Are You Sharing Your Wifi? - Comments Page 1

Category: Wireless




(Read the article: Are You Sharing Your Wifi?)

All Comments on: "Are You Sharing Your Wifi?"

Comment Page: 1 |  2 

Posted by:

Len
05 May 2015

Only 3c per month? How many customers nation-wide does this alliance have? 1 million? 10 Million? Dunno but at 3c/mo, you're looking at $300,000 per MONTH in electricity costs that the alliance saves by putting the cost on their lease customers.

Change your opinion yet about "only 3c/mo"?

EDITOR'S NOTE: No, it still costs me only 3 cents. :-)

Posted by:

Kerryman 1
05 May 2015

The smartest thing to do is to buy your own modem. Comcast identifies which ones are approved, and you save a few dollars each month. Pays for itself in 7 or 8 months. So you save money and protect your modem from secret use.

Posted by:

Joe
05 May 2015

Two items:
1. Optimum has begun providing hotspots in some wireless routers, not their modems. They are 802.11ac routers, so they are decent routers, and are free.
2. the 2.4 GHz band has only 3 channels, not 12. Channels 1, 6, and 11 are the only ones that don't interfere with two adjacent channels.

Posted by:

Charley
05 May 2015

That is one of many reasons that I own my cable modems and routers. It also pays for itself seeing as Comcast charges $10/month to rent a cable modem.

Yes I have to do my own management of the routers, upgrades, etc. But I am able to do that. I recommend renting if you aren't able to do the configuration stuff, debug problems, etc.

Posted by:

Jim
05 May 2015

"So you can prove to a judge that it wasn't you downloading illicit or illegal content"? That would be after they have arrested you and confiscated all your computers and searched them. How many months would it take to get your equipment back and your name cleared? Will the companies pay the lawyer fees and reimburse the customer for any damages?

Posted by:

MJ
05 May 2015

Having used Comcast service in the past, that's a fine line they are treading by saying you're only leasing the modem and we can do whatever we want with it. From past experience, I wouldn't trust their "word" for anything.

Whether the electric cost is nominal or not, the fact they they are piggybacking on their customers instead of upgrading their infrastructure is a shady practice, even for them. They have barely if ever upgraded any of the original systems they bought when they came into a city or town. The only time they upgrade their infrastructure is due to major and consistent local outages on their system.

Their shareholders must be squealing with glee. No capital expense required for this move, more profits in their pocket.

Posted by:

MmeMoxie
05 May 2015

Nope, not me ... I would not like to share my Wi-Fi, with strangers!!!

I do share my Wi-Fi, with family and friends, when they are in my home. I know these people and can trust them, not to mess with my Wi-Fi. Strangers ... Always, an unknown factor.

While, my router is technically "owned" by AT&T, I think, my paying for the installation and the monthly charges, more than pays for my router. One thing, when the provider owns the router or modem, if, you have any problems, they usually will replace it for free. Own it yourself, you have to pay for a new one and be without the Internet, until you get a new one. Either way, you are usually left without Internet, for a couple of days or more.

At this point in time, AT&T is not taking part of their customers Wi-Fi, to "pump up" their Hotspots. In all honesty, my router is still DSL technically, and I am not sure, if, they could actually take some of my broadband, to enhance their Wi-Fi Hotspots.

Yes, larger bandwidth is available, for AT&T customers, but, mainly in the larger Metro cities. I am not sure, if, the really large bandwidths for AT&T, are fiberoptic or copper wire. My 24Mpbs is still copper wire, not fiberoptic. That may make the difference.

I value not only my privacy ... But, my security as well ... Therefore, I do NOT want to share my broadband, with strangers!!!

Posted by:

Reg
05 May 2015

Not willing! If I'm paying, whether by the month or in full, I want the full bandwidth I paid for without any interference or degradation that may occur from any other use of the modem. If it's used for or by others then I'm also entitled to compensation for the space it occupies (rent), power consumed and heat generated my AC unit must remove. It gets hot in Georgia!

Posted by:

Mike in Colorado
05 May 2015

I have an Xfinity WiFi router. I assume it's broadcasting a public signal but I haven't noticed a decrease in the quality of service. In fact, since I got this new modem, my speeds have greatly increased!
My latest speed test this morning is 179.5 Mbps down. I get pretty much the same speed in the evenings as well.

Posted by:

NSlone
05 May 2015

While I think mobile WiFi hotspots are a good idea, I don't think people who pay a monthly fee should have to share with people who are not living in the same home. Why should I provide internet for others who are not paying for it? Besides, I personally think it's too much of a risk as far as identity theft goes. I might be wrong, but it is still my opinion and I'll stick by it.

Posted by:

Peter Wall
05 May 2015

When you lease an apartment, does the landlord have the right to rent it to a second lessor who can move in on top of you? If you rent a vehicle, does the lessor have the right to let others use it after you park it? These "big business" corporations are flaunting the law!

Posted by:

Paul Breaux
05 May 2015

As a COX customer, I have both a Cisco modem and a Netgear router, and reading todays post, has got me confused... and a bit riled. The Netgear Router COX says, is one I OWN, that they sold to me, but the Cisco modem, is rented not owned by me. Because I have phone service with COX, the modem is FREE to use, but if I drop my phone service, to go only with VOIP, they'll start charging me a monthly fee, that in truth, would be about the same cost as COX basic phone, not the upgraded version, that I have. So they get me coming and going. What riled me, and maybe I'm confused and not reading it right, but even if I OWN THE ROUTER, I STILL DON'T HAVE RIGHTS WITH IT? WIFI Hotspot, and I damn sure don't want to provide one for others to leech off of. I'm paying better than $60 a month, for 50 MGBS, so I don't want to furnish a FREEBIE TO ANYONE, but that is wrong, that we can't stop it. We should stop borrowing a fortune from CHINA to keep the Nation from going BANKRUPT..., because that money we borrow and owe, is turning us into a Nation that follows their way of thinking. What happened to our personal freedoms? Thanks.

Posted by:

Lee
05 May 2015

You are mistaken about Cablevision. Like Comcast and Cox, Cablevision is most definitely using the routers they install in their customers’ homes and businesses as wifi hotspots.

Posted by:

Raymond Combs
05 May 2015

I took a different approach. When I first got my "new and improved" Infinity modem, I simply called Comcast and had them turn off (bridge), the Wi-Fi. I simply use my own Router.

BTW, as for just buying my own modem, I have "Triple Play", which includes a telephone jack for VOIP. Try to find one NOT supplied by Comcast "rental", that has this port!!!

Posted by:

Fernando
05 May 2015

Sad you see it like that. I see you don´t read it well. I don´t share your view, but I respect it.

ALL users of the Alliance can use it for FREE. That includes YOU when YOU are away from home.

YOU PAY for your service, so do other people connecting to your 3c a month.

On the other hand YOU can use everybody´s 3c when away from home. And use them for FREE.

It is a FREE service FOR PEOPLE WITH A CONTRACT, just like YOU.

YOU can cooperate to lower prices for sharing your 3c a month this way.
You won´t even spend a dollar every two years.

No one can exploit your "away from home" resources situation and charge you full dollars a day and not cents a month. Haven´t you been away and had to pay 5 or 10 bucks for crappy WiFi use for a few hours ?

It will still be a deal if you use this service once every 10 years.

If you think you wont use it in 10 years, yeah, may be you wasted two dollars in ten years. But, did you expect to use this amount of technology ten years a go ?

If some company would ask you to pay 2 dollars to use this technology for 10 years... would you accept ?

If you fear everybody around you are cyber crime experts, ok, shut your unit off and move away from your nasty neighbors. Go up to the mountains and live in a cave, with no electricity and no polluting fuels, live unplugged and you will still hide from the spying satellites. Careful, big brother is watching...

BUT if you live on the real world, keep your balance, not everybody out there is a criminal waiting for you. Don´t let THOSE CRIMINALS see you fear them.

Take reasonable safe measures, SURE, but don´t stop from sharing, you will have it back any time you go out and have the service for free just because you share.

Posted by:

NT
05 May 2015

I have a rented modem from Xfinity, and asked Comcast to turn off (bridge) the public Wi-Fi. I asked them very, very early in the company-wide decision to provide public Wi-Fi to the area. None of the techs that I called knew about it, all swore up and down that there was no public Wi-Fi coming out of my modem. Also, none of them knew how to turn it off; when I finally got someone to agree to do it, I lost all web access and had to call again!

At the time, my argument was that I wanted to reduce EMF in my own house, so I could live a little better; I said that I used hard-wired connectivity inside the house anyway, did NOT want Wi-Fi in the house, even, so I for sure didn't want it broadcasting outward from the house.

I wonder if that customer request on my record will prevent pushed upgrades to make Wi-Fi publicly available anyway and I have to call back. So far, my son reports that there isn't any public Wi-Fi in our neighborhood.

Posted by:

Jeri
05 May 2015

If they are going to start doing that, they should provide the modem/router free of charge.

Posted by:

Bart
05 May 2015

My "improved" router came free from Cablevision, but they did not volunteer any info about the public hotspot feature. I refused to install it and they eventually sent a postage sticker to get it back.

Aside from power consumption and possible security issues, there is just the sneaky way it was done. If a telco wanted to erect a cell tower on my property, they would have to negotiate a lease and pay rent. What gives a cable company the right to use my property to set up their network wifi without consent or compensation?

Posted by:

Mark Roy
06 May 2015

Anyone who has done any research on the income tax will tell you that at the inception the argument was that the income tax would be a minimal burden to the people as it only amounted to 1%. Today, people work until late April or early May to reach "Tax Liberation" day and bear the burden of Federal, State and local taxes. Operating systems have grown from consuming a few 100K of RAM, to a few 100MB to now gigabytes of RAM. Feature creep in and demand for WiFi will certainly grow too. If this is such a valuable commodity, let the providers pay for and provide securely and physically separate from the wired customer the delivery of the service and charge accordingly. What's next? The post offive dumping mail at my house and asking me to bring it to work since ".. you're going there anyway."

Posted by:

Rich
06 May 2015

I live in a neighborhood.
My WIFI range is about 300 feet
I don't see how anyone can piggyback on me
Is there a flaw in my thinking?

Comment Page: 1 |  2 

Read the article that everyone's commenting on.

To post a comment on "Are You Sharing Your Wifi?"
please return to that article.

Send this article to a friend. Jump to the Comments section. Buy Bob a Snickers. Or check out other articles in this category:





Need More Help? Try the AskBobRankin Updates Newsletter. It's Free!

Prev Article:
Install Google Password Alert?
Send this article to a friend
The Top Twenty
Next Article:
Geekly Update - 06 May 2015

Link to this article from your site or blog. Just copy and paste from this box:


Free Tech Support -- Ask Bob Rankin
RSS    
Subscribe to AskBobRankin Updates: Free Newsletter

Privacy Policy -- See my profile on Google.