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Share Wi-fi Access With A Neighbor?


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#1 Kat

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 02:23 PM

A neighbor has offered me access to his wi-fi service which he is about to get established.
How do I determine if there is space for a wifi card in my about 4-yrs-old PC, and is there anything else I need to look into?
How would he and I insure our individual security in a shared situation such as this...or does the Windows XP firewall take care of that?
Would I be able to retain my current dialup service until I'm sure this kind of setup works?
And finally, would this 'shared' access be legal, as far as my neighbor's DSL ISP---or any other entity? :thumbsup: -- is concerned?

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#2 Wassim

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 07:50 PM

U can get a USB wi-fi device, i'm sure ur PC has USB ports.
i guess ur neighbour will know how to set a password to authorize the access to this wi-fi network.
Of course u could maintain ur Dial up and even when u have wi-fi u can still keep ur dial up,maybe for some reason he wont give u access to his connection later on , u would still have ur dial up.
I cant give u an answer about the legimity of this, but i guess its fine as long as u dont kill someone :thumbsup:

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 08:20 PM

As long as his network is open (or key gives you the network key) it is legal to access his network. The fact that his network has an internet connection isnt important. USB wifi devices are the easiest way to do it but there is also PCI cards if you a spare slot on your mother board.

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 01:54 PM

There may be some restrictions in his license agreement with his ISP about sharing his internet connection with his neighbors.
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 05:47 PM

the db gain of the antenna will be the main issue, I have tested 400KB/s with a usb1 linksys wireless adapter/B
at 100 yards and a cantenna
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