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    Disable wirless part of modem

    How easy is it to un-wireless part of the modem/router?
    I have a fairly standard router ("speedstream) with 4 cable sockets and a stubby wireless aerial.
    I don't use the wireless capability for networking - I'm all cable here.
    Lately the ISP speed seems slow, and I'm wondering whether some smart-@#$!% in the building is using MY modem for internet access.

    Hence the question; if I could easily disable the wireless capability, I'd cut out any unwelcome use of my modem while retaining its use as a cable-only access point.

    Yes, I know, my "friend" would probably latch on to another modem in the building and ISP speed would be just as bad; if that's the real problem.

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    Re: Disable wirless part of modem

    Depends on your router.
    You could either unscrew the aerial or simply set up a wireless security password.

    (If you are not connected yourself, does the modem show any traffic? - that may indicate if you are giving away a free connection. And if you don't have a security password setup, you realise you are open to hackers...?)

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    Re: Disable wirless part of modem

    I would imagine you could disable it in the router config page (I assume it has a web interface?) If you can't disable it altogether, you may be able to enable MAC address filtering and simply not add any valid MAC addresses.
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    Re: Disable wirless part of modem

    I believe you need page 24 of this delightful online tome

    http://subscriber.communications.siemens.c...0UG_English. pdf
    Jerry

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    Re: Disable wirless part of modem

    Leif, thanks for this.
    I'd eyed the aerial while holding a pair of rod-clipping pliers but my corage failed me; maybe a screwdriver (grin!) will help.
    The Wireless security password sounds like a good option; I'll read Jezza's gift.

    With the modem hidden under a mountain of fur balls I'd not thought to actually watch it. I'll bring it out into the open and keep an eye on it. Good thought. Those blinkin little lights might serve some purpose.

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    Re: Disable wirless part of modem

    Rory, thanks. I guess I must have gone through a configuration page the day I set it up, eighteen months ago, but haven't been there since. I'll see what Jezza's gift has to say.
    That too might save me asking here about "MAC addresses".(grin!)

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    Re: Disable wirless part of modem

    Well, Jezza, I gues you could see this coming: "THANKS"

    Almost all of the 73 pages look good. I'll read through the whole thing once before making changes. Making changes to my internet connection scares me, because the internet connection is my life line to help when I screw up.

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