Old Dec 26th 2008, 06:57 AM   #1
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I've just recently re-discovered my Wireless router that I actually bought around 3-4 years ago. It had been gathering dust in the closet and then...my iPod touch Christmas present arrived. Now I've been messing using the wireless Internet again. I really enjoy some of the weather apps you can get from the online store.

What are some cool names you have for your SSID broadcast? (The name your wireless hotspot has.) I'd be interested to hear about some funny/unusual ones.

So far, the coolest ones I've come across are:

IHackBack
F***Off
9600bps shared dialup
OUTATIME

Do you secure your wireless access point or just let whoever log on?
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Old Dec 26th 2008, 07:12 AM   #2
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I've just recently re-discovered my Wireless router that I actually bought around 3-4 years ago. It had been gathering dust in the closet and then...my iPod touch Christmas present arrived. Now I've been messing using the wireless Internet again. I really enjoy some of the weather apps you can get from the online store.

What are some cool names you have for your SSID broadcast? (The name your wireless hotspot has.) I'd be interested to hear about some funny/unusual ones.

So far, the coolest ones I've come across are:

IHackBack
F***Off
9600bps shared dialup
OUTATIME

Do you secure your wireless access point or just let whoever log on?

wolf
thisone
boner

I always lock up my router.....but I connect to others and then 'take over' their router.
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Mine is 'Sunstreak'. Dad -- an avid golfer and rules official -- is 'FreeDrop'.

And, yes, absolutely, without a doubt, lock the damn thing down every way you can. Use a password (to encrypt) and enable MAC address filtering (so the router will only talk to computers you've told it are OK.)

Why bother? Admittedly, this is a little inconvenient up front, but once it's set up, you'll never have to think about it, and your computer (and data, including your identity!) will be far, far more secure as a result.
- It's YOUR Internet connection. YOUR bandwidth. YOUR bill.
- Allowing someone on your wireless network is like letting their computer in your house with the ability to talk to your computer, and bad things can happen.
- If someone uses your connection (in your name) to do something untoward, the feds will come looking for YOU. It may not end up being all on you, but they'll be giving YOU the third degree first. I'll pass, thanks.
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Zooropa

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When I went to visit my cousin in San Francisco it was wild getting out the Muni station, checking Maps on my iPhone and seeing about 40 WiFi spots jump on the screen (iPhone will tell you about local WiFi connections you can choose before logging on to either 3G or Edge internet service from AT&T.) I don't remember any unusal names though.
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There used to be one in my neighborhood called

GETOFFMYWIFI

It was unprotected. Dumbass.
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I have two 802.11n networks here, piggybacking each other. I named them Thadius. I don't have a clue why... but they are VERY VERY much encrypted. I can't stand it not having it encrypted.
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A few I've seen around town:

PizzaHutHaters
WeAreGay
DontHackMyWiFi

There have been others, those are the ones I remember.
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Right now I see:

GoCubsGo
hobbs
jodster
keshia2
linksys_ses_41925
mrickert
notyours
roughsexisgood
ihateiowa

and mine . . . 'united'
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Thanks for the MAC address filtering hint, I think I'm going to implement that today.

My router has the older WEP security, although I set the encryption key to 128-bit strength. It's an older model and I really don't want to spend money to buy a new one right now, no more than it gets used.

I don't worry much about it being hacked into, but you never know. Just watching the Internet activity light blinking sometimes when all my computers are off makes me wonder.

My SSIDs are boring...right now I'm using Cumulonimbus. Bleh. I need to come up with something more exciting.
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darkstar...an homage to the default hostname on the first linux install I did.

wow..that sounded a lot less nerdy in my head
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I don't worry much about it being hacked into, but you never know. Just watching the Internet activity light blinking sometimes when all my computers are off makes me wonder.
Many routers have a screen in the administration system that will show you who/what is connected to your router.
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Many routers have a screen in the administration system that will show you who/what is connected to your router.
type 192.168.1.1 into your browser window
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type 192.168.1.1 into your browser window
Is it safe?
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Is it safe?
if youre at home yea, at work it will probably give you a 404...its the address to your router....or most routers that is...some are slight variations 192.162.1.1, 192.160.1.1 etc...just go to start>run type cmd that will pull up a command prompt...type ipconfig...take your ip adress....take the first two numbers keep them..throw out the last two and replace them with ones

^that works with windows xp and vista...for linux type ifconfig in a terminal
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type 192.168.1.1 into your browser window
That one should work for a Linksys router. Some other routers use different IP addresses as their defaults. If the one above doesn't work, try:

192.168.0.1
192.168.2.1
192.168.1.254
192.168.1.100
192.168.123.254

Or, if you want to avoid the trial and error, go to

Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt

When the DOS window opens, type in:

ipconfig

...and hit enter. In the information that gets spit back at you, you're looking for the line that says "Default Gateway." The string of numbers out beside "Default Gateway" is your router's IP address. Type those numbers into your browser, and you should see either your router's configuration page or an authentication page asking you to input a username and password. If you don't know the router's default username and password, try

username: admin
password: admin

or

username: admin
password: <blank>

(<blank> means don't type anything, just leave it blank.)

If neither of those work, it's usually a simple matter to search the net for your router's default username and password. Practically every router ever made has info listed here, but that site is geared toward setting up port forwarding, so it may be a bit confusing to wade through.
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if youre at home yea, at work it will probably give you a 404...its the address to your router....or most routers that is...some are slight variations 192.162.1.1, 192.160.1.1 etc...just go to start>run type cmd that will pull up a command prompt...type ipconfig...take your ip adress....take the first two numbers keep them..throw out the last two and replace them with ones

^that works with windows xp and vista...for linux type ifconfig in a terminal
I was waiting for Cell Phone Cecil to comment.
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He didn't pass the IQ test for Wx Line entrants...
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I was waiting for Cell Phone Cecil to comment.
Who is cell phone Cecil?
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An Open Line troll. Spent practically the entire month of December trying to pursuade people to download some old Christmas song.

The guy had 8 posts since 2001, then about 90 posts in December alone.

Really odd.
And each post ended with "It's safe. The download is safe."
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Thank goodness those who frequent the Wx Line are normal.
And are perfectly safe.... to download...
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Thank goodness those who frequent the Wx Line are normal.
You take that back! If I'M normal, what does that mean for, oh say, MIguel, tvwxguy and rdale?
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