Who's using my wireless network?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by mainstreetmark, Jan 29, 2004.

  1. mainstreetmark macrumors 68020

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    So, I created a wireless network so my neighbors can use my connection to the internet. I don't mind, of course, if I did, I'd put a password on it.

    However, I would like to know what's happening, or who's doing what.

    I can't seem to figure out how to display who's using my wireless network.
     
  2. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    Doesn't your wireless router have the option of enabling a log? Alternatively, isn't there a status screen you can check?

    My D-Link router has these options, although I'm doing my best to not share my bandwidth (and have been successful, from what I can tell).
     
  3. mainstreetmark thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ah, I wasn't clear enough.

    I'm using that "Create Network..." option in the airport menu. My computer is acting as the access point, thus I have no external router, which would have all the function's i'm missing.

    So, to rephrase, when my Powerbook is sharing it's internet connection via Airport, how can I tell who's taking me up on the offer?
     
  4. pinto32 macrumors 6502

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    The Screen Savers (...or was it Call for Help....?) showed a piece of software that does all of this a few weeks ago....I'm not sure if it is Mac-compatible or not, but its worth checking out their sites anyway.
     
  5. mainstreetmark thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Do you happen to have (part of a) name or even the category of software this stuff might be?
     
  6. pinto32 macrumors 6502

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    I would say WiFi security, something along those lines.....I have a class now, but I will try to look it up later.
     
  7. Veldek macrumors 68000

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    Couldn't you allow only your computer and the computer of your neighbour to have access to your network? Then you needn't know who was accessing as it could only be you and him.
     
  8. mainstreetmark thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I could, but I generally don't mind. All my neighbors are my friends (we all live in boats on a dock). I'd just like to be informed.
     
  9. mklos macrumors 68000

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    This is kind of an expensive and nosy route, but you can buy a piece of software made by Apple called Remote Desktop. This allows you to actually see anyone's screen in your network. You can lock their screen, just browse it, control it, copy files to others, do a voice chat, text chat, install packages, etc... all from your computer to anyone in your network. Your neighbors may not like that idea since you can snoop on them at anytime, but it is an option. They do have to have a Mac in order for that to work.

    A 10 user license is $299 I believe. I have it for my little network at home and its great! You can be very lazy and just connect to other machines in the network to fix things, or update things, etc...
     
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  11. cubist macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for raising this topic...

    I just changed my Airport to a closed network and changed all the passwords. Just in case.
     
  12. Buckyball macrumors newbie

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    Freeloading on a wireless network

    A funny thing happened at home. We just bought a new PowerBook for my wife and her Airport Extreme card arrived. She installed it and tried activating it. Lo and behold, someone nearby has an open wireless network!

    I think it's relatively harmless to do a bit of browsing via the neighbor's network, though I am curious as to what sort of software they'd have to see who's logged onto the network.

    BB
     
  13. tombq macrumors newbie

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    best surity to work with?

    WAP or WEP or NAT or other or a combination on an Airport Extreme ?

    Thanks all!

    Tom
     
  14. tombq macrumors newbie

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    spelling correction SECURITY (see above)

    Thanks
    Good night all
     
  15. coolbreeze macrumors 65816

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    I would be careful who you let use your WIFI connection. If someone finds your signal, and uses it, you are responsible for their activity on the net. Say they download child pornography, or illegal warez....guess who is responsible.:eek:

    It doesn't matter if you know about it or not...the responsibility is on the account holder.

    This makes me wonder about free WIFI places...like the network I'm using right now. It's in a hotel, and they offer free wireless to all guests. So I could practically download anything I want, and remain anoymous....Hmm:cool:

    Too bad it's my work computer:mad: :D
     

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