[Nottingham] NanNet

developr nottingham at mailman.lug.org.uk
Wed Feb 12 12:20:01 2003

On Wednesday 12 February 2003 11:42, Alex Tibbles wrote:
> any ideas of how
> far 802.11b will reach? 
The box my Access Point came in says 
"... the 802.11b standard (offers) a working range of up to 1800 feet / 550 
Remember that "up to" starts at zero.  Practically, there are so many factors 
that can influence range (power output of equipment, position of ariel, 
interference, walls, weather) that you may get just a few feet.  Ideally 
line-of-sight is preferable.

> people would only do that if a) it was secure
802.11b is IMHO inherently insecure, even with 128 bit encryption.
See, for example, www.wirelessdevnet.com/articles/80211security/

You have to assume that a wireless network is open.

Still, great fun, and lots of potential benefits for a community.