I know this isn't Cisco specific, although I have a Cisco 1200 wireless network. While doing a security scan with NetStumbler I saw a lot of Peer to Peer (computer to computer) networks. I have a Sniffer but can not find where these computers are located. Does anyone know of a tool Cisco or anyone else uses to track down users that are using Peer to Peer networking?
How much will this Windows XP peer-to-peer interfer with the wireless system? The reason I ask this is when I do a "carrier busy test" with the peer-to-peer enabled on a couple of laptops I don't see much on the carrier busy %. Does the peer-to-peer operate at less power?
I ran some tests in the past using laptops setup in ad-hoc mode to answer that exact question. I found that a laptop in ad-hoc mode will broadcast a signal just as strong as an access point and cover the same distance.
It makes sense if you think about it. If the client couldn't communicate at the same power levels as an access point you would run into situations where the client would be able to see the access points signal, but the access point would not be able to see the clients signal, and you would get one-way communication.
I can only assume they would provide the same level of interference as having another access point on an overlapping channel.