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Solved: who is on my wifi

Discussion in 'Networking' started by mrl, Nov 18, 2011.

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  1. mrl

    mrl Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    I wife just got the new Kindle Fire and when I was setting it up for WiFi, I had to choose from 9 different connections. This started me wondering how do I find out if someone is "piggy backing" by WiFi. I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64 bit on a PC (not MAC). The router was supplied my Brighthouse to give me the internet, a phone, whole house wireless service, and cable TV. The brand name of the router is UBEE. I think I'm using a secure setup because I have to use a password when I want to install a new device to the system.

    Mike
     
  2. cwwozniak

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    When you say, "I have to use a password when I want to install a new device to the system" do you mean that you need to enter a WiFi passphrase or password when wirelessly connecting a device to the router?

    If so, if your router uses WEP encryption, then it will keep honest people from accidentally piggybacking your connection. However, WEP can easily be hacked in a matter of minutes by someone who wants to get in and knows what they are doing.

    Some form of WPA encryption with a long and not easy to guess or crack passphrase would make it much more difficult for someone to hack their way into your system..

    If you can log into the administration pages of the router, you may find that one of the pages lists all of the wireless devices connected to it.
     
  3. DoubleHelix

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    If you have to enter a password to connect to your wireless network, then it's secure. You should be able to log into the router and see what IP addresses have been assigned along with the name of the device they're assigned to.
     
  4. mrl

    mrl Thread Starter

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    Hi DoubleHelix
    Hi cwwozniak
    Yep, I did have to use a passphrase and password when I set up the kindle to wirelessly connect. After that, it remembers it (?).

    How do I log on to the administration pages of the router?

    Is this a question I should be asking the provider (Brighthouse)?

    Mike
     
  5. DoubleHelix

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    You need the manual for your router and the password to log into it. If Brighthouse didn't give it to you, call them and get it.
     
  6. mrl

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    Thanks DoubleHelix

    I'll call brighhouse


    Mike :D
     
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