WIFI Hunting!




Would you like to go hunting but with the state of the economy find it difficult to drive out to the woods? Well, this delivers the same thrills as hunting (sorta) but may be closer to home and very inexpensive if you already have the materials. it also makes for good future reference.

Step 1: The Hunting Grounds

the first thing you need to do is choose the hunting grounds. big outdoor strip malls of business complexes are good choices, somewhere that will have lots of wifi hotspots. However i would recommend the malls instead of the business complexes because you would fit in more in a crowd of people shopping then a few business men walking around, and will cause less commotion from security. After you have selected your location, find the area on google maps and select the satellite view. you can print it out or upload it to your phone or what ever you are using to find the wifi, speaking of which...

Step 2: Choosing Your Weapon!

The most expensive part of your hunt should be this part, you probably dont need to buy one of these but if you do they are relatively cheap, depending on how advanced it is. this feature is built in to many modern phones and other devises that you may have. My weapon of choice is my Nintendo ds with Dsorganize. if you have a ds and a flash card, i would recommend this one because it lets you upload your map and keep notes, and i think it also lets you draw on the map (ill confirm this once i find out) which is really helpful in the game.

Step 3: Start the Hunt!

Now its time to start. Its fun buy yourself, but wheres the competition? You can split up in groups or it can be every man for himself (my favorite). you all start at the same place and then split up following the signal you choose, once you find the store you think the signal is coming from. very politely ask an employe if they have Wifi in there store and what its name is, 50% of the time they wont know, if so, ask to talk to the manager and ask the same question. they most probably WILL know. then ask them that if anyone comes buy asking for the wifi, to tell them that you've already come buy. Mark the store on your map with an X or some mark . congratulations on your first kill!

When the hunt is over at the time you all agreed on, meet at the spot you all agreed to meet at. who ever has the most kills is the winner of that hunt!

Step 4: A Few Tips,

some good places to start looking are at phone stores, coffee shops, libraries, around hotels, and McDonnell's or other restaurants that may have wifi, if you see the wifi logo in a shop window thats a dead give away, but remember to find these places first, because they go fast.

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    65 Discussions


    4 years ago on Step 3

    ever heard of wardriving with kismet or any other compatible software? There are people who let their pets do it for them (google warkitti).

    your dog

    10 years ago on Introduction

    it's also fun see what names people come up with for wifi. you can find some pretty funny ones......

    3 replies

    8 years ago on Step 4

    If I was on Jeopardy........
    I say: Legal Web Hacking for $500
    Alex Trebek says that is todays daily double! then describes the gist of this 'ible
    I say: What is War Driving......
    Alex Trebek says: That is correct!

    lol.....enjoy yall!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    the last time I went roaming for WiFi, I ran into an internet filter. apparently it had google blocked so I couldnt check my mail.....darn, oh well

    It's even more fun to dress up like a spy and bring all ur Awesome WIFI (homade) gadgets then crack the UBER protected stuff


    9 years ago on Step 3

     Maybe you could mark the front of the store sort of like those old hobo marks to show you've already been there?

    1 reply

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Damn, I thought that this involved some wifi hacking or something of that sort.

    any one know how to use a laptop and a gps to map wifi hotspots while you drive/ walk, so that it is all digital and convenient


    9 years ago on Step 3

    may be you can pay for it? isntead of asking every store employee or manager about wifi...you can use your phone or so and make searchs in every block for a non secure network or pay a cup of coffe and ask for password. LOL sorry but i don't know what is the trick


    9 years ago on Step 2

     Those pictures are of a Sprint phone and a HP WiFi finder keyfob, aren't they? I thought you wrote that you used a Nintendo DS.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Its a little wifi finder, they dont work to well for sommthing like this, but there really cheap.