My laptop detects an unsecured wireless network where I live but I don't know where it's coming from. There are no hotspots where I am (I've checked) so can anyone tell me its probable source and whether or not I'm allowed to use it? I can connect to it easily and it works fine.
It's called 'Belkin54g' and the speed varies between 54 Mbps and 1 or 2 Mbps, often settling at 5.5 Mbps. It's configured for open access.
I live near an industrial estate with a very large (and famous) factory. Could this be the source?
I'm new to this wireless thing as you can probably tell!
Ok, thanks. Like I said, I'm new to wireless LAN so can you answer the points I raised? Why aren't I allowed if it's configured for open access? Where is it coming from? Windows just asked if I wanted to connect to it, I didn't do anything!
Its configured for open access because whosever it is hasnt bothered to set up any encryption on it. It will be comin from a neighbours house,no more than 2-3 doors away. As Percy Vere states,its illegal to steal anybodys bandwidth. If they noticed there connection slowing down or suspected someone was using their network,it is possible to find out who has been using it.
Thanks everyone, I won't be using it then! I think prosecution and confiscation would be a bit harsh for doing something illegal unknowingly, though! I didn't know it belonged to a neighbour. How are others supposed to know this?
postie24, I do have my own Internet connection! I found the other one when I switched the WLAN button on and only used it by way of experimentation. I've never even heard of 'piggybacking' (in the computer sense).
skidzy, will do, I think they know as little about wireless networks as I do!