A useful program that network administrators can use to manage


 

A useful program that network administrators can use to manage their wireless networks is inSSIDer. It shows (1) the MAC (physical) address of the network, (2) its SSID, (3) the channel it is using, (4) a signal-to-noise ratio, (5) the type of security the network is using, (6) the type and speed of the network, and (7) the times the network appears.

Another benefit of inSSIDer is that it displays the encryption type used on a specific network. This is important information if you are doing a penetration test or a security audit. If your network is using wired equivalent privacy (WEP), it would be wise to switch to Wi-Fi protected access (WPA) or WPA2 (even better). There are several tools available that can crack WEP keys. Running a quick scan of your network using inSSIDer may help you determine if you need to make changes to your network. It can also tell you if your network has dead spots or rogue access points. Let’s look at a simple example.

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  1. Download, install and run inSSIDer from http://www.metageek.net/products/inssiderLinks to an external site..
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  2. Select your wireless network card from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Start Scanning.
  4. Click on the 2.4 GHz Channels tab in the lower pane.
  5. Wait a few minutes for surrounding networks to show up on the list.
  6. Take a screenshot and include a brief description of your findings.

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