Home Networking Security

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by sillylucy, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. sillylucy

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    I recently noticed that my Netflix isn't streaming as smoothly as it did before. Videos are loading in the middle of my shows and it is so annoying. Is it possible that some of my neighbors are getting onto my wifi? How can I check and see who is connected to my network? Thanks for any help!
     
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  3. cobywill

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    Usually you can do this via an administrative control panel for your router. Look for the model number and manufacturer of your router and Google both of them but also include something like "login" or "control panel" at the end. You'll need the IP address for your router whether it be the default (something like http://192.168.1.1) or if you changed it... same thing with the password it may be "admin" and "password" for the login details unless you changed them. But like i said Google your specific router.

    MOST routers can show you what devices are connected to it, not all. Another way to try is once you notice your speed running slow is to shut off anything that is connected to your wi-fi... laptop, phones, TV's, game consoles... then see if the lights are still blinking on your router.

    Good luck
     
  4. thomaspendrake

    thomaspendrake Founding Member Founding Member

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    If someone has accessed your WiFi, besides the danger that they may be getting a free ride or stealing sensitive information such as bank accounts, you don't know what is being done using your IP address. You may have a terrorist using your IP address, or maybe a kiddy porn dealer or a drug dealer. None of the above are good for you. Or maybe the NSA just spotted you.
     
  5. cobywill

    cobywill Well-Known Member

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    There's also the fact that Netflix has been getting much busier. They are also locked in a war with ISP's. Netflix wants ISP's to use something called Open Connect which is an ISP giving Netflix connectivity and a power outlet in the ISP's data center to place equipment to increase the performance of Netflix. Many ISP's won't do this and there's also an issue that exists with many of the routers that ISP's are allotting for Netflix (and Amazon web services) traffic are getting maxed out and ISP's are refusing to invest in more routers.

    https://signup.netflix.com/openconnect
     
  6. sidd230

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    If you have a secured network, i.e. which uses a PSK that is not an issue. What's happening is probably your ISP throttling Netflix. This is their new sinister plot against cord cutters.
     
  7. kcut

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    If you are using wifi it could be channel interference. I use a free program called inssider which can tell you what the best channel is for your wifi. You can also download an app on your smartphone (i use amped wireless) that does the same thing.

    http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/

    Other thoughts could be over utilisation in your area. If more people connect then it slows down for everyone so it's worth checking with your ISP to see if this is the case. Sometimes ISP's throttle all traffic during peak times (evenings) as most people are home and using it for entertainment.
     

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