Just curious if there is a way to stop people piggy backing their signal off my wireless connection and therefore stealing my bandwidth and cutting me off from the wireless.
For example, here at uni I have set up a wireless network with one wireless access point everyone gets net access from, but I have a feeling that alot of the time since people are to far away from the AP that their signal is sent through my connection to them, therefore cutting me off from sending and recieving my own packets from the AP, its really frustrating because it means I get cut off frequently. :(
Any thoughts on this, anything!? Perhaps a way to make my signal exclusive? :uhm:
Afraid of the dark???
17th June 2006
I have my router set up with WEP. I have set some obscure 28 digit password to log on to my wireless. There should be a way to set that up. What kind of router and model would be helpful to determine what your capabilities are.
Tech is where you'll find me..
13th April 2005
Ur, yeah, as long as you have your router password protected, then people can't use your signal to extened the range of their own network. That just dosen't make any sense. For that to work, your router would have to be accepting data from other routers, and re-transmitting it.
EDIT- If you want to, you could change the freqency your router broadcasts at. That will at least make it impossible for other routers to "piggyback" off your signal (which I still don't think is possible).
Okies kewl, I think ill set up another wep encyrption so I can ave my own private network :)
Screw WEP; use WPA-PSK and something fun, like a hashed password. Disable SSID broadcasting. Turn on MAC address filtering, set it to whitelist-only, then whitelist the MACs on your devices. Run a firewall for this purpose if you're so inclined.
It ain't perfect, but it's as good as you'll get for 802.x
But its shared net I dont wanna have to re-enter the password for everyone else I just wanna make my own seperate network.
You can't make your own private network off a single AP that others share. You can keep them from accessing your box, but not from sharing in the bandwidth (unless you actually allocate it).
How can you allocate it?
There are utilities out and about that allow you to restrict bandwidth for certain IP or (I assume) MAC addies. Can't say that I've ever seen something like that hanging around on the shelf at your local CompUSSR, though.
22nd December 2003
MAC Address filter. Go to your wireless router settings (Type the default router address [192.168.1.1] into your web browser of choice. Login using the default settings, which are usually printed on the router itself or in the manual) Then on your computer, go to start>run> type "cmd" (no "s) then hit enter. Type "ipconfig /all" and under the one that has wireless (or whichever is the name of your wireless adapter), where it says physical addres, that is your MAC address. Find the MAC address filter settings, and add whichever computers you want allowed access to your router.
Or if you don't feel like messing with it, just put some metal shielding on the outside of your house :rolleyes:
Feel free to ask questions about anything (router troubles, trouble finding MAC address, where the cheapest sheet metal is :P, etc.)