Wifi in NYC inquiry–closed networks with the same naming convention all over the city

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  1. scem0 macrumors 604

    scem0

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    Hello New York City dwellers,

    I've noticed lately hundreds of wifi networks all over the city. They have the same naming convention. Here are the names of the two I pick up in my building:

    05B405319824
    07B403266470

    They are closed networks, but the password is admin. One I'm connected to this network, I don't get any kind of internet access. In fact, my computer can't register the IP address of the router that is producing this wireless signal, or at least it isn't listed under system profiler like it normally would be.

    Last night I was on my laptop in a friend's car. We were driving up 8th avenue and I passed a million wifi networks with this same naming convention. I couldn't connect to any of them, being in a car and all :), but I'm intrigued. What are all these connections over the city? Who is using them and for what? The two in my building don't appear to be used for internet connectivity, but who knows? :confused: (Oh, and I live on the LES, so it's not an 8th avenue thing :)).

    Thanks,

    Emerson
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  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    If these access points don't have a DHCP server, or the DHCP server is turned off you won't automatically get the router configured like normal. This does not mean they don't provide internet access though: you would simply need to know the correct IP/subnet mask combo to get access.

    I would surmise that you might get an IP address if your Mac address was registered with whooever is providing these...
     
  3. scem0 thread starter macrumors 604

    scem0

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    I thought it might be something along those lines. Thanks :).

    Does anyone know who exactly provides these networks? I ask out of curiosity more than anything else. It's weird how much of the city is covered by these networks, they're very mysterious =).

    Emerson
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  4. Hummer macrumors 65816

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    There are tons in my neighborhood and I can connect to most of them (when my connection drops, it connects to these), but no internet access.
     
  5. RumMunkey macrumors 6502a

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    I get something similar along the highway I commute. These networks are named for the road & a directions (ie: "403 N-NW").

    I assume them to be related to the traffic cameras that monitor congestion. I assume they send images over this WAN back to a central point.
     
  6. scem0 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Ahhhh... I bet you're right. That seems like a very logical conclusion to me.

    It's too bad, to know how to connect to these networks and get internet would be very convenient :).

    Thanks,

    Emerson
     
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I think maybe if you google about these numbers, someone may have the info you need to connect to it. ;)
     
  8. scem0 thread starter macrumors 604

    scem0

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    I usually am pretty proud of my googling skills, but I can't seem to find anything. I've googled the numbers themselves which yields 0 results, and I've tried googling in more general terms which hasn't yielded any relevant results, either. :(

    Emerson
     
  9. Iscariot macrumors 68030

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    I wonder if I can put that on a resume, under "relevant skills".

    "I google like a felon."
     

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