Stealing broadband connection ! - My friend does it ! - Is this a good etiquette

internet - cheating
India
May 15, 2010 12:51am CST
My friend lives in T.Nagar the heart of the city of Chennai . He is a thief - a packet thief . He uses a broadband connection of that of the neighboring house . He said that he just split their DSL cable into two parts and he uses one . This way he uses unlimited internet every month . I am very jealous about him . But he is not telling me how did he do it . And I couldn't find it in the internet ( I pay my internet bills ) . Now I am totally dependent on mylotters . Please tell me how to perform this feat !
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@andy77e (5171)
• United States
16 May 10
Um... stealing is wrong. Yes people do it, but that's because they are thieves and thieves are criminals. Do you really want to be a criminal? At any rate, I do not know what the difference is between my country and yours. However... if you live in the US, and you steal internet or cable service, it's possibly you'll get caught. If you are caught, not only will you be charged for the service, and pay a massive amount of money, but you'll also go to jail, and have a criminal record for the rest of your life. And rightly so, I might add. Here's a great statement I heard long ago. "You'll never end up in a good place, doing wrong things." Criminals end up poor impoverished people. Go to the countries with the highest crime rates, and you'll see the highest poverty rates too. That's how it works.
• India
16 May 10
Wow , but how does one get caught for stealing the connection ? Because my friend has been doing this for the past 2 and 1/2 years and he was never caught ?
@andy77e (5171)
• United States
16 May 10
People are caught stealing cable and internet all the time. Happens constantly. There are even rewards for turning in people who steal cable. There was a guy caught just this year in a city just north of where I live. He spent one year in jail, was convicted with a felony (stays on your record forever), and had to pay $1,000 in fines, plus restitution (pay the company for service) of $1,600. That's two and a half years worth of cable. His buddy that was caught with him, was fined $10,500. At $50 a month for basic cable, that's 17 and half years worth of cable. People do get caught, and often. Listen... people can get away with stuff for a long long time. But eventually evil deeds are caught. If you want to take the risk, that's fine. But even Hitler had to face the consequences of his actions at some point. Perhaps your friend will get away with it for a long time. Who knows. But at some point, he will likely get caught. For every one person who gets away with it, there's 10 or 20 others that got caught. Up to you, if you want to risk it.
• India
17 May 10
So , ok I will not steal broadband as I am scared ( as per your statistics )that I may get caught doing it for 1 day and my friend is not caught for doing it for 2 and 1/2 years .
@pierone (1895)
• Italy
15 May 10
I guess you friend said something imprecise. Splitting the dsl cable should be technically impossible. Although you can divide a cable and get 2 dsl sockets, you also need to put in each socket a dsl modem/adaptor. You also need the login and password to access the net from the adaptor. And more, is an adaptor is already connected, the other will be not be able to gain the connection to. Probably what they done is "share" the net. This is easy and possible just using a router that "split" the dsl connection into several different sockets. But to do that, the neighbor should be agree, because anyway the router need to knows the login and password. So better you ask him again how he done, before you cut the dsl cable of your neighbor and get into troubles.
@pierone (1895)
• Italy
15 May 10
Btw, if someone ask me if steal something can be considered good, I would like to answer him he should try to analize the sentence and answer himself if something that have a negative meaning, like steal, can have any chance to be something good. If someone steal your money, is good etiquette?
• India
16 May 10
It surely is not a good etiquette , but I have a problem - I have 3 laptops in my house and I have a problem of using Internet in all the laptops . So just suggest some ways by which I can split the single internet connection into 3 so that I can use the same connection on all the three laptops ?
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• India
16 May 10
Stealing broadband connections is relatively a new trend . Stealing phone connection has been in India for ages .
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@hagirl (1296)
• United States
16 May 10
Splitting wires and damaging someones property is a criminal offense..... but if he just hooked on to a open connection that let him on it would not be...... Where I live they give us security codes .... If we choose to give them out that is on us..... They make it like that so they can make people pay for internet if they want it.
• India
17 May 10
sO HOW DO YOU MAKE and open connection so that many people share the same connection ?
@hagirl (1296)
• United States
17 May 10
If you have a router box you can put it a no security instead of high security
• United States
16 May 10
Notice the first words in the title of your post - STEALING BROADBAND CONNECTION! Why should anyone teach you to steal anything. Are you really that anxious to become a criminal? Oh, but it's such a small thing, right? The broadband company can afford it, right? How about if half their customers do the same thing. Does that get too costly and maybe put them out of business? How about if 75% do it? How about if 100% try it? You think your friend is stealing, but instead of telling him to his face that he is a thief - you want to learn how to be a thief, too! Pay your bills. It's an old fashioned feat called honesty. Works better all the way around. Helps you sleep and the people at the broadband company keep much needed jobs. And, you don't have people wondering - gosh, if beachdune is a thief of broadband, what might beachdune STEAL FROM ME?????
