An associate at work turned me on to this. I’ve got these IBM eServers sitting, one in preparation for the WestMESH project, the other open for anything. So I can put it to good use, scanning all the WiFi networks in my area and well, using Kismet to crack the passwords.
I got the Alfa AWUS036H 1000mW 1W 802.11b/g USB Wireless WiFi network Adapter with 5dBi Antenna and Suction cup Window Mount dock – for Wardriving & Range Extension, and a 15 foot USB cord for it.
My associate at work wants to put his on an alt/az driven platform so he can do a thorough scan in his neighborhood. I was telling him if I run inSSIDer on my machine I get over 25 wireless access points in my area alone. With with 5dBi of gain will net me much more. And that 1000mW, that solid 1W of power output on this sucker. Put it this way, 5W will get you 40 to 50 miles, but it’s logarithmic so 1W will get you several city blocks.
I have an IBM eServer that I can plug this baby into and I’ve got the Backtrack boot CD with Kismet on it. You do see where I’m going, right? This is what happens when you put a bunch of network security people together. We talk about ways to penetrate poorly designed networks.
I guess the point I’m making is this. If you use your WiFi connection for basic stuff like Netflix, etc. you’re good. But you run a risk for pretty much everything else. It’s why I’m going to wire this place up with jacks everywhere. Not only a bit more secure, but higher net speed. It’s 100mbps vs. a maximum 54mpbs with 802.11g.
But it’s a great little diagnostic tool to have in my toolkit.