Locking people out of your wireless. [SOLVED]

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Locking people out of your wireless. [SOLVED]

Postby dwt0033 on Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:09 pm

I would say that I have a fair amount of skill with Linux. Nothing too fancy and not too much in the area of technicality buy i manage. I was wondering if there is any way to materialise a trick that I have been wondering about. I have a wireless network at my house that is WPA protected. It is shared by myself, my dad, my mom, and my brother. Is there any way possible that would allow me to access the wireless network and then lock them out. Solely as a joke!! Like for instance if im using the internet and then i can just issue a command and then suddenly my brother or mom cant connect to the Internet anymore. And i would like to do this without changing the password. Maybe just block bandwith from their computers. thanks in advance!!

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Re: Locking people out of your wireless.

Postby AK Dave on Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:02 pm

Depends on what firmware your wifi router is running, actually. I doubt this would be a challenge if your router is running dd-wrt or some other opensource firmware, but if it is running stock bog-standard generic firmware then this might be impossible.

Nevertheless, if your router supports MAC filtering you could, well, just filter anything that isn't your MAC address.

You could give yourself a static IP and then disable DHCP on the router.

If you just want the internet to get suddenly slow, you could run a bittorrent client on your computer and start seeding Metallica. Its not the downloads on bittorrent that ties up your router, its the uploads and the send requests unless you've throttled your bittorrent yourself. That'll turn everyone ELSE'S connection on your subnet (assuming cheapo consumer-grade wifi router) to sludge-slow.
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Re: Locking people out of your wireless.

Postby DataMan on Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:12 am

Here's a non-technical response:

Once discovered, expect an appropriate thrashing for your devious behavior...

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Re: Locking people out of your wireless.

Postby Alpha-Geek on Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:09 am

As the father of a teenage "hacker wanabee"-----if he were to be successful with a "joke" like this & after we got done laughing about his little prank, he would be without internet access for 30 to 60 days. :wink:
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Re: Locking people out of your wireless.

Postby AK Dave on Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:32 pm

So Grasshopper, you have defeated the admin security on my router. You shall not have it so easy next time, as I have taken the effort to actually secure the router against your intrusion efforts and hired as a consultant a certain unemployed network engineer from San Francisco who shall go nameless at this time. Defeat him, and earn your own network to administer as I kick your scrawny behind out of my subnet forever!
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Re: Locking people out of your wireless.

Postby Fred on Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:55 pm

dwt0033,

Hummm... I sincerely doubt Mom and Dad will find your "joke" particularly funny. If it is your first offense you might get off with a warning and 30 days without Internet access. If not, you might have also earned a trip out behind the wood pile. :-)

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Re: Locking people out of your wireless.

Postby dwt0033 on Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:44 am

Thanks guys i appreciate the scolding. Of course i will reverse and undo this if i am succesful. I just want to see if it is possible. Does anyone have some technical information? I have a linksys router.

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Re: Locking people out of your wireless.

Postby AK Dave on Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:19 pm

I'm not familiar with the linksys firmware, as the first thing I do to any linksys router I get my hands on is burn dd-wrt to it.
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Re: Locking people out of your wireless.

Postby Ozz on Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:26 pm

Just as long as you don't try to close down other people's open networks in your street...
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Re: Locking people out of your wireless.

Postby AK Dave on Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:37 pm

Close down access to someone else's open wifi AP:
Step 1. http://www.thepiratebay.org
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Re: Locking people out of your wireless.

Postby Fred on Sat Mar 28, 2009 5:29 am

AK Dave,

Yeah... and when he gets caught at that he really will have earned a trip to the wood pile. :-)

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Re: Locking people out of your wireless.

Postby AK Dave on Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:41 pm

Oh Fred, you can't take kids out behind the woodshed anymore. No, the Nanny State has the Nanny Gestapo that considers "discipline" to be grounds for having your parent card revoked.

At home, before I figured out how ugly bittorrent is as a file transfer protocol, I used to willy-nilly setup torrent downloads of various linux isos and go to work. My wife would then be struggling all day trying to figure out why the "internet doesn't work right". She'd reboot the router, reset the cable modem, and get a few minutes of good internet and then it would choke up on her. She'd do that over and over. Then the next day, no problem. A few days later, nightmare day again. Took her about a month of recurrent frustration before she finally asked me if I knew what was happening. Hmm, problems on these specific days? Oh, that was all me.

Point is, even if you have ginormous bandwidth you can choke the heck out of it in a hurry doing some ugly torrenting.
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