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Wigle for the uk

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I have been checking out WiGLE (Wireless Geographical Logging Engine) and it does look like a fantastic wardriving tool, but maps only appear to be available for the US.

I do understand you can build your own maps (not something that WiGLE really want to get involved in because of legalities). After looking at the tutorial on wiki I suddenly realised I have nowhere near the tech-know-how to build my own map for the UK. I am not asking to be spoon fed the code, I would just like a point in the right direction to an easier way to build maps or another UK wardriving map tool for plotting networks. Is there a way of changing google earth source code to allow easy plotting or something?

Thanks in advance.

On a side note for all UK Wardrivers... After checking with several solicitors, It appears there is nothing illegal in the UK for plotting networks on to maps of streets and publishing the results. Although any attempt to plot ownership of the networks by house or WEP misdemeanours are usually accompanied by a criminal record and £500 fine.

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Hi,

From what I can see the problem you have is broken down into two parts.

1). A database of the 'observed' positions of Wifi Nodes, probably in lat/long locations with a range indicator.

2). Some method of placing these onto a background map

For 2) I would suggest that you have a look at OpenLayers (http://www.openlayers.org) which can be used to produce a slippy map (ie. like google maps). For complete 'Free'ness you can use OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org) as the background map.

If you are looking to map just a small area (say your local town) then you may be able to just use a data file and have pointers/areas flaged on the map. For more extensive coverage it might be better to pre-render an overlay showing the node location/coverage.

Some examples of what OpenLayers can do:

http://openlayers.org/dev/doc/examples.html

The applications used by OpenStreetMap are all open source, so you could start up your own servers. They claim to be a map of everything, but I'm not sure how they would like to host Wifi node data...

Have fun,

Mungewell.

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thanks very much will have a good nose around that tonight. :D

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