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WRT54G Stolen

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by TheMunch8, May 29, 2005.

  1. TheMunch8

    TheMunch8 Network Guru Member

    Well, Last night my neighbors were having a party which by the end of the night, turned out to be around 100-150 people. Well, Let me give you a little background first.
    I live in a college town. When I mean college town, I don't mean that there is a college there. I mean the whole town (90%) is college students. I live with 15 other people in my house. (yes it is a big house). Anyway, my love of tinkering led me to purchase a WRT54G, and It was aparently the only one at the time which could have decent enough QoS that could actually keep my internet running when 10 of those people run kazaa and limewire. Anyway, Over the schoolyear, I have been tweaking, tinkering, hacking, and just plain spending time to get it to work correctly. I added a Heat sink on the inside, made a cardboard (with tinfoil) dish to extend the range to the far end of the house. Anyway, all in all, I have spent probably over 30 hours on it.
    So back to the story. Last night, I am sitting in my room with one of my buddies, when I see my wireless drop. Since this isn't usually a huge deal, I shrug it off. I make a comment to my friend who is using the microwave that it is his fault. (yes, it has happened before, it is a SHITTY microwave). Anyway, It turns out someone climbed up on the banister, and took down my router from its stand that I built. They took the router and the power plug. I attached a picture I took after i put it up. Anyway, the point is that there are other houses around with routers in the open like ours, but they seemed more interested in the WRT. They didn't even take the cable modem. Do you think that it was just opportunistic, or is the WRT actually popular enough that when it is seen, people want it?

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  2. XCOM7

    XCOM7 Network Guru Member

    Man that sux!
    WRT are preatty popular.
    Hey they are preatty cheap get a new one! Hope you had a back up of your config.
     
  3. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    if i were you then i would way around me nieghborhood and look for me ssid. when i find it i would knock on the door of the house it is coming from and call the cops on the guy
     
  4. Avenger20

    Avenger20 Network Guru Member

    Yeah, try to look around for the Wireless MAC address with NetStumbler.
     
  5. XCOM7

    XCOM7 Network Guru Member

    That would be a good idea! :)
     
  6. littlewhoo

    littlewhoo Network Guru Member

    If these routers are so popular, I guess I should consider securing my outdoor WRT54Gs with booby traps and barbed wire... :)
     
  7. u3gyxap

    u3gyxap Network Guru Member

    And run some 220V AC on the barb wire, for just in case :)
    TheMunch8, get a laptop with a wireless card, 8dBi omni and do some wardriving around the town. Netstumbler is a wonderful tool for that.
    And make sure you bring some friends along, to knock some heads if it comes to that :)
    I seriously don't understand why would somebody steal something that costs $40 brand new with a year worth of warranty. Probably the person liked the heatsink mod.
     
  8. littlewhoo

    littlewhoo Network Guru Member

    Another explanation would be, that he did overclock the router too much and the whole unit did evaporate due to excessive heat accumulation. ;)
     
  9. TheMunch8

    TheMunch8 Network Guru Member

    Lol, well Let me explain a little more about my mod. Basically, I opened it up, put a heatsync on the inside, and closed it again. It wasn't visable from the outside. Next, if it evaporated, where did the power adapter go? :-p

    I have considered going around and looking for the Mac address of it, as the SSID would probably be changed asap. The Wireless mac address for it is not so easily changed, especially with someone who isn't a software hacker/linux guru. Anyway, the whole Town is under a square mile about, so crusiing up and down with net stumbler is not that bad. I just need a proof of ownership for the router to be able to call the police. I am tracking down that box, as i think they have serial numbers/mac addresses on them?
     
  10. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    TheMunch8: I would so war drive around and look for it using NetStumbler. Chances are you will find it seeing as the town is mostly students and it would probably be up on a perch like you had it. Hell call Linksys and ask for the serial number (hopefully you registered it). Keeps us posted if you find it.
     
  11. TheMunch8

    TheMunch8 Network Guru Member

    Well, It could be locked in the back room for all I care. I will use triangulation method (and I think I know who was there when it was taken...so a description might help), and find out where it is. I then can call a couple of my Fraternity Brothers as backup, and go take it.

    I do not think i registered it, as I don't registered it, but seeing the wireless mac address in the wireless signal is proof enough to me. Not counting if I open it up, there will be my heat sync, with the tiny fan and screws removed.

    I am trying to call up a guy to help me go wardrive (him drive, me war) Nothing like crusin down streets in a nice corvette with a laptop in hand...but yea. I am Considering waiting a day or 2 to go look. The only way to get access to the router (it is locked down thoroughly) is to do a hard reset, which means my SSID will be gone anyway. Should I wait a day or 2, or start drivin tonight?
     