• India
16 May 10
Don't worry , I will not steal anything from you . And I don't steal broadband connections . It is actually my friend who steals broadband connection . And in India , no one is cared about others welfare . So no one will hesitate to steal broadband connections. This is relatively a new trend , stealing phone connections has been around in India for ages .
@andy77e (5171)
• United States
16 May 10
I am starting to see why India is poor.
@mrfdg1972 (3238)
• Philippines
16 May 10
Its perfectly legal to split DSL connection (not lines or cables) all you need is a wired router, or wifi router/ wireless. 2 way router or 4 way and so on, the router splits the DSL connection. The router needs to be connected to the source which is the internet modem of your neighbor, is such cases you and your neighbor should split the internet bills too.
• India
16 May 10
So is it possible to pay for a single internet connection , split it into many connections using a router and use it in all 3 of my laptops in my house ??
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@mrfdg1972 (3238)
• Philippines
16 May 10
yes it is.
@kar295rocks (2119)
• India
15 May 10
Your friend is a great cheat. I do not think one can actually split the connections. But, wait, it is still called cheating if at all it is possible. And, I recommend you not to perform such things as it is not a feat but a great cheat. I am sorry to burst your bubble but, I do not engage in such activities.
• India
16 May 10
And you know one thing , stealing phone connections has been in the life of Indian people for many years .
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@Memnon (2173)
3 Jul 10
Well. I think that's pretty unanimous that your friend should not be using someone else's service, and you have advice as to how to share yours at home. So there is no reason for you to do something illegal or immoral!
@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
6 Jun 10
Well, here in the US, that's illegal and if you're caught then it's pretty darned expensive. And PLENTY of people do get caught. I say stay safe and keep paying for it.
@jamed28 (1910)
• Philippines
17 May 10
I don't think he is telling you the truth. If you connect a parallel connection (that is putting another wire on top of a regular flow of electricity) on a DSL line it will lessen the current in flow in the circuit. And that will cause failure to transmit data and will disconnect your connection. You also need a hub or a router to split a DSL Connection. I think you have seen a DSL Connection before, that is a small box connected to a telephone line and to your computer. I think what you friend doing is, he tapped in to the hub of his neighbor. Or maybe his neighbor have a wireless hub or wi-fi and forgot to put a security password on it, or if there is a security password, your friend was able to know it. It is not a good etiquette of course.
@RachelleNH (1409)
• United States
17 May 10
Oh shame on him. I don't know how he did it but that's bad! I don't think you should do it either-nothing but trouble for thieves.
• India
16 May 10
The neighbor must be having a wifi connection with no password. Your friend must be having a modem or a inbuilt modem on his laptop. Since there is no password he is able to access internet through his neighbor's connection. If you go to any mall and there is a wifi internet with no password you will be able to access it on your mobile. In that case the speed on the original connection will be dropped and he would immediately know someone is accessing his connection. Unless you neighbor and your friend are doing it with contrived consensus and splitting the bill.
@tessah (6638)
• United States
16 May 10
obviously you know stealing is simply wrong.. and therefore you already know the answer to yer question as to whether or not its OK to do *shakes her head*
16 May 10
Gee Whiz... Do you suppose you could call the DSL supplier and tell them about it? Nah...That's too simple
• Philippines
15 May 10
It is not a good etiquette. It is illegal. You should not even try to perform this because if you got caught you will be put on jail.
• India
15 May 10
i dont think splitting the dsl cable is possible. may be he is lying he may uses lan otherwise don think is possible.
@neh357 (174)
• Philippines
15 May 10
Hi beachdune,, you must stay away with your friend, or limit your contact with him, he is not a good friend to you, he is a bad influence to you,. you are living your life honestly, he is not, do not even got jealous with him because, if he is not punished here on earth, he will be punished by god, do not waste your time knowing how does he do it, it is an illegal practice,. it is like stealing electricity, like what is happening here in the philippines, most household in squatters area have jampers, these were connections illegally, i cannot blame them though but like your friend, it is not a good practice! i'm sorry if i cannot be of help to you, i'd rather leave my conscience clean than live everyday cheating,,,
• Philippines
15 May 10
of course its not a good etiquette... whoever is stealing something from someone is not good. Your friend is good at it.. i hope he wont get caught..
@umabharti (3978)
• India
15 May 10
hi,anything is done which is causing some trouble it would reflect now or in quite future.May be cheaters are hidden for sometime no one can cheat god.So dont learn bad things which can harm u and others.Learn good and positive things which help u and others too.
@rinzgca (317)
• Philippines
15 May 10
You know he's a thief. Why do you want to be a thief too? If you were in the neighbor's place, do you think you'd want another person sharing in on the dsl? It's like the neighbor would be paying for a service that he cannot obtain because someone is thieving the dsl connection. One effect of that is the speed. If your friend is a person who downloads, or play games, the downloading speed of the neighbor would slow down! It's really a sad scenario for the person who is being cheated upon.