Restricting WiFi Access to only my Immediate Family

- March 30, 2016

wireless internet - WiFi It’s a shame I have to restrict WiFi access to only the immediate family (me, my wife and my daughter-in-law). Certain things have happened over and over in the last year that prove I can no longer allow access to anyone else.

I’ve had to change passwords several times. Certain nieces and nephews always end up giving the passwords to their friends and other people who shouldn’t have access in the first place.

That’s only one of the reasons I’m now restricting WiFi access.

Reason Number One to Restrict WiFi Access

I won’t name names. Some relatives were using my WiFi connection for streaming services, some legal (YouTube) and some not so legal. Even though I have an average download speed of 10 megabits, nearly all the bandwidth is consumed by only one or two people when they start streaming videos. I rarely stream videos (short videos on Facebook usually) and I own the connection.

It was so bad at times that I couldn’t connect to my web server through SSH or FTP when I really needed to get something fixed. Dealing with it meant I had to find which person was doing it and making that person stop so I could do what I needed to do. Well, now I won’t have to deal with it at all.

Reason Number Two to Restrict WiFi Access

One or two younger children don’t have any sense at all. One was caught downloading and storing a porn video on someone else’s tablet. He’s only eight!

The older children (over 10) allow the younger children (10 and under) to use their mobile phones and tablets. It’s usually to play video games. Unfortunately, a couple of bad apples are doing things that even adults shouldn’t do. I’m not going to be responsible for giving them the Internet access to do it again.

Reason Number Three to Restrict WiFi Access

People don’t appreciate the things they get for free. From December of 2014 through yesterday, my relatives were getting free Internet access through my home WiFi router. It really didn’t start to bother me until they started doing the things they shouldn’t have done, without any regard to what I thought about it.

There’s an old saying, “don’t bite the hand that feeds you”. Well, my hand has been bitten way too many times.

Some of my older nieces and nephews (and probably through their mothers as well) will practically beg me for the password as soon as tonight. If I give it to one, eventually every other person in the compound with a mobile device will have it. That’s exactly what happened the last time I changed the password. And then they’ll go right back to doing the things they shouldn’t be doing, regardless of what I tell them.

I’m done with all that. They, or their parents, can pay for their own Internet access. I really don’t care if they can’t afford it.

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