Stop Wi-Fi Thieves: How to Secure Your Wi-Fi From Neighbors Stealing It

Posted on May 5, 2017. Filed under: networking, Security, wireless | Tags: , , , |

If your Wi-Fi SSID is being broadcast to the surrounding houses, there is a chance your internet is being stolen. Find out how to stop this from happening and keep control of your bandwidth.

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Get Wired Performance from Your Wi-Fi Network

Posted on April 18, 2011. Filed under: Hardware, networking | Tags: , , , , , , |

Windows Secrets tells how to Get Wired Performance from Your Wi-Fi Network.

This covers the use of NetGear Powerline adapters to send wi-fi signals through normal electric wiring in a house.

This is not an endorsement, but it might be a solution in some houses that are hard to equip with wireless access in some areas.

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What Settings Should I Change on My Wi-Fi Router?

Posted on February 27, 2011. Filed under: networking, Security | Tags: , , , , |

Lifehacker covers What Settings Should I Change on My Wi-Fi Router?.

Be sure your home network is secure and not usable/hackable by outsiders!

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inSSIDer Wi-Fi Scanner

Posted on June 21, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking | Tags: , , , , , , , |

MetaGeek has the inSSIDer Wi-Fi Scanner to check your local wi-fi environment.

Are your neighbors’ wi-fi messing up yours?  Check it with this freeware, get a report, and see if any of them are competing for the same channel your home network is.

If so, use your router software to change to a less- or unused channel.

Works with XP, Vista, 7 and 64-bit Windows versions.

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How to Protect Your Wi-Fi from the WPA Hack

Posted on December 9, 2008. Filed under: Hardware, Help, Security, wireless | Tags: , , , , , , |

Lifehacker has the key to How to Protect Your Wi-Fi Network from the WPA Hack.

That’s the security flaw that’s been loudly shouted all over the Web.

“The key: Just log into your router, switch off Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) as an encryption mode, and use Advanced Encryption System (AES) only. TKIP is the only protocol that the hack applies to, so switching to AES-only will ensure that your Wi-Fi network is safe again. It’s quick and easy, so do yourself a favor and make the adjustment now so you don’t run into any problems in the future.”

That’s it.

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Wireless hotspot finders

Posted on September 22, 2008. Filed under: wireless | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

[last updated 2008/9/21]

AnchorFree is a website to find wireless hotspots (coffee shops, cafes, etc.) near you. It found six near the UA Fort Smith campus when tested Sept. 21, 2008.

Hotspotr had only two, but with more detailed information, on 9/21/2008.

Wifinder had four, had details and allowed user comments.  It allowed more detailed searching, but didn’t find anything when searched specifically for Fort Smith, Arkansas — just the entire state.

The odd thing is that they found different places from each other, in a number of cases.

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