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.
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 connection. 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----- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] On Behalf Of Matt Larsen - Lists Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2006 1:16 AM To: WISPA General List Subject: Re: [WISPA] TRUCKPC AHA!!!! I've been wondering where the hell that TruckPC request has been coming from!!!!!! 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 it. Matt Larsen [EMAIL PROTECTED] Ralph wrote:Well, JohnnyO- you might want to also educate these people, then: http://www.drivertech.com/ Their product, a "Truckpc" is being installed in many fleet vehicles. One fleet that comes to mind is US Express, a long haul package haulingservicehttp://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 userstomake 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 culpritwas.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: This message brought to you by the World's largest free wireless internet provider. Look for our SSID wherever you go: Linksys. Ralph -----Original Message----- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] On Behalf Of JohnnyO Sent: Friday, December 29, 2006 5:35 PM To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]; 'WISPA General List' Subject: RE: [WISPA] recommendation for Client POE integrated radio for802.11b/g 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 ?