native network manager?

Asked by Pranam Dave on 2012-11-22

For all WiFi networks, wicd reports a consistently higher signal strength rating from KDE's native network manager applet. Why is this? Which rating is correct?

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David Paleino
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2012-12-02
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Best David Paleino (dpaleino) said : #1

KDE (nor any other DE) doesn't have a "native network manager". It either uses NetworkManager, or Wicd, or some other manager.

To check which one is correct, try launching "iwlist wlan0 scan". Then look for your network, and search for the line with "Quality". Then just do a division :)

For example, if you have "Quality: 65/70", then 65/70=0.928... -- the signal is ~93%.

Pranam Dave (pranamd1) said : #2

Thanks David Paleino, that solved my question.