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Wi-Fi

From The Backrooms Wiki
Object 21
Object Class:            Class 2B
》Useful
》Somewhat common

A symbol commonly used to represent Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi, sometimes erroneously referred to as Wireless Fidelity or WiFi, is a networking technology that allows devices to connect to the internet. Although similar to Wi-Fi in The Frontrooms, it has several key differences.

Description

Unlike almost every other object, Wi-Fi cannot be interacted with traditionally. Instead, it acts as a “forcefield” occupying an area, seemingly with an origin, which is usually within a wall. The farther away from the origin, the weaker the signal. Signal weakness determines how fast websites can be loaded, and how fast one can download or upload. Generally, origins that create a strong signal have small forcefields, and origins with a weak signal have large forcefields. For unknown reasons, ping is always low in The Backrooms.

Attempts at expanding Wi-Fi forcefields

Wi-Fi in The Backrooms rarely covers large portions of a level. This has posed challenges for many outposts, as Wi-Fi is used for connection by many wanderers. Although this was partially solved in the past by creating “Wi-Fi hotspots”, kinds of “safe zones” where wanderers could use Wi-Fi. Nowadays, however, many outposts create “proxy cables” that relay data back to a single hotspot. This is controversial, as it not only obscures a wanderer's true location from a website owner, but whoever runs the “proxy cables” can see the location of anyone who's searching anything. However, most outposts use proxy cables, as they think the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.

Obtaining

Since Wi-Fi is a traditional substance, obtaining it is not possible. One can utilize Wi-Fi by connecting an electronic device to it while holding the device near the Wi-Fi source, which will display a network. These networks will usually have no security, although if they do, they are rendered unusable as nobody has ever guessed the password to one of them. Most devices are able to measure the strength of the Wi-Fi signal in “bars”, with one bar being the weakest and four bars being the highest.

Value

The value of Wi-Fi varies greatly by level. In levels where Wi-Fi is common (such as Level 3 and Level 11) Wi-Fi is very cheap and can be found almost anywhere. On levels where Wi-Fi is rarer (such as Level 10) Wi-Fi nodes are typically kept secret if discovered, as locations publicly known often have long waiting lines and hundreds of people there at once. Some groups, however, have turned this into a way to make money. The B.M.T.G. sells temporary access to Wi-Fi nodes for items. This is one of The B.M.T.G.'s biggest ways of making money, as Wi-Fi is vital for many wanderers. The B.M.T.G. has also tried to turn this into a monopoly on data, although they are unable to see what is being sent into and out of the node. They are, however, still working on this, which has led to pro-freedom groups such as The Beyond telling people not to connect to Wi-Fi in levels such as Level 10. This is also true in other levels where The B.M.T.G. has a large presence.

Usage

Connecting to the internet

Although not as large as the internet in The Frontrooms, the internet of The Backrooms is home to tens of thousands of sites. There are a variety of generic top-level domain names, such as .brc (for B.R.C. sites), .bch (for charity websites), .btc (for technical websites), and .ban (for other types of websites). The M.E.G. also has their own TLD, .meg, for domains related to The M.E.G. Most levels in Cluster I also have their own TLD, with it being either .l[level number] or .lvl[level number]. Although not as common as it is in The Frontrooms, many residents of The Backrooms work online, securing websites, managing cameras, or, more maliciously, hacking into other websites for personal gain.

Tracking people

Even though Wi-Fi signals sent directly through a node cannot be tracked, Wi-Fi signals forwarded by hotspots can be tracked. The M.E.G. has been accused of tracking people using Wi-Fi, and The B.M.T.G. almost certainly tracks residents of Level 10 using Wi-Fi, although both groups have denied the accusations. Although it is not much of a risk using high-security hotspots (such as those owned by The M.E.G.), low-security hotspots are frequently targeted by hackers trying to steal the data of those who use them. These attempts are usually successful, and as such, many groups suggest not connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots wanderers do not trust.