[Battlemesh] [B.A.T.M.A.N.] Batman-adv high TQ and Low throughput

Thijs van Veen dicht at operamail.com
Thu Apr 24 13:38:26 UTC 2014

It depends a bit on the receiver's quality, I've had experiences where
the SNR could drop to about 8 and the link would still somewhat work.

The thermal noise is mostly intrinsic to how energy relates at a
particle level, this is denoted by the Boltzmann constant (k). 
Further, it depends on the bandwidth (B) used and temperature (T).
Nthermal = B * k * T = 20*10^6 Hz (802.11 channel) * 1.38065*10^-23 J/K 
* 300 K (27 Celsius) ~= 8.28 * 10^-11
This gives the noise in Watts, to change it to dBm (which references
miliWatts), you take 10*log10( N * 1000 ) ~= -100.
[1] Has a nice table with examples of this noise.

In reality, there's more interference than just from the temperature.
It's quite probable your receiver adds another 5 dBm to its reported
noise to account for this.
I also recall from my time working on my thesis that receivers/drivers
tend to return a static value for noise, rather than actually measure


  Thijs van Veen
  dicht at operamail.com

On Thu, Apr 24, 2014, at 14:58, Bastian Bittorf wrote:
> * Thijs van Veen <dicht at operamail.com> [24.04.2014 14:45]:
> > N is usually somewhere around -100 dBm, meaning that a Prx of about -85
> unsure about that: it depends on the WiFi-receiver's quality, isn't it?
> when i use 'iwinfo' the noise is always '-95', no matter on which
> location.
> it seems to come from nl80211_get_noise() but i dont understand it fully.
> or do i mix something up? bye, bastian

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