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Please Help!

I am a relative newbie to WLAN and I need a bit of guidance.

I need to make a proposal for WLAN security testing to my thesis tutor.

I am thinking of creating a very small test pad, i.e. 1 AP, 2 Clients and 1 Unauthorised client. I am hoping to produce some test data to show how the hacker can access the network with no security, with WEP on and how hackers can be picked up with extra security features, and indeed total prevention.

But I am not sure what I need to set up this test pad. Or the software I need to produce the tests. Does anyone have some ideas or tips for me to look at?

Firstly is my setup correct, is it enough?

Which hacking programs are the best/most recent? Airsnort?

Which WLAN management software is best for this? I was thinking of using Airopeek?

This isn't anything illegal by the way, I am a student at the University of Derby, England.

Thanks in advance.



Re: Please Help!

I believe your setup will suffice to demonstrate Wireless security (or lack of security). You may also want to look at some VPN solutions, or using a traditional firewall (or combination of firewall / VPN).

For hints / tips/ and applications, check out

The new generation of Wireless products from several vendors are now including propritery supplemental security - and newer standards-based security solutions. It may be worth a look to compare this newer generation of security enhancements to the existing WI-FI / WEP.

BTW: "Illegal" can be a pretty subjective term, depending on your location. Some interpretations of US Law would make your demonstration illegal (though not likely to be enforced).

Good Luck


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Re: Please Help!

Hi Rob,

The only recommendations I can make to you is that you need to define the standard 802.1? ? you would like to use, because there are different scenarios and problems you will be facing with each one of them. If the scope of your project is limited to just a small test you will be fine with 1 AP and 3 clients. But if you would like to test a more complicated scenario involve authentication servers, rogue access points, include digital certificates and MAC access control.

I found the following link very usefull to me

Good luck


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Re: Please Help!

Thanks Scott, Gustavo.

I have been told by my tutor that my Uni cannot supply the equipment.

I knew I should have gone to Maryland...

I am now looking for any WLAN Security stats that I can include in my project. E.g. packets required for a WEP key (64, 128 bit keys), management software stats.

A bit vague I know but my tutor is a big stats freak. Anything would probably suffice his thirst and boost my grade.

thanks guys.


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