I decided that I wanted to know what other folks in my area were doing in the wireless space.
On the train ride home from this year's SecTor Security Conference this year I did a little survey.
This is actually the second time I've done this, the first was a year ago, on my way home from the November TASK meeting. but I never posted results of that.. I started to write a blog post but then scrapped it.
Anyway, I was curious...
...so I pulled out my netbook and fired up airodump-ng for a little war-driving (war-training?).
Please note, I did not attempt to connect to any of the networks I found. This was just a listening exercise to see who was out there. I chose the program airodump-ng specifically because I know it does not attempt to communicate with the Access Point, it just logs who was sending as it sees it. I also did not use it, like Google, to capture and record any transmitted payload data. I was not interested in who was connected, or what they were doing, just how the APs were configured.
When I got home I started compiling the data that I collected into a spreadsheet so that I could make some sense of it.
Note: this wireless survey only covered a small area, the stretch along the train tracks (and major highway) between downtown Toronto's Union Station, and the Whitby station to the east, about a 1 hour train ride.