Friday, June 18, 2004

Wartraining, part 2

So I wartrained again last night, and although for the most part, I didn't find anything, my train did get delayed in the Bronxville area (A tony suburb of NYC) and I picked up 5 or 6 addtional hotspots. I guess the limited range of 802.11 and the speed at which the train travels (between 50-60 mph on average) is not condusive to getting good wi-fi signals. In my previous post on the subject, I only found APs at 125th street, maybe due to the fact that that was the only place where we stopped?

What's more, I got a ride with a neighbor who was taking someone else home as well, and picked up 22 APs while driving around the neighborhood. Some quick and interesting stats:

15 were made by linksys
10 or so still had the default SSID with no WEP encryption
14 (2/3) didn't have WEP encryption at all
4 turned off SSID broadcasting

I don't think that any of this is surprising. An interesting comparison though, while warwalking my work neighborhood (Chelsea in NYC), I found about as many hotspots on a single city block

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