Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 16

Thread: War Driving Antennas!?

  1. #1
    Low Bitrate
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    101

    War Driving Antennas!?

    So I was reading the recently posted WiFi FAQ in this subtopic and became interested in "war driving" because I don't want to deposit half my bank account into a wireless broadband subscription with verizon each month...and then I started looking around on ebay at some of the antennas for war driving on Ebay. They have these ridiculously huge cannon looking antennas, some of which boast up to +14 dbi? Has anyone actually mounted these in/on their car? Haha I can only imagine the looks I would get if I had it mounted on the outside of my car. "oh yeah that? that's the rocket launcher"... So yea...just wondering if anyone has one of these HUGE antennas in/on their car. If so, where is it mounted and how well does it work?

  2. #2
    Maximum Bitrate Dragonknell911's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    521
    The directional antennas work great when you take the time to aim them where you think there may be a wireless signal.

    In order for these to work optimally you have to stop, aim and then use them. They aren't like other antennas which are omni directional and will search in all directions for a wireless signal.

    If you search around you'll find pictures of people war-"driving."

    these pictures are generally of people in vans, stopped in neighborhoods, not exactly driving around
    REBUILDING!!

  3. #3
    Low Bitrate
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    66
    For wardriving u need an omnidirectional antenna, the best (and cheapest) are these metallic ones (around +7db) with a magnet.. and you have to attach it outside, it's pretty strong, it doesn't fly if you run (anyway you need to procede at max 60 km/h for a good scanning).
    I've decided to go for a different solution coz i wanted to have a fixed installation (i don't want to put the antenna outside anytime) and my wifi sniffer (and logging with GPS) is always turned on, then i bought a rubberduck antenna (it looks like the original plasti antennas, but of coz longer) with a +14db gain and it is 33cm.! I put it INSIDE my car (on the back).. this is not the best solution! Wardriving with the antenna inside the car reduces significatively the signal... but i'm satisfied (200/300 mt. working range with normal domestic wifi routers).
    There are many other (maybe better) solution, like buy specific antennas for the cars.. but they are not cheap, and plus.. if you don't already have an antenna hole on your car you need to perforate your roof (and i won't!!!).

  4. #4
    Maximum Bitrate BarryWoods's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    551
    You're leaching not wardriving. Wardriving has nothing to do with connecting.
    Failure is not an option....



    It's installed by default on every version of Windows.

  5. #5
    Constant Bitrate Eternalodyssey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    St. Louis, MO
    Posts
    210
    If you want to connect wirelessly and you are on the Verizon network, why don't you just review the post about getting free internet over your network using your phone as a modem. Mine connects about 114 kbps and only uses up minutes. Do a and you'll find it.
    Check out the updates. Project 2003 Dakota worklog: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/worklogs/85490-project-2003-dodge-dakota.html


    IS JACK BAUER GONNA HAVE TO SMACK A *****?

  6. #6
    Low Bitrate
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    101
    Quote Originally Posted by Eternalodyssey View Post
    If you want to connect wirelessly and you are on the Verizon network, why don't you just review the post about getting free internet over your network using your phone as a modem. Mine connects about 114 kbps and only uses up minutes. Do a and you'll find it.
    I've read SOOOOOOO much about doing this both on this forum as well as over at howardsforums. Apparently the only way to legally get free internet through Verizon wireless is through CDMA and not through their EV-DO. I spoke to a close friend who has been working for Verizon Tech Support for over 4 years now (and would give me real info, not the crap you typically get from tech support) and he said that they were working on closing out the CDMA quick connect to force people into subscribing for data plans with the EV-DO. However, using the EV-DO to get free internet via tethering IS illegal as stated in the Verizon Wireless contract and if you are caught doing this, there are consequences unfortunately :-/ believe me, if I knew there was no risk in using the internet through EV-DO, I would have done this a long time ago now I must find other alternatives.

  7. #7
    Super Moderator xBrady's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    3,687
    Sprint is $0-$5 for vision(dial-up speeds) and $10-$15 for power vision. That's for unlimited data. I've got my carputer set to automatically dial my phones connection. I have a bluetooth phone so I don't even have to pull it out of my pocket. I get internet everywhere where there is service, all for free


    Oh ya, and like was said, you are leeching, not wardriving. Wardriving = lame little kid stuff.
    AMD XP 2600+/512MB RAM/120GB hard drive
    Opus 150W/DVD/GPS/7" Lilliput TS/802.11g/Bluetooth
    Installed.


    -GPSSecure- - GPS Tracking
    -AltTabber2.2.2- - Handy touchscreen utility.

  8. #8
    Maximum Bitrate BarryWoods's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    551
    Quote Originally Posted by AznArkitekt View Post
    I've read SOOOOOOO much about doing this both on this forum as well as over at howardsforums. Apparently the only way to legally get free internet through Verizon wireless is through CDMA and not through their EV-DO. I spoke to a close friend who has been working for Verizon Tech Support for over 4 years now (and would give me real info, not the crap you typically get from tech support) and he said that they were working on closing out the CDMA quick connect to force people into subscribing for data plans with the EV-DO. However, using the EV-DO to get free internet via tethering IS illegal as stated in the Verizon Wireless contract and if you are caught doing this, there are consequences unfortunately :-/ believe me, if I knew there was no risk in using the internet through EV-DO, I would have done this a long time ago now I must find other alternatives.
    So you don't want to break your contract with Verizon, but don't mind committing a felony in most states, by connecting to networks that aren't yours? Makes since to me.
    Failure is not an option....



    It's installed by default on every version of Windows.

  9. #9
    Constant Bitrate Eternalodyssey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    St. Louis, MO
    Posts
    210
    Quote Originally Posted by BarryWoods View Post
    So you don't want to break your contract with Verizon, but don't mind committing a felony in most states, by connecting to networks that aren't yours? Makes since to me.
    Definitely seems like an equal trade off. Today I don't think that I am going to stop at any stop signs, but I figure as long as I stop for red lights I'm okay right? (theory).

    Connecting to someone else's network, while possibly harmless, is still illegal. If you are willing to accept the consequences then I say do as you will, just don't mess anyone else's stuff up. My buddy Eric leeches off his neighbor's wireless connection which is not secured. He doesn't know enough to mess with anyone else's network and desires only to make use of their internet. I view his activity like my own using the Verizon dial-up network. One day it may simply not work anymore, Just like Eric's wireless candy.
    Check out the updates. Project 2003 Dakota worklog: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=85490


    IS JACK BAUER GONNA HAVE TO SMACK A *****?

  10. #10
    Low Bitrate
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    101
    Hrmm....didn't realize that "leeching" was a felony in most states or even illegal for that matter. Good to know though, thanks for the info Barry. Also didn't know that Sprint had such cheap data plans, do those costs only apply to people in the Sprint network? I mean...could I keep my Verizon plan to use for phone calls and whatnot but buy a separate phone for Sprint to keep as my carputer modem? I'll have to do some research on Sprint's data plans. I know Verizon's got some mobile web plan for an extra $5 a month but I think that's for WAP :-/

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Driving in Italy - An American View
    By Bugbyte in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 34
    Last Post: 11-14-2006, 06:50 PM
  2. Replies: 6
    Last Post: 05-25-2005, 11:53 AM
  3. How does war driving work?
    By Arathranar in forum Wireless Communications
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 01-29-2005, 01:29 PM
  4. Warning... crazies ahead.
    By ddt in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 57
    Last Post: 05-11-2004, 11:06 PM
  5. war driving, free phone calls from the car?
    By Jake in forum General MP3Car Discussion
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 10-25-2002, 10:31 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •