Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pretty Fly For a Wifi - Advertise Part 15 for free.

I recall someone had advertised their part 15 station by changing the SSID name of their WiFi router, can't find it now, but it said something like:

Tune to CityRadio1650AM!

That way anyone in the area would see it show up it in their list of connections of their laptop, tablet, phone, or even a nearby home computer - Curiosity would kick in and they will reach for their radio dial to see what it is.

Not a bad idea, I have seen some pretty strange and funny SSID names pop up on my tablet before which made caught my attention.

It a simple and quick process to change the name of your SSID. You just log into your router from any connected browser, and simply replace the name Netgear (or whatever) to the name you want it to be.
The address to log in varies between routers, so check your manual or google the information for your router model.

'I now pronounce you man and WiFi'

It doesn't matter if you have a secured or open WiFi network for this to be effective  for your station, just enter your station name and frequency, and it will automatically display to the devices within range.

Here's some creative SSID Names I found displayed on the internet (not part15 related):

So get creative with the SSID to promote your Part 15 Station!

Something more to look into:

Getting fancy: If you'd like to get fancy with how your WiFi is displayed (and I've not tried this, but others sources say it works) you can enter your text in this unicode text converter page, and then select from about two dozen options copy and paste the generated text as your SSID name, and that's how it will be displayed on most devices:
ᴛᴜɴᴇ ʀᴀᴅɪᴏ 1660ᴀᴍ
𝙏𝙪𝙣𝙚 𝙍𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙤 1660𝘼𝙈
𝕋𝕦𝕟𝕖 ℝ𝕒𝕕𝕚𝕠 𝟙𝟞𝟞𝟘𝔸𝕄

The caveat to using Unicode text is that each letter is about 4 bytes, whereas if using regular text only 1 byte per letter. Your allowed no more than 32bytes for your SSID name

Tune Radio 1660AM (regular text)
15 letters + 2 spaces = 17 x 1 = 17 bytes used (plenty of bytes to spare)

11 Unicode, 4 letters + 2 spaces = 52 bytes used (over limit)

If your going to use Unicode then your going to have to keep it short:
6 Unicode, 4 letters + 0 spaces = 30 bytes used (within limit)

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