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How do I track external use of my router, like web activity?

by blewis1041 / May 31, 2008 11:36 PM PDT

My brother-in-law is staying with us for a while as he's "getting on his feet." Wife and I work, and kids are home after school. They never seem him leave, and it seems to me like he's not looking for a job, yet he has a decent computer and other nice things for a 27 year old with no job, girlfriend, or friends with any means. My suspicion is he's doing something that might be illegal in our house during the day (he's had problems in the past). But my wife won't hear of it. He's often on the computer, and I'd like to make sure he's not using our DSL and house for inappropriate activities. Is there a way to monitor his internet/e-mail usage through my wireless router? I have an iMac 7.1 running OS X 10.5.2. My router is a 2 Wire 2701hg-b. His laptop is a pc compatible model. Dell, I believe.

I have checked my router, and it does not appear to have a log of any type. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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Sorry, I read over the mac part.

But there might be keyloggers for the Mac also.


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by blewis1041 / June 1, 2008 3:49 AM PDT

Thanks, but I always thought keyloggers only worked if you installed them on the computer, so in other words, I'd have to install it on his computer, as opposed to being able to monitor things from my computer. That won't work As for the legal side, if he's in my house, using my internet connection, and is committing crimes around my children, let him go ahead and turn me into teh cops. If he's not, then I'll have a lot of apologizing to do if he finds out.

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You're quite right.
by Kees Bakker / June 1, 2008 4:05 AM PDT
In reply to: Keyloggers

I had overlooked he had his own computer.

If your router doesn't offer this option (and none of the home routers do) it won't work.


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If you don't have the user manual ...

for the 2 Wire 2701hg-b you can access and download it here:

Make use of the Acrobat Reader search function and search for LOG and you will not only learn how to access the Firewall Log you mentioned elsewhere (page 53 & 54) but also the event log (page 106+ & Advanced logging page 130+).

Of course if you are really concerned you could always take the Gateway to work with you and tell him that you prefer him to be job hunting during the day rather than web browsing.

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Thanks. That seems helpful
by blewis1041 / June 2, 2008 11:38 PM PDT

I'll check it out tonight.

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