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Neighbour has asked to 'share' my broadband.. Should I allow them access?

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My neighbours daughter has asked if they can 'use' my wireless broadband. They said they'll contribute a fiver a month for the privilege- but it's not about the money. I do trust them as I've known th… Read More
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7y, 2w agoPosted 7 years, 2 weeks ago
My neighbours daughter has asked if they can 'use' my wireless broadband. They said they'll contribute a fiver a month for the privilege- but it's not about the money. I do trust them as I've known them for a few years, they're a nice enough bunch (3 teens- aged between 15 and 19, two lasses and one lad) but I dunno why I'm feeling so doubtful about sharing the service with them as I have before allowed my (other) neighbour to use my wireless before, but thats when she was waiting for a phoneline to be activated at her property and she was a professional in her 40's.... I have a firewall and anti virus on my pc and laptop etc. I have googled this dilemma and had very mixed reviews..

I have been assured that they will not be downloading loads or looking at 'restricted' sides etc.. infact she said they only wanna use it for facebook and just general browsing. All are studying during the day so they'll only use it in the evenings. I don't have a capped allowance etc..so all is well. I think it's the(ir) age factor that's making me wibble...

I'm quite certain there'd be no illegal activities- as they do have their head screwed on...and they attend the Sunday service without fail ;) I don't have a problem with them using it..I just need some re-assurance from people in the know..!

What would you do if you were me? share the broadband..or not?
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7y, 2w agoPosted 7 years, 2 weeks ago
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I would say no.
1 Like #2
Charge more than a fiver!! :)
banned 1 Like #3
a fiver for all them? expect your net to be dog slow all evening

charge them more, 3 of them 1 of you

as the daughter asked, i bet its because their net blocks social networking sites...
banned 1 Like #4
If you trust them go for it. If you don't then don't.
banned 1 Like #5
I would block all the well known file sharing websites via your router
#6
there's three of them.. but only one laptop that's shared between them..
banned 1 Like #7
go fer it good deed and all that
1 Like #8
If he goes on any dodgy sites it will be traced back to your house! Your call!
1 Like #9
Why can't they have their own broadband? You are obviously doubting it already so i would politely say no. Any tiny comebacks would be on your head and you wouldn't have a leg to stand on.
1 Like #10
no tell them to get o2 broadband, it'll only cost them a few quid more than a fiver and they can download all the filth they want.
#11
i'd share anything with my neighbour :lol:
#12
Will be against your T&C's I would guess. And you'd be liable for any dodgy stuff downloaded.
#13
.....ooh... mixed feelings.... keep the suggestions/ opinions coming, repping all those contributed/ing
1 Like #14
No way. You would be asking for trouble no matter how nice they are. Why don't they get cheap broadband for themselves?
#15
whatsThePoint
only you know your neighbours, your not going to get a friendly answer here, so go with your feelings about it


Erm scuse me pal...mine was a friendly answer :-D
#16
Teenagers are not known for their use of the internet to be light or safe.
banned#17
whatsThePoint
only you know your neighbours, your not going to get a friendly answer here, so go with your feelings about it


Most of the answers have been friendly have they not?
#18
mmm-just cos they only have one laptop,remember once they know your key the kids could access your wifi via ipods,psp,nintendo ds etc etc.

only you know how much you trust them tho
#19
I'd probably point them to O2 or another cheap internet provider.

My uncle lives upstairs from me (well.. comes over every other weekend), and I don't even let him use my wireless connection.
#20
Don't forget if they are gonna be downloading music or movies it will also make your connection to the net slow
suspended#21
You are responsible for everything they download.

If they download something which they shouldn't you'd get in trouble, not worth a fiver a month.

I know you said in OP they wont but its not worth the risk
#22
I wonder why the parents haven't asked?

Personally I would not want the responsibility. It would be a shame if they did abuse your generosity and it caused bad feelings.

Why to make life complicated?

Oh, btw, my daughter shared her internet connection with a neighbour, the connection slowed a lot and they decided the neighbour was definitely downloading loads of stuff. (also v nice teenagers);-)
#23
No and don't use a wep password on your wifi. It can be obtained using backtrack.
#24
whatsThePoint
umm not sure friendly is defined as telling them to f%^& o%^ and get their own in not so many words :roll:


Maybe you are reading it differently, op asked opinions and i've not seen a nasty one yet.
1 Like #25
Don't charge a penny, that = near legal obligation to let them use it, even if paid in arrears, not worth hassle if you cut them off if they are used to using your service

I would take payment in services rendered via barter, gardening, tidying up, other crap like that, but make it abundantly clear you are doing them a favour, one where you have the right to cut them off at any time you please as it's essentially free.

WPA2 AES should be the norm on every router.

Also, why can't they get their own broadband???
#26
i wouldn't let them share it OP. if you're worried how you're going to say no you could always just say you have a capped dowmload limit so you're worried you'd go over you're limit if you share with them. i don't see why the family don't get it themselves it's quiet cheap these days
#27
whatsThePoint
umm not sure friendly is defined as telling them to f%^& o%^ and get their own in not so many words :roll:


Haven't seen anyone saying that personally:whistling:


There can be a limit to being friendly you know!
#28
I let my neighbor use my internet. I did the whole windows install and set it all up for them.

I've never noticed any difference:)
#29
schizoboy
Don't charge a penny, that = near legal obligation to let them use it, even if paid in arrears not to mention no notice to suddenly cutting them off.

No, I would take payment in services rendered via barter, gardening, tidying up, other crap like that, but make it abundantly clear you are doing them a favour.

WPA2 AES should be the norm on every router.

Also, why can't they get their own broadband???


That is a great idea ...let them earn the privilage and maybe restrict it to certain times and days.
#30
nickw90;8583662
I'd probably point them to O2 or another cheap internet provider.

My uncle lives upstairs from me (well.. comes over every other weekend), and I don't even let him use my wireless connection.


Me, gf's parents and my parents have someone on O2 PAYG or Contract on O2 standard, £7.50/month, done.
#31
No I wouldn't one big headache, if they file shared for example would they cover their tracks that could see you cut off.

Looking at any dodgy/illegal sites, you never know, so no I wouldn't.
#32
What did you immediately say to them when they asked you?
Did you lean towards the yes or the no?
#33
whatsThePoint
only you know your neighbours, your not going to get a friendly answer here, so go with your feelings about it


Not from you, that's for sure.
#34
queenlush;8583746
That is a great idea ...let them earn the privilage and maybe restrict it to certain times and days.


For a miserable £1.25 a week, it's not worth it making it essentially free gives you 100% control without rebuttal.
#35
I'm pretty sure you can limit the connection speed to certain computers that are connected to your router so you could say yes and limit them. I know on my Belkin I can slow the speed down between certain times of the day that would put them off downloading any large files.

But personnaly I wouldn't do it anything illegal comes back to you and also I'm wondering why the daughter approached you herself and not one of the parents, I'm thinking the parents have already said no to the internet and this is why they have approached you.
#36
It's entirely up to you and how you feel - but you sound unsure anyway? My 2 year old sometimes disconnects our connection by chucking toys about and the pc automatically picks up our next door neighbours connection (its unsecured) so we can go for ages before noticing! But we've never tried to get into their pc (wouldn't have a scooby anyway). The only thing I would say is if you go ahead with it you have to remember to keep it plugged in all the time, even when on holiday otherwise they can't use it when they want. That's how we knew we were on next door's as she pulled the plug out the wall and we were disconnected!
#37
zenben10
What did you immediately say to them when they asked you?
Did you lean towards the yes or the no?


Obviously doubting or wouldn't have asked opinions.
#38
zenben10
What did you immediately say to them when they asked you?
Did you lean towards the yes or the no?


he said hmmmm..... (he then got out his laptop and logged into hotukdeals and they are still standing there.....it is very awkward)
#39
I wouldn't mind helping someone out short term if they're waiting for a phoneline to be activated or are having trouble when changing providers but I wouldn't allow it as a long term solution.

Another option for them to consider is that if they're not wanting to go with ADSL on their line for whatever reason they could pick up a 'mifi' type device or similar on pay as you go if in a reasonable area for signal. That way they're not tied down and it's only a tenner a month for 1GB which sounds like it would be fine for their usage.

John
#40

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