You asked for itOriginally Posted by clean customs
Wardriving (using Netstumbler and Kisnet) is all about DETECTING access points. that's it. *NOT* connecting to them. once you connect to them, you are ILLEGALLY accessing them just the same as breaking onto someones computer or network from the internet. ethical wardrivers will not connect to an access point EVER and turn off their TCP/IP.
the reason that Windows XP's wireless manager and netstumber are different is because windows does not keep track of access points it sees...it will show what is in the area, but once you are out of range, its gone from the list. however, it will stay on the list if you connect to it.
netstumber, on the other hand, takes OVER windows xp wireless manager and becomes the wireless manager to only DETECT access pointsm, but not connect to them. it will record down the make, SSID, time and date of detection, signal strenght, noise ratio, etc and the GPS location (if you have a GPS unit hooked up and configured). it will also let you LOG this points as you go along.
once you build up a good sized log, then you parse the log with 3rd party programs into MS mappoint or a central wardriving database on the net, and your done.
wardriving for me is the thrill of the hunt, like an easter egg hunt. try to find as many as you can, log them, map them, and see what you found...rise and repeat in new areas or the same areas to see if any new access points can be found or disappear.