Read signal/noise level on WAP-1966

Is it possible to connect to WAP-1966 and get some statistics like netstumbler gets from wireless lan cards?
Is powerhack possible with WAP-1966?
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Adrian DobrotaNetworking EngineerCommented:
If you're talkin' about WAP-1966 from Planet then find out that's a fine AP, reliable and fast, but unfortunately you have no possibility to read the signal strength with it as itonly has the signal level in % of beacons returned correctly and that's bull-sh*t, itdoens't tells you anything about the real signal strength.
 However, you can connect to this AP (WAP1966) using a PCI or PCMCIA card with an advanced chipset (intersil prism 2.5 or newer for example) and read the signal level that WAP1966 outputs in AP mode.  I personally used a spectrometer and it outputs around 15.5-16 dbm, which is very good.
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ZnasevAuthor Commented:
Thank you kronostm.
I was trying to connect to it using SNMP to read statistics, but I don't know why I can't connect to it using Atmel's Access point SNMP Manager (SNMP enabled on WAP-1966).

The problem is that I am using two WAP-1966 one with ANT OM8 omni and other with ANT YG13 yagi pointed to it, but I can't establish a connection on 500 meters distance with line of sight. Please tell me if you have any experiance using it outdoor.
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Adrian DobrotaNetworking EngineerCommented:
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we're only using them outdoor.
Well, two WAP1966 with line of sight at 500m and the antennas you specified should DEFINETLY make a strong link.
What can be the culprit here is the cable you used and it's length. As 2.4GHz signals have big losses on cables , I recommend you to use some low loss cables with 30-35db/100m loss and don't use more than 4 or 5 meters of cable, even thouh this means you'll need some outdoor boxes to place the APs into ... that's the way we do it. I'm a Planet reseller in Romania and personally set up lots of connections in 2.4GHz, all outdoor, in fact most of our providers use wireless connections instead of wiring a whole city.
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ZnasevAuthor Commented:
I am using power over ethernet, so I don't think that loss is a problem (pigtail is 40 cm long). That's why I am trying to make some measurements to see if the problem is in cable connections or there is a lot of noise in the area.
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Adrian DobrotaNetworking EngineerCommented:
as I already said, you can't measure with those APs, but you can use a spectrometer or a card with a decent chipset that netstumbler supports, however, it's bloody strange that it doesn't work ... even in heavy specter pollution it should connect. Maybe some broken connectors ?  I don't know ...
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ZnasevAuthor Commented:
Thank you.
It is helpful to me to find someone who has the same equipmet and it works for him.
I'll doublecheck again the connections.
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Adrian DobrotaNetworking EngineerCommented:
No problem.
Please let me know what was the problem. I'm always willing to know about possible culprits for broken wireless links.
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ZnasevAuthor Commented:
I am suspecting that yagi is not mounted properly. It looks like it is created for mounting for vertical polarisation, and I mounted it with horizontal directors (I established a connection only once for a a short period of time and only with horizontal directors so I mounted it horizontally). I am not sure is it making a big difference.

Is it OK if we continue the converstaion in experts-exchange even if the answer is accepted ?

Regards,
Zoran
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Adrian DobrotaNetworking EngineerCommented:
there are only a few omnidirectional antennas with horizontal polarizarion and I guess yours is not one of that as the horizontal polarization antennas are very expensive. What's the diameter of the omni antenna? If it's below 6cm then is a vertical polarisation antenna as I assumed and in this case you have to put the yagi accordingly.
Indeed, horizontal means a much higher gain, but they are expensive and have a bigger diameter.
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