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    wireless range? Radisson Inn Free wireless access?

    I live 1/2 mile from a Radisson Inn that provides free wifi hotspot access, and I have 2 Linksys networks available to me without security, so I get internet for free while I'm at home. Here is the question:

    What is the likelyhood that I am picking up the Radisson Inn network? Or am I just hooking up to some neighbor who doesn't password protect his network?

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    What is the data rate that your card usually connects at? The likelihood of you connecting with something 1/2 a mile away is near zero (unless they are using Long Range Wi-Fi, which I very much doubt - why would an Inn install long range Wi Fi?!) I think you are almost certainly connecting to some neighbour's network, and the access point is less than 300 feet away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by montecarlo
    What is the data rate that your card usually connects at? The likelihood of you connecting with something 1/2 a mile away is near zero (unless they are using Long Range Wi-Fi, which I very much doubt - why would an Inn install long range Wi Fi?!) I think you are almost certainly connecting to some neighbour's network, and the access point is less than 300 feet away.

    thanks, I see from 1-47mbps listed on my utility, usually in the 2, 5 or 10mbps range. It seems to be dependent on where I am in the house, although I can get it from one end of the house to the other.

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    Whats more thats pretty illegal to connect to "any" wireless network you haven't been given specific permission to use
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    You can probably find out which neighbour it is by moving your laptop around. The point where you get the highest transfer rate is when you are pretty much closest to his/her house.
    And since it is not secure, your neighbour can easily sniff your data, if he/she wants to.
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    Since you have connected they could also make a case that you caused problems with their systems as well

    Detectives arrived last summer at a high-rise apartment building in Arlington County, warrant in hand, to nab a suspected pedophile who had traded child pornography online. It was to be a routine, mostly effortless arrest.

    But when they pounded on the door, detectives found an elderly woman who, they quickly concluded, had nothing to do with the crime. The real problem was her computer's wireless router, a device sending a signal through her 10-story building and allowing savvy neighbors a free path to the Internet from the privacy of their homes.



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    Also you could go to neighbors house you suspect and have them install
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    Whats more thats pretty illegal to connect to "any" wireless network you haven't been given specific permission to use
    Like there is a police task force commited to this? Is this a federal law, or did you just make this up?

    Are you saying that someone could plant stuff on my computer to have me imprisoned falsely? I don't think I have anything to worry about on my own accord.

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    Yes there are laws about this in many countries and
    You may be using their wireless for free but "WHO" else is using it and do they have access to your computer?
    And if they do yes they could use your system to store many things
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrit
    Yes there are laws about this in many countries and
    You may be using their wireless for free but "WHO" else is using it and do they have access to your computer?
    And if they do yes they could use your system to store many things
    thanks for the information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrit
    Whats more thats pretty illegal to connect to "any" wireless network you haven't been given specific permission to use
    Sorry to disagree, but however unethical it is, it is not illegal if it is open to the world. It is the user's responsibility to secure their own network. At least not here in NC it isn't illegal. Still, it is a bad habit to do this as it is very unsafe. It's just that in our area I know of an individual who tried to get the local law enforcement to enforce this, but they said they have no authority in this matter......

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    Police have arrested a man for using someone else's wireless Internet network in one of the first criminal cases involving this fairly common practice.

    Benjamin Smith III, 41, faces a pretrial hearing this month following his April arrest on charges of unauthorized access to a computer network, a third-degree felony.

    Police say Smith admitted using the Wi-Fi signal from the home of Richard Dinon, who had noticed Smith sitting in an SUV outside Dinon's house using a laptop computer.

    The practice is so new that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement doesn't even keep statistics, according to the St. Petersburg Times, which reported Smith's arrest this week.
    State laws are slowly being implemented and passed about it though
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    Thank you geoscomp I think Mhubbard may live somewhere there isnt a law
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    I guess just cause people put diamonds out on display they are fair game.
    I mean its up to them to secure them isnt it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrit
    Thank you geoscomp I think Mhubbard may live somewhere there isnt a law
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    I guess just cause people put diamonds out on display they are fair game.
    I mean its up to them to secure them isnt it
    air waves, radio frequency in particular, is a little more ambiguous than diamonds...

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