Re: [NTLK] wifi discrepancies

From: Lord Groundhog <>
Date: Tue Oct 30 2007 - 13:16:53 EDT

~~~ On 2007/10/30 15:45, Matt Howe at wrote ~~~

> My second method
> is a bit more rare and costly. I have a Nintendo DS equipped with a CF
> adapter and loaded with wifi sniffer software. I use that to find the SSID
> and if it is open or needs WEP. This is also handy for checking signal
> strengths and I generally use it in hotels. ...

If you don't want to buy a Nintendo DS just for this, ZyXEL makes a thing
called a "Finder & Adapter". It can be used stand-alone to locate SSIDs of
active and unconcealed wifi signals nearby. It'll tell you how strong they
are, whether they're 11b or 11g, the channel of each of them, and what kind
of encryption they have or if they're open. It also can be plugged into a
USB port, and with the right software it'll act as a wifi adapter (it comes
with windoze software, and there used to be software for other OSes but I've
never needed it for my Mac since my wifi is built in). It also recharges by
being plugged into a USB port.

Depending on where you buy it, and whether or not you find a special deal on
it, you should get it quite cheaply.

More on the AG225H:

I understand LinkSys may make something similar, but I've never had occasion
to make its acquaintance.

Hope that's useful.


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