Wi-fi Signal details inside device properties - only these are Cat5 cabled devices

adam
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edited August 7, 2019 in Fing App #1
This has puzzled me for a long time.  I have a "Wi-fi signal" element inside the device properties of many devices I have, yet these devices are wired.   This makes no sense to me. Can this be explained?
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  • mozarella
    mozarella Member, Beta Tester Posts: 128
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    I also found some devices with wifi-signal mentioned but they are using wired connection.
    About wifi-signal at wifi-devices, how could fingbox read the wifi-signal-strength? Fingbox doesn't know either where is the accesspoint nor ask the accesspoint / client about it's connection, rite?
  • adam
    adam Member, Beta Tester Posts: 63
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    @VioletChepil can you answer my question? Do you know what is going on here?

  • JonSaunders
    JonSaunders Member, Beta Tester Posts: 13
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    edited August 9, 2019 #4
    I also find this confusing.  In the "Wi-Fi signal" area of the properties of a cabled device, it should show "ethernet connected" rather than show Wi-F- signal strength.
    Bryce
  • Pooh
    Pooh Member, Beta Tester Posts: 674
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    edited August 9, 2019 #5
    Glad I'm not the only bear who'd got confused by this...


    People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
    adamGlenBo84
  • VioletChepil
    VioletChepil London, UKMember Posts: 2,471
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    I'm checking up on this. 

    Community Manager at Fing

    adam
  • VioletChepil
    VioletChepil London, UKMember Posts: 2,471
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    I believe this should be the network connection strength rather than WiFi strength. 

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  • marco_from_fing
    marco_from_fing Administrator, Fing Team Posts: 60
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    The digital fence shows not only roaming Wi-Fi devices, but also neighbours wired devices that are transmitting to Wi-Fi devices.
    In other words: if your wired device (A) needs to talk to a wireless device (C) through wireless device (B), the Fingbox passive monitoring can see that interaction taking place as (A)->(C) in the wireless packet headers and enlist (A) as seen a device of the Digital Fence. 
    Fingbox monitors all channels, and if some special wireless activity (A)->(C) is observed, it can also know for sure that (A) is wireless. Until those special activities are observed, though, Fingbox cannot tell for sure whether (A) it’s wireless or not, and in order to provide a comprehensive list in the Digital Fence, it must show (A) in the list.

    This is why, on some network setups, a wired device appears in the list among wireless ones. It got us puzzled as well at the beginning, until we figured out the mechanism.
    VioletChepilBrycegfondeur
  • VioletChepil
    VioletChepil London, UKMember Posts: 2,471
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    Thanks a lot @marco_from_fing (he's the co-founder by the way!) @adam so surely this is the most accurate response. 

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  • adam
    adam Member, Beta Tester Posts: 63
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    edited August 12, 2019 #10

    This makes sense, thanks @marco_from_fing but addnote on screen saying something like "Why do I see a wired device here?" and then it opens a browser link that gives a detailed explanation with a diagram.

    As it stands its thoroughly confusing to present it like this I feel.