April 21st, 2005

Packrat

Warwalking Survey.

I found some better scanning software, so I walked around the office complex here, hunting for WiFi access points. Here are the rather disturbing results:

Offices in this complex: ~30
Total Access Points: 19
AP's not using encryption: 8
AP's on the default channel 6: 9
AP's on a non-standard channel*: 5
AP's using a default SSID: 5
AP's using the SSID "linksys": 3
Most AP's detectable from one location: 12
Fewest AP's detectable from one location: 2

*Non-standard channel = Anything other than 1, 6 and 11, the only 3 channels that do not suffer frequency overlap.
Packrat

Warwalking Survey II

After scanning the WiFi Access Points located around the office complex where I work, I decided to try the same thing at home. I walked up and down the street, which is about 325 meters long and located in stereotypical 1960's suburbia, using my PDA's wireless and a copy of WiFiFoFum. The results were even scarier.

Number of Access Points scanned: 10
AP's not using encryption: 8
AP's on the default channel 6: 5
AP's on a non-standard channel*: 1
AP's using a default SSID: 7
AP's using the SSID "linksys": 3

*Non-standard channel = Anything other than 1, 6 and 11, the only 3 channels that do not suffer frequency overlap.