How to use a router to pick up wifi ?

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    I have a BT open zone account where i work.

    I have a different broadband account at my house but have found out i can recieve BT wifi from locals at a faster rate on my laptop than my own wired broadband.:Eeek:

    Is there a device i can buy to pick up these local BT signals and then have a ethernet output to TV/sky box ,and a wifi out put as well.

    Then i can cancel my home account :thumb:
     
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    We all like the occasional free wifi, but using your neighbours bandwidth to watch TV seems a bit over the top to me, it must result in a poorer service for he that pays for it, or maybe I'm wrong. Maybe someone could elucidate, maybe we should all go down that route?
     
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    BT routers are set-up to reserve a bit of the "bandwidth" for FON, BT WIFI etc. The routers are set by default to allow people on the street to use this bit of the customer's broadband.

    If you stream a film it doesn't eat into the owners bandwidth - they wouldn't even know you are there.

    You can get a iBoost from MotorhomeWiFi and use WiFi from those around you.


    Of course if your neighbour switches of the electrickery when they go to bed you'll be a bit stuffed. :Doh:
     
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    BT wifi users have a joint fon account where they can use other bt wifi hotspots. ie: someone can use mine, like a club, once you join you can log in and use one anywhere anytime.
    Bt turn the speed of these conections up and are very fast.

    I need it not to watch tv just to use catch up and u tube sometimes.

    I am trying to find a way of being able to use a ethernet output somehow.:Eeek:
     
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    I use BT Wifi and most private routers are not accessible, mine at home isn't unless you've got the pass key. So unless your neighbour is generous and gives you his pass key I don't think it will work.
     
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    I have a pass key for a BT zone at work which works anywhere :thumb:
     
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    Yes, that will allow you to use BT Wifi but won't give you access to a locked router. When I log on to BT Wifi I can see all the routers in the area, the ones that are locked and the ones that are useable.
     
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    OK, your first problem is its illegal.

    If the wifi is open and unsecured then they deserve what they get IMHO.

    However, most systems are supplied these days with a preset secure password and WPA/2 encryption - not simple to break into, not that I can encourage you to do that, as that too is illegal.

    There are unix based hack applications you can download, learn to use and then potentially break into wifi networks to steal their bandwidth.

    Its stealing, its illegal ....you have been warned.
     
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    ok you are missing the point he wants to use his own home router for which he has the required passkey to receive the wifi (not the wired broadband) which can then output via an ethernet cable to the TV.
    In other words he needs a wifi receiver with an ethernet output. In which case a lot of laptops have an ethernet connection and can bypass the router have you tried that?
     
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    I seriously doubt BT will allow you to log into someone else wifi router - i will check this tho - if i can get onto your network - i can access your computers, your sky box, in fact any device connected to it - i can steal you information, address books, even access your browser history etc etc etc.

    Ethernet output? simply take an RJ45 ended (network cable) plug into your router and the other end into your laptop? Did i miss something?
     
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    Ok let me see - most home wifi units are routers and have RJ45 connections for you to connect the laptop to. Simplez. 1 cable 2 mins.

    If you want to use your home router, dump YOUR wired broadband from your telephone line and connect into a legitamte BT hotspot - then you may need to use a booster aerial of some description - but this probably wont fit onto your home router unless it has compatible screw sockets for the aerial (s).

    Piggybacking onto your neighbours home wi-fi without permission will get your collar felt if they catch you.
     
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    As I understand it Joner8888 is talking about a BT account where, in return for allowing use of your connection, you can use other people's who have also signed up to the deal.

    Sounds very sensible and, dare I say it, good socialism too...sharing what you have with others.

    JJ:Cool:
     
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    I don`t think you understand:Eeek: BT open zone is free from available hotspots once you have paid to join,, people can access my router as well, all leagal and up front and paid for.:thumb:
     
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    My reading of my BT broadband is what is said above, by default some of it is accessible to BT Fon registered users. This does not affect my own home secured element, which no one can see as it is secured. You have to be quite close to pick it up as a Fon user, and to be honest I find it a waste of space. If you can get signals you are.lucky, and your even more lucky if your contract or your companies allows use in the way described. I suspect they don't monitor use, but enough start doing it they will.
     
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    So the answer is - directional or omni boosted aerial so you can actually receive (see) and connect to the wifi hotspot.

    This aerial needs connecting to a router of some sort - and use pc wired via ethernet cable....

    Is that what you're after?

    OR

    you can just make your own boosted aerial....

    http://www.viddler.com/v/dec85889
     
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    I have x3 hotspots i am entitled to log on to near me.
    These have a faster speed than my own WIRED broadband:Eeek:-- makes me wonder how much some providers turn the speed down
     
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    A way of receiving a signal and converting it into a ethernet output so as i can still use ethernet type devices in house
     
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    A WiFi into a PC, say use a USB WiFi adaptor.

    Then use the windows share internet connection to the hard wired network.

    You can test this with your laptop, it's already receiving an internet connection so you plug your network into this and configure windows to share it's internet connection.

    I've never tried this but seen the options when setting up networks.
     
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    How Fon works

    Fon works by putting the unused portion of your broadband to work for you. Fonera routers make this possible by broadcasting two powerful, dedicated WiFi signals. One signal is encrypted and private - it’s just for you. The other signal is public, and accessible to registered members of the Fon community. And, because you only share a little bit of your WiFi, you won't even notice when others are connected.
     
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