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    Wireless Access:  Windows XP Much Easier
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    Talking Wireless Access: Windows XP Much Easier
    I'm out with my Mac Book and when using Tiger OSX...I spend so much time trying to "barrow" Wireless Access...I have Boot Camp/Windows XP Pro on it and after literally a minute...I'm in...!!!

    XP gives me a complete list, telling me which are Secured/Unsecured Networks. Does AirPort Extreme have this...???

    Like I said I'm still learning...thanks...!!!

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    Wireless Access:  Windows XP Much Easier
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    No, but there are tools that can show you that information...

    I personally like iStumbler-...

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    Wireless Access:  Windows XP Much Easier
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    There are also several Widgets that will do this for you.

    However we won't allow you to discuss stealing WiFi here. So I certainly hope that's what you weren't implying.
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    Wireless Access:  Windows XP Much Easier
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    There are actually legitimate uses where tools like iStumbler are handy schweb:

    When I'm visiting friends, I've found there are so many unsecured access points that OS X just jumps on the next best one it finds. Since my friend has his network hidden, I use iStumbler to find it first and then enter the wpa key.

    It's also useful for finding out which channel the other networks near yours are using. All networks near me seem to be on channel 3, which was causing decreased performance. I've switched to a different channel and get much better throughput now!

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    Wireless Access:  Windows XP Much Easier
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aptmunich
    There are actually legitimate uses where tools like iStumbler are handy schweb:
    It's not iStumbler I have a problem with. It's the original posters comment about "borrowing" WiFi which implies using it without permission.

    I agree that iStumbler has some great legitimate uses.
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    Wireless Access:  Windows XP Much Easier
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    The iStumbler dashboard widget that shows overlapping wifi signals is very useful when somebody puts a 'default config netgear' out into the wild and it tromps all over other people's signal. I've caught a few like that

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    Wireless Access:  Windows XP Much Easier
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    Oh, I missed that...
    Yeah dude, don't steal bandwidth! Not unless they've added .public to their access point name...

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    Wireless Access:  Windows XP Much Easier
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aptmunich
    There are actually legitimate uses where tools like iStumbler are handy schweb:

    When I'm visiting friends, I've found there are so many unsecured access points that OS X just jumps on the next best one it finds. Since my friend has his network hidden, I use iStumbler to find it first and then enter the wpa key.

    It's also useful for finding out which channel the other networks near yours are using. All networks near me seem to be on channel 3, which was causing decreased performance. I've switched to a different channel and get much better throughput now!
    I have to say finding the iStumbler spectrum analyzer was the greatest thing since WiFi. There were 3 networks including mine on channel 11 and one on channel 6 so I moved mine down to channel 1 and the results were amazing! Both my range and speed are very much improved. Thanks iStumbler.

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