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Cablevision's Also Using User Routers as Public Hotspots
by Karl Bode 08:33AM Monday May 12 2014
Comcast has slowly been enabling functionality in user routers that creates a Wi-Fi SSID that will be shared publicly with passersby, a feature that's confused some customers (it can be disabled and the public data doesn't count against your cap). Cablevision confirmed on a recent earnings call that they too are upgrading user routers so they offer public Wi-Fi, something that will technically result in the company offering more than 1 million public Wi-Fi hotspots before the end of the year. Cablevision's also hinting at additional Wi-Fi based functionality they claim will "disrupt" the wireless market.


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Re: opt IN

said by Mr Matt:

said by ITGeeks:

and has a login page.

And has a physical address like the customers. So if some pervert is using the public hotspot for downloading illegal pornography, unless the police perform a through investigation the and determine the public hotspot is being used for the illegal act, the police are more likely to SWAT the customer hosting the hotspot, beat them up and do thousand dollars worth of damage to the customers property, before determining who is doing the dirty deed. The lazy police act first and ask questions afterword.

Pure nonsense. The cable company will be supplying the police with the information and they know that the Wi-Fi hotspot was used and would be telling the police that it was a public wi-fi hotspot and supplying the credentials used to log on.
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Re: What happens

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Congestion. Obviously you know something the rest of us don't about the configuration if you can be so certain that it will impact your performance.

Sigh... you understand there is only one pipe leaving the customer's house to the cable company's network right?
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It's no different than the cable company hanging a public hotspot on the cable strand outside your house.

Wow. That would be rude, running an extension cord from the cable strand outside to plug into a customer's AC line, to power Cablevision's AP, to provide a commercial product, without asking that customer.

But at least the customer isn't providing rack space, environmental control and physical security, right?


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Re: Could I work out a Toll arrangement where Cablevision pays me

I really don't care if you listen or not. Whether it is a separate radio on the wifi router or not, there is only one pipe leaving the house... any traffic that isn't your own will impact your service.
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Wow, you people have some sick views. No wonder companies can just run roughshod over people and they don't care to do anything about it. No wonder we have such shitty internet compared to the rest of the world.
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Re: What happens

Please educate before you spread FUD.



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Except that it's not "your" connection. It's "their" connection that you pay to use. Any additional traffic on it doesn't affect "your" connection. Learn a little bit more about this stuff...

Is that a joke? Even wired connections are not unlimited. Enough wifi traffic can definitely impact your own use.
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Except that it's not "your" connection. It's "their" connection that you pay to use. Any additional traffic on it doesn't affect "your" connection. Learn a little bit more about this stuff...
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Except for the part where your wired connection is being used.
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Customers do not have a chance when attacked by ISP parasites.

ISP fascists have already started using customers wireless modem/routers, as public hotspots without notifying the customer of their actions, even though they charge the customer a monthly premium for a wireless modem/router. This use of the customers wireless modem/routers can impact the performance of the customers wireless network. The only way customers can stop this abuse is by first by determining they are victims of an ISP Parasite and then demanding the ISP stop. I am sure the ISP's will add language to their unilateral agreements authorizing ISP's to use customers wireless modem/routers unless the customer demands they stop such abuse. How long will it take for the ISP parasites start charging customers a fee if they refuse to allow use of their wireless modem/routers as public hotspots. I have not read any discussion where ISP's are offering to pay customers to use their electric power and physical space for public hotspots.