Talk:2199: Cryptic Wifi Networks

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Reminds me of these :) BytEfLUSh (talk) 00:17, 7 September 2019 (UTC)

It would be nice to check to see if this SSID exists already (using LocationAPI.org, Combain Positioning Service, Google location services, Wiggle, etc.). Could also be interesting to track use of this SSID over time. Of course takes a while for any changes to show up in the search engines. 108.162.245.166 02:17, 7 September 2019 (UTC)

Is there a way to make a https://github.com/freifunk/openwifimap-api/blob/master/API.md query out of a URL? 162.158.255.82 14:45, 7 September 2019 (UTC)

Soon those names will be e.g. "StarLink_6514". ;) Fabian42 (talk) 09:46, 7 September 2019 (UTC)

Could the 46UHZ be a reference to the frequency band, i.e. 5GHz? Maybe this WiFi network was originally configured to operate on an unknown-to-us 46μHz band. 172.68.38.88 18:49, 7 September 2019 (UTC)

46 microHz would be in the submarine communications area. Unlikely to exist on a mountain top. 162.158.123.199 (talk) 10:23, 8 September 2019 (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
Furthermore, since the data transmission rate is limited by the signal frequency, a 46 microHz signal would have extremely dismal performance - many magnitudes slower than 56K dialup modems. At ~6 hours per cycle, you probably couldn't even get 1 byte of data per day. I don't think that would be useful at all! Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 20:52, 8 September 2019 (UTC)
But think of the range! 162.158.107.25 15:54, 21 September 2019 (UTC)

I live in the middle of the forest, even in the winter when there are no leaves to block the way there's only one house even within sight, and yet there are five 802.11* networks in my scan right now. I mean, they're all mine, but still...—Kazvorpal (talk) 23:09, 7 September 2019 (UTC)

"a character with a knit cap is on top of a high mountain in a remote location. He sees" How do we know that Knit Cap is a "he"? We don't, actually . . . . 162.158.214.136 12:19, 8 September 2019 (UTC)

My favorite ISP is linksys! RandalSchwartz (talk) 17:42, 8 September 2019 (UTC)

Knit Cap may just have forgotten they have a Toshiba device in their backpack, set to 'hot spot' mode, so it would seem like this cryptic WiFi network is following them, making them feel spooky for no reason. -- Malgond (talk) 07:57, 9 September 2019 (UTC)

This "explanation" is mostly incomprehensible to non-tech people. Can someone create a site ExplainExplainxkcd? Or translate the jargon into English? 162.158.39.11 (talk) 04:54, 9 September 2019 (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I agree the explanation has devolved into a history lesson in wireless communications, and most of the latter paragraphs are largely unnecessary. The alternate explanations paragraph seems to have grown into a list of ridiculous possibilities. Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 12:43, 9 September 2019 (UTC)

Trivia could be a reference to number radio stations that were allegedly tuned on the first receivers before regular broadcasts started. I've heard such (false, obviously) claim somewhere, but cannot find it anywhere. 172.68.50.32 11:23, 11 September 2019 (UTC)

u2187 could refer to a unicode character?

That's funny, it renders on Android Chrome but not OSX Safari. 162.158.146.166 21:44, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

What is 48 UHz in lightspeed wavelength? 172.69.22.134 23:55, 13 September 2019 (UTC)

48 microhertz corresponds to a wavelength of 6,200 Gm or 41 AU.[1] The period is 4.1 per day, 5h50m or 29 per week. The alien colony ship? 172.68.46.245 22:31, 14 September 2019 (UTC)

Sounds like SCP material CCCVVVA (talk) 06:07, 23 September 2019 (UTC)