If you piggyback, or open up your home network for others to use, what is your reason for doing so?What Is Your Motivation?
Scratch each others back
- My neighbor uses our signal and in turn mows our yard and shovels snow. I'm disabled and unable to. Also gotta hand it to the 15 & 13 yr old from earlier comment. Smart and resourceful. They'll grow to be well rounded successful adults. Wish there were more like them. :-)
- —Guest scottc1
Because I am grateful
- When I am visiting San Diego, or some other place where I do not live, I am always so thankful when someone has an unsecured Wifi, because I like using the Internet.
- —Guest LW
Because I'm super poor
- I have a computer, but a monthly fee of $40 or more is something I can't afford... . The economy out there is pretty rough.
- —Guest Poor motherfucker
- Sometimes the roommates I live with hand out our Wifi keycode to strangers. It's one thing if they're a guest in our home. But it's another thing if they're one of the nearby neighbors in this apartment complex, because many of them can afford to do drugs every day but not pay for their own Internet... .
- —Guest Upset
Worry or not
- I consider myself pretty ethical. Here's my take. If you pay for Wifi and don't want to share it is your responsibility to password protect it. I never attempt to overcome security - that would be trespassing, yet I don't worry about using unsecured airwaves, other than the possible risk of being over watched (like with a bank account). I suspect there are plenty of people that pay for way more than they use.
- —Guest Cici
Con Cast = evil company
- Con_cast is not a good/fair Company. I provide Tech-support for-neighbor's system. Combined usage is never over 250GB max (? 300gb now? ) I know she is overpaying ...
- —Guest OldTechy
Helping a friend
- My friend is very poor. He has a computer, so I share my network with him.
- —Guest jayant
Stealing if you're not paying
- My neighbor begs and asks for any and everything. The last thing I want is for her to get free Internet.
- —Guest Stealing if your not payin
For a retired school teacher
- My neighbor, who lives in the duplex adjacent to mine, is a sweet, retired school teacher on a fixed income (health reasons). I am a former teacher and have similar health problems. We have become good friends, and someone recently gave her a refurbished computer. I have invited her to connect to the Internet using my Wi-Fi. Only trouble right now is figuring out what she needs to have in order to do that. A family member (computer geek) got me set up.
- —Guest Catmutt
Helping disadvantaged people seems fair
- I do not share my Comcast at this time. However, if there was someone that had limited utilities of some sort I would not hesitate to share. Why not?
Helping out mom-in-law
- She's 84 and just learning to use a computer. She has the condo across the hall from us, and we let her piggyback on ours. She's a sweetheart, and that's what families do.
- —Guest Dave
Sharing with an elderly neighbour
- I do it for an elderly neighbour so she can Skype to her sister on the east coast. She is very excited about being able to use a computer. She is also very nervous about using it... thinks she will break it. I told her the letter writing days are over she can e-mail now. She even offered to split the cost, but i said no... she's on a pension.
- —Guest chlomyster
A community service
- (My motivation is) to be a part of a wider community. I can share my connection and use others bandwidth if I'm out and about.
- —Guest Rab
'Split it.' (the monthly bills)
- Me as a 15 year old and my neighbor as a 13 year old do yard work and babysitting, split our monthly bill for Wi-Fi connection and such so we can stay online through our Xbox 360's. As long as we're friends or alive, bills and Wi-Fi coverage will be easy to pay for.
- —Guest lucky
A trial before switching from dial-up
- I used dial at home up until I noticed unsecure networks in range. When those disappeared I asked a neighbor and was given access to a secure network. But since my neighbor's network is often turned off, I broke down and paid for my own cable network. I keep it locked.
- —Guest JohnTony