Solved How to identify WiFi transmitters

August 22, 2013 at 17:50:41
Specs: Win 7
Minneapolis has a WiFi system which pretty much covers
the city. It was built and is operated by USI Wireless. There
are transmitter/receiver nodes on two telephone poles near
my location, one to the north of me and the other to the east.
Neither of them is visible from my apartment. The one to the
north is hidden behind a tall wood fencelike wall, the other is
diagonal through the apartment building. Both are about a
block away.

I have a generic WiFi device on my desktop computer. I see
five signals from these transmitters. I'd like to know which
signal is from which transmitter.

I know I could borrow someone's laptop with WiFi and get
close to the transmitters to sort them out, but that just doesn't
seem to be happening, so I wonder if I can find out which is
which from their transmitted SSIDs. I'll post them if needed.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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August 22, 2013 at 18:59:20
I suspect the best way to tell which is which will not be by the SSID but by signal strength. The closer the wireless device, the stronger the signal.

Of course, you could just call the USI Wireless people and ask them. They'd have a map of each location and would be able which is closest.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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August 23, 2013 at 11:47:01
See if this is of any use:

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August 23, 2013 at 15:05:22
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xirrus wifi inspector will give you a radar look of where the sources are.

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