Glendale war-walking multi
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A wardriving cache -
Specialized hardware required!
Now available to all GeoCaching members!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Wardriving is the act of searching for Wi-Fi wireless networks by a person in a moving vehicle, using a portable computer or PDA.
Wardriving was derived from the term wardialing from the 1983 film WarGames, which involved searching for computer systems to connect to, using software that dialed numbers sequentially to see which ones were connected to a fax machine or computer.
Warbiking is essentially the same as wardriving, but it involves searching for wireless networks while on a moving bicycle or motorcycle. This activity is sometimes facilitated by the mounting of a wifi-capable device on the vehicle itself.
Warwalking (sometimes warjogging) is similar in nature to wardriving, except that it is done on foot rather than conducted from a moving vehicle. The disadvantages of this approach consist in slower speed of travel (resulting in fewer and more infrequently discovered networks) and the absence of a convenient computing environment. Consequently, handheld devices such as Pocket PCs, which can perform such tasks while one is walking or standing, have predominated in this area. The inclusion of integrated Wi-Fi (rather than a CF or PCMCIA add-in card) in Dell Axim, Compaq iPAQ and Toshiba Pocket PCs beginning in 2002 — and, more recently, an active Nintendo DS and Sony PSP enthusiast community possessing Wi-Fi capabilities on these devices — has expanded the extent of this practice, as has the new Apple iPhone and iPod touch. Of recent note, the Nokia N770, N800, and N810 Internet Tablets have very good antennas, and will pick up nearly anything in the area — even blocks away from the unit. Most newer BlackBerry Smartphones also have WiFi capability.
This is a 2 point multi-cache. The first waypoint is an 802.11b wireless access point. You do not need to actually find the access point (although from GZ you might be able to see it in the window to the east), you just need to receive and decode the WiFi signal from it. Specifically you will need to be able to decode the SSID broadcast. You do not need to connect to the access point - in fact there is nothing connected to it.
The posted co-ordinates for this cache is a parking space across the street from the Glendale Police Station. You should be able to receive a strong signal from several WiFi Access Points. You will have to determine which one is of use to you (you will know it when you see it). As part of the SSID, there will be 2 number sequences. These will give you latitude and longitude respectively to the final co-ordinates.
After obtaining the final co-ordinates, you can remain parked and walk to the final location where there is a micro sized cache container. Parking can be a problem in this area, so walk - don't try to drive to the final location.
This cache is not at all that hard to get to, but the GeoCaching specs state that a cache that requires specialized hardware (the WiFi in this case) is a terrain rating of 5. Note the wheelchair access note below.
Wheelchair access: This cache might be reachable by a person seated in a wheelchair with a little reach, and if the person can stand up, it should be easy to retrieve it.
Congrats to benh57 for the FTF!
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum