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WIFI - Which router / network did I connect to!

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  1. camper71

    camper71 Thread Starter

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    Ok guys, I have a home office, work for a large corporation but home based. I have my own broadband and seperate router for gaming, surfing etc.
    I also have a dedicated works laptop, which also has a dedicated WIFI router for purely work stuff.

    Previously, I made it impossible for my "work" router to connect to my "home" laptop, for obvious reasons.
    However, a couple of weeks ago, I needed to do some trouble shooting, and allowed the home lap top to access my work network.
    I switched it back, but forgot to inhibit the 2 from linking.

    So today, I'm looking at some ahem.. porn, didn't think much about it. A few hours later, I realise I'm connected to the "work" network.

    So,

    1)Is there a way to check in Windows 7 what router i was connected to at various times through WIFI?
    2)Is it likely the ISP would advise my employer that I have looked at porn? - i didn't go through the work VPN, it's just a standard line from Zen into my house, by my company pay the bill direct.

    appreciate any help!


    Dave
     
  2. Golden_

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    Since the "work" access-point your connected to is your own and not the company, then no, your employer would not know about it. And ISPs don't really share out your Internet habits with others, other than law-enforcement with a warrant.

    For windows, click on an icon on the bottom-right corner that looks something like this http://www.hfctelecom.com/images/Signal_Strength_Bar-2.png
    And it should have the name of the access-point you are connected to. In which case you could just disconnect from it etc.
     
  3. camper71

    camper71 Thread Starter

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    Hi Golden, thanks for the quick reply. Just to confirm a couple of points:

    1) I wanted to see what network I was connected to, retrospectively, ie is there a time-stamp that can I can see, to check which router I was connected to, at any point in time, within the last few hours.
    2)My employer pay for the boradband link: I was concerned, because a colleague got pulled up for downloading a film torrent, through the same ISP, but perhaps the router flags copyrighted material a bit easier?

    thanks again
     
  4. TonyB25

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    So you have 2 broadband connections in your house? One paid for by the company and another paid for by you?
     
  5. camper71

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    Yes Tony, that's it.

    I normally have the 2 isolated from each other, but had some issues when i changed my "home" ISP, so temporarily connected the work router to the home laptop. I changed back, but it appears that my home laptop through windows, reverted back to the work connection. I'm trying to ascertain as to when that may have happened, or what router it was connected to, when I visited some "art" web sites.
     
  6. Golden_

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    Your colleague was perhaps pulled up because if the ISP detects you are downloading copyright-materials through torrents, they will send to whoever's name is on the Internet Service account something sort of like a DMCA cease and desist warning. As for other browsing habits, so long as it is not illicit, the ISP would typically not talk about that with the customer.

    Though I wouldn't know if Windows has any feature for recording AP connection history. But perhaps a simple software out there could do that simply by monitoring and grabbing each AP's name as you connect/disconnect etc.
     
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    They're isolated if you have have 2 separate broadband connections. That means you have 2 modems, right? So if your company pays for the broadband connection then they have the right to see whatever is done on that network. I don't know of a way to determine retroactively which network a computer was connected to.
     
  8. camper71

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    Thanks to both for your feedback. @Tony, yes, 2 seperate modem/router/broadband connections
     
  9. DaveBurnett

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    Why don't you look at the router logs.
    They will tell you what time you connected and where to. At least you will know......... what is going to appear on the bills!
     
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