barney wrote:Actually, if he did change the password on her, she could do a hard factory reset. (Obviously, she would have to have physical possession of the router, which I assume she would.)
You are right, there is a reset button on my router. I was wrong when I said if he changed her password she would need to contact her provider.
ArturoBandini wrote:I thought that most routers only allow change of admin-level settings (e.g. password) with a physical ethernet connection. There were a few models released awhile ago that allowed remote administration, but I remember a hubbub in the geek community. These settings can usually be disabled.
With my Netgear WNR3500L router any PC on the wifi network can change admin-level settings. You don't need to have a wired connection to it. I assumed all wifi routers are like that but I don't know.
To me their acceptable use agreement is vague and does not say multi-dwelling sharing is expressly prohibited. It only says Charter is not responsible for anything a third party user does with the internet access (such as illegal downloads?). But I wouldn't think Charter is responsible for anything the primary customer does anyway, so this seems meaningless.
I don't see anything from Charter saying it's illegal to share wi-fi because I think the laws are vague about this. I searched the internet and couldn't find any clear law or cases saying it is illegal to share wi-fi with neighbors. Some apartments offer wi-fi to all their residents. If landlords can do that, why can't neighbors agree to share wi-fi?
Regarding legal implications when you share wifi and the neighbor does something illegal, I couldn't find a clear US law or case about this either. But in 2008 Germany ruled that the Wifi lender is not responsible for copyright violations:http://torrentfreak.com/victims-of-wifi ... ds-080709/
Victims of WiFi Theft Not Responsible For Illegal Uploads
Written by enigmax on July 09, 2008
"A German court has ruled that Internet users operating a WiFi router are not responsible if others use their equipment to infringe copyright on P2P networks."
What if a person goes to an internet cafe or library and uses that public wifi for illegal downloads? Is the internet cafe or library liable? I would think not. Likewise, I would think a person is not responsible for anything their neighbors do in with their residential wifi in an apt, condo or housing neighborhood. But I would rather play it safe and not share wifi.