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Stumbling and Sniffing Wireless Networks in Linux, Part 1

Oct 19, 2009, 19:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Geier)

"Before we begin tinkering with the tools, you should clearly understand the differences between stumbling and sniffing. They are two very different activities, whereas each requires a different kind of tool--we aren't talking about body parts.

"When you want to see what wireless access points (APs) are in the area and their status, such as signal strength or encryption, you want to stumble. You can even use stumblers as the chief tool when designating or evaluating the location of APs on a wireless network. Additionally, you can stumble around your office--while not actually tripping--to find rogue APs. These are APs that haven't been installed by the network team or have been reset and are exposing your network. For personal motives, you can also use stumblers to war drive. This means you drive (or walk or sit) around in public to detect everyone's networks."

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