I set up a wireless network yesterday and I love it. I'm using a WG311 Netgear card though and the software that comes with it is weak. My friend has the USB version and the PCMCIA version and they both come with a better utility to monitor and control the network. Mine just says if it's secure or not and gives me some bubbles to show signal strength.
Is there some software utility out there that will give me better info, in percentages preferably, on the signal strength, plus info on the encryption I have on, etc etc?
If Netstumbler isn't giving you any data then your client device is not supported. The website should list the supported hardware. If yours is, and you still can't see anything in the utility, then your doing something very wrong. Netstumbler is pretty much idiot proof. My guess would be your card isn't supported.