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 > > -- WISPA Wireless List: email@example.com Subscribe/Unsubscribe: http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/ -- WISPA Wireless List: firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe/Unsubscribe: http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/