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Standard User deniscampbell
(newbie) Thu 27-Jun-13 13:54:01
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WiFi Channel identification


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There are numerous wi-fi channels in use near me. I have set my BT Homehub 3 to auto select the channel but frequently have to manually reset it which may be because of interference. I would like to be able to see what other channels are in use near me.
Neither Linux nor Win Vista network settings show the channels in use.
What app would you advise?

thanks
Standard User BatBoy
(legend) Thu 27-Jun-13 14:01:33
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Inssider


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Standard User billford
(elder) Thu 27-Jun-13 14:19:08
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Or NetStumbler. I use the Mac version (iStumbler)

Bill
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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Thu 27-Jun-13 15:19:42
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In reply to a post by BatBoy:
Inssider


or to use the correct format:

inSSIDer


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Standard User ukhardy07
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 27-Jun-13 15:39:04
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Most things that cause issues can't be seen

Scenario A
2 routers on the same channels - normally ok

Scenario B
A router, 3 cordless doorbells, a wireless tv sender, a baby monitor and a few wireless keyboards all on the same channel - this is mayhem

Inssider only shows the routers so you would choose scenario B even though its actually worse than scenario A. As inssider would make scenario Bs channel look less crowded

You often find routers all go on the same channel. Often as its the one less crowded in reality.

Doorbells etc are the things that cause major wireless issues not routers. They're often not very kind in the way they operate compared to routers & can easily make a wireless channel unusable. Multiple routers are much less likely to do this.

It's what you don't see that you need to be worrying about.

Edited by ukhardy07 (Thu 27-Jun-13 15:41:07)

Standard User deniscampbell
(newbie) Thu 27-Jun-13 15:53:01
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Netstumbler runs in both Windows and Linux (Wine) but won't recognise my Atheros AR500 in Windows - the Atheros is visible but greyed out. On Linux machine it reports "no wireless adaptor found".
Anything I can do about this?
Standard User billford
(elder) Thu 27-Jun-13 16:31:55
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Can't help I'm afraid, I'm exclusively Mac here- the only reason I've even heard of NetStumbler is because of iStumbler.

Bill
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Standard User yarwell
(sensei) Sun 30-Jun-13 22:03:08
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iwlist eth1 scan

should list APs it can see, with appropriate interface specified where eth1 is indicated

as sudo or root it actively scans, otherwise you get a residual result.

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Edited by yarwell (Sun 30-Jun-13 22:05:09)

Standard User deniscampbell
(newbie) Mon 01-Jul-13 00:15:49
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sudo iwlist eth1 scan

returns:
Interface doesn't support scanning
Standard User eckiedoo
(member) Mon 01-Jul-13 07:16:32
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Check the WiSpy add-on for inSSIDer.
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