How to Set Up a Wireless Trap

by Ashley Poland ; Updated September 15, 2017

Items you will need

  • Extra computer

  • Extra wireless router

  • Network hub

Unsecured wireless networks are vulnerable to people out to steal your wireless Internet. In the best case, someone may use a lot of your bandwidth for downloads, and in the very worst case scenario, someone can put your entire home network in danger. Networks designed to entrap and warn hackers you're aware of their activities are called "wireless traps" or even "honeypots." This type of network is left open and appears enticingly generic. If you wish to acquire the extra hardware, you can set up your own wireless trap.

Connect your spare computer to your spare wireless router to configure the wireless access point. Depending on how you intend to run the connection, you can connect a second PC via a wired network hub to monitor users connecting to the wireless trap, or you can just monitor connections using the honeypot computer.

Connect the computer to your spare wireless hub. You can set the wireless trap service set identifier (SSID) to whatever you like, though it will probably seem most enticing if left with system defaults. Networks using system defaults appear to have been plugged in without being customized.

Connect your spare router to a network hub that connects to your monitoring computer--if you intend to use a second computer to monitor the network.

Install Wireshark or a similar program on the computer you'll use to monitor the wireless trap. This program allows you to keep a close watch on who tries to connect to your decoy network and reveals detailed information about the computer from which they attempted to connect.

Program in any quirks or tricks you wish to include in your wireless trap (see Tips).


  • It is illegal to willfully and knowingly transmit a virus to another computer, even if the user is trying to steal your Internet; do not set your wireless trap to infect a hacker's computer.

About the Author

Ashley Poland has been writing since 2009. She has worked with local online businesses, supplying print and web content, and pursues an active interest in the computer, technology and gaming industries. In addition to content writing, Poland is also a fiction writer. She studied creative writing at Kansas State University.

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