Anyone here in Columbia? There's only like 80k people in the entire town, so I doubt it, but what the heck. It's my new home so I figured I'd check anyway.
And the new job rocks. I'm without internet until Saturday but luckily there are literally 14 wireless networks (well, 22 if you count the really poorly received ones) a handful of which aren't locked down.
The funny thing is that they are all using channels 6 or 11. Nothing like a bunch of college kids who buy a wireless router and plug it in. At least most of them figured out how to enable *some* type of security.
And given that most people who do turn on security opt for WEP (which can be broken in a couple of minutes) it's generally the case that wherever you are there's some free internet to be had. :)
My router only supports WEP so I make due with that and MAC filtering and the fact that no one within 10 miles has wireless network equipment aside from me. :)
Security through obscurity is often worse than no security at all. :)
I'm in the St. Louis area, but I went to college in Fulton (about 20 miles to your east) and I spent a lot of time in Columbia during those days.
January 17th, 2006
I take that back, my router supports WPA but my PCMCIA wireless cards only do WEP. Apparently it's something in the hardware and can't be supported by a new driver?
I was going to ask you how the move went.
January 17th, 2006
The move is about halfway done, and went Ok. I pulled a 6x12 trailer 850 miles across the Smokies which was snowing, but was made worse by people who don't know how to actually drive in a little bit of a snow shower.
I'll be flying back to Charlotte at the end of the month to drive back a 17' UHaul truck towing my wife's car to move the rest of the house here.
BTW, if anyone wants an incredible company to work for, I highly recommend Carfax^H^H^H^H^H^CARFAX (it has to be all caps - I got talked to about it already ;)
As for the routers, most of the security around here seems to be WEP, but I figure if they at least tried I'll leave them alone. Besides, if you have to break the encryption, then you are cracking, but if you just connect, well, that's a grey area. ;)