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Old 03-05-12, 23:49
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Default Is someone stealing my wifi?

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Hello everyone,
Is there any easy way to tell if someone is stealing my wifi? I have 6 devices in my house, but how do I confirm that's it? It seems slow. Verizon just replaced my phone line yesterday because I keep losing internet connection. Thanks.
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Old 03-05-12, 23:58
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You could log into the router and check the DHCP Table which will list all devices using your connection, but changing your password and ensuring you are using WPA2-PSK AES will make it nigh on imposible for anyone to leach.

As you have just had your line replaced and while I don't know of the ISP you are using, it's possible you are on a higher profile (higher Target SNRM=Lower Speeds) and it could be training.
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Old 04-05-12, 01:11
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How do I log into the router and check the DHCP Table?

My ISP provider is Verizon.

My security type WEP

Radio Type 802.11g

I noticed of 8 networks that I see: 6 are 802.11g, 1 is 802.11n, and 1 is 802.11b
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Old 04-05-12, 03:39
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To log into the router, enter the URL 192.168.1.1 (not in the Google search box)

You should be presented with a window to enter the username and password.

For the Username type admin tab down to the next box for Password and type password then login.

Both are case sensitive. I can't find any manuals for the Westell router and on their site which had dead links, informed that these routers had been sold to Netgear and for any support regarding the router, you had to contact your ISP Verizon.

WEP is quite an old security and so I've read, can be easily cracked. There may be provision to upgrade this from within the router to WPA/WPA2 but some older routers can only connect on WEP.

You will need to contact your ISP about this.

As I'm unable to locate any link for a manual for your Westell router, you'll just have to feel your way around for the DHCP Table once you've logged into it.
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Old 04-05-12, 18:26
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As a security protocol WEP is completely broken - the well respected security guru Steve Gibson has done a couple of good Podcasts about the vulnerabilities in WEP - Head over to http://www.grc.com/securitynow.htm and look for episodes 11 & 89.

I think your modem / router is quite old now, and if it's only capable of WEP then you should replace it as a matter of urgency as having WEP only isn't much better than having no security at all.

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