I just moved into a new house, and there is a Wi-Fi network showing up on my devices with the SSID being my address. I am looking to see if there’s a router in here that I don’t know about. Do you guys know how I can try to find the physical location of the router?
I recently ran across some apartment and townhouse complexes in another state (Florida) that provided internet service as a utility, in some cases as part of the base rent and in others as an add-on. They tended to identify the network by the address/unit. Could it be something like that?
That’s what I’m hoping. My landlord was surprised when I mentioned the network, but the signal strength (all 3 bars of wifi) makes me suspect that there is something inside the home. I’m just looking for help finding the physical router (if it is inside the home).
The only thing I can think of is look for where the cable enters the house, then follow the wires. Dunno where you are but in my area the installer will run the cable outside the house to the location where the owner wants the equipment, then poke a hole through the outer and inner walls and stick the cable through.
If everything else fails I’d try to find a WiFi signal strength app. With that you could walk around and see where the signal is the strongest. There are several on the iOS App Store and more available for the Mac. It’s been years since I last used one so there aren’t any I can recommend. Good luck.
If you’ve got a laptop, I’ve used NetSpot to map my network. They have a free Mac (and Windows) version that should help you find the location of the strongest signal.
Note: the iPhone app is a companion to their professional device — it’s not meant for consumers. When I was searching for iPhone apps that did a similar thing to Netspot, I couldn’t find anything. I believe that’s because the iPhone is too locked down for it to work.
But I wouldn’t be surprised if this is actually some sort of utility wifi access, as others pointed out. Still, worth investigating!