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Old 02-19-2009, 06:59 PM
 
Location: NJ
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A neighbor helped me set up a router. I have a PC connected to a Comcast Modem, and now to a router. My question, he had to get into my PC and configure things, IP address etc. Can he get into my computer (access remote) by seeing certain info on my PC when setting up the router to make it work? He knows the username and PW of the router also. Just wondering.
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:14 PM
 
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Is it a wireless router? If not, no, he can't get into your computer. If it's wireless, it's possible. But if he doesn't have your logon/password, and you don't have your system setup for shared users, likely the worst he can do is "steal" some of your bandwidth. You should be able to go into your router setup and change your encryption key as well.
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:20 PM
 
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By default the router will block any and all unsolicited incoming traffic. The IP address on your computer is a private address that is completely unreachable from the internet.

That said, if he installed some software on your computer, or enabled port forwarding on the router and something like remote console on your PC, then he has a way in. Most routers are also wireless access points. Does he live close enough to connect wirelessly to your router?
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:33 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Thanks for replying. I know he disabled the wireless part and no file sharing, he asked me. Now not sure what the en cryptic key is, Is that the numbers like IP address, cus he gave it a unique number, but asked me. I was watching him. Don't mind me but I don't like anyone on my PC, even family, especially when they're playing with software/hardware to make something work.

I have another older PC 6 ft away, the intention to hook up that one to the router but I wired it and the PC doen't respond. I shut down the router and modem like he did to my newer PC too. Any suggestions?
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Burke, VA
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once wired, you dont need to shut down the pc or the modem, so check your wiring, how you have hooked it up.
because the computer is not getting signal it could be many many things.
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