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Offline Last Active Feb 12 2011 05:42 PM

Wireless Network Security Help Required

12 May 2010 - 07:40 PM

A few months back, we started going over out bandwidth limit, which we'd never done before. This happened to coincide with when I bought my new laptop, so naturally enough, my parents decided that it was my fault. Then, I cut my internet usage to the bare minimum (IRC, IM'ing, Email, and a tiny bit of browsing.) And we went over anyway. Way over, $30 worth. This continued for a while, with my parents eventually agreeing that it must be one of my siblings use of the internet. So my Dad and I blocked YouTube, and stopped torrenting anything. Still went over.

At this point, I added trackers (BitMeter) to every computer in the house. We still went over our 60gb limit, even though the usage of the computers in the house never approached anything near that. Since then, I've got nuts tracking everything. According to the Cogeco bandwidth meter, we're using about 1,500 mb every day (on average: that works out to about 1.5gb).

My Mom insisted on calling Cogeco to see if they could do anything (I knew that they couldn't) and we were told to swap our modem in for a new one. We did so, and I now have it hooked up. They've said to leave my wireless on and protected to see if that is indeed the problem. I doubt that it is, but it's still worth a try.

I've had MAC address limits suggested to me, but I can't get my router to accept any of them being input, and I've been told that it's fairly easy to clone them.

My current security is:
  • Hidden SSID
  • 25+ character password
  • Broadcast power turned down to the router's lowest setting.
  • WPA encryption active

So really, my questions are:

Could it be the modem's fault? Circling packets or something equally strange? I doubt that it is, but I'm still curious (and currently testing it).
Is there any way to make my network more secure? I can't find anything else, but then again, this is not one of my areas of expertise.
Does anyone know how to find any firmware upgrades for a Dlink DIR-601 router? I can't find any anywhere, and I wonder if that's why the MAC address functions refuse to behave.

Thanks for the help, if you can offer any, and thanks for the time if you can't. I'll keep watch and respond to any questions anyone has.

What Slayer Master to use?

30 April 2010 - 07:35 PM

I'm going to be slaying for quite a while, and have realized that I should probably choose the best Slayer Master.

I'm currently using Chaeldar, and am finding the tasks far too easy and often annoying. (I'm feel like my days of fighting cave crawlers should be over.) I tried just asking a few people, but I was promptly overwhelmed by cries of "no, he's not high enough" "those tasks are too easy" and "do I know you?"

Please post WHY you would recommend this master, even if all you have to say is "good points, short tasks."

Thanks in advance.

I'm not sure if I'm insane.

30 April 2010 - 02:18 PM

Last night (about 12 hours ago) I purchased around 500 pineapples from the G.E.

This morning, when I check my bank, I have 40. Everything else, as far as I can tell, is exactly the same: in the exact spot that I logged at, everything else is fine.

EDIT: Everything else I purchased from the G.E. has vanished: my G.E. history also only lists things that I purchased well