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Re: WiFi question
From: Dave King <davefd () davewking com>
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2004 09:52:25 -0700

As far as handheld devices to aid you in your quest go, there are several options. If you've got a Pocket PC around you can try ministumbler, which is basically the Pocket PC version of netstumbler. It's free and would probably do most of what you want. If you want more and you're willing to fork out some cash (I believe it's around $3000) AirMagnet can do some really cool stuff but it's probably overkill for you. If you're feeling brave and can get a hold of an Ipaq you can replace Windows with Familiar Linux (www.handhelds.org) and then install Kismet (www.kismetwireless.net) which is a great free WiFi detecting/sniffing utility. Kismet can even work with a gps reciever and triangulate the location of the access point (although gps systems don't tend to work well in buildings). This option is what I use since I could run it on an Ipaq I picked up off Ebay cheap and has all the features I need, plus it's free.

Laters,
Dave King
http://www.thesecure.net

Colin.Scott () csplc com wrote:

List,

I'm an expert in nothing so when I saw this I had to ask, as Im sure theres
someone out there that is a WiFi expert.

Google has found no answer so here goes.

Last night we saw a new access point appear. No problems its an ad-hoc
network so its someone's machine with XP on configured for their home W-LAN
probably.  Running Netstumbler shows more on it though.

You get 2 Access Points showing this ESSID for a few seconds. Then you get
a 3rd, then a 4rth. Then the first two drop off, this repeats forever.
Always using a different MAC address when a new AP appears. The APs are all
WEP enabled (which I cant crack cos I dont have the savvy or the tools :) )
and this goes on forever.

The MACs are all from different pools (i.e. assigned to different
manufacturers) so the only conclusion is that they are all spoofed MACs.

I have walked around the office and as far as I can tell its coming from
this office (the IT dept), basing that assumption on signal strength.

Anyone seen any tools that do this?   I would love a little hand-held
gadget that would help me find it (like the scanner in Alien!)

Answers on a post card :)

Colin.





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