This week Matt reviews an open source WiFi network scanner for Windows while Darren convinces a Windows server into treating a VPN connection as a service.
Merge folders with Winmerge
This open source Windows tool allows you to easily identify inconsistencies between two would-be identical directories and quickly make corrections, complete with keyboard shortcuts. Check out Winmerge
inSSIDer, an open source Windows WiFi Scanner
So in my never ending search for better and better utilities to make my life easier, I came across inSSIDer by metageek.
Which is basically a stripped down version of their Chanalyzer software.
Stripped down maybe, but extremely useful none the less? YES!
After performing a scan of my boss’s house who was plagued with signal drops and slow speeds, I came across the reason.
Interfering access points. His router was on channel 6, surrounded by half a dozen other access points.
So using the easy to read inSSIDer software I decided to put him on channel 11, where there were no other AP’s in range.
As soon as I made the switch, I had vastly improved signal strength, and no longer had drops walking through the house.
We’ll be running a review of the Wi-Spy products and metageek’s Chanalyzer in an upcoming episode.
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Windows VPN connection as Service
One of the nice things about Windows Server is the built in VPN service — RRAS or Routing and Remote
Access. In this segment I demonstrate a way to connect one Windows Server to another utilizing a PPTP VPN
connection as a service. The built in VPN connection manager isn’t half bad.
A nifty feature is >the rasdial.exe program
which allows you to connect/disconnect a VPN profile from the command line. Pairing that with the AutoExNT service from the Windows Server
Resource Kit and you’ve got a VPN connection on boot, even before login.
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