My wireless connection is protected by password in order to dissuade people piggybacking off my service. When I installed the wireless router, in addition to adding this security, I described the wireless network using my apartment number.
Doing so may end up saving me money on my Comcast bill each month. A neighbor, while using his older computer with a new wireless card, saw my wireless network was reachable but protected with a password. He appraoched me and offered me $10 per month to share my cable internet service.
I set the connection up on his computer and provided him with the password so he could test the wireless accessibility for a few days. It appears he’s mainly using the internet for talking to friends or relatives in Russia using Skype.
If everything works out, it’s $10 off my cable bill. I’ll monitor the traffic just to see how much he’s using. This also means I’m assuming the risk if he plans to do anything illegal, but judging from his computer set-up, that’s unlikely. Also unlikely is coming close to the 600 GB per month bandwidth limit.
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Updated December 20, 2011 and originally published March 5, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.