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Posted by:dragorn
Subject:Get power of received WLANs?
Date:12:53:06 04/05/2010

> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > is there a possibility in kismet to get the receiving power of the detected WLANs?
> > >
> > > What I want to see is not only the information which WLANs are available but also how far away they could be - similar to the signal strength that is available locally.
> >
> > No.
> >
> > There is nothing in a beacon which identifies the power of the transmitting station, nor its antenna characteristics. This is completely unknowable as an external observer.
> >
> > If there was, then yes - it'd be super interesting to do rangefinding stuff, but such is not the case.
> >
> > Sorry.
> So I guess a connection has to be established to a WLAN in order to evaluate its signal strength?

No. You can know the signal level you got. You can't know the signal level it used, making the signal level you got useless. Maybe it's far away. Maybe it's a point-to-point high power link. Maybe there's a filing cabinet in the way.

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