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Why are all wireless router companies locking their routers by default now?

Asked by luminous00 (350points) March 20th, 2008 from iPhone

like what’s the point of having an Internet wifi capable phone if there’s never any open wifi around. I mean if the router companies just gave them default random usernames and passwords then you wouldn’t have to worry too much….unless someone uses your access point to download kiddie porn or something, still bugs me. I liked a few years ago when everyone were getting into wireless and had them open….those were the days

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oneye1's avatar

I live in the twin cites any where in the cites they have wifi

luminous00's avatar

Lucky you, hah. I live in a residential development, and I swear, either everyone got smart, or the companies are shipping them pre-secured.

oneye1's avatar

buy one or move close to a coffee shop

luminous00's avatar

I have one, but the need recently arose when our fios actiontec wireless/wired router croaked, and we had to wait all week for a new power supply to be shipped…

oneye1's avatar

I was not trying to be a asshole I hope it did not come off that way

luminous00's avatar

oh no, not at all. I’ve learned not to take text too personal, hah.

oneye1's avatar

off topic that your car in pic is it a r/t

luminous00's avatar

that’s the new dodge challenger, they’re being produced as we type. only 6.1l hemi’s are being produced this first year…..mmmm…...challenger….

oneye1's avatar

sorry I got a mustang

oneye1's avatar

I’m killing your thread sorry

luminous00's avatar

haha, it’s quite ok, i don’t think anyone will answer anyway, just thought it was odd

oneye1's avatar

you should google the néw super snake

squirbel's avatar

I was thinking the same thing recently… There are lots of girls in my apartment complex, and I’m pretty darn sure most of them don’t know a cat-45 from a wep key. (sterotypical – but isnt everyone, in the privacy of their mind?).

Conspiracy! Just joking.

kevbo's avatar

I must be one of the lucky ones. Free wi-fi for the past 3 years. Two residences. Hope I didn’t just jinx myself.

cwilbur's avatar

They probably got tired of the support calls where they had to explain to the users that the router was not being slow, but that all the neighbors were stealing Internet service.

squirbel's avatar

It’s not like they do anything but check email! :D

[evil grin]

I’ll be honest, my internet tapping is limited to coffee shops etc. The state I currently live in is too backwards for a lot of people to have wireless.

eambos's avatar

The default password for most routers is “admin.” Most people are too lazy to change it. Try it out : p

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