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How to find the exact location of an open access point? If I connect to an open wifi network, is there anyway to determine the exact location (street address) of the access point (maybe some type of streetview web site, I do have net stumbler installed.

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If the access point has Internet access go to http://www.spyber.com/ and get the location of the router/modem it uses. (Usually the access point is the router or very close to it.)

You can also Google "wifi hotspots" and see if they match the ones you have found.

Of course the most exact method is the most difficult. Use your favorite WiFi sniffer on a notebook and go "war driving". (I prefer "inSSIDer" since it is free). An external WiFi adapter with a high-gain omnidirectional antenna would definitely help.

I hope this helps.

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Here's a good discussion of things you can try, and what you can do. Some of the answers may give a clue to the street address, but I think you'll have to kind of guess that. Most of those programs give the IP address, and that's all you can expect. Here's the blog:
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies-archive.cfm/539315.html

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Not really unless you have good equipment to trace/locate where the signal is being broadcast from, The only way to actually trace an WIFI network access point is to use equipment used to locate transmissions.
Would cost too much for the equipment for you to even consider it.
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Really hard to do unless your traveling with your laptop, netstumbler or any wireless software will tell you when your getting close. you might need to make a perimeter around the weakness of the wifi signal to pinpoint the area, which still will not tell you the room it's eminating from if inside a building.
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