If you have a WAP with an area of coverage spilling out into public areas, you may start seeing a certain MAC using your network (if it's intentionally or unintentionally open) or attempting to use it (if it's secure).
The MAC will be: 00-09-BF-**-**-**
Nintendo Co.,Ltd.11-1 HOKOTATE-CHO KAMITOBA, MINAMI-KU KYOTO 601-8501 JAPAN
With the release of "Mario Kart DS", the Nintendo DS now has one game with802.11 capability. (For those not familiar with the DS, it is a handheld game system by Nintendo. It has a built-in radio for multiplayer game play. Up until now, the games released so far used a proprietary protocol for wireless "Local Area Network" gameplay, however the radio is also capable of 802.11. "Mario Kart DS" is the first game released that takes advantage of standard TCP/IP over 802.11 -- allowing internet multiplayer gaming.)
I first played it on my girlfriend's brother's DS, but, yeah -- I'll admit, I've since gotten one for myself as well. It is pretty fun.
Nintendo's multi-tiered approach to getting DS users online (including consideration for the youngins):
- Those with broadband and wireless hardware are already good to go. Simply select your SSID and enter your WEP key, if you are using one. (I found that I did have to make one settings change to one my AP's for it to work though. The DS is using first generation 2 mbps 802.11. Its not even
- Those with broadband, but no wireless hardware (or desire/need), Nintendo is offering a cheap USB device. Its basically just a small little access point, intended only for connecting DS's.
- Those with broadband and wireless hardware, but concerned about having to use WEP over WPA -- Nintendo is offering the USB AP. ("Continue to use WPA and just plug the USB device in when you want to play the DS online.")
- Those without broadband, Nintendo has partnered up with Wayport and McDonald's. At McDonald's locations that have Wayport AP's, the DS will be able to online at no cost. When a DS is recognized, it bypasses Wayport's login pages.
...and the more "interesting":
- Nintendo is stating that "other sites" (thats us) may or may not work with the DS. In a round-about language, they are encouraging users to "experiment" to see if they will work or not.
Not that I care about #5 (in fact, configed my captive portal to allow DS's to bypass it's login), but thought it was "interesting" how Nintendo viewed this as a potential resource.
More interesting, perhaps, is that with the DS going wifi, there is a young demographic group now part of the whole wifi "world". You may have kids younger than 10 knocking on your AP's door, while waiting for their school bus.