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To not share my wifi?

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newsecretidentity Tue 01-Apr-14 16:12:28

So I was reading a thread on a similar subject this weekend, which reminded me to change my router's name and password. A few months ago we had a new neighbor move in next door and she asked if she could borrow the wifi password. I assumed she meant on a temporary basis until she could have her installed, and thought no more about it.

Recently we started having trouble with our wifi becoming slow or dropping out when DD's were watching shows on netflix. The thread this weekend reminded me that she COULD still be using it and that it could be putting us over our fair usage limit. So I duly changed the password.

Today she's stopped me outside to ask if there's a problem with the wifi. So apparently she hasn't gotten her own and has just been using mine.

I fibbed and told her I had switched to a dongle. AIBU to not share?

ReginaldBlinker Tue 01-Apr-14 16:14:20

No, YANBU, and quite composed really. Am shock at her courage to confront you about it!!

Crinkle77 Tue 01-Apr-14 16:14:42

YANBU. She is a cheeky bitch.

BananaBumps Tue 01-Apr-14 16:15:29

Well, did she also ask for an extension lead for your electricity?

Of course YANBU!! You could ask her for a contribution for the last few months.

TruffleOil Tue 01-Apr-14 16:17:31

Cheeky mare.

I'd say, it's GREAT when you and your neighbor both have wifi so you can share as a backup to service interruptions - let me know when yours drops and I'll do the same.

gamerchick Tue 01-Apr-14 16:18:15

piggy backers royally grind my gears. cheeky gits.

Titsalinabumsquash Tue 01-Apr-14 16:18:41

In our old house we lived in a little square on a green behind a university, we would always get students asking to borrow our internet when they moved in at the beginning of term, they used to pay towards it occasionally or even if they couldn't they were alway pleasant and helpful and they always got their own within a few weeks of moving in.

If they were very polite I would let them and then ask them occasionally to carry something heavy out the car, On my way! the grass etc but we must have got a rep because we'd got one that 'shared' the password with another house full so we changed the wifi name to "YOU BLEW IT NUMBER 42" and promptly changed the password grin

squoosh Tue 01-Apr-14 16:23:44

grin grin

I'm in awe of your neighbour's brazen tightfistedness! Tell her to pay for her own bloody wifi. Whadda cheek!

One of my neighbours has called their wifi 'EAT SHIT AND BUY YOUR OWN WIFI'.

SpringBreak Tue 01-Apr-14 16:25:02

cheeky cow. The other issue is that you have no idea what she's uploading / downloading and whether she is infringing copyright that will be traced to you.

expatinscotland Tue 01-Apr-14 16:25:53

I wouldn't have fibbed, but I would also NEVER let anyone use my password, because if they use the net for criminal purposes, you could wind up in a great deal of trouble.

Kaekae Tue 01-Apr-14 16:26:18

Cheeky! No, YANBU. I wouldn't have lied to her though, I would have told her straight!

Stinklebell Tue 01-Apr-14 16:28:33

A few of my neighbours have changed their wifi names to stuff like "get your own wifi tightwads"

I wouldn't have the cheek.

I'm happy for people to have the wifi password while they're here - friends and family coming to stay for example, DD's friends bring their tablets for their Minecraft sessions, but it's a bit of a cheek to use it instead of getting your own even if I do admire her brazeness

newsecretidentity Tue 01-Apr-14 16:36:12

To be honest, It wouldn't have bothered me too much if our connection hadn't started to get really poor-- I'm assuming because she was taking up bandwidth. I feel mean for cutting her off, but at the same time I really do need the internet to work. And mumsnet, obviously.

I fibbed because I don't want a neighbor war... There's no where else to move around here!

expatinscotland Tue 01-Apr-14 16:38:11

You feel mean? She could have landed you in jail, you know.

LIZS Tue 01-Apr-14 16:42:12

She will know you fibbed as your router name will still show up as protected .

CSIJanner Tue 01-Apr-14 16:42:47

Lets see - illegal downloads, child porn, streaming video chat... Nope - don't give it to her. And change your password to something alphanumeric with punctuation, after changing your user name to "cheeky_bint_needs_to_buy_her_own_wifi"

newsecretidentity Tue 01-Apr-14 16:43:28

Actually, that's a good point. I like to assume everybody is nice, but for all I know she could be up to no good.

She acted as though it was a perfectly natural thing to ask, I didn't know if that's something that's commonly done around here...

UncleT Tue 01-Apr-14 16:47:55

YANBU. There's nothing normal about what she did. It is tight-fisted, risky and unfair.

newsecretidentity Tue 01-Apr-14 17:05:16

Oh, I changed the name too, so the original name doesn't show up anymore.

HowContraryMary Tue 01-Apr-14 17:10:39

A few months ago we had a new neighbor move in next door and she asked if she could borrow the wifi password. I assumed she meant on a temporary basis until she could have her installed, and thought no more about it

Assume - makes an Ass out of U and Me, or in her case, just U grin

She asked, you said yes and gave her the PW, you assumes it was temporary.

I'm failing to see what she did wrong, because you had to agree to it.

newsecretidentity Tue 01-Apr-14 17:14:28

She didn't really do anything wrong, in that she asked and I gave it to her. I suppose I should have specified a time frame, but it just didn't occur to me that she planned to piggyback on a permanent basis.

diddl Tue 01-Apr-14 17:20:41

I'm stunned that anyone would say yes to this request!

TaliZorahVasNormandy Tue 01-Apr-14 17:24:25

As am I,

I pay to use my internet, not anyone else.

And the cheek to ask you, if their was an issue with it.

newsecretidentity Tue 01-Apr-14 17:24:31

Maybe I'm naive. We live in a very rural area with poor mobile signal, so it's really difficult to get phone etc. set up when you first move in. When I first moved in here I had to drive 7 miles into the nearest town to get enough mobile signal to email, etc. So I figured letting her borrow the password would make it easier for her to get herself set up and she wouldn't have to go through what I did.

Contrarian78 Tue 01-Apr-14 17:26:03

My parents' Wi-Fi was set up unlocked, and it soon became apparent that the world and their wife were using it. My parents weren't bothered until I pointed out that the kindly old scout master up the road always seemed to have a sucession of girlfriends with young kids could be looking at anything, and that they would struggle to maintain such a relaxed attitude when the boys from Operation Yewtree came and kicked the door off it's hinges.

I locked the wi-fi down for them, but not before changing the name to 'MET_POLICE_SURVEILLLENCE_VAN NO_7'

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