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Network Sniffers for PalmOS
Beam Feature can be sniffed but..

 12:35 am on Apr 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

Im looking for a program for my PalmOS enabled PDA to sniff the wireless beam for people sending data for a project. Ive heard of them being around yet I can't find any.

Anyone run into this before ?



 12:44 am on Apr 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

Could you explain, in I-really-just-don't-get-it terms more specifically what functionality you're looking for? Why a "sniffer" when you can just set the OS preferences to "Beam Receive: ON"...

Are you looking at something that would "screen" incoming data, kinda like a little IR firewall for the handheld?


 12:57 am on Apr 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ok Let me rephrase ;) If there is a room of people at a table and someone beams theirs card to their buddy will everyone else who has beam on get the card also?

Does it beam to only one person or everyone with the Infrared device.


 1:37 am on Apr 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

The beaming/IR features of most pdas I know of is pretty weak. When I use IR to hotsync mine with my laptop, the IR ports need to be facing towards each other, and not too far away for it to receive.

That said, if someone beams something, everyone within range with Beam Receive set to ON will receive it.

Interestingly, there is a company that sells a "turn your PDA into a remote control" kit that boosts your IR output signal well enough to reach the TV on the other side of the room, so if you got one of those, perhaps you could set yourself up as a sort of PDA spam broadcaster... but I don't know of any IR reception boosters for stealthily intercepting a transmission...

Anyone got ideas?


 7:49 am on Apr 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

Will i also think you need to be pretty close to the other PDA, also can't you chose which one you want to send it to (you give it some sort of ID)?

Do you remember the PALM commercial, where a man sat on one train and a nice looking woman on another train, and then he beemed over his cellphone number.


 2:24 am on Apr 7, 2002 (gmt 0)

I've only used PDA-to-PDA beaming once, but I was not asked to give the recipient's ID... Perhaps some specific secure applications might require that information to beam their info, but generic Palm OS beaming doesn't seem to ask anything about the recipient.

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