Main Question or Discussion Point
Is it legal to host free WiFi access? Especially in places like a cafe if you owned one. Or does one have to pay some additional royalties?
Of course you can provide free WiFi. You will have to pay for the internet access, if you decide to let your customers access it for no charge from you, that's your decision. A lot of places offer it as a perk (they recoup the charges by increasing costs of other services, food, etc...). There is no free lunch.Is it legal to host free WiFi access? Especially in places like a cafe if you owned one. Or does one have to pay some additional royalties?
You would be able to detect a drop in your bandwidth if you were streaming video, perhaps. But if you are just, say, posting in some dumb forum, you'd never see the difference. There might be a danger if all my neighbors tapped into my signal at the same time, but all of them already have their own wireless connection.won't they know though?
If they aren't smart enough to put a password on their router (or even change the name from the generic "linksys" ID), I doubt they have a clue anyone else is connected to their router (not like I'm sticking around using their service, just a quick connection to see if their cable is working...9 times out of 10, it's the cable service, so they have no connection either).won't they know though?
You should hook up to their printer and send them messages like, 'not the blue shirt, the white one looks much better with those jeans' etc. It will make for some interesting stories when their printer starts talking to them.Several of my neighbors do too. I appreciate their generosity when I need to test whether I'm having a cable outage or network problem.
That's the first thing I did with my new MacBook. Our next door neighbors have an Airport Extreme AND an Airport express going in their house. The express is attached to a sound-system, and I tried to play some of my more "difficult" music through it. Didn't work. Then I printed out a photo of our kids waving hello on their super high res printer.You should hook up to their printer and send them messages like, 'not the blue shirt, the white one looks much better with those jeans' etc. It will make for some interesting stories when their printer starts talking to them.
Make it say things like 'im so lonely, please sit next to me and keep me company'
I did that to my oldest daughter when I was setting up my home network. She was upstairs on the computer w/printer and I printed "Hello Emily", she came running downstairs screaming. She is a little dramatic. I was going to remote desktop and run SAM to talk to her but I didn't have the heart.You should hook up to their printer and send them messages
Yeah, but in general who is going to care enough to try to hack into your network? Most of us are just referring to people who simply have them completely unprotected.By the way, for anybody that wants to password protect their home wi-fi network, make sure you use WPA, not WEP. WEP is old, and takes about 30 seconds to penetrate through the front door.
Alternatively, just pull out your phone and use that. I've downloaded google maps onto my phone and use it all the time-- it really is a life saver!laptops are gaining ground now that they are cheaper to make and it's nice to be able to stop on a residential street, pull out the laptop and Google directions to a long lost friends house you've been driving around looking for for an hour (true story!).