2020-12-27 I'm still wardriving from time to time
I haven't written anything about wardriving since I noticed I fell out of the WiGLE top 100 but I still do it from time to time. At the same rate as I wrote back then, switching on the WiGLE app on an Android phone when I realize I may be in an 'interesting' area for finding networks and I have the time. I don't go out on wardriving trips on purpose, but there are enough networks to be found. By now I have dropped to the number 312 rank in the WiGLE user statistics. I guess there are other wardrivers a lot more active and plotting every day wardriving expeditions. WiGLE also logs found bluetooth devices and there are a lot of those out there.
2016-03-25 Out of the WiGLE top 100
Once I was quite high in the WiGLE stats but nowadays I only "wardrive" when I remember to switch on the WiGLE client for Android on possibly interesting trips. So from the top position of being at number 14 in the WiGLE stats in June 2009 I now dropped out of the top 100, I just saw myself at ranking 107. Most interesting recent wardriving option was on our winter holiday to the Brandnertal in Austria. I brought some wardriving device on that trip before and this trip did not find a big number of new networks, but it did find a lot of new mobile phone towers since the previous trip probably was with the WiGLE app on the android tablet without mobile data support.
Wardriving results 4 January 2014 - 11 July 2014: 14481 new networks with GPS locations according to WiGLE. I don't "wardrive" on purpose now, but I leave an android device running the wigle android app on trips that can be interesting such as during holidays.
Wardriving results 3 May 2013 - 3 January 2014: 14554 new networks with GPS locations. All wardriving in this period using the WigleWifi app for Android.
When I get around to wardriving lately I use the wigle app for android, so I decided to repurpose the wardrive box as shednet computer. This will also mean I can stop using PLC network to link the shed computer to the rest of the network, replacing it with wifi. Using PLC offends the radio amateur in me and people at the radio club now ask me whether I dumped it already. So, time for different hardware which as a plus will also use less power. I already built in a laptop harddisk in the wardrive box and removed the compact flash holding the wardriving box image (I'll save it so I can restart using the wardriving box if needed). The alix 1c can work nicely with an IDE laptop harddisk.The installation will probably be done with a recent debian jessie distribution. Plans for the new shednet computer include an ntp server, but since the current gps unit (gpskit) seems to fail after running for a few days in the test setup that may have to wait.
The laptop harddisk built into the ritchie mini-itx case
Wardriving results 2013-02-12 - 2013-04-10: 2519 new networks with GPS locations according to WiGLE.
Wardriving results up to today: 2126 new networks with GPS locations. Using Wigle Wifi Wardriving for Android makes wardriving easier.
Wardriving results 14 September 2012 - 30 November 2012: 1811 new networks with GPS locations. Adding a tablet with Android and WigleWifi for Android makes wardriving easier. I am one place up in the WiGLE wardriving stats again.
Interesting article/presentation: Pen tester builds wifi war-bike about a motorcycle with war-driving capabilities based on kismet coupled with a heads-up display driven via a Raspberry Pi. The video in the article of the presentation is not very good, and I can't find a website about this project at the moment.
2012-09-13 (#)Items with tag wardriving before 2012-09-13
Wardriving results 1 June 2012 - 13 September 2012: 1513 new networks with GPS locations at WiGLE. Some of those are from leaving the wardrivebox at home in the attic which still finds new networks when left running for days. Others are from trips including walking trips.