I use wpa_supplicant to handle a connection to specific SSID. I added the wpa_supplicant to default runlevel in order to start it at the boot time. I have this question however; Is it any program, script or even ncurses GUI to show me exact and live signal strength.
This is useful as it shows me if my location has poor reception or my ISP has low speed at each given time.
PS: I checked iw and its family like iwlist but they are not really what i want.

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It is little known feature, but Conky can be run in console mode with its variables describing network: http://conky.sourceforge.net/variables.html

You could edit any conkyrc and use output_to_x and output_to_console variables to have conky render text in console.

Also you could try wifi-menu (for network selection and control) and wawemon (nice wifi graphs). Both aplications work on wpa_suplicant.

While you might prefer bare-bones solution, wicd daemon has its own ncurses and cli interfaces.

Also aircrack-ng has airmon, thought because those tools used for hacking, they might not fit your needs.

  • using wavemon -i wlp5s0 i get wavemon: no wireless extensions found on 'wlp5s0' .
    – r004
    Commented Feb 10, 2014 at 12:58
  • any tool with the same functionality as wavemon but newer and no need for kernel compatibility layer ???
    – r004
    Commented Feb 10, 2014 at 13:50

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