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Take That, Would-Be Mooching Neighbors!
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: July 08, 2019 11:27AM
New upstairs neighbors have a computer with WiFi and were constantly trying to connect to my modem. They weren't successful, but it was both distracting and annoying to see the "Wireless" light blink brightly every few minutes as they tried to connect. Since I'm hardwired to the modem because it's only 18 inches or so from the computer, I built a Faraday Cage around the modem to block the WiFi signal.

Actually, though technically correct "Faraday Cage" makes what I've done sound a lot more highfalutin' than it really is: I got two disposable aluminum cookie trays, taped them together at one end, and arranged them in a narrow A-frame shape over my modem to block the WiFi signal. It works like a charm! No more flashing "Wireless" light all the time!



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Re: Take That, Would-Be Mooching Neighbors!
Posted by: GGD
Date: July 08, 2019 11:39AM
Why don't you just turn WiFi off, since you're not using it yourself.
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Re: Take That, Would-Be Mooching Neighbors!
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: July 08, 2019 11:51AM
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GGD
Why don't you just turn WiFi off, since you're not using it yourself.

TV might be connected to WiFi? That’s my setup, computer hardwired to modem and TV/iPad running on WiFi.



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Re: Take That, Would-Be Mooching Neighbors!
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 08, 2019 11:51AM
....Lost......



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Re: Take That, Would-Be Mooching Neighbors!
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 08, 2019 12:07PM
I'm surprised you did not:
1- turn off the wifi
2- Set the router to 'hide' the SSID.
3- Rename the SSID to something like "NSA Surveillance System"
4- Stick a piece of black tape over the wifi light.

Odds are you're seeing this because every single damn wifi using gizmo scans all the neighboring access points whenever they start up. They are probably not trying to mooch on you.
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Re: Take That, Would-Be Mooching Neighbors!
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 08, 2019 12:09PM
....scara.....mooch....??



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Re: Take That, Would-Be Mooching Neighbors!
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: July 08, 2019 12:11PM
TV might be connected to WiFi?

Which would very likely also be affected by the ersatz Faraday cage, along with iDevices, I'd guess.

I see a ton of WiFi networks near me.

All but one (labeled 'xfinitywifi') are locked down.

TTS's WiFi must be password protected or the free-loaders would connect.

Are they trying different passwords? Are these seasoned hackers or just somebody clicking on anything, hoping for success.

How about hiding the SSID and putting the cookie sheets to better and more dignified use. If they aren't actively hacking, they may never seek out your SSID. An elegant solution for a more civilized time.

I am tempted to turn on my VPN and join this very strong open network near me, but I fear some kind of trap.

But it would be interesting to experience some real throughput.




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Re: Take That, Would-Be Mooching Neighbors!
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: July 08, 2019 12:13PM
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GGD
Why don't you just turn WiFi off, since you're not using it yourself.

There's no way to do so (that I'm aware of) with the modem I have. A switch on the back of the unit would have been nice.

The "Wireless" light never flashed until the new neighbors moved in upstairs directly above me.



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Re: Take That, Would-Be Mooching Neighbors!
Posted by: Forrest
Date: July 08, 2019 12:27PM
It's highly unusual that you can't turn off WiFi. What is the make/model of your modem?
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Re: Take That, Would-Be Mooching Neighbors!
Posted by: GGD
Date: July 08, 2019 12:30PM
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Thrift Store Scott
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GGD
Why don't you just turn WiFi off, since you're not using it yourself.

There's no way to do so (that I'm aware of) with the modem I have. A switch on the back of the unit would have been nice.

The "Wireless" light never flashed until the new neighbors moved in upstairs directly above me.

There are usually configuration settings that can be changed via a web browser connected to the router, and accessing the router's IP address (often 192.168.x.1). Do you have a manual for this device?
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Re: Take That, Would-Be Mooching Neighbors!
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: July 08, 2019 12:37PM
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RAMd®d
TV might be connected to WiFi?

Which would very likely also be affected by the ersatz Faraday cage, along with iDevices, I'd guess.

Good point. I thought the A-frame approach was to block the signal above the WiFi router so the upstairs neighbor couldn’t access it, but still maintain some signal in the horizontal plane so the OP could still access the router...but It sounds like it wasn’t that fancy.



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Re: Take That, Would-Be Mooching Neighbors!
Posted by: dk62
Date: July 08, 2019 12:44PM
I have a MOCA bridge device (Actiontec WCB3000N) where you have to go into the settings via the browser, edit the page code to unhide the ability to fully control the WiFi, and only then can turn it off. So I am not surprised that there are other units where turning WiFi off is difficult.
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Re: Take That, Would-Be Mooching Neighbors!
Posted by: Robert M
Date: July 08, 2019 12:49PM
Thrift,

Simple solution. Move the modem to where it is no longer visible and use a longer cable to connect your computer to it.

Robert
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Re: Take That, Would-Be Mooching Neighbors!
Posted by: rgG
Date: July 08, 2019 12:59PM
I like it!





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Re: Take That, Would-Be Mooching Neighbors!
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 08, 2019 01:00PM
.....can one just....c*ck...block it......??



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Re: Take That, Would-Be Mooching Neighbors!
Posted by: Fritz
Date: July 08, 2019 06:09PM
flaming bag of dookie no longer pc?



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Re: Take That, Would-Be Mooching Neighbors!
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: July 08, 2019 06:26PM
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Fritz
flaming bag of dookie no longer pc?

Probably not, plus since I don't have any pets getting a bag of dookie presents a challenge I'd rather not tackle. Also paper bags are hard to come by these days and a flaming plastic bag of dookie raises environmental concerns.



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"Political correctness is just intellectual colonialism and psychological fascism for the creation of thought crime" - Steve Hughes

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Re: Take That, Would-Be Mooching Neighbors!
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: July 08, 2019 06:55PM
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Forrest
It's highly unusual that you can't turn off WiFi. What is the make/model of your modem?
.agree
Never seen one that didn't. My ASUS has it (buried but there) under
"Advanced Settings - Wireless - Professional - Enable Radio"; check box for each band.
iirc, Buffalo had it right on the first page of router settings.



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Re: Take That, Would-Be Mooching Neighbors!
Posted by: jdc
Date: July 08, 2019 07:00PM
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cbelt3
Odds are you're seeing this because every single damn wifi using gizmo scans all the neighboring access points whenever they start up. They are probably not trying to mooch on you.

This.



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