Where can I test out wifi?

Brandon Sandrowicz bsandrow-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at public.gmane.org
Thu Nov 12 20:38:58 UTC 2009

On Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 12:32 PM, Lennart Sorensen
<lsorense-1wCw9BSqJbv44Nm34jS7GywD8/FfD2ys at public.gmane.org> wrote:
> MAC address spoofing is pretty trivial, and really doesn't add much
> at all.
> If you can break the WPA2 encryption key, the MAC address hardly adds
> even 0.1% to the difficulty in getting access.  It on the other hand is
> majorly annoying when you do want to connect a machine that you first have
> to go add the mac address to the stupid router before you can connect.
> So lots of annoyance for legitimate users, and hardly any annoyance to
> the cracker.  Totally stupid waste of time.

It's useful for techno-illiterate people though.  If you want to allow
a neighbor or someone access to the network you can give them the
password and add their MAC address. If they decide to be an ass to
you, you can just ban their MAC rather than changing the password for
everyone that is using the network.

It's flimsy security to be sure, but it's also a lazy solution to a
problem when you know that all of the people involved are don't know
enough to overcome the hurdles that you're placing in front of them.
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