Hello all,

I have ported the software to a wireless embedded ARM system, and I am trying to figure out where to add some wireless link quality checking. Since it is feasible that the embedded system could roam out of range of the wireless access point, i need to warn the user when it happens. I have working code for it, but i need a good place to put it that wont tax my system. The way I am checking the link is by opening a read pipe and running a small binary like ifconfig that will give me the link quality. I grep out the data i want then sscanf it. It really bogs the system down if I do this too much (i tried doing it on each stream_get_byte, but that was a BAD idea... ).
Anybody have any ideas on where to put this check?  Code snippet follows:

//Begin RF Link check

FILE *rd_pipe;
char output[256];
int result;
int linkQnum=0;
int linkQden=0;
int sigL=0;
int noiseL=0;

memset(output, 0x00, sizeof(output));
if((rd_pipe = popen("iwconfig wlan0 2> /dev/null | grep Link", "r")) == (FILE *)NULL)
// some error msg
result = fread(output,1,sizeof(output), rd_pipe);
sscanf(output, " Link Quality:%d/%d Signal level:-%d dBm Noise level:-%d dBm",
   &linkQnum, &linkQden, &sigL, &noiseL);

//End RF Link check



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