So get this:
I'm sitting in my car at a gas station waiting on my Dad, and I decided to scan for a wifi connection. It was no surprise that I found a connection (a linksys router with password protection). Just because I was curious I clicked it and on the protection screen I selected "none", even though the PSP told me the connection was protected, and to my surprise it actually connected and loaded Google.com (My home page). I was shocked beyond belief but I didn't get to try surfing cuz right then my dad came back and we had to jet to the mall. I plan on checking this next time I stop for gas but it was weird.
I'm thinkin it was probably that they had the router set to have a password but didn't actually set the password itself, but I'd imagine that you'd have to still enter a password of nothing for the connection to actually get recognized (or at least that's how most the routers I've worked with work)
Anyone else have any guesses?
and another question:
Anyone know how to crack a WPA password, or maybe a common default that's worth trying for most connections?
most common one is probably password. but the WPA password has to be set by the user, otherwise you just wouldn't have a password. perhaps you connected to a different router. many things which could have happened. but you wouldn't have bypassed a WPA connection.
Hmm... I get a connection error when trying your idea...
Also pauldude550, all passwords are in HEX, password is not a feasible password, plus unless you know the HEX value for the passphrase "password" then your stuffed anyway..
I tested that on WEP, and no luck, WEP is the least secure method. ( Appart from none. )
Hmm, I went back to the same place and it worked again. I'm thinking though that there might be two very similar routers in the area (both with an SSID of "linksys") because I scanned the area several times and twice it cameup with 2 linksys one prtected and one not.
However, here's the next weird part.
the unprotected router only showed up twice out of the (approximately) 20 times I scanned and both times it had a signal strength under 10%.
so......is it possible by the PSP, not knowing the difference between the 2 routers was able to use the closer router as a relay type thing (like laptops can when you're in a wifi area). If the routers were basically left with default settings, save the password, isn't it also possible that the routers could communicate and actually form a network. If so this could easily explain it. I'd say that maybe I was just connected to the unprotected router, but I can't even efficiently surf on a 15% signal so the 1 and 5 that I got from that router kinda stikes that idea.
Interesting... but when my PSP finds 2 networks with the same name, regardless of connection % (seen as low as 4% besides the 1% that shows up on occasion (glitch?)) it always shows 2 connections. Maybe it's a glitch with the router.
BTW: passphrase to HEX generator:
that's what I was first thinking, or like the routers are just that similar that PSP can't tell the difference and thinks that they are one router. I know DLink switches sometimes have troubles if you use 2 of the exact same model. So i think that might be what's going on.