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Old May 1st, 2008, 05:46 PM   #1
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I think somebody is piggy backing my wifi!

My internet has gotten considering slower. I am on an all wifi set up in my condo. It is WEP secured. It takes about 10-15 seconds to load ehmac.ca on all of my macs. Something is up. It started doing this about a week ago and I thought it would just go away.

Is there any programme or way to tell if someone is logged onto my network?
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Old May 1st, 2008, 05:59 PM   #2
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Has your wifi hub have usage lights? If their flashing and your computers aren't on the net or are off you have a problem.

If could also have something to do with network throttling (by Bell or Rogers) but it is very unlikely.

Have you done any speed tests? Could it be you are just hitting some busy sites?
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Old May 1st, 2008, 06:02 PM   #3
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WEP is hardly worth using these days - it can be cracked in minutes with the appropriate tools, which are easy to get. Try setting up WPA2 encryption.
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i was gonna post exactly what john clay said
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Go into your router logs and see....if you don't have logging enabled, do so and keep an eye on them.

If someone is piggybacking:

Turn off broadcasting
Turn off DHCP
issue static IPs to your machines
Turn on MAC addressing
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Last resort, turn off the radio for a week and use ethernet. The thief will move on.
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Old May 1st, 2008, 06:39 PM   #6
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Have you tried resetting your modem? ie: unplug, count to ten then replug.

I'm on Rogers and experienced a similar problem about a week ago. Things speeded up tremendously after a reboot.
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Oh, thank goodness.

When I first read the title of the thread, I thought it said that someone was piggy backing your wife!
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Oh, thank goodness.

When I first read the title of the thread, I thought it said that someone was piggy backing your wife!
Thanks now I have to clean my monitor, I just spit coffee on it i was laughing so hard.
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Zenith you made my day. Thanks.
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Go into your router logs and see....if you don't have logging enabled, do so and keep an eye on them.

If someone is piggybacking:

Turn off broadcasting
Turn off DHCP
issue static IPs to your machines
Turn on MAC addressing
/
/
Last resort, turn off the radio for a week and use ethernet. The thief will move on.
Would someone be kind enough to explain the negative effects of 'piggybacking' someone else's unsecured WiFi network? In our old neighbourhood, we did this all the time with mutual consent - when needed. None of us were online gamers or downloaded music or DVD's or whatever. So no big deal.

We just moved and I piggybacked a couple of times to a local, unsecured network to check my emails. But I certainly wouldn't do it if it has a negative effect on any of my new neighbours' internet useage!
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