Why would this company pay for WiFi access when they are now getting all the access they need for free? It's actually a great idea... have the trucks scan all the time and once they find an open AP, connect and upload all their info.


Ralph wrote:
I was on the way to one of our remote towers today and was on the interstate
next to two US Express trucks.  I turned on a sniffer to see if they also
had access points on them, but there was nothing. I guess they just scan,
looking for free wireless to use.

Being bored with the drive, I was thinking about the TRUCKPC thing a lot and
had an idea to make some code changes to the mobile access point I have in
my vehicle. Its hooked up to a verizon card and I have a roving EVDO to WIFi
hot spot gateway.  ( see  http://ralphfowler.com/stompbox/index.htm ) I
could make a couple of code changes to allow the box to also sniff a bit and
see exactly what these things are doing when they find a free internet

I was also thinking that we, as an industry, could possibly cut a deal with
Drivertech to allow their customers to have access to our networks.  Of
course there would be a lot more to work out and I'm not the guy for that
job ;-)

Just some Saturday musings...

-----Original Message-----
Behalf Of Matt Larsen - Lists
Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2006 1:16 AM
To: WISPA General List
Subject: Re: [WISPA] TRUCKPC


I've been wondering where the hell that TruckPC request has been coming

Occasionally, I have techs who have left the radius authentication disabled
on an access point and the dhcp logs will start to fill up with requests
from "TruckPC".  They were coming from access points all over 
the place and I was a little perplexed.   It is interesting to watch our 
radius logs too.  I have one AP overlooking a little town of 200 people, but
it is right next to an interstate and the radius log from that AP is always
showing logins.  Must be all the trucker laptops whizzing by looking for an
open AP.

I've been toying with the idea of turning on hotspot functionality so that
we can provide transient access, and this is probably a good reason to do

Matt Larsen

Ralph wrote:
Well, JohnnyO- you might want to also educate these people, then:

Their product, a "Truckpc" is being installed in many fleet vehicles. 
One fleet that comes to mind is US Express, a long haul package hauling
http://www.usxpress.com/   The device communicates back to the office via
Satellite, Cellular, or WiFi- whichever is available and cheaper.  
According to the manufacturer, it can hunt down open and unsecured 
access points and do your "HIGHLY illegal" act of connecting and 
sending its data whenever it can.

I'm not endorsing this behavior, of course, but I wanted to bring it 
to the attention of the list.

How do I know?   My WISP operates hotspot portals that allow casual users
make use of our mountain and tower-top sectors of WiFi.  These cover 
major portions of several towns.  These towns have a major Interstate 
route passing through them.  I began noticing numerous TRUCKPC leases 
being granted by the DHCP servers in these towns.  I became concerned 
about what they were, so I did a little internet research and ended up 
on the phone with technical support at Drivertech. This is who 
confirmed how these devices operate and who the probable fleet culprit
If anyone has portals near major truck routes, check your DHCP logs 
and see if you see the TRUCKPC SSID grabbing leases. You may want to 
either block it or contact these folks and work out a "roaming agreement".

Serious part over, joke follows:

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-----Original Message-----
On Behalf Of JohnnyO
Sent: Friday, December 29, 2006 5:35 PM
Subject: RE: [WISPA] recommendation for Client POE integrated radio 

Brian - Ham Operator or not - do you realize that what you're planning 
on doing is HIGHLY illegal and has several people over the past 2 yrs 
in Federal Prison as we speak ?


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