  12. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    go war drbing right now. the more you wait the more of a chance they could have changed settings.
     
  13. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    i am going to chain my wrt to my wall, and my floor. so if they want the wrt they need to take the wall and the floor with them.
     
  14. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    . Maybe wait a day or 2 to let the person get comfortable with it. On second thought perhaps now would be more fun :)
     
  15. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    go war driving with a cop :D so you have proof
     
  16. zgamer

    zgamer Network Guru Member

    hrm...my wrt is about 2 feet from my eyes......then again my cable modem could get stolen but they would have to be stupid to ever plug it in as the cable company has in the passed traced who has stolen them.
     
  17. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member


    ym wrt is on the 4rd floor of my house and i am on the 2nd. so it i snot 2 feet from me :(
    thats is why the chain idea looksso good
     
  18. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    i got i idea. my isp ties the mac addresses to ip. for example if my wrt's mac is 11:22:33:44:55: it will have a certain ip. all you have to do is look for the ip your wrt is tied to. but not all isp are like this. some are statistic and other are dynamic
     
  19. Nex1

    Nex1 Guest

    WAR DRIVE!!!!!

    Did u find it yet? I LOOOOVE War driving, this would actually have a real purpose!
    I'd help ya, but we are prolly no where near eachother.
     
  20. TheMunch8

    TheMunch8 Network Guru Member

    Re: WAR DRIVE!!!!!

    Actually across the country. I am in Southern California. I havn't had Time yet, as I have finals. I figured since if they were going to sell it on Ebay, it would be long gone, and if they are going to be using it in town, It will be here for a while. If i can find someone to drive, I have time tomarrow. I'll ask around, pull up the mac address, and get my net stumbler going. I wish i had a GPS to go with my computer. It would be so much easier, (as in i could just put it in the seat next to me, and let it run) Instead I need to write down where it would be.
     
  21. Eugenios

    Eugenios Network Guru Member

    Stupid question, but what was it doing outside the house?

    I have my WAP54G inside the house!

    8O
     
  22. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    perfect reason to buy a GPS reciever :)
    their fun anyway, and when your done that you can go geocaching :p
     
  23. TheMunch8

    TheMunch8 Network Guru Member

    It was inside the house...Didn't you see the picture?
     
  24. Eugenios

    Eugenios Network Guru Member

    Oh, so a robber entered your house while you were sleeping and felt that the most valuable thing in the house was your wireless router... hmm, I guess all robbers now-a-days are high tech freaks! (lol)

    Sorry, don't want to add to your misery... it's just that it sounds weird!!!
     
  25. scott47

    scott47 Guest

    Another stupid question

    Eugenios
    Did you even bother reading this entire post?
     
  26. Eugenios

    Eugenios Network Guru Member

    Re: Another stupid question

    No...
     
  27. Eugenios

    Eugenios Network Guru Member

    Re: Another stupid question

    Its obvious that someone is doing a prank on the guy... :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
  28. pasys

    pasys Network Guru Member

    You should do war-driving man , find your router MAC Address..Is your main thingy password protected...OMG..He could reset it or even ask the forums


    I wish you luck
     
  29. TheMunch8

    TheMunch8 Network Guru Member

    Re: Another stupid question

    No, Ok, Let me explain it to you a little bit more. I live in a 4 bedroom house. All the rooms are locked when there is a party next door. (or closed with people inside). The only thing valuable (or reasonably valuable) is the router and Modem. What happens when you have drunk/high college students is that they think its fun to steal things. It is not their main objective of the night "lets go steal some shit." Its more like "Hey, theres a cool thing, lets take it." The thing that gets me is why they took the router and not the modem. The modem would be easier to track down (as the mac address is needed by the cable company). Just like how ipods are stolen or Laptops. It usually people going in, saying Oh this is small, cool and easy to take.

    No i wasn't sleeping. Not its not the most valuable thing in the house. No they didn't come with Black Masks with a whole black outfit, and infrared goggles.
     
  30. ybbmadysu

    ybbmadysu Network Guru Member

    TheMunch8
    What was the outcome? Did you go wardriving?

    I live in socal, just going down the street KissMAC will show about 15 linksys routers. No one changes the ssid, there all 'linksys' on ch6 w/no wep. The city of free internet.
     
  31. TheMunch8

    TheMunch8 Network Guru Member

    It has kind of been postponed because My dad offered to pay for a new router if I stopped wasting time and go back to studying. *lol* I still can go around and look, as i doubt they would try to clone the wireless mac address also. I just havn't found a driver yet.
     
  32. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    dont bother finding a driver now. the thing was probly sold on ebay. . who knows.
     
  33. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Just swear if you ever do go out, you let use know the outcome. I'm sure a few of us would be interested. No get back to studying you slacker! :)
     

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