bandwidth piracy

  harps1h 20:58 24 Oct 06

can a cabled network be subject to somebody else using it in the same way a wireless one can be? this is just a question and assume that there is no security on the networks.

  Jak_1 21:01 24 Oct 06


  harps1h 21:03 24 Oct 06

thanks for that

  sean-278262 21:29 24 Oct 06

It depends but unlike wireless it is much more unlikely. If you use things like belkin home start this can be abused. It depends how you are set up. If you are a student then there is a chance if you have things in your room ie router etc that it can be abused. However to connect other than the first example they would need a cable to connect to the network in some way.

  Forum Editor 22:15 24 Oct 06

it's often remarkably easy for an unauthorised user to gain access to the company LAN. Big companies commonly provide LAN ports in meeting rooms, spare offices, lobbies, and other areas where company network users may need to connect from time to time.

Without some means of monitoring network use there's a risk of pretty well anyone being able to plug in a laptop and access network resources. That's why people like me advise their clients' network administrators to run a good network access control (NAC) system. It's a fairly complex subject, but in simple terms NAC monitors a network constantly, and refuses to admit any device that isn't registered on the network. If you try to attach any device that isn't known to the NAC system you simply won't get in.

  sean-278262 22:15 24 Oct 06

FE care to take a trip over to consumerwatch as there is a bit of a spam problem. Sorry to take this thread off topic.

  Forum Editor 23:53 24 Oct 06

Noted, and sorted.

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