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How To Monitor WiFi Connection With Wavemon From Commandline In Linux

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Wavemon is a simple wireless network monitor that can be used to monitor your wifi network connection from Terminal in Linux. It is an ncurses-based monitoring application that can be used to monitor your wireless network's signal and noise levels, packet statistics, device configuration and network parameters etc. It will work with almost all type of wireless devices supported by the Linux kernel. Wavemon is freely distributed under the GPL v3.

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In this short tutorial, we are going to see how to install Wavemon in Linux and how to monitor your wifi connection with Wavemon from Terminal with a few practical examples.

Install Wavemon in Linux

Wavemon is available in DEB based system's default repositories. To install it in Debian, Ubuntu, and its derivatives, run:

$ sudo apt-get install wavemon

On Arch Linux and its derivatives, run:

$ sudo pacman -S wavemon

On RHEL, CentOS, you need to enable EPEL repository. To do so, run:

$ sudo yum install epel-release

And then, install wavemon using command:

$ sudo yum install wavemon

On Fedora:

$ sudo dnf install wavemon

Monitor WiFi Connection From Command Line In Linux

Once installed, launch it by running the following command from Terminal:

$ wavemon

Or,

$ sudo wavemon

This will bring you the Wavemon's main screen. Each function is associated with a specific function key. Just press the associated key to perform the respective function.

Monitor WiFi Connection With Wavemon In Linux
Monitor WiFi Connection With Wavemon In Linux

As you see above, Wavemon utility displays,

  • Wireless interface name,
  • Link statistics,
  • Signal level,
  • Noise level,
  • Connection statistics,
  • IP address,
  • MAC address.

To view the graph of your signal levels, press F2 key.

View signal levels in graph format
View signal levels in graph format

F3 key will display the list of wireless networks available to your system along with signal strength and the channel details.

List wireless networks
List wireless networks

F7 key will display the preference details such as wireless interface name, scan type, dynamic updates and more.

Display wireless interface details
Display wireless interface details

F8 key will display the screen. And F9 key will display the wavemon developer details.

Display wavemon developer details
Display wavemon developer details

To close this utility, hit F10 key.

Don't like Wavemon (I hope you will like it)? There is another easy way to quickly watch your wifi network interface status, run:

$ iwconfig

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