General Question on Wireless Internet

December 8, 2011 at 17:01:49
Specs: Windows XP, 2 gb of ram
So I was wondering if somebody connects to somebody else's wireless Internet next door...could it knock the person with the N-wireless router off-line? If so, why would this happen? I know of somebody that had somebody that had a neighbor log into their Internet and they said they couldn't get online but they could see data off the person that was logged in. Would this be caused by an IP address conflict?


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December 8, 2011 at 18:14:45
It could be an IP conflict if the owner of the router was using manually configured IP addresses and not DHCP.

However, the simplest solution is to secure the network which is very simple thing to do.


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December 9, 2011 at 07:15:08
If it were an IP address confiict the one party would be seeing nothing while the other person was connected and using that IP as they (the first party) wouldn't be connected to the network. If both parties are set to DHCP then there shouldn't be a conflict at all.

Not only that but typically windows will tell you if there's an IP conflict with another device.

I suspect whomever connected either was doing something very bandwidth intensive (downloading big files or streaming video, etc) and was hogging all the bandwidth, or, they got into the management interface and blocked the first party.

Regardless, StuartS is 100% correct. The owner of the wireless network needs to secure the wireless network using WPA-2 encryption and a complex key.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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