How do you let annoying neighbours know they are annoying you without confronting them or being annoying yourself? You could leave a note in their letterbox, send an anonymous letter, wrap a note around a brick and throw it through their front window or just call out late at night using a handkerchief to muffle your voice and make it unrecognisable.
Apparently, in todayâ€™s high tech era there is a much more subtle way of getting a message through and thatâ€™s using your Wi-Fi name or SSID to do the talking for you. Believe it or not, people are renaming their home networks as â€˜messagesâ€™ to annoying neighbours.
Reddit users are tracking the phenomenon and the BBC has even reported the story. Itâ€™s a lot more than just giving your home network a witty name like â€˜Terror Networkâ€™ or â€˜Virus Transmission Siteâ€™ to scare off would-be interlopers, things can get much more serious.
Most address noise issues with names like, â€˜Stop Shouting,â€™ â€˜Stop Slamming the Doors,â€™ â€˜Shut Your Barking Dog Up No. 7,â€™ â€˜Stop Wearing Heels,â€™ and even worse, â€˜We Can Hear You Having Sexâ€™ which is apparently popular across Britain and Ireland. Itâ€™s even getting to the stage where people are responding to Wi-Fi messaging directly by renaming their own networks. Some examples quoted, â€˜Stop Stealing My Paperâ€™ which got the response â€˜FYI, I Donâ€™t Read It I Just Throw It Away,â€™ and â€˜You’re music is annoying!â€™ followed by â€˜Your grammar is more annoying!â€™
Even though most routers now allow for easy setup of secure, password-controlled access many people still have open networks. These are particularly vulnerable to renaming by freeloaders who can leave their own mark, and pointed message, or simply offer â€˜Free Wi-Fi Here.â€™
Whoâ€™d have thought that the humble home Wi-Fi network could be become such a powerful communication tool in â€˜nameâ€™ alone. But think twice before you get too clever, racist and derogatory comments identifying neighbours by name could lead to legal action.
First published atÂ Telco ProfessionalsÂ on 25 October 2012