On a number of occasions, I use Kismac for work, scanning signal
strength and penetration. However, using other programs, I am used to
seeing numbers for Signal (numbers like -60dB), Noise (numbers like
-95dB), and SNR (usually not a real ratio - just Signal minus Noise, a
positive number, such as 25, when signal is -69dB and noise is -94dB,
In Kismac, we get one number - Signal. Which doesn't correspond to any dB reading I get with any other program, PC or Mac. It doesn't seem to be on a 0-100 scale, and it also doesn't seem to correspond to dB. How should I interpret the Signal reading in Kismac - how is the number generated?
Also - if I were to dig into the code - does Kismac actually get dB readings for signal and noise? I use any variety of cards with the program, from my laptop's built-in broadcom airport extreme card to pcmcia's from YDI, Orinoco, Enterasys and Cisco.