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Old 12-04-2008, 09:16 PM
 
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Angry Cheeky Monkey....

Meanwhile, here, on "Wistera Lane, Pt. "Deux" , I find out my next door neighbor's been pinching my WiFi, (Bugger!), I would have worked it out with you, if you had spoken to me. Now, you can wait for your dial up, and wait, and wait.

Careful folks, always use a sign in name when you open your computer, (esp. internet) where WiFi ( wireless connection) is concerned.

No cake,no cookies, this year neighbor, you get a big lump of coal!

Sligo
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Central NJ
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Yes - we use a secured wifi connection here for that very reason - we don't want someone to pinch off of our internet.
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:08 AM
 
Location: NJ
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yes, you can secure your wifi in one of 2 (or both) ways:

you need a WEP key to be able to connect and you can further secure by adding the MAC addresses of those devices that are allowed, so even if someone knows the WEP key, if their MAC isn't in the list of "allowed devices", they can't use it.
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:57 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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How did you find out that a neighbor was poaching your wifi signal ?
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Stewartsville, NJ
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How did you find out that a neighbor was poaching your wifi signal ?
lol...worried?
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Old 12-05-2008, 09:02 AM
 
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Can more than one person use the same signal at the same time? Does it matter, if another person is using your signal? Mine is secure, but I wondered too, how do you know someone is on your signal? Are "network" and "signal" references the same?

Is the problem a cost or security issue?
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Old 12-05-2008, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Edison NJ
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How did you find out that a neighbor was poaching your wifi signal ?
most routers have the ability to display the list of connected users. If you only have one computer and you see 3-4 connected, you know someone as "jacked yo SH**, yo".

to get your MAC address, go to START---RUN, type in the command CMD and press OK. It will display a black DOSlike window. Type the command "IPCONFIG /ALL" (without the quotes). The Physical Address that is listed is your MAC address.

If your using an Apple computer, I cant help you.
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Old 12-05-2008, 09:20 AM
 
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most routers have the ability to display the list of connected users. If you only have one computer and you see 3-4 connected, you know someone as "jacked yo SH**, yo".

to get your MAC address, go to START---RUN, type in the command CMD and press OK. It will display a black DOSlike window. Type the command "IPCONFIG /ALL" (without the quotes). The Physical Address that is listed is your MAC address.

If your using an Apple computer, I cant help you.
On the MAC, it shows available networks (signals?) and if they are locked (password protected).
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Old 12-05-2008, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Central NJ
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It's a couple of issues, Timneh:

* If you are in a situation where you have limited high speed, or your high speed is capped per month, which some folks who have Comcast face, then someone is stealing bandwidth that goes towards your monthly limit. Not to mention, you might notice a decrease in your download speeds if someone is is using your wireless the same time you are.

* What if someone is hacked into your wireless, and they are engaging in illegal activity? That can end up being traced back to you. What finally made us close off our wireless connection was a story about some guy getting in trouble for downloading illegal music, and it turned out it was because someone jacked into his connection...
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Old 12-05-2008, 09:36 AM
 
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It's a couple of issues, Timneh:

* If you are in a situation where you have limited high speed, or your high speed is capped per month, which some folks who have Comcast face, then someone is stealing bandwidth that goes towards your monthly limit. Not to mention, you might notice a decrease in your download speeds if someone is is using your wireless the same time you are.

* What if someone is hacked into your wireless, and they are engaging in illegal activity? That can end up being traced back to you. What finally made us close off our wireless connection was a story about some guy getting in trouble for downloading illegal music, and it turned out it was because someone jacked into his connection...
I'm a bit computer challenged and don't understand why a hacker's address couldn't be traced.

Although my network is password protected, I don't think anyone would want to hack into my "wireless dial up." (Even the MAC people didn't believe I use dial up with a wireless connection.)
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