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Crusoe
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Indeed.
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ganja stop looking at illegal po-rn
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Ha, Jason! I'm not into any kind of porn, and illegal never. I think I've mentioned before that watching porn is a bit like watching a cooking show. They can smell it, they can taste it, and they repeat all the time how good it tastes and smells, while I'm just left there hungry.

Crusoe, a follow-up question. What if I sensed they were closing in and I got rid of the computer before they entered my house? Would that get the neighbour in great trouble, or just mean they reach a dead end?

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For the record, I did read your post, Barndoorio. I'm just wondering whether the man next door could get in trouble here due to what others have done.
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I might be on the other side of Matej's situation. I have DSL, and my laptop is connected to the DSL cable. The box the cable goes into is also a wireless router, I guess, because if I had wireless on my laptop, I could be using it. How can I set it up so that my signal isn't being used by someone else? I'm in an apartment building with a lot of other tenants, so it's quite possible that someone's using it right now. Is there a way to check on my computer?
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Your wireless router probably has an interface page where you can change the settings - if you look in the handbook, it'll tell you how to log on to it. Then just set up a WEP password, and give it to everyone that needs to use it.

edit: I think.

[ 09.10.2006, 20:03: Message edited by: mackstress ]

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As mackstress suggests encryption is a good start, especially if you can switch on WPA (which is stronger than WEP). That would probably be enough for most people unless you're protecting something valuable.

You can also change the default SSID and disable SSID broadcasting (the equivalent of changing your name and going ex-directory), although you have to tell the devices you want to connect what the SSID is and to automatically try to connect even if it's not listed.

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Inca
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My head just exploded.
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Well, the thing is, you don't have to figure out what it means, just how to do it. What model of router do you have?
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Westell Versalink 327W.
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Well, there's a PDF handbook here. Have you done all this stuff?

"7.1 Setting Up an Account Profile
After connecting VersaLink, bring up your Web browser and type either http://dslrouter or http://192.168.1.1 in
the browser’s address window and press ‘Enter’ on your keyboard. The Getting Started screen will appear."

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To repeat Inca's question - how can you tell if someone else is using your connection?

Wireless networking is infernally complex, and I speak as an IT professional of six years standing. It took me over an hour to set up the simplest of networks, and connecting my PDA to it is beyond me.

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Your router configuration screen should show you which computers are currently accessing your network. Mine at present, shows "Tugglesnupps" and "Mungo" - my laptop, and madame's desktop. Just as it should be.
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Inca
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How do I look at my router configuration screen? I don't remember doing any setup for wireless, since I've never used the wireless. All I have is the connected icon next to the clock.
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Yeah, mine has a 'status' screen, that shows you who's on, or at least how many people. If there's more than you want, or more names than you recognise, either apply a password, change your password, or see if you have an option to do MAC filtering, where you can block out the intruding computers. I find that particularly satisfying.
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