I cancel my dsl internet, mostly relying on airport

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  1. pbagaindoc macrumors member

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    Im trying to cut some of my bills. I get rid of my dsl, and home phone, instead using my cellphone and magic jack. My question is it legal just to get signal thru aiport to my neighbor? Sometime during the day, I got weak signal on my airport - Is there anyway i can do to improve it.
     
  2. daflake macrumors 6502a

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    No it is not.... If you want internet, pay for it.
     
  3. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    People have gone to jail for doing that. DSL can be inexpensive, like fifteen bucks a month. It makes a cell phone plan look absolutely extravagant.
     
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    yeah broadband internet is not cheap nowadays. Which is why I see a lot of people using the internet over at Starbucks.. :D
     
  5. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    No, it is not legal, and as was said above, people have gone to jail for it.
     
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    It's illegal and unsafe.
    Pay a bill online on an open network and see what I mean. ;)

    While it may never happen but you leave yourself open to being a victim.

    Cut your bills by cutting expenses you do not need, don't steal **** to stick within your budget.
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    What they said... seriously

    Not sure how you could even think this was even remotely OK

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
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    I did something similar. I got rid of my dial up connection and now siphon from my neighbors WiFi connections.

    Now to be a good neighbor, I rotate each day so I don't use up too much of their bandwidth. :)

    Likewise, for dinner I discovered that it is cheaper to just steal a sandwich from my local convenience and grocery stores. Of course I rotate between stores so that I don't put too much of a burden on any one store. Plus it provides me a nice variety so that I don't have to eat the same type of sandwich each day.

    Now if only I can figure out a way to use my neighbors' cars. That way I can sell mine and save a lot of funds. :)

    /sarcasm & jk

    OP, there is a right way and a wrong way to limit your bills. Using your neighbor's WiFi, without their permission, is definitely not one. And as some have said, there could be consequences for your actions.
     
  10. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Perhaps you can start by syphoning the gas until you work out a more reasonable solution ;)

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    Great idea Dawg. :)

    Now, I just need to learn how to pick those finicky gas caps. Anybody here know how to do that? :p ;)
     
  12. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    I forget which state but I'm thinking it was Florida where this is definitely illegal and people have been arrested for it.


    Even if the wifi is unsecured I'm pretty sure it falls under "unauthorized access of computers and networks" and its super easy to find out who is on the network thats not supposed to be too.

    I used to set up security for wireless networks all the time and would horrify customers when I could see everything they sent across the network.
     
  13. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

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    Please don't be an arsehole and use your neighbours wifi. At one point I thought someone was using ours and it annoyed the hell out of me, I was hoping I could find out who they were and they were using Windows so I could send a virus to them. It's an arsehole thing to do, it's only ok if you only use a few megs a couple of times a month IMO. But not rely on their internet.
     
  14. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    Oh so I can go to the bank and steal a hundred bucks as long as I don't take all their money I guess that is fine. There is something wrong with this picture, don't you think :confused:
     
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    I just renamed our Wi-Fi network "FBI Mobile Logistics". :D

    Our AirPort Extreme's name falls along the lines of something official, as well.

    Let's see someone brave enough to hack that. :p
     
  16. xlii macrumors 68000

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    Years ago I read a book about flim-flams. One of them was this English feller who right after WWII figured out a way to cut a 5 pound note into 14 pieces. He then took 13 of them and taped them together... took them to a bank and got a new 5 pound note in return. So for every thirteen 5 pound notes he did this to he got one free note. He soon started to run out of different banks he could pull this off on. He was finally caught and the 5 pound notes design was changed so you could not legally do this.
     
  17. macgrl macrumors 65816

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    No it's not legal. DSL isn't that expensive and it would be much safer
     
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    It is not illegal to surf on someone's network. It is of course illegal to pursue criminal acts on said network.
    By leaving their networks unsecure they give you permission by failing to take prudent security precautions. Kind
    of like when you can be charged with leaving the keys in you car's ignition.

    The bigger question is why all these neighbors are running unsecured networks. That's pretty stupid.
    You could be liable or falsely accused of crimes someone else perpetuated on your network (ie child porn, selling drugs or
    financial fraud). Do your neighbors a favor-let them know you can secure the network for a fee, take all the money and then
    get the dsl service back!

    I can't even find an unsecured network in my neighborhood (I pick up at least 10 networks) anymore.
     
  19. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    :rolleyes: That would be the first one I hit as it is so obviously not the FBI. The FBI would probably turn off SSID broadcasting all together.
     
  20. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Or not use wireless ... since all wireless is susceptible to attack.
     
  21. joro macrumors 68020

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    To cut costs more you can also go and plug some of your equipment into his outdoor receptacles…:rolleyes:
     
  22. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

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    That's completely different. No one would care about a few megs, so it doesn't matter. But using a big chunk of their quota is bad.
     
  23. kurosov macrumors 6502a

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    With the right tools and a little know how you could also 'borrow' their electricy and cable. Heck, go steal some pipes and get free water & gas while you are at it.

    Theft is theft regardless of how little you do steal.
     
  24. rfrankl macrumors 6502

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    If you are friendly with your neighbor, tell him to put on his security and offer him like $10 a month cash to let you piggy back on it.

    Hey Woof, do you like my wireless name "F*ck the Gators". I am sure all my Turd neighbors wonder who it is...haha.
     
  25. JNB macrumors 604

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    You realize, of course, that advice is utter nonsense, and quite wrong. Your analogy is equally, painfully incorrect.

    Permission is not implied, and theft is theft. :rolleyes:
     
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