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Old 03-04-2009, 02:17 AM
 
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My computer system at work is on intranet. They filter any thing that is worth browsing. You can not even access your email. We do have a public free wifi here though. My question is, "is there a way to unplug the ethernet cable, for the intranet, then connect some kind of wireless card to pick up the wifi on the company computer?" If any one could help that would be great.

thanks

mitch
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Old 03-04-2009, 04:59 AM
 
Location: United Kingdom
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This would probably be a breach of your company policcy. I would not recommend it.
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Old 03-04-2009, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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I agree with collinsl ... obviously surfing the web and accessing personal email is not allowed at your company, and bypassing the policy could be grounds for dismissal.
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:34 AM
 
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God forbid you should actually work while your at work instead of surfing the web. As others have stated, if it's worth risking loosing your job then it might be worth the effort.
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Old 03-04-2009, 07:23 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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It's technically possible; yes. There are several ways to do it. In my opinion, the risks aren't worth it, though. In some places, the free WiFi is still on the private network, just tunneled directly to the Internet and unable to see other network resources.
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Old 03-04-2009, 10:23 PM
 
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There are valid reasons why the IT department has limited network access. The primary reason is to protect company data from a number of hazards. The employee that circumvents this will typically find himself escorted from the building by a security guard.

Check your facebook page when you get home.
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Old 03-05-2009, 02:12 AM
 
Location: Greenfield, Mo.
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I'll agree and disagree with what most said here. If they offer a free wifi for personal use on your time, I see no reason for you not to be able to do what you want on it (with obvious limits of keeping it clean). With that said, bring your own laptop to do it with. If it is a open wifi, there is no connection what-so-ever to the companies network/intranet (as long as your IT dept has a clue on how to set up an open wireless access point).

I see no reason why I shouldn't tell you how to do it, but don't do it on their machine or their time. Bring your own laptop. Use the built in wireless or purchase a usb wireless adapter.
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:06 PM
 
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I'll agree and disagree with what most said here. If they offer a free wifi for personal use on your time, I see no reason for you not to be able to do what you want on it (with obvious limits of keeping it clean). With that said, bring your own laptop to do it with. If it is a open wifi, there is no connection what-so-ever to the companies network/intranet (as long as your IT dept has a clue on how to set up an open wireless access point).

For the very simple reason that it would expose THEIR computer to anything you may download deliberately or inadvertently, then you would place that computer back on THEIR network, exposing the whole network to what every you downloaded.
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Old 03-06-2009, 02:25 AM
 
Location: Greenfield, Mo.
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For the very simple reason that it would expose THEIR computer to anything you may download deliberately or inadvertently, then you would place that computer back on THEIR network, exposing the whole network to what every you downloaded.

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I'll agree and disagree with what most said here. If they offer a free wifi for personal use on your time, I see no reason for you not to be able to do what you want on it (with obvious limits of keeping it clean). With that said, bring your own laptop to do it with. If it is a open wifi, there is no connection what-so-ever to the companies network/intranet (as long as your IT dept has a clue on how to set up an open wireless access point).

I see no reason why I shouldn't tell you how to do it, but don't do it on their machine or their time. Bring your own laptop. Use the built in wireless or purchase a usb wireless adapter.

Notice I said to bring your own? Hooking your own laptop up to a wireless access point would not affect the network/intranet as long as the IT dept had a clue how set it up.
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Old 03-06-2009, 08:59 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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Notice I said to bring your own? Hooking your own laptop up to a wireless access point would not affect the network/intranet as long as the IT dept had a clue how set it up.
The IT department should not even touch it - its not their laptop, they shouldn't need to support it.

And depending on how the security policy is setup, they may even prohibit personal equipment on the premise.

If a staff wants to fight the IT dept.. that's fine.. but don't get all whiny if they take up that challenge and shut the staff down completely. They don't put these controls in place just to mess with the staff.... there is a business justification.
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