Your MAC Address Can be Detected Easily When Your Smartphone Connected to the Wi-Fi

International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM)

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Title Your MAC Address Can be Detected Easily When Your Smartphone Connected to the Wi-Fi
Creator Fuada, Syifaul; Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia
Rabbani, Raihan Fakhri; Program Studi Sistem Telekomunikasi, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia
Majid, Nuur Wachid Abdul; Program Studi Pendidikan Sistem dan Teknologi Informasi, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia
Prasetiyo, Prasetiyo; Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, South Korea
Muttaqin, Rahmat; Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia
Adiono, Trio; Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia
Islam, Shorful; Stream Intelligence Ltd., London, United Kingdom
Subject MAC layer data, Time-stamp, RSSI, Smartphone, Wi-Fi tracking system
Description In this short paper, we prove that smartphones connected to Wi-Fi can be detected (scanned) easily with a Raspberry Pi help. According to the observation, the smartphone eventually broadcasts some packets of data containing MAC layers data. The period of broadcasting data depends on the smartphone’s state (active scanning/sleep). Besides MAC layers data, we also detect/capture other parameters, i.e., wireless signature data transmitted by smartphone (RSSI) and Time-stamp. The RSSI value measured in this test has a range from –30 dBm to –80 dBm. The result proves that different smartphones give different RSSI values (each smartphone emits different power strength). The RSSI value has more significant changes in a short-range (in this test result, 1 to 10 meters) and less significant change in a long-distance (above 20 meters). MAC address, time-stamp, and RSSI scanned/captured successfully through Raspberry Pi from the smartphones can be used as a reference for various purposes/applications in future work, such as Wi-Fi scanning/tracking system.
Publisher International Association of Online Engineering (IAOE), Vienna, Austria
Date 2021-04-09
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Non-refereed Article
Format application/pdf
Source International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM); Vol 15, No 07 (2021); pp. 176-184
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Syifaul Fuada, Raihan Fakhri Rabbani, Nuur Wachid Abdul Majid

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