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    Recommended Wireless Network Card

    I am systems analyst at a defense company on long island. We are a little worred that some of our engineer are setting up wireless LANs in labs. I have been given the task to try and combat this if it is happening and then have the ability to check periodically to see if a LAN has been created. I have read that NetStumbler would be able to look for wireless LANs within our building.

    First off does anyone have or know of a tutorial for this process or program.
    Also, what wireless network card is recommended to be able to use such a program?

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    I have been using a Linksys Instant Wireless Card, but I would like to get a Cisco Aironet card. The Netstumbler forums are a good source of information. I posted a link below that might help you start "Stumblin."

    http://forums.netstumbler.com/showth...&threadid=1797

    Have fun! I hope that you don't have any rogue APs. They can be a real problem.
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    1 possible solution: Use a WLAN jammer. In ur labs.

    I don't know if any product exist but its quiet easy to build:
    WLAN user the same frequency as microwave oven(2.4Ghz). Take a microwave oven and dismatle the front door, tamper the safety door-switch and switch the power on.

    I'd not advice u to do so because its 800 Watt power could cause severe brain anbd body damage for ppl being close to the oven jammer.

    But if a product can generate 2.4GHz waves with low power (few watt) it will be harmless.
    Maybe this could solve by buying yourself a Access Point and forxarding continious traffic aver it to unexisting destination, that would jam the area!!!(just an idea)
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    Without question: Cisco. They make the best cards. I've used linksys, d-link, negear, etc. Cisco picks things up.

    BTW: If you can sping for it get an IBM Thinkpad with Cisco itegrated. It has a basic sniffer (finding only) for wifi.
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    Cisco cards are the way to go. Heres a link that should be just what you need for finding pirates of the wifi http://www.wildpackets.com/elements/...cessPoints.pdf

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    \"If computers are to become smart enough to design their own successors, initiating a process that will lead to God-like omniscience after a number of ever swifter passages from one generation of computers to the next, someone is going to have to write the software that gets the process going, and humans have given absolutely no evidence of being able to write such software.\" -Jaron Lanier

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    Orinoco Gold pcmcia nic with mag mount antenna.
    fun to drive around with and see how many people don't encrypt there little lynksys's.

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    Nice mindcrime I'm gonna see about getting the pack without the wireless card (already have an orinoco gold card) for my upcoming birthday (july 23).

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    Originally posted here by mindcrime
    www.wirelesscentral.net
    Orinoco Gold pcmcia nic with mag mount antenna.
    fun to drive around with and see how many people don't encrypt there little lynksys's.
    no doubt, the orinocos are the best. Cisco makes a good card but they don't compare, in my mind, to the Orinoco Gold. They are made by Lucent from what I remeber and Lucent makes some great stuff. To answer your other question about how to use netstumbler, its easy. Configure your card to connect to a reserved SSID, called "ANY". Then simply start netstumbler and you're done. The list will start filling up with wireless networks.
    http://www.netstumbler.com

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    with netstumbler, everytime i connect to a differnt network, i have to shut down netstumbler, disable my nic, then re-enable it before it will talk. anyone know an easier way to do things?
    i'm using a linksys nic and win2k pro.

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    Get an Orinoco

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