Wireless Signal Meter1.0
Built for the Google Desktop platform, Wireless Signal Meter is a gadget that displays the strength of your wireless Internet connection. It features several skins and doesn't contain complicated options or customization preferences, making it accessible to all types of users, even those inexperienced with widgets.
Outdated, yet functional gadget
The Google Desktop project has been discontinued a long while ago. Because it's no longer updated, it can no longer be downloaded from Google. However, it's still possible to download and install Wireless Signal Meter if you already have the application installed.
The interface is represented by a small rectangular frame that's docked to the sidebar by default. However, it can be undocked and moved anywhere on the screen by using the mouse.
Toggle multiple UI skin colors
Based on the information obtained from your system, the gadget reveals the number of bars corresponding to the strength of your wireless network connection, in addition to the connection name. Plus, you can click a button to cycle through multiple skin colors until you find the one that suits you best.
Thanks to the built-in Google Desktop functions, which are shared among most gadgets developed for this platform, it's also possible to make the frame stay on top of other windows, hide or collapse it, as well as to zoom in.
Evaluation and conclusion
As we expected, it didn't put a strain on the overall performance of the computer in our tests, thanks to the fact that it needed a low amount of CPU and RAM. It worked smoothly, without triggering the operating system to hang, crash or prompt error messages.
On the other hand, Wireless Signal Meter comes loaded with limited options and configuration parameters. Nevertheless, you can test it for yourself, provided that you still have Google Desktop installed.