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  • My new wardriving setup

    ...which'll be coming to DC0x0B with me:

    * Libretto 50ct (guts ripped out, replaced with motherboard and keyboard from 70ct) running linux
    * Libretto auto adapter
    * A number of cards (mostly Orinoco and Cisco) and antennas (homebrew yagis, cantennas, commercial omnis and directionals), until I decide on a favored card and antenna combo, and mount them semi-permanently
    * A Ram-brand auto mount for mounting the Libretto
    * An old Earthmate serial GPS, that I'll probably end up mounting internally assuming I can still get a good look at the sky with it, and feed it appropriate voltage and current

    I'll probably run kismet for the most part, thanks to the integration with gpsd and gpsmap.


    Unfortunately, an urge to declutter and raise some cash forced me to sell off all my warwalking gear (the linux-running iPaqs, the Zaurii, etc.), and the need to help out a friend (our beloved dispatch, Cat) resulted in me giving away my 1-meter Yagi homebrew, so this is a fresh start. I intend to make as much as possible a permanent stealth install, with certain things (the Ram mount, the computer) removable as necessary.

    Eventually, I'll be interfacing audio and data to my head unit. There's something to be said for a head unit with USB, serial, and Ethernet interfaces, a full Linux kernel, a TCP/IP stack, a hard drive, and built-in bitmapped display (an Empeg: see this page for info and links). There's even a gps mapping mod for it, but it's not realtime, so I'm not as interested in that.
    http://bitshift.org

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    Quite nice urban. If the local increase in wifi is any form of measure, the APs out in Vegas should be quite abundant.

    While we're on the subject of this years setups:

    http://wardrive.lostboxen.net/2003-setup/
    if it gets me nowhere, I'll go there proud; and I'm gonna go there free.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by c0nv3r9
      Quite nice urban. If the local increase in wifi is any form of measure, the APs out in Vegas should be quite abundant.



      While we're on the subject of this years setups:



      http://wardrive.lostboxen.net/2003-setup/

      Those Antenex look nice, but not for the price. Are they worth it, or did you find a substantial discount somewhere? How's their performance without the amp inline?

      My current hell: Compiling kismet on a Libretto 70ct. 1.5 hours and counting (120MHz Pentium, 32MB RAM).

      Plus, I can't find my Aironet 352 card anywhere. Grr.

      I did, however, dig up my dual-external-antenna-connector, 200mW Senao card that I originally bought for my Titanium Powerbook. I may use that instead of the Aironet, which was my favorite (and still is, due to the hardware frequency-hopper).
      http://bitshift.org

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      • #4
        wardriving setups

        c0nv3r9

        NICE Setup. I'm impressed.

        What team are you on? Remind me to sign up for that team next time. =)

        I'm working on building a jig to roof mount my stuff too. Or at least something for the back seat.

        While we're on setups.. here's some pictures of my setup. Although, they aren't in the car, you get a good idea.

        http://freewebs.com/crackrock/setup.html
        http://freewebs.com/crackrock/cards.html

        Future improvements before the wardriving contest may include a bigger omni, and replacing the cantenna with another 16dB panel antenna. (the panels fit in the windows niceley, facing outwards and pick up networks like crazy)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by urban
          Those Antenex look nice, but not for the price. Are they worth it, or did you find a substantial discount somewhere?
          I got the yagis off of fab-corp quite a while back, for $119 even each I think.. which is pretty pricey as antennas of that dB go.. but, I have liked them considerably. With proper line of sight, I have had acceptable signal to APs about a mile away.

          Originally posted by urban
          What team are you on? Remind me to sign up for that team next time.
          I'm on Chris and Blackwave's team this year ;)

          hehe.. you have the exact same cards and the exact same pcmcia order that I put mine in. Those compaqs rock.. I only wish mine had a working LCD
          if it gets me nowhere, I'll go there proud; and I'm gonna go there free.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by c0nv3r9

            I got the yagis off of fab-corp quite a while back, for $119 even each I think.. which is pretty pricey as antennas of that dB go.. but, I have liked them considerably. With proper line of sight, I have had acceptable signal to APs about a mile away.












            Nice. That's significantly better than the $249 MSRP.



            I managed to get Kismet and GPSD up and running, so now all that's left to do is a test-run (which I think I'll do on the way home tonight), trimming all the bloat from the install, some scripting, and the hardware mounting (which'll include wiring a 6V source with appropriate (extremely low) amperage to the Earthmate, so I don't need to keep feeding it batteries).



            Odd. My Senao card looks exactly like your dual-antenna Avaya, c0nv3r9, except mine's lacking any manufacturer's label on the top side...just the serial and MAC and FCC info on the back. My kernel claims it's an unrecognized vendor, though, so I'll have to do a bit of work to get the driver to load for it.



            Nothing like a wardriving rig that'll also fit in your pocket! (the Librettos are the size of a paperback book).
            http://bitshift.org

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