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YellowWhale? Huh?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by dart451, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. dart451

    dart451 Addicted to LI Member

    Hello all,

    I was just messing with Victek's 1.28 RAF firmware on my WRT54G and clicked on Wireless Survey under Tools. I recognize my WAP54G in the survey but there are also YellowWhale and YellowWhale-Guest in the survey. Anyone know what these are?
     
  2. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    Who knows. You can set a router SSID to anything you want. The best one I've see around here lately is "This.Is.Not.Here".
     
  3. dart451

    dart451 Addicted to LI Member

    So...they are routers/access points? I live in a remote area...I can't imagine anyone close enough to show up on my survey!?
     
  4. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    Yes I think so. It's amazing how far away I've picked up a weak signal sometimes. A usual signal range is 100ft maybe 300ft with a clear line of sight. But just to see the signal, although not be able to use it, I've read about 500 ft or more, again with a clean line of sight.

    Once in the Portland Oregon area, I was staying at a rented house. There were houses in the area but couldn't see any looking out the windows as they were far apart. There was no wireless signals at all visible from my laptop. But I had my WTR54GS travel router which when plugged into the bathroom outlet (no where else in the house), was able to pick up a signal and got me online.

    The fact that you see one a primary and a guest signal suggests to me that it might be a business of some sort but could also just be a careful private user. The name Yellow Whale means nothing to me though.
     
  5. dart451

    dart451 Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks TexasFlood! I'm getting about a 93dBm with a quality of 2-3 and they are both on channel 11. I wonder if it could possibly be the guy on the hill...he's a retired oceanographer...perhaps that's where the YellowWhale is coming from!? He's about 1/4 miles away...
     
  6. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    I get a lot of signals here. My weakest right now is "Yabadabadoo" at 97dBm quality 0, hah. I'm tempted to take my laptop and go wardrive with NetStumbler to find the source and find out how far away it is.
     
  7. dart451

    dart451 Addicted to LI Member

    I'm familiar with Netstumbler but...what is Wardrive? Sounds like something fun to do...
     
  8. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    "Wardriving is the act of searching for Wi-Fi wireless networks by a person in a moving vehicle, using a portable computer or PDA."

    I've done it a few times for fun. Some folks are very serious about it, using a GPS to really map out large areas. Of course everyone else is an amateur compared to google attempts to wardrive the world.
     

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