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Bandwidth Theft Problems(I Think)

By ABikerInVegas ·
We,(the wife and I) recently moved into a new apt.
Our pc's are hard wired to Linksys WRT54G router.
I recently took a look at my network map and found several names and machines that I have no idea the origin of. I've noticed about 5 to 7 people sit at our pool on laptops and do whatever. I have disabled the broadcast abilities and removed the antennae and removed all from my network except the wife and I.
I checked it again today,(3 days later) and they are back! Would it be safe to assume my bandwidth is being used? And...if so...how do I stop it?

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Change the password

by mjd420nova In reply to Bandwidth Theft Problems( ...

Change the password, and copy down the offending MAC addresses. Then go to the MAC address filtering, enter the offending MAC addresses and mark them or check the box to block them. Be sure to enter the allowed adresses too. That way they can't ever get in again. The MAC adresses are unique to each device so they'll not be able to get in again unless they change their WIFI device. Check your manual for the procedures as this description is pretty generic.

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Securing A Wireless Router

by mrinternet In reply to Bandwidth Theft Problems( ...

If you enable WEP Encryption with a pass phrase and do NOT broadcast the SID - there is NO way anyone can hitch onto your bandwidth without the pass phrase encryption key - 128 BIT ... I don't think so.

Your routers' installation CD or manufacturer's website would have help files to walk you through this process.

You really need to have encryption anyway for security, as one day you slip up with some bank password etc and you and your account are DEAD meat with the data packet sniffed and intercepted.

Good luck ...

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Replace your wireless router!

by NI70 In reply to Bandwidth Theft Problems( ...

With a non-wireless one. Problem solved.

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