Who is this theif stealing my wireless bandwidth?
Posted on 2006-11-20
Yes I know I can set up a WEP or WAP code that will secure my wireless router. However, before I do that, I want to know who is using my wireless router to get to the Internet.
I am in a remote area (over a mile to the closest neighbor) and there are no other wireless access points showing up when I search for another Wi-Fi network.
However, once or twice a day when I look at the DHCP table I see another computer has connected to my router. (I assume they have located themselves somewhere nearby and then they connect to my wireless router.) It is always the same Computer Name, IP address, and MAC address listed in the table (in addition to mine).
I can ping this computer by it's Name and/or by it's current assigned IP address, so I know they are active and connected. But when I use the "Search For Computers..." in "My Network Places" using the computer's Name or IP address the only answer I get is "Search is complete. there are no results to display."
Assuming that they have file sharing and other similar services turned on, how does the bandwith theif "hide" there computer from the "Search For Computers..." in My Network Places?
Or, is there another method, other than ping, to find who owns this computer by using the MAC or IP address?
And, If they can hide from me, what method can I use to "hide" my computer from them? I guessing they are able to "break into my machine" if they can log onto my local network and see it, right?