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This is a discussion on How can I test to ascetain if anyone is piggybacking off my wireless modem. within the Modems/Cable/DSL/Satellite forums, part of the Tech Support Forum category. I have a motorola sbg6580 wireless modem that my laptop, tablet and security cameras use wirelessly. I'm considering linking my


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Old 10-27-2019, 09:06 PM   #1
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I have a motorola sbg6580 wireless modem that my laptop, tablet and security cameras use wirelessly. I'm considering linking my flatscreen into the network also.

However on occasion it appears as if things are running slow.

I do not share my modem password.

How can I check for piggy backers/parasites?

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However on occasion it appears as if things are running slow.
This is a very generic statement, can you elaborate more on this ?
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How can I check for piggy backers/parasites?

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Log into your wireless router via a browser and look at the list of wireless clients for any strange ones. Identify them using their mac addresses or NETBIOS names, depending on what your router displays. You could also change the wireless password just in case and make sure you use a WPA/WPA2 PSK, preferably WPA2 unless you have really old devices that don't support it. You can also enable statistics to see which network device is hogging Internet bandwidth.
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Old 10-29-2019, 04:38 PM   #4
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Any doubts, just change the password in the router and you wont have to have any concerns. Just make it a decent password with a lower and uppercase letters, numbers and/or special characters - much harder to crack or guess.

As the previous poster said, most modems will list the attached devices listed by their MAC address. All your WIFI devices will have a MAC address sticker on them so cross-check those with what the router says is attached. Any unusual ones you can also ban.
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