2199: Cryptic Wifi Networks
|Cryptic Wifi Networks|
Title text: They actually showed up on the first scan by the first WiFi-capable device.
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There are in many places cryptic Wi-Fi networks that pop up in strange places and it may not be obvious where the router is located. In this comic, Randall is joking that those networks are an unexplained phenomenon (as opposed the more probable explanation that they come from widespread servers or wireless devices).
In the picture, a character with a knit cap is on top of a high mountain. Checking his phone, he sees a WiFi network in this remote location.
The name of the network is Toshiba-U2187-OfficeLink-Net46UHZ. Toshiba is a multinational electronics conglomerate. Toshiba make many products, including large office printers. It's very common for devices to have embedded wireless access points that include the manufacturer name on the SSID. Many network names contain words like Net, Office or Link.
Network names are used to track locations of mobile devices (Wi-Fi positioning system), for instance Google street view equipment records locations of networks. War-drivers also collect network location information, which can be searched in tools like https://wigle.net/.
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- [A human with a knit cap and a backpack is checking his phone at the highest mountain in a mountainous landscape.]
- Phone: Available WiFi Networks
- Phone: Toshiba-U2187-OfficeLink-Net46UHZ
- Phone: [in gray] Join other network
- [Caption below the comic:]
- Tech Trivia: No one actually knows what devices produce those cryptic WiFi networks. They just appear at random across the Earth's surface.
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