Other people using my wireless

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

  1. MacAodh macrumors regular

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    I'd definately lock it.

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

    Big-TDI-Guy

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    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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