How to know if someone is stealing my bandwidth?

  rickf 17:17 20 Feb 2019

My modem router lights are constantly blinking even when I am not using the internet unlike my previous one where all indicators are more or less static when internet is not in use. Is someone, say a nearby neighbour, stealing my bandwidth? Any info appreciated.

  KEITH 1955 18:19 20 Feb 2019

Open task manager and click on performance and you will see an ethernet usage tab , next shrink task manager down to task bar with the - symbol at top right then as soon as you see lights flashing erratically quickly open up task manager again and look at ethernet reading , what isp are you with , if on wi-fi have you locked your wi-fi pc to your hub/modem with the security code , its usually on the case if you lost the card , some games such as the half life and team fort games have something called a latency setting and if you notice it suddenly alters then I would say somebody is stealing your connection , warframe is another game that has a latency checker.

IMPORT NOTE..... If somebody is stealing your signal then the authorities wont know its not you so if your get a "knock on the door " for pornography or illegal downloads then you might have a problem convincing them its not you , SORT IT A.S.A.P.

  KEITH 1955 18:21 20 Feb 2019

  • misprint its team fortress 1 and 2


  Forum Editor 17:36 22 Feb 2019

If you know how to login to your router you will be able to see which devices are connected. It's the quickest way to find out what is going on.

If you don't know how to access the router tell us which make it is, and one of us will tell you how to access it.

  rickf 23:37 22 Feb 2019

I know how to get into the router but once in where do I look and what to look for. I have more than one device at home including phone.

  KEITH 1955 09:54 23 Feb 2019

You been told to check your router , have you looked at task manager and latency same as i said

  Kevin Alders 10:59 23 Feb 2019

You been told to check your router , have you looked at task manager and latency same as i said

Pointless if you have multiple devices connected to your Router. How to See Who’s Connected to Your Wi-Fi Network

  Old Deuteronomy 11:19 23 Feb 2019

I see the best way to deal with this as not being trying to see if someone is stealing your bandwidth but, to simply stop it happening.

Change your password for access to advanced settings, then make sure you are using WPA2 wireless security, not WEP. Change the WPA2 passphrase to a long and random selection of letters, numbers and other characters. Make sure you don't lose the new passphrase.

  rickf 11:27 23 Feb 2019

Sorted.

  Kevin Alders 12:28 23 Feb 2019

I see the best way to deal with this as not being trying to see if someone is stealing your bandwidth but, to simply stop it happening. Change your password for access to advanced settings, then make sure you are using WPA2 wireless security, not WEP. Change the WPA2 passphrase to a long and random selection of letters, numbers and other characters. Make sure you don't lose the new passphrase.

That's a good idea. Now just have to go round and change the access code on the 20+ devices I have dotted around my house.

  Forum Editor 17:13 23 Feb 2019

"I have more than one device at home including phone."

Your router lists all connected devices by name - it's easy to see if there's a rogue device connected.

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