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19-10-2016, 09:48   #1
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Neighbour asked to share WIFI

Hi all,

My neighbour's internet has been playing up lately and he asked me if I would mind sharing my WiFi with him for a couple of weeks while he waits on Eir to sort his line. I wouldn't normally mind only I don't really know the guy all that well but, even with that, I would like to help.

My connection is with Vodafone and I am using their standard Huawei router. Is there a way for me to configure a guest account for my neighbour or is there another way of creating a seperate "channel" on my network so that he wouldn't necessarily need my Wifi password and I could keep an eye on data usage to make sure he's not taking the mikey.

This is my first foray into playing around with routers but it should be interesting! Any help would be much appreciated of course!
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19-10-2016, 10:42   #2
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If you are considering this (personally I wouldn't) - then tie everything down with mac addresses (the Huawei router can do this).
So basically go around and get all your devices and mac addresses and assign them each their own ip address.
Google is your friend and you will learn something new :-)

Then once you are happy you know everything connected to your network (pretend you always had this in place) and tell him that no problem sharing - however that you tie everything on mac addresses and ask him to give the one he uses (his phone or pc or whatever)

that will only let him connect with the one device he wants - and also means you will know whats connected - down to the ip address.

If theres any problems with illegal downloads - etc. at least you will have some traceability.

Once you are happy that he doesnt need it any longer - change your passwds
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Thanks for the response Richardw001.

Is there any point in me setting up OpenDNS and routing his traffic through that to filter out any nasty stuff? And if so does that mean traffic on my devices is filtered too?

I don't think he's all that tech-savvy really, he's just having issues with Eir at the moment and they won't fix his line for a couple of weeks. Despite him not being tech-savvy I don't want him to be able to just hand out my WiFi password to friends of his who might be visiting and how might be good with tech... (I suppose that is where the MAC address handling comes in).
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19-10-2016, 11:03   #4
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If theres any problems with illegal downloads - etc. at least you will have some traceability.
But he wont really... it is still the OP's connection, and if someone comes knocking you saying "oh it was my neighbour that time" likely wouldn't work out too well.

OP, I would not do this. It is easy to use a phone as a hotspot for internet, or to get a prepay internet only sim card and router from any network.
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I know...it's a toughy. Sense says not to do it. But the guy is out of work at the moment and the mobile internet signal is patchy.

If I do it it'll only be for a period of a couple of weeks tops [and, to be fair to him, he's said he wouldn't be downloading anything...just his word I know].
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I know...it's a toughy. Sense says not to do it. But the guy is out of work at the moment and the mobile internet signal is patchy.

If I do it it'll only be for a period of a couple of weeks tops [and, to be fair to him, he's said he wouldn't be downloading anything...just his word I know].
Is he also offering to share the monthly cost of your internet?
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I know...it's a toughy. Sense says not to do it. But the guy is out of work at the moment and the mobile internet signal is patchy.

If I do it it'll only be for a period of a couple of weeks tops [and, to be fair to him, he's said he wouldn't be downloading anything...just his word I know].
Three do unlimited data for a month on PAYG for €20.
Personally I wouldn't do it nor would I ask.
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He said he would pay for the couple of weeks [I declined cos the guy is out of work but if he wanted to make it a long term arrangement then he'd have to pay...but it won't be long term because I want my own connection to be mine and his Eir one should be sorted by then].
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Three do unlimited data for a month on PAYG for €20.
Personally I wouldn't do it nor would I ask.
I know, it's what I use on mobile [excllent plan], but poor data reception in my area although, strangely, if you cross the road, it's full on 4g!

I told the guy he could just use his phone as a Wireless hotspot but he's only got a small data allowance from Meteor. Apparently.
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If you're going to do it, be upfront in regard to expected usage. You don't mind him browsing the net, but no downloading torrents or dodgy stuff. Tell him you're connection is metered, and if it gets out of hand, you'll have to quit it.
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You are likely breaking the T&C's of your provider and they could terminate your service.
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You are likely breaking the T&C's of your provider and they could terminate your service.
Not going to happen. Unless you call your ISP and tell them this then there is no way of them knowing.
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You'll be liable as the account holder should anything illegal occur.
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Personally, I wouldn't do it. As you said, you don't really know him. I think he put you in an awkward position to be honest. I'd just tell him I had a think about it and I'd rather not.

You are taking his word for face value, he mightn't have been paying his bills. You just don't really know. I wouldn't have the neck to ask someone I don't really know to share me their WiFi.
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I did this for one of my neighbors although I knew him fairly well so it didn't bother me. If you did want to go down the road of mac address the Vodafone router has a blacklist/whitelist function were you can add all of your devices to the whitelist, then remove his when needed, of course it would be a lot easier to just change your password when the agreement is over.
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