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Phantom Wireless Network
Posted by: Sam*
Date: January 08, 2006 02:41PM
Gang,

After failing to fix a 6 year-old Linksys router, I bought a new Bufallo router.

I've given a new SSID name to my network and set the router not to broadcast it.

My old network SSID, shockingly, is showing up on the list of available networks, and it even works, though it's at "1 or 2 bars." The old router is totally unplugged and not connected to anything.

The only thing I can think of is that some other neighbor has recently set up an unsecured wireless network with the same SSID name that I had previously used. The name of my old network was the name of the street we live on, so it isn't inconceivable that another neighbor would have thought of that name. Still seems weird though.

Any other ideas?

Any way to find out for sure?

p.s. The new Bufallo router is working like a champ so far.

Sam*
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Re: Phantom Wireless Network
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: January 08, 2006 08:05PM
They may have set up a repeater that repeated your Router.Does it connect?
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Re: Phantom Wireless Network
Posted by: tenders
Date: January 08, 2006 08:16PM
This kind of confusion is why I name my home networks after the LAST place I lived.
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Re: Phantom Wireless Network
Posted by: Sam*
Date: January 08, 2006 10:43PM
Ken SP,

Yes, I can connect to it.

What is a "repeater"

Sam*
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Re: Phantom Wireless Network
Posted by: martinbc
Date: January 09, 2006 03:58AM
It is a router that connects (wirelessly) to your network and repeats it ..... or extends it. That way the range is longer ..... and, well he can snatch your signal.

Martin



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/09/2006 04:02AM by martinbc.
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