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September 1, 2011

USB WiFi Antenna — "Wireless broadcast range up to 1 mile line of sight"


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From the website:


Need to improve WiFi reception?

Just install the Super USB WiFi Antenna 3 into your computer's USB port to experience a 4.5dBi antenna gain and a 25dBm chipset gain.

You'll be able to reach 802.11b, g and n access points up to a mile away, and experience fast data transfers up to 150Mbps.


The weatherproof antenna can be mounted outside or, using the included suction cups, to a window pane for maximum connectivity.

Includes 15-foot USB cable, zip ties, suction cups, fasteners, lanyard and software on CD-ROM.

Requires Microsoft Windows 2000+ or Mac OS 10.4+.

Note: Operation may not be legal in all jurisdictions.




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Good point 6.02.

My intention was one would not break the law intentionally,

but how would the average person know who they were hooking up to when all the computer states is "connected".

Unless one could prove you were tapping into the whole neighborhood I think a seasoned lawyer (in this field) could

have the charges dropped (at least the first time), after that you would be a fool to continue.

Posted by: Joe Peach | Sep 2, 2011 7:52:32 PM

Mr. Peach - I respectfully disagree with your assessment that "a good lawyer could get you off...." where quite a few individuals are serving jail time for activities that they manifested while connected to an open WIFI, and the number of civil lawsuits vastly dwarfs the criminal actions....

That said, I find much more interesting and vastly more dangerous the number of laptops that have no firewall and no limits to "guest" access in large, expensive, hotels. I spent last weekend in San Diego and my digs in the Gaslight District showed well over 200 open laptops - including several belonging to the other participants in the meeting that I attended (hint: don't name your computer after yourself). Apple and Microsoft both make zero config network access default and iPads, iPhones and Mac laptops were present on that intranet at a 2:1 ratio over Windows machines.

Even more interesting is the fact that a laptop with built-in WIFI has a MAC address hardwired into the beast, but - a USB WIFI adaptor has its own MAC address and turning off your laptop's internal WIFI and using the USB WIFI in a common area like the bar, restaurants, lobby(s) means that you could plunder the information stored on unguarded laptops, smart phones and tablets and leave only the USB MAC behind -then dispose of the device in a sewer after collecting the illicit data. I have no doubts that such a practice is common as hell where my laptops' logs showed probes of dozens of ports thousands of times an hour for my entire stay.

Anybody worried about this might try pointing their browser at this site: https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 That is a free port test offered by Steve Gibson of Spinrite fame. It is a safe site. Indeed, Joe showcased the Perfect Passwords page on the same site here a few moths ago.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Sep 2, 2011 7:01:22 PM

Joe buy a cheap and decent alpha awus036h at 20$ with the latest Backtrack 5 R1 linux distribution.The best and cheapest way for wirelless penetration.

Posted by: piratomon | Sep 2, 2011 4:42:04 PM

99.44% of the populace would never know if they were tapped.

There are so many laptops programed to grab ANY access point.

A good lawyer could get you off or a few hours of community service.

It is quite remarkable to see 200 sites available to you,

with 30 or more being completely open with no restrictions!

Posted by: Joe Peach | Sep 1, 2011 5:18:35 PM

The "operation" is legal anywhere in the US. Using a high-gain antenna to access somebody's open WIFI hotspot without permission is a civil and potentially, a criminal, wrong.

Throughput of 150 MBS is just the 802.11 protocol - that doesn't mean that you will achieve that throughput.

This last WIFI shootout was won with an 802.11 b connection of 125 miles. See,http://boingboing.net/2005/07/31/defcon-wifi-shootout.html

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Sep 1, 2011 4:37:54 PM

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