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Anyone Know Good Bandwidth Stealing Detection Software?

by Harry_Johnson / March 1, 2007 11:34 PM PST

I haven't thought about this much, but after reading people's posts on bandwidth stealing it is making want to secure my bandwith so it doesn't get unauthorized usage. I don't own a webpage (but I do know how to block unauthorized badwidth usage with websurfing). I, basically, want to protect my home cable connection from unauthorized bandwidth usage. Does anyone know very good software that can help prevent/block unauthorized bandwidth usage.

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What most do is..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2007 11:38 PM PST

Lock down the wifi and if you have wired connections check where the wires go to.

Then it's all authorized by you.

Bob

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Are you using wireless
by mark04276 / March 2, 2007 3:45 AM PST

If so, then your wireless router should have software that you access with your web browser usully at 192.168.1.1 0r 192.168.0.1. You can configure that router to be a much better firewall than any software firewall on the market. There are numerous things you can do to configure the router to prevent someone from "stealing" from you. Some of the things I do (have 4 laptops connected wirelessly to a router,

1. I dont send a radio signal out (set to off). This basically means I need to know exactly what my settings are in order for me to connect. Someone cant just pull outside and check for a wireless signal from my house, cause it wont show up.

2. I have WPA security set up (Password)

3.I have listed the I address of my laptops along with their MAC address as the only ones allowed to use router.

These are probally overkill for my area and just having the password is usually good enough to keep the average person out.

If you arent using wireles and dont even have a wireless router than you dont have much to worry about because then (as mentioned before) everyone would have a network cable plugged into your modem that is sharing your broadband. By the way with cable broadband you are sharing that line with all your neighbors that do have cable broadband, unlike dsl broadband which I dont share at least till it gets back to the telephone company. But what you are after is making sure your neighbor is using your setup for internet just so they dont have to pay, which is what I applied to with my answer.

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