New kit makes finding wireless networks easy

A United States start-up company has introduced an all-in-one "war-driving kit" designed to help anyone track down wireless LANs.

A United States start-up company has introduced an all-in-one "war-driving kit" designed to help anyone track down wireless LANs.

Airtouch Networks has developed kits that make it easy for inexperienced "sniffers," or even companies, to look for wireless networks, according to company spokesman Umut Bitlisli.

Airtouch has bundled a wireless LAN network interface card and a high-gain antenna - which users previously had to buy separately - into a kit that also includes pointers to NetStumbler freeware and 30 days of technical support, Bitlisli said.

The company now offers two kits: a $299 (£193) "war-walking" model, which features a wand-type antenna and network interface card, and a $399 (£257) kit that offers the same card as well as a roof-mount magnetic antenna for a car or truck.

When asked if Airtouch has any ethical qualms about encouraging people to connect to someone else's network, Bitlisli pointed out that war driving is legal and that the products also have other legitimate uses, including locating wireless LAN freenets and allowing companies to conduct enterprise wireless LAN site surveys.

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