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Powerful, Proximate Network

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I’ve moved house now, although I haven’t got ym new desktop, so I’m not set up properly. I’m still operating via laptop, but my ADSL isn’t connected at this house, so the wireless modem isn’t much good to me at this point either :).

Just out of interest, I turned on my wireless card and loaded up Net Stumbler the other day and have noted that I continuously get a strong signal (60 ish SNR) for another network which must be close. What is really interesting is that if I walk out the back of my house, the signal to my own AP drops off significantly, but the signal to this other network remains constant and strong. I can only guess that they have a powerful antennae on it or something which provides me with a strong connection regardless of the small change in distance/location.

The network is secured (WEP), and is identifying itself as an ‘Agere‘ modem, but that’s about all I know.

How would one go about finding out who’s network this is? I’m interested to know who it belongs to and what sort of a set-up they’ve got.

Written by Beau Lebens

February 19th, 2004 at 4:00 pm

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New Location, New Gear

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Next weekend, I’m moving house to a new place (still in Como, WA), so I’ll have a chance to try out some new things. Shortly after moving, I’ll also be getting a complete new desktop set-up, so I’ll be able to try some cool things with my new config. Here’s a couple things I’m looking forward to:

  1. Having my desktop set up in my office for serious work/play, connected to my ADSL modem directly (CAT-5)
  2. Having my laptop lying around in my lounge-room or kitchen, connected wirelessly, ready for me to load it up and do a quick search or whatever
  3. Possibly playing with some wireless surveillance cameras and things like that, controlled from my main machine in my office 🙂
  4. Stumbling the apartments that I will be in (and the ones next door) properly, since I don’t think I’d get it all from the road
  5. Hopefully doing continuous scans over time from my desktop (if I put wireless in it) to detect surrounding networks as they come on/go off during the day (if at all)
  6. Using MS Remote Terminal Server or whatever it’s called to connect from my lappy, to my desktop, then control it to select songs to play out via my stereo system 🙂
  7. Having someone over and trying out a networked game, with them in the loungeroom, on my lappy, and me on my desktop

It should be fun to try out some new things, now that I’ll have another machine to play with 🙂

Written by Beau Lebens

February 5th, 2004 at 4:00 pm

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