Subject: Re: Summer of Code: Wifi Browser / Kismet clone
To: Ricardo Correia Pinto <>
From: oliver gould <>
List: tech-net
Date: 04/21/2006 23:49:27
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On Sat, Apr 22, 2006 at 12:36:46AM +0100, Ricardo Correia Pinto wrote:
> On Fri, 21 Apr 2006, oliver gould wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> >  - A quick search through the archives produced a few interesting
> >    discussions on the Wifi Browser from last summer, however I couldn't
> >    find any indication that any progress was made in the way of
> >    implementing it.  Is this the case?
> 	I started implementing it, as can be see in [1]. I was also
> thinking of applying this year to the same project, but using a different
> approach [2] (or a pdf file in [3], since latex2html doesn't have a
> beautiful output). Would someone please comment it?
> Maybe I should post the specs in the list instead?
> >
> >
> >  - Considering that a Wifi Browser would provide a subset of the
> >    functionality that Kismet (or a Kismet-like application) provides, is
> >    there any specific reason why these projects are listed seperately?
> 	I guess is because the browser is intended as a configuration
> aiding tool, instead of "debugging" like kismet.

I wouldn't limit Kismet to a mere "debugging" tool.  Though it isn't
commonly used in this capacity, it can be a somewhat sophisticated Layer
3 Wifi IDS.

I see the functionality of a kismet clone and wireless network browser
built around a common architecture.  It seems very reasonable that with
a number of developers, a larger feature set could be implemented.

It looks like you've put quite a bit thought into this.  I'll have to
spend a bit more time looking over the material you posted, but I hope
that if a few of us are interested in this, we could make some real
progress in an advanced wifi tool for NetBSD.


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