Other people using my wireless

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by MacAodh, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. MacAodh macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2006
    Dublin, Eire
    Hey, I just upgraded to leopard there a couple of weeks ago and since then I've been noticing other computers in my shared directories when using my computer at home. Not that I mind this since it's not locked and the speed seams quite fast but is there anyway of contacting them???

    I just want to have a bit of fun and send them a message, even better if i could set up a chat with them...

    Is there any way of doing this does anyone know?
  2. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    If they're Windows machines you could pipe an echo to smbclient. If they've got the Messenger service running it'll pop up on their screen.
  3. cornopaez macrumors regular


    May 1, 2007
    in a practice room or a MacBook.
    if they're using Mac you could try and see if you can contact them through iChat and Bonjour. Just a thought, don't know if it really works... in theory it should.
  4. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    I'm pretty sure you can download a widget that tells you the IP addresses of everybody on your network. I don't know if that helps you contact them, but maybe somebody smarter than me can help with this.
  5. MacAodh thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2006
    Dublin, Eire
    Don't want to lock it. I get grand speeds and there's no download cap so no point really. Plus i've loads of friends that would spend the night often and it's a pain giving them the password every time...

    dynamicv: I'm assuming they are since there not showing up in bonjour, how do you do that?
  6. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    If it works the same as on Linux it'll be

    echo Your message | smbclient -M <their IP address>

    Never actually tried it on OSX, although as they both use Samba it ought to be the same.
  7. iBecks macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    I'd definately lock it.

    You are liable for anything dodgy that they may look at or download.
  8. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    Well - just remember what happens to YOU should THEY do something on YOUR network.

    Illegal file sharing / viruses / hacking / child porn / stalking -- if it's done from your unsecured network - and you're the one paying the bill - you might land yourself in hot water, before they do.

    If you want to mess with them - create a folder or two on their machines - naming them with your message. (or dump a text file onto their desktop)

    Some routers can re-direct all users to a specific address. Make a post with your message, or a personal webpage - and link that to the re-direct for all pages. (you can set some up for a run-once, or run-twice - depending on what you got)

    But seriously - I wouldn't play, and I'd secure my (#*$. Sharing with people you know is one thing - with unknowns - is a whole other pandoras box...

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