Last night (this morning), Kelly
, JeffK and I got together
for yet another impromptu war driving
, only this
time we all
had laptops, and we
ran off batteries. Through the good graces of a friend, I
was able to replace the defective
in my ThinkPad 600 with a not-so-defective battery and since I
hadn't really tested the new battery, I figured this would be as good a test
It was a Good Thing™ that I had just finished fully charging the
Mark ended up driving, with JeffK, Kelly and I scanning the area for
WAPs. We wasted about 15
minutes with JeffK trying to get his scanning software working, and Kelly
attempting to get the GPS hooked up to his laptop and talking to the WAP scanning software. It slowly
became apparent that we wouldn't have GPS for this drive.
We ended up driving around residential neighborhoods, which seem to have
a higher concentration of WAPs than the commercial zones. I'm not sure if it was the
card I was using (a Cisco Airo 340), the software I was using (Linux running
that Kelly and JeffK were using the same type of card (and my system kept
picking their cards up) but I had better luck in finding WAPs than they did. And the battery
lasted the entire trip and then some (over two hours total).
We did, however, confirm that Mark's house (and the homes
around him) were not condusive to wireless network propagation,
possibly due to their heavy concrete and steel construction (the
neighborhood dates from the late 60s/early 70s and homes here in South
Florida were solidly constructed).
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