Stealing Neighbor’s WiFi

According to an article linked from WifiNetNews, Paul Boutin says that the FCC has said that they’re not “aware” (keyword is aware) of any federal or state laws that prohibit from logining onto an open network.


Amusingly enough, aside from ethics, I don’t think there is anything stopping you from logging onto your neighbor’s networks. I’ve actually accidentally done it at my apartment complex when I was trying to make a SVEASOFT linksys box work. There’s about 7 802.11B APs half of them have the usual default name of “linksys”.
You might hose up their contract about sharing the line if you stream and download huge things, but it’s amusing none-the-less that FCC has said this. In any case, it’s a good article, I suggest reading it.