So someone is stealing my internet

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by thekernal, Aug 14, 2006.

  1. thekernal macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2006
    Hi guys...I just realized that there's about 3 or so people 'sharing' my wireless internet connection. Now I know I can turn up the security and set a password to connect and whatnot- but before I do that, is there anyway to sort of 'scare' them a little for stealing my internet. I just read this: and that looks like a perfect solution. But it does seem complicated and difficult. So what I'm asking is that is there anyway I can redirect the people who are stealing my internet to to a page that says something to the effect that "You're stealing the internet, the police have been notified...yada yada yada or some other method and scare them? my router is a motorola wr850g and I'm on a g5 Imac.

    Thanks for the help guys,
  2. Danksi macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2005
    Nelson, BC. Canada
    I would focus your energy on securing that wireless, if I were you.

    If your iMac is near the router, use a cable and disable the wireless.
  3. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
  4. Dr.Gargoyle macrumors 65816


    Oct 8, 2004
    lat: 55.7222°N, long: 13.1971°E
    Better yet - Share the bandwidth but make them pay for their part. Get the "widest" broadband you can get and share it with the others. You will each get a much faster broadband together for the same buck than you can buy individually.
    Send them an email and say that you will have your WiFi password protected in a few days, but you are willing to share given they pay for their own part.
  5. someguy macrumors 68020


    Dec 4, 2005
    Still here.
    Nothing like a little face to face confrontation.

    Leave a little note taped to their door or something that says "I know."

    Then, the next day, put another one that says "You are a theif."

    Then, "This must stop."


    See how long it takes for them to realize what is going on and also if they ever stop or apologize. Leave little drawings of you with a halo over your head using the computer, then signals going from near your computer to their computer, with them sitting in front of it, and horns and a pointy tail on them, like satan. :D

    I dunno, I need sleep. :eek:
  6. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    The password idea probably won't work, since these dorks will just share it between them.

    I'd either just lock down the network (either with a strong password you keep to yourself, or my locking down to only work with certain MAC addresses), or randomly lock down the network by MAC address just to jerk them around and annoy them before you cut them off.
  7. Luis macrumors 65816


    Jul 19, 2006
    Costa Rica
    Try something like this:

    Attached Files:

  8. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    sometimes I think you guys assume that everyone is mischievous but in actuality some people are just ignorant or lazy.

    My little sister for example is on whatever network it connects her to first. She's not trying to steal anything, she just does on accident. Sometimes I go and fix it or try to make it easier, but nothing is ever full proof and when she moves its a whole new adventure.
  9. savar macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2003
    District of Columbia

    good lord, its not stealing if you're broadcasting it into their rooms. would you accuse somebody of eavesdropping if they heard you yelling at the top of your lungs?

    just get off your butt and secure it if you don't want other people using it.

    if you did that post-it note idea to me, i would punch you in the face. being passive-aggressive doesn't solve any problems.

    edit: okay, that link is pretty funny. if you want to play a joke on somebody that's one thing. but please don't act like you're going to report them to the fbi for "stealing" what you're giving away
  10. Electro Funk macrumors 65816

    Electro Funk

    Dec 8, 2005
    The Opium Garden
    you make a good point... just set the WEP key and be done with it...

    i seriously doubt your neighbors will ever be sucking up any of your bandwidth again...
  11. Leareth macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2004
    OK now how does one go about doing that?


    I keep changing my airport express name nad password but still keep getting idiots on it...
  12. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    It is me, I admit it.

    Don't you dare turn off my porn. [​IMG]

    However, for $50 I will buy a few DVDs -- and stop using your connection.
  13. thekernal thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2006
    I either mis-stated my intention or you misunderstood me...but I'm not reporting them to anyone...I just want to scare them and mess around with them so that maybe they'll think twice about using someone elses internet. I don't want anyone to get in trouble here...I just want to cause them some grief.
  14. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    I know there's a way to send little messages over the network in DOS, but I don't know how to do it with macs. You send a message to an IP address on your network and it pops up as a little box with an OK button for them. I remember in high school I always used to send fake error messages to other people in the building, what a little rat I was..
  15. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2005

    You mean Net Send? You can send those messages from Mac OS X to a Windows computer, but not to a Mac.

    Open Terminal and type
    smbclient -M *1* -I *2* -U *3*
    replacing *1* with the Windows Hostname, *2* with the IP Address (optional), and *3* with the "from" username... but it needs to be one word. After you type that, hit enter, and it should say"Connected. Type your message......... press Control+D when finished."

    Same... it's kinda fun. Ever tried doing
     net send * Notice: Your computer has a virus.  Please reboot and jump up and down on one leg and pray to the Microsoft gods that your computer works.
    from your personal laptop and then running like hell? Some kid did that on the second to last day. It was amazing to see that people listened.
  16. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    well aside from the obviose of turning on your security :rolleyes:

    Do a search for a wireless printer on your network hooked up to one of their machines and send them scary print jobs.
  17. BakedBeans macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2004
    What's Your Favorite Posish
    That is freakin' hilarious
  18. Jimmieboy macrumors 6502


    Oct 30, 2005
    Haha. This is great. I alsways thought I'd have a problem like this. By was I wrong. Our house has a tin room and something in the walls reception can be really bad somethings. If I ever get a macbook I'd be really interested in seeing how far I could go. If i were you I'd see if you can find the IP addresses of these computers and than if you cna (and they're running windows) paste random documents into their shared documents folder. Muhahaha, revenge is sweet.

    EDIT: I actaully made the security so high I disconnected and couldn't get back on for about half a day.
  19. pilotError macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2006
    Long Island
    Internet Borrowing

    I love playing with my neighbors. They are CHEAP bastards!

    I was poking around on my router one day and found a couple of new mac addresses that were connected. So I go on the router and dissallow those mac addresses from connecting to my router.

    A few days later, the kid next door asks if he can use my computer because his is broken. The father tells me a few days after that that his kid broke the internet and he needs to get his buddy over to look at it. I offered my services and he refused. He said his buddy installed it and would look at it. Too Funny!

    I leave my networks open so friends can come over and use the internet (doing homework or whatever) without me having to give out keys. I find the mac address route the easiest. You should be able to allow only the mac addresses on your PC's to connect, so only you can connect to the router.

  20. coffey7 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2006
    I would do something quick. What if they download illegal movies(underage porn). You would be in trouble or at least get a visit from the police.
  21. emotion macrumors 68040


    Mar 29, 2004
    Manchester, UK
    Well I'd just nail it down to MAC addresses but that's just me.

    I have our SSID set to the address of the house so people know where it's coming from, if they want to share all they need to do is ask.

    My logs however show that no-one has ever connected.
  22. mc68k macrumors 68000


    Apr 16, 2002
    this is good advice, and easy to set up. and you dont have to worry about WEP, WPA, and all those acronyms

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