I've seen it all over the place...I always assumed that it was someone
messing around, possibly maliciously.

Jeff
 

-----Original Message-----
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On
Behalf Of John Scrivner
Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2007 8:03 AM
To: WISPA General List
Subject: Re: [WISPA] ESSID : Free Public WiFi

I saw this at the Orlando airport recently. It was an adhoc network that
went to nothing.
Scriv


Jonathan Schmidt wrote:

>This sure sounds like an urban myth.  Maybe?  Maybe not?  I've got a bunch
>of laptops in my house...most just sitting on my security cams or playing
>Radio Bartok.  When I bring one up, I see only my own SSID and a couple of
>my neighbors but not "Free Public Wi-FI."  Certainly, none have ever been
>visible from another.  Come to think of it, I should hide my SSID...thanks.
>
>However, I have seen variants of that name as an occasional ad-hoc
>computer-to-computer SSID in my travels but haven't seen anything
resembling
>the levels reflected in the newspaper blog.  During conferences, such as
>MuniWireless last month, there were typically 100++ laptops in each
>conference room all locked on to either the hotel Wi-Fi or the
>conference-provided Wi-Fi and that name didn't show up.  And, from my
>office, there are about 20 SSIDs visible, about 1/3 unsecured, and none
with
>that name.
>
>If there is something weakly resembling the phenomenon related in the
linked
>blog, wouldn't it have become more well known?
>
>But, perhaps?....let's see if anyone can track it down.
>
>. . . j o n a t h a n
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On
>Behalf Of George Rogato
>Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 8:33 PM
>To: WISPA General List
>Subject: [WISPA] ESSID : Free Public WiFi
>
>Anyone see ESSID : Free Public WiFi popping up in your XP laptop in ad 
>hoc mode?
>
>I was surprised today when I got three diferent ESSID : Free Public WiFi 
>at the same time and one was on channel 56!
>
>It was out in the middle of nowhere. I've recently started seeing them 
>around, but not in the middle of the woods.
>
>Googled ESSID : Free Public WiFi and got this:
>
>http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/2006/09/free_public_wif.html
>  
>
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