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Thread: Easiest way to connect to random wifi network?

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    Is there an easy way to connect to a random wifi network for inet access?

    In my Tahoe, I've got a PC running WinXP with a Xenarc touchscreen and a 802.11g adapter connected to a Hawking amp and an antenna on the roof. If I'm in an area with a lot of wifi aps, I can usually find one with open internet access, but it takes quite a few clicks on the touchscreen and its a hassle.

    I usually just use XP's wireless zero feature to search for wireless networks, connect to an open one, and try to see if I can access google. If it doesn't work, I disconnect and try another network until I find one that does. This process sucks though, so I only do this when I really need to look at something on the internet and I have no other options.

    Does anyone have an easier way to (automatically?) jump on a new wireless network? Hopefully something that's touchscreen friendly?

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    Take a look at WINC, then take a look at the U.S. federal computer crime statute, Title 18 U.S.C. 1030

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    Fair warning

    Connecting to a wireless network without prior consent is illegal!
    http://forums.netstumbler.com/showthread.php?t=6430

    Sorry if I'm preaching to the choir.

    To answer your question , netstumbler may just be the ticket. The software has become more hardware friendly ... but still has it's limitations. Can't hurt to try it.
    http://www.netstumbler.com/downloads/

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    XP drivers automatically connect to an open AP ..... which is stoopid cuz any noob can plug it into their puter and without even knowing connect to the next doors AP.

    I use Winc on my Pocket PC and on all systems at home & in the car for the ease of use ( within my own network / other authorized points )

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    Yes, I'm aware of the legalities involved... Try and catch me. I'm not looking to do anything malicious, just want to look at a web page or two. And I do use netstumbler, but it's not really helpful for connecting to networks, only for scanning them. Thanks for the replies though. I'll check out winc.

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    I have a dream.... of a world where people would actually READ the laws.

    Everything in Title 18:S1030 applies to government or bank computers except for mentions of 'protected' computers. The current view of the law is that an OPEN wireless access point is not condsidered PROTECTED.

    Instead of making assumptions because you think 'it's PROBABLY illegal', you might want to actually learn the law before spreading disinformation.

    Currently, it is NOT illegal, but that may change.
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    Wardriving is not illegal


    Connecting is "Theft of Services," no better than connecting to your neighbor's electricity or cable, even if you only do it for a minute or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizardPC
    Wardriving is not illegal


    Connecting is "Theft of Services," no better than connecting to your neighbor's electricity or cable, even if you only do it for a minute or two.
    Not if its open to the public. In my condo complex in Texas, there were 6 of us that opened up our WiFis to anyone wanting internet acces within the complex. We opened it up to wardrivers, too. I protectedd my network well enough to feel comfortable. Worked like a charm.

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    I heard a good program the other day and the shot story was. If the AP is totaly open how would you or anyone know if it was private or a free/open AP. This is the same general reason we have doors and locks.

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