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Setting up a Small wifi network at University Halls

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5y, 7m agoPosted 5 years, 7 months ago
Im going off to uni in September and i want to set up all small network in my room to connect my laptop / iphone too etc. It wont need a wide range as the room is bloody tiny !

I would have to set it up not too public broadcast / hidden aswell.

Any ideas on which router / modem to go with thats fairly cheap.

The room comes with ethernet connection

Thanks !


( I can't see it being against the T&C as the amount of data usage would still be same)
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5y, 7m agoPosted 5 years, 7 months ago
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#1
whatsThePoint
Plug the laptop in direct and assuming it has wifi use that as access for the iphone


I want to be able to move the laptop around the room though, thanks for the input though !
#2
Im sure someone will prove me wrong but I dont think it can be done. All I know is those that were set up in my uni halls were removed and banned pretty quickly.
#3
Well any router will do. The Tenda W311R+ is £16.66 delivered at ebuyer and is very good (but basic).
If your allowed to use them or not is another matter. As mentioned above some don't allow it as it's harder to pin down usage with wireless networks.
banned#4
dh058977
Im sure someone will prove me wrong but I dont think it can be done. All I know is those that were set up in my uni halls were removed and banned pretty quickly.


Why would they ban wireless routers?
#5
dcx_badass
Not harder at all to monitor usage, not sure what that comment is about.

Anyway most likely against the t&c's and you risk been dissconnected.


If you leave an unsecured network and you have 10-15 people using it (who might not even live there) pinning down usage can be difficult if not impossible.
#6
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169923 is that the one ?

The only thing they told me about the internet they provide is that all torrents etc are banned.
#7
I would only be using it in my room and it will be password protected and hidden
#8
I do this in my halls, using a wireless router. I guess the t&cs will vary between places but I had to upgrade to a higher package which allowed me to connect up to 4 devices, and I had to disable DHCP so only those 4 devices are allowed to connect.

You'll probably find out more when you get there but a lot of people use wireless routers in halls so you should be okay.
#9
dcx_badass
GAVINLEWISHUKD
dcx_badass
Not harder at all to monitor usage, not sure what that comment is about.

Anyway most likely against the t&c's and you risk been dissconnected.


If you leave an unsecured network and you have 10-15 people using it (who might not even live there) pinning down usage can be difficult if not impossible.

Not at all as it would just be pinned on the student who set it up on their connection. And rightly so, for the University it is not a problem at all, it is exactly the same as if it was wired.


Your thinking a little to simple here. If a criminal investigation happens due to misuse it has to be proved without reasonable doubt who committed the offence. On an open wireless network that is hard. On a wired network in your room you have a duty to usage (so it was you or you know who it was). The only way round is if somebody committed an offence to access it (ie broke into your room) The university also has a duty of diligence against it.

Until there is a legal requirement to secure your wireless network we will always have these issues.
#10
Basically what the OP wants is a WiFi cable router that allows SSID broadcasting to be disabled. This won't make the WiFi completely invisible but will stop it being listed in a search for nearby hotspots.
Other things that might help avoid detection are to switch off the cable router when not in use & to swap the antenna for a less effecient one to reduce it's range.
#11
greatest666
dh058977
Im sure someone will prove me wrong but I dont think it can be done. All I know is those that were set up in my uni halls were removed and banned pretty quickly.


Why would they ban wireless routers?


Because its against the terms and conditions of your contract. And I meant the offending room was banned from using the internet.
#12
get a WRT54GS(or similar) whack dd-wrt on it and set it up as a repeater, just set yourself up a hidden virtual wireless network.
#13
I go Bristol and they allow it in my halls, because otherwise you can't connect PS3 and PC at same time (without paying for their own wireless service for £15/year). Any ethernet router will do. I got some netgear one off ebay for £8 delivered. Not sure about all the hoo haa over not allowing your own wireless, but like I said try check, or even have a look/ask at thestudentroom (TSR) because there will be lots of ex students who may have already done it/can tell you if it's allowed.


Edited By: munaaf on Apr 10, 2011 14:24
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dh058977
greatest666
dh058977
Im sure someone will prove me wrong but I dont think it can be done. All I know is those that were set up in my uni halls were removed and banned pretty quickly.


Why would they ban wireless routers?


Because its against the terms and conditions of your contract. And I meant the offending room was banned from using the internet.


Yeah but why would they put something like that in the terms and conditions.
I'm sure there is a reason I cant think of.
banned#15
why say "iphone" and not just mobile phone?

if you have an iphone(OMG I HAZ IPHONE) surely you have an internet package anyway, otherwise what's the point in having it?
#16
greatest666
dh058977
greatest666
dh058977
Im sure someone will prove me wrong but I dont think it can be done. All I know is those that were set up in my uni halls were removed and banned pretty quickly.

Why would they ban wireless routers?

Because its against the terms and conditions of your contract. And I meant the offending room was banned from using the internet.

Yeah but why would they put something like that in the terms and conditions.
I'm sure there is a reason I cant think of.

Quite simply because they're not as secure, with a cabled connection for someone to use they need to have physical access to the room. With a wireless connection anyone in range can potentially connect (which in a block of flats could be a large number of people) who shouldn't be using the connection and potentially misusing it.

John
#17
greatest666
dh058977
Im sure someone will prove me wrong but I dont think it can be done. All I know is those that were set up in my uni halls were removed and banned pretty quickly.


Why would they ban wireless routers?


ours did, couldnt use a router or share connection from your laptop. If you did you faced a ban from the network
#18
Luke
why say "iphone" and not just mobile phone?

if you have an iphone(OMG I HAZ IPHONE) surely you have an internet package anyway, otherwise what's the point in having it?


Hello you to iphone troll

The uni that I'm going to (which im not saying over the internet) is in an area with crap 3G coverage
#19
greatest666
Why would they ban wireless routers?


Aside many other reasons, most obvious is lack of revenue. If they charge each student for a net connection, they could potential lose a lot of money if one person decides to share their own connection amongst the block...
#20
jah128
greatest666
Why would they ban wireless routers?


Aside many other reasons, most obvious is lack of revenue. If they charge each student for a net connection, they could potential lose a lot of money if one person decides to share their own connection amongst the block...


Each room comes with Ethernet as part of the rent :/
#21
Luke
why say "iphone" and not just mobile phone?

if you have an iphone(OMG I HAZ IPHONE) surely you have an internet package anyway, otherwise what's the point in having it?


douche.
#22
if you get a decent a router you can just turn the signal strength down to cover your hall residence

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