Maine forum = no help....connecting to wireless networks

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  1. Otter

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    Since noone in the main forum seems interested...I figured I would try to branch out into the OT community...I'm curious about the ones that say unsecured computer to computer? They seem to pop up at various times but when I click connect it will never aquire an address...is there some other way...and what are they exactly?
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    they are:

    1. a PC with a wireless card operating in peer-to-peer mode

    2. a PC that's got a virus/trojan/bad shit running to make you *think* you're connecting to a free hot spot when really you're passing all your information through another PC that's then passing it to the interent (link to 'free wifi scam').........you can see why that would be bad, right?
     
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    yeah, yeah...so I guess its good that I haven't been able to connect to it then, right?
     
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    could one of my roomates have malware causing it to broadcast a free ad-hoc connection AND still function properly?
     
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    It's also possible that the broadcasting router you are seeing is set to accept connections only from certain MAC addresses. This is easy to set and prevents all computers that you don't specify from connecting to the router.
     
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    yes.

    ..........well, it makes it slightly more difficult but I wouldn't say "prevents" :hsugh:
     
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    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    WTF?? If there is one single mac addy accepted, you'd have to know the exact addy and spoof it. How the hell are you going to get that addy when the router is protected and a brute force search would be too time consuming??

    You say "slightly" more difficult...this sounds like extraordinarily more difficult. Unless you know something I don't. In which case, enlighten me please.
     
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    MAC addresses are sent in the clear, they're not encrypted. Sniff the signal with ethereal (link) and get the MAC address, and spoof it to log in. Here's one tool for that (link) but some cards will also let you do it natively.

    MAC address filtering should not be considered secure.
     
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    i guess there is no way to know what computer is broadcasting the stray signal then is there?
     
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    Walk around and monitor signal strengths, when it gets higher, you're getting closer!
     
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    My question would be "why?"
     
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    ahh ok...thanks!

    And for clarification, I did not suggest that MAC address filtering is secure. I suggested it as an explanation as to what the OP might be experiencing (because he can see the network but can't connect).
     
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    my bad, sorry..... but there are now instructions in this thread to help figure out if that's the case ;)
     
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    so if it is one of my roomates, I can tell them to fix their shit
     

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