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Figure 4: Screenshot of Kismet, by Mike Kershaw, from http://www.kismetwireless.net/screenshot.shtml

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Several strategies can be employed to maximize the number of wireless access points detected. One common sense strategy is to avoid backtracking down streets that you have already driven through. It helps to keep in mind the range of your external antenna so that you may be able to skip driving down side streets that you know your rig would be able to detect from a distance.

IV. Hitting the Road

The typical configuration for a wardriving rig is to place the laptop in the passenger-side seat, place the GPS unit on the dashboard and to magnetically-mount the external antenna to the top of the car.

If completeness is not your goal and you are simply looking to detect the most amount of access points in the least amount of time, a little bit of research prior to your wardrive can go a long way. Densely populated areas with higher than average household

incomes are ideal grounds to wardrive. Given the cost of a wireless access point and Key ingerprint = AF19 FA27 2F94 998D FDB5 DE3D F8B5 06E4 A169 4E46 the technical expertise required to set-up and operate one, these demographics make

sense. Websites, such as MSN HomeAdvisor (http://homeadvisor.msn.com), will be able to assist in locating these areas. Also, schools, retail businesses and corporate offices are likely to have multiple wireless access points. It is known that bar code

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