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snaw
10th April 2006, 13:59
Gentlemen,

A friend of mines retierd parents are coming to the UK from Oz (Ex-pat), to spend a summer attending classic car races here and in Europe. They're gonna be driving round in a motor home, and he is asking about suitable wi-fi providers for accessing his email, internet etc (He's a tech savy old fogey). Not something I've got any real experience, but I figured someone here might have a better idea or recommendations?

Jakes Daddy
10th April 2006, 14:03
Tell them not to bother with any Travelodge and the like - instead park up in small industrial parks (the type where small companies rent a room or two until they go bust) - there's bound to be unsecured wireless .....
Woo hooo - free porn !

Gold Dalek
10th April 2006, 14:17
Tell them not to bother with any Travelodge and the like - instead park up in small industrial parks (the type where small companies rent a room or two until they go bust) - there's bound to be unsecured wireless .....
Woo hooo - free porn !
I think they would do better cruising residential areas looking for unsecured access- there are at least 2 in my area that I can get onto (hypothetically)

Emperor Dalek
10th April 2006, 14:21
Don't forget, someone got nicked for doing that last year...

A recent court case... saw a West London man fined £500 and sentenced to 12 months' conditional discharge for hijacking a wireless broadband connection.

Gregory Straszkiewicz... "piggybacked" on a wireless broadband network of a local Ealing resident, using a laptop while sitting in his car. He had been seen in the area on several previous occasions over the past three months and is believed to have been reported to police by a neighbour concerned that he was acting suspiciously.

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41348000/jpg/_41348515_wireless203body.jpg

Wireless hijacking under scrutiny (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4721723.stm)

Clavdivs
10th April 2006, 14:21
Tell them not to bother with any Travelodge and the like - instead park up in small industrial parks (the type where small companies rent a room or two until they go bust) - there's bound to be unsecured wireless .....
Woo hooo - free porn !

I wondered where my bandwidth had gone to...

expat
10th April 2006, 14:30
Don't forget, someone got nicked for doing that last year...

[i]A recent court case... saw a West London man fined £500 and sentenced to 12 months' conditional discharge for hijacking a wireless broadband connection.
Interesting. I did that unintentionally, against my will even, while setting up my network. I set up my own router with WEP and not to broadcast its ID, so when I fired up a PC with a card in it, it hunted round, found several oher networks, and connected to the internet though an unsecured one. All without asking me first.

NoddY
10th April 2006, 14:38
Vodafone Mobile Connect?

PDF:

http://tinyurl.com/9cgg8

snaw
10th April 2006, 15:57
Cheers noddy - that's the sort of thing I'm after.

meridian
10th April 2006, 19:12
Interesting. I did that unintentionally, against my will even, while setting up my network. I set up my own router with WEP and not to broadcast its ID, so when I fired up a PC with a card in it, it hunted round, found several oher networks, and connected to the internet though an unsecured one. All without asking me first.


My neighbour has the same wireless router model as me.

How do I know? When we moved into our house I booted up to see if the ADSL had been installed yet and managed to connect to the internet, so used the (default) user id and password to access what I thought was my router, and proceeded to lock it down - new password, WEP, etc.

Took a day or so before it dawned on me that our phones still worked without filters..... :eek:

mcquiggd
10th April 2006, 21:07
I have three neighbours with unsecured networks... 'moo', 'Silvermills' and 'dclayton'.

From doing a traceroute and speed test they are on 4 meg cable, 2 meg Nildram and 8 meg Bulldog.... its really useful as there is now a Bittorent client for my PDA :D

hyperD
11th April 2006, 01:18
I have three neighbours with unsecured networks... 'moo', 'Silvermills' and 'dclayton'.

From doing a traceroute and speed test they are on 4 meg cable, 2 meg Nildram and 8 meg Bulldog.... its really useful as there is now a Bittorent client for my PDA :D
I blame Dixons. I know several people that have dropped their ISPs because they have found an unsecured WiFi to scavange off their neighbours.

bobhope
11th April 2006, 07:59
Don't you just get the speed of the fastest, as they're probably all on the same exchange and you get contention ratios coming into play? i.e. you might have 8 + 4 + 2 = 14 available but the contention ratio would then limit you to effectively 8?