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    is wireless internet possible for me?

    I just bought a laptop but have no internet access from home. Rather than shell out 50 bucks a month for access through the cable company, I am considering, upon the advice of a friend, the possibility of purchasing a wireless router in order to leech off someone else's signal. My lack of computer knowledge notwithstanding, is this a possibility? Have anybody on here been successful in doing this? I live in a three-story brick walk-up in an urban neigborhood, if this matters at all in getting wireless signals.

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    Most people opt for the 128 bit encryption on their home routers (to keep out leechers and pirates). If the connection is free (your are leeching) then it may also not be very private. Are you going to do things like online banking, on line bill pay, watch some porn? Then you info may be available to others……just a thought. Also, if your choice to leech is limited to one or two, then you will be at the mercy of when they are up and running.
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    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller View post
    I just bought a laptop but have no internet access from home. Rather than shell out 50 bucks a month for access through the cable company, I am considering, upon the advice of a friend, the possibility of purchasing a wireless router in order to leech off someone else's signal. My lack of computer knowledge notwithstanding, is this a possibility? Have anybody on here been successful in doing this? I live in a three-story brick walk-up in an urban neigborhood, if this matters at all in getting wireless signals.
    A wireless router must be connected to a modem that is connected to an internet source whether it be cable/DSL/satellite. You can see if you can find an unsecured signal from someone in the building and just use it-your wireless interface is what you use to connect. As FM said many people encrypt their signal you should be wary of conducting private business over a leeched signal. Another option is getting together with someone who has service that you have a signal for and seeing if you can pay them a few bucks to piggyback on it. I've had friends do that in the past.
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    Option #3 would be an air card from your cell phone provider. (Costs more....'less you're in that bizness.)

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    If you are close with a neighbor that has a wireless router you can ask politely if you can leech off it, and possibly give them 10 bucks a month toward the bill. We used our neighbors in our new house until the cable company came a week later. We were at their mercy since they shut down their everything at 10 pm. If you are in an apartment I would put money on the fact that someone has an unprotected signal.

    [off topic] we have a subdivision in the county that is considering going all wireless for the whole neighborhood and you would pay in your HOA dues[/off topic]
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    Quote Originally posted by kjelsadek View post
    A wireless router must be connected to a modem that is connected to an internet source whether it be cable/DSL/satellite. You can see if you can find an unsecured signal from someone in the building and just use it-your wireless interface is what you use to connect. As FM said many people encrypt their signal you should be wary of conducting private business over a leeched signal. Another option is getting together with someone who has service that you have a signal for and seeing if you can pay them a few bucks to piggyback on it. I've had friends do that in the past.
    Would they have to be in my building? What about the building next door, or around the block?

    The lack of security is a problem. I don't want people viewing my online business, be it Cyburbia, gmail, or online banking/purchases.
    Sorry FM, you're not going to get a porn-viewing confession out of me

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    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller View post
    Would they have to be in my building? What about the building next door, or around the block?

    The lack of security is a problem. I don't want people viewing my online business, be it Cyburbia, gmail, or online banking/purchases.
    Sorry FM, you're not going to get a porn-viewing confession out of me
    You have to be able to connect to a signal, generally something too far off probably would be slow as molasses if you could connect to it at all. In your building definitely, next door probably, around the block is stretching it. Have you tried seeing what kind of signal you are getting yet?
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller View post
    Would they have to be in my building? What about the building next door, or around the block?
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    Depending on the construction 3 floors up or down or about 300 feet lateral.
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    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller View post
    Would they have to be in my building? What about the building next door, or around the block?
    If you're in an urban neighborhood, you can probably pick up the signal on dozens, but most will be weak or password protected. I'd recommend flipping the computer on and checking out how many you can actually connect to.

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    As other people have implied, the etiquette is that it is ok to leach if its a temporary thing, but you shouldn't do it permanently. Why shouldn't you pay what everyone else does?

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