Hackaday Links: September 15, 2011

Open-source Mars rover

[Seth King] wasn’t satisfied with current robotics platforms that don’t work well outdoors. He started the Open Rover Kickstarter with the end goal of having a 6-wheel robot with a rocker-bogie suspension just like the Mars landers. We’re sure it’ll be an interesting platform.

Adding a Flash to a key fob video camera

[doctormord] picked up a key fob “spycam” and was surprised that there wasn’t any onboard illumination. Then again, that would probably defeat the purpose of the “spycam.” A transistor, LED and resistor later (translation), he had a camera with a light. Pics here.

Automated WEP cracking

This is a video of [Elliott] using his autocrack script to crack a WEP wi-fi network. It took [Elliott] less than a minute to crack a network he set up. Lesson: don’t use WEP.

Adding wi-fi to a laptop the fast way

This laptop used to have a broken Mini-PCIe wi-fi adapter. [Mikko] fixed the wireless by taking out the old card and hooking up a USB wi-fi adapter. He soldered the USB leads directly to the back of an internal USB port and used hot glue “to prevent bad things from happening.” A very easy, fast, and cheap way of fixing a broken wireless adapter.

Han Solo’s soldering iron

When [Craig] was 15, he broke the Bakelite casing of his father’s soldering iron. Being a good son, he fixed it by gutting his original Star Wars Han Solo blaster. Nice, but not as great as Starsong from My Little Pony.


  1. Chris says:

    So rather than replace the broken WiFi card, he cobbled in a USB WiFi adapter?

  2. Andrew Smith says:

    autocrack script? why not research the tools you use and you’d find http://www.aircrack-ng.org/doku.php?id=wesside-ng the auto magic tools for using aircrack-ng on wep networks.

    • Barefoot says:

      This is the first of five links he provides, sandwiched in between “This has probably been done to some extent:” and “but i am a DIY kind of person, and I learn more from building my own tools, then using someone else’s.”

      • Andrew Smith says:

        Yet he’s learnt nothing of aircrack from what he’s done. He knows how to use them and maybe learnt about scripting.

        Not that I know how aircrack works, still don’t understand what the PTW attack is.

  3. Hirudinea says:

    I thought Greedo soldered first?

  4. Elias says:

    “he broke the Bakelite casing of his father’s soldering.”

    God damnit guys, try to proof read a bit at least.

  5. BiOzZ says:

    FINALLY … next time when i launch a rocket to mars i can put a rover on it and make trillions!!!

  6. MS3FGX says:

    I’m sorry, but is it wrong of me to expect a little bit more than a cardboard box and foam wheels as a demonstration when the guy is asking for $2500 in funding?

  7. AZID says:

    I would love to know why the WEP cracking needs to connect to


    Looks like a geolocation tool over wifi…

    • Ryan says:

      Did you just search for web addresses and not read why it’s doing it? It’s completely optional..
      #Looks though the DIRs for the key files, then bassed on the mac it uses Skyhooks database to locate the AP
      if [ x"$1" = x"locate" -o x"$1" = x"location" ]; then

  8. hasp says:

    Excuse me, why the hell is there a bloody WEP cracking tutorial on Hackaday? I don’t object to showing people how to do it, I object because it’s utterly non-technical and every wannabe hacker out there has made a lame video about how to crack WEP. There’s absolutely nothing interesting or remarkable about what he did.

  9. bathz says:

    Where’s the link for the wifi adapter ?

  10. RITredbeard says:

    Han soldered first.

  11. UnderSampled says:

    I ain’t got a gap, but I’ve got a soldering gun!

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