Networking & Wireless forum

General discussion

How to cut off roommates capability to get Wireless Internet

by cutpiece / November 11, 2006 6:49 AM PST

My roommate owes me quite a bit of money and refuses to pay it back. He isn't very computer savvy but he can figure out some basic things. Is there a way I can prevent him from stealing Internet from the neighbors? Not being able to get Internet access would make him go insane. He has a utility on his computer that can figure out what is wrong with his connection if something goes awry. The computer he uses is a brand new Toshiba laptop.

If there isn't a way for me to do this do you have any other suggestions on how to ruin his computer experience?

Thanks guys,
Clinton

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: How to cut off roommates capability to get Wireless Internet
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: How to cut off roommates capability to get Wireless Internet
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
The issues...
by John.Wilkinson / November 11, 2006 1:09 PM PST

First, let me say that I will not help you sabotage someone else's computer, period. Not only would that violate various laws and the forum policies but also my code of ethics.

At the same time, I must express my disapproval of his using the internet access of others without permission, which is also illegal in many areas. (It is considered theft of service.)

That said, I would inform the neighbors of the risks associated with having an unsecured wireless internet connection. In short, anyone could use their connection for illegal purposes (with would trace back to them) or access their personal files. You can print a nice overview of wireless internet security by clicking here. While that would not get your roommate to pay up, you will have helped your neighbors protect themselves, helped to enforce the law, and 'driven your roommate insane,' as you so put it. Just be tactful in regards to how you tell your neighbors about wireless network security...you don't want to make the situation with your roommate worse than it is.

John

Collapse -
Get a radio scrambler.
by s.haulk / November 25, 2006 1:55 PM PST

All you need is a modulator that can scramble cell phone signals and it should also scramble any other wifi device that operates on a 2.4Ghz frequency.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

Does BMW or Volvo do it best?

Pint-size luxury and funky style

Shopping for a new car this weekend? See how the BMW X2 stacks up against the Volvo XC40 in our side-by-side comparison.