Friday, May 30, 2003

Family Wardrive

It's bad enough that I'm a complete geek but when I drag the rest of my family into my technology fun fests its pathetic. Still I never thought I could get my oldest daughter up for a wardrive around my town, but somehow I did. So after dinner last night we hopped into the mini-van and took a spin around town. Equipped with my Tungsten|C and my G4 Powerbook we ran stumbler programs to see what we could see. Our town is just under two square miles. We decided to concentrate on two areas of town the north and south sides. That's roughly about two thirds of the town. Before we set out we tried to guess how many wireless access poitns we thought we would find. Gabriela guessed 10. I figured about 20. We also thought we might see more APs on the north side of town as opposed to the south side. We couldn't have been more wrong. After driving down two streets alone we found 10 APs. My estimate of 20 APs was surpassed after surveying half of the north side of town. In total we found 82 access points, most of them unencrypted and unprotected. We had no idea. My daughter got a big kick out of the fact that one of the schools in town had an AP who's SSID was "mainoffice" that was wide open. Guess we'd better confirm her grades with her teachers individually this year. I was also surprised that the Tungsten picked up more APs than the Powerbook. The Mac found about 20 APs. I knew the lack of an external antenna on the Powerbook would limit reception but I didn't think it would be that dramatic.


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