Desktop Apps Training - Wifi-Radar

Connecting Wi-Fi Internet is a popular topic for many Linux users. Many systems rely so heavily on the Internet connections. Wi-Fi-Radar is used for managing, scanning, and auto-connecting to Wi-Fi profiles.

With WiFi-Radar you can scan a list of available networks in the area if you're on the go, after returning back to your work or home environment WiFi-Radar automatically detects these networks, known as preferred networks. Another useful feature is that WiFi-Radar will automatically scan and connect to your preferred network every time your computer boots.

WiFi-Radar has been tested and developed to work with many wireless cards. The developers homepage says it will work similarly to any iwconfig interface. To use this tool you must have Python, PyGtk2,and iwconfig. Also SpeechD is optional.

To install WiFi-Radar on Fedora type:
yum install wifi-radar

If you are using Debian or Ubuntu you can install from Synaptic Package Manager or type:
sudo apt-get install wifi-radar.

You may have to open Wifi Radar as root to get access. Open a terminal and type:

sudo wifi-radar

If you are using Debian or Ubuntu you can install from Synaptic Package Manager.



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WiFi Radar







Be default it was located under Applications -- Internet ---  WiFi-Radar

When it opens you will see that it will detect the SSID of available networks, give you signal strength, show the Mode and give you the speed.

Signal strength is the next area that we see in the window listing our networks. This column shows small icons that indicate the signal strength of each network though colored self-explanatory icons that resemble this.


Now we can see what mode and what type of network this is.

Across the bottom of the window you can see "Connected to hland(" this signifies the connection that is active. 


If we would like to re-arrange the priority of our preferred networks we can do so by clicking and dragging the networks like displayed below.

 drag and drop

This is a great program with increasing popularity, also be aware that an incredible mobile version is available and provides a much needed alternative to the windows mobile WiFi manager.