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Old 06-29-2008, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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how do u know your being poached? i am gonna check my connection if it is.
If you log into your router, there is a list of connected devices usually on the administration tab that will show you how many devices are connected, their MAC addresses, IP Addresses, and their names.

You can also kick people off too.

The best thing to do is just secure your network.
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Old 06-29-2008, 04:43 PM
 
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how do you log into your router? is that where you type your ip address in, like http://www.<ip address> ?
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Old 06-29-2008, 05:37 PM
 
Location: In the real world!
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And how do they prove beyond reasonable doubt that you were the one doing illegal things?
They had a story on the news on this very topic one night. There are people that drive around, looking for unsecured routers to download illegal stuff through your router. Your router is hooked to your internet and YOU are responsiable for what goes through YOUR internet connection, no matter who is doing it. If you have a router, it is YOUR responsiability to make sure it is secure and you are held responsiable for what is uploaded or downloaded through it.

I had a unsecured one until I saw that on TV, by the next day, mine was secure!
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Old 06-29-2008, 06:32 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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how do you log into your router? is that where you type your ip address in, like http://www.<ip address> ?
The manual that comes with it should tell you. And if you haven't read it, you probably should. All of these routers come with an administrative interface... and guess what, they all have a default password. So if you haven't gone in there and changed it, someone else may have. Not a permanent issue, but a PITA nonetheless.

The manual should also explain how to setup MAC filtering, encryption settings (and yes, WPA2 is recommended), and how to turn off the SSID. Are these things critical? Probably not unless you are working with confidential information... but given how easy all this is to setup, it doesn't hurt either.
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Old 06-29-2008, 06:36 PM
 
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i dont have the manual with me can you just tell me? i think the one i mentioned above is acces to my ISP connection. i also see MAC settings there.. i only see my computers connected there.. but it was a long time ago when i last check it.

i just googled how to log in your router. and it seems i am right... i am gonna check again see if i have poachers.

i just logged in. i totally forgot the login entry but it is good that i found the manual. ok i click the dhcp clients tab(is that where you will see if you have poachers?) i only see one computer/ip address listed. so i guess im good.

ok... i type ipconfig.. my wireless pc have diff default getway address on the PC connected to the router... and they have diff login entries too. anyway i just logged in my wireless PC.. this time i check the wireless filter tab and again saw 1 PC connected. so no poachers for me.. weeeeeeeeeeee

okay.. i tried to change to WAP security and i can not log in and disconnected my wireless connection... so i went and edit my goof off in the wired PC...

all in all.. im happy ive no poachers but then again.. i live in an almost senior housing community.. so..

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Old 06-29-2008, 07:16 PM
 
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WEP will keep the casual poacher off but it won't stop anyone who knows enough to grab a free cracking tool off the Internet. Use WPA-PSA (also called WPA Personal) instead. Use a random password of at least 20 characters. Something like WdGG40fv&peG. Do NOT use anything you'd find in the dictionary.
Probably more common than the average Joe realizes:

Wardriving - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 06-30-2008, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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LBSer,

What brand and model of wireless router do you have?
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