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Old 01-19-07, 03:34 PM   #1
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How can i protect my DSL line?

Hi there. I have a DSL line at home and i get the feeling that someone else is using it from one of the apartments around me remotley. How can i go around blocking every computer other than my own and my wifes laptop?

Any help, suggestions or links to relevant webpages would be appreciated.
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Old 01-19-07, 03:41 PM   #2
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are you using a wireless router to get signal to your wife's laptop?
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Old 01-19-07, 03:43 PM   #3
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are you using a wireless router to get signal to your wife's laptop?
We just have the hub running the DSl line (Its not cable) and my wife uses her wireless modem to connect.
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Old 01-19-07, 03:48 PM   #4
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if she is connecting to it wirelessly through her laptop.. then the answer is yes, you have a wireless router setup

when it was provided.. there should have been some documentation to get into the router to change the configuration.. there are many different ways you can consider the security to keep everyone else out.. common ones are not broadcasting ssid, wep keys, wpa, etc... It depends on the wireless router being used.
if you are unsure of this, and the wireless router was provided by the dsl company. You may just want to call their tech support.
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Old 01-19-07, 03:49 PM   #5
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otherwise.. if a wireless router WAS NOT provided by your dsl provider
and your wife is connecting to it through wireless using her laptop

that means that YOU are the ones stealing someone else's signal
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Old 01-19-07, 03:49 PM   #6
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so, I'm guessing you have a setup as follows: DSL Router -> hub (your PC plugged into one port, wireless modem/router) plugged into another and her connecting to the modem/router? Or, do you have a DSL Router w/ built in Wireless that you are using? If you just have a wired DSL router connected to a hub that you connect to, then someone would have to be, to my knowledge at least, running cable getting into your wired router. I'm not aware of a way to steal DSL w/out killing the other router since the DSLAM wouldn't authenticate w/multiple routers...
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Old 01-19-07, 03:56 PM   #7
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are there dsl providers using dsl modems with built in wireless?
or are they just providing a free wireless router when you signup? I know thats what bellsouth dsl does down here.
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Old 01-19-07, 04:03 PM   #8
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Pacbell is providing a 2wire DSL modem that has a wireless unit with no antenna built in. It's enabled by default. If you don't get into the modem's configuration you have no idea that it's acting wireless.

I just saw one they installed in a business with fixed IPs last week and I couldn't believe that they were doing that.
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