Free (Stealing) Broadband?

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Mar 20, 2008

Free (Stealing) Broadband? by jaxxster at 10:16 PM (1,805 Views / 0 Likes) 19 replies

  1. jaxxster
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    Anyone doing this?

    I've been offered free 20meg cable internet by a connection of mine....im tempted. Anyone done this, got any stories to share?
     
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    My father used to (probably still does) steal cable channels. He has never been caught, that I know of. >_>
     
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    He told me its a one off payment of £70 and with that i get the modded modem and the free broadband....beats paying AOL £30 a month for thier crap 8meg service.
     
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    I used a 8 meg wireless connection for a week. I downloaded about 20 gigs at that time.
    Then I moved. The End [​IMG]

    I would continue using it, if I was still there. [​IMG]
     
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    My mom's old boyfriend used to steal connections...

    I wouldn't do it, though - if you got caught, you'd be in some pretty big trouble.

    And no doubt, with today's technology, they could easily detect you're stealing it from them.

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    This was with Television cable connections...my bad?
     
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    ... internets aren't expensive. I have a 10Meg connection for £5/month

    I'm going to sound like a massive hypocrite, but stealing is against the law, you know.
     
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    It's a hell of a lot easier to get busted scamming an internet connection, then it is pirating roms/isos.

    Back in the day (maybe even now) people were able to uncap their cable modems and a few people got in a lot of legal trouble. I wouldnt take the chance myself unless your connections happened to be with the president of whatever ISP service they are trying to sell you... but, obviously that is your call.
     
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    I got 16 meg for £5/month.

    But back in the time, when I was using that wireless connection(not my fault if that *+#+ doesnt set wep or WPA key) I had no internet for few months.
     
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    it's called cable modem cloning, only downside to doing this is if the original user disconnects their connection your connection will go too, also i believe virgin media are clamping down on cable modem cloning, not sure how serious they are about it, i've thought about doing it myself but the negative risks are too high for me.
     
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    hmmmm....

    wow, im in two minds now. I guess i'll leave it....thieves only get caught when they get greedy and i guess that wouldbe a greedy move to make.

    thanks guys
     
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    well you could at least switch to virgin media and get £5 off (£25 minus phone line rental as it's not needed) and get 10 meg like i am getting unlimited bandwidth. that's extortionate you are paying!
     
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    Actually, it's against the law to steal unsecured Wi-fi connections, and if they prove you were doing it, you'll be in a lot of trouble.
     
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    If you subscribe to cable television, you can split the line and use it for your internet as well for free. At least in America. I'm not sure if Comcast has figured out how to stop this yet. They send everything (cable internet, cable tv, phone) through the same cable line. I'm not sure about other countries because with TV licensing fee's and such I don't know what kind of services you guys have.
     
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    I envy you all. It sounds like you all don't have download limits and you all have very fast internetz. Australia sucks [​IMG] Too expensive and too little download limits (Let's say it's AU$30 a month for 200MB and 8mbps cable from our biggest ISP)
     
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    It sucks(Even tough I have never done it), one that downloads from Usenet will distort the full connection
    For example, If I Download Usenet on full speed(20mb, actually 12mb :@), the rest of the house i live in will come complain to me because they have no internet connection anymore
     
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    Anyways, this isn't really stealing. It's the same as 'stealing' music. The ISPs pay a fixed rate for maintenance, etc... The more modems doesn't affect the cost at all, just the income. Ok, so more modems means more bandwidth, but when you consider that an old junker PC can handle upto 1000mbps, the 20mbps he's "stealing" becomes trivial.

    SPLIT:

    Oh BTW: the average 1mbps (1mbps down, 512kbps up) connection here costs about $50US per month, with a 1-year contract. So yeah, I'd say they have a single PC in their basement connected to a T1. And that they're ripping us off. Considering that it's $30AU ($30US?) for a 4x-8x faster connection. If there was any way of not using an ISP (ISP server in my basement, lots of DNS, etc...) then I would do it. For about ($30?) a month for the power, but with a 10/100 connection! I'm surprised at the lack of information on the internet about setting up an ISP server. Tons of web server (Real easy, I've done it), but nothing on ISP, and almost nothing on DNS.

    EDIT: Oh didn't see the 200MB limit. That's INSANE!!!
     
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    Which is, by definition, stealing, right?
     
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    All I'm saying is that they don't make or lose any money from him, he's just a non-customer with internet, that's all.
     
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    I get your point.

    Now, we're back to the moral issue, haha.
     
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    Unless they let you. If it's your neighbors internet and they're ok with you sharing it, then it's perfectly legal. Unless the DMCA was taken to another step, in which case I am tempted to leave the country and boycott america. YOU LISTENING BUSH/CANDITATES/SENATE/HOUSE/JUDGES???!!!???
     

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