RSSI is NOT equal to Signal Strength (dBm)
Moderator edit: This discussion is for inSSIDer 2, which is an older product that has been discontinued. Newer versions of inSSIDer (such as inSSIDer 4) use dBm to represent signal strength. You can also find a table of acceptable Wi-Fi signal strengths here.
The term RSSI, used in the interface of inssider, is not adequated.
The unit dBm is related to the signal strength, and is generaly negative, ranging from -30 to -100 (in the most cases).
RSSI is an arbritary value, ranging from 0 to 255 (it varies between manufacturers), used by the wireless adapters to determine, for example, when the channel is free or when they have to do the roaming to another AP.
Sometimes, tools converts and shows this RSSI value as percentage, what causes the confusion with the signal strength.
I think it would be better to use the term "Signal" or "Signal Strength", in the next versions, and not RSSI.
Hope it helps.
Last edited by Joel; 04-01-2015 at 08:59 AM.
In InSSIDer, RSSI simply
In InSSIDer, RSSI simply means signal strength.
We are working on it.
That is correct. On Windows
That is correct. On Windows XP, the actual RSSI value is reported. However, on Vista platforms, signal strength is reported in the range of 0 - 100, which is then converted to RSSI. The solution is to show the actual signal strength value, and not the RSSI for Vista platforms.
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Actually, now the RSSI on Windows Vista and 7 is the RSSI reported from the WiFi card. We fixed it a couple of versions ago.
so the lower the negative number the better signal strength you have.
That is worded a little funny. This might make it easier:
Originally Posted by bassfisher6522
-30dBm = Awesome
-60dBm = Good
-80dBm = Meh
-90dBm = Bad
Well I looking good then...I'm right in the middle there, 45 to 50. Not bad I reckon.
I registered to this forum just to tell you THANK YOU for making this simple and easy to understand. Based on my hours of running around the apartment with inSSIDer I find your analysis to be spot on.
Originally Posted by Trent