Monday, September 17, 2007
Wardriving with my iPhone
As I drive around with my iPhone, I'm bombarded by prompts from the iPhone for WiFi networks that it sees. Now, as a hacker, I can appreciate this, but since I'm trying to get work done, this is REALLY annoying. Especially since the iPhone's WiFi has really crappy range. (external antenna hacks anyone.... anyone?!)
If you download and install Devicescape's app to manage WiFi network access, you can control these annoying intrusions into your iPhone usage. On the plus side, Devicescape's app will also enable you to store WiFi access usernames/password/keys, etc. and only connect to approved wireless networks.
Check out this great write up here. I saw Devicescape at DEMO last January and I was impressed with what they're doing to make WiFi use on devices like phones, cameras, etc. easier. My only concern is that there's no barrier to entry for the manufacturers to do what they do - and there's no secret sauce to it. (do they have any IP or patents?? I don't know - Anyone want to comment on that?)
Devicescape has some exposure in that OSX does this already, and I'd guess that its a matter of time before the iPhone can do this as well. Sources tell me that Devicescape has been in talks with Apple to include their app on the iPhone. While their app has more bells and whistles than what Apple has already, I doubt they'll license it. 1) you can already get it for free and 2) Apple can add that functionality easily without licensing it.
In the meantime, give it a try. It can only improve your iPhone WiFi experience. I don't really use the WiFi on my iPhone the way it CAN be used, because as you all know, I'm a 3G (EVDO) bigot. But you already knew that. ;-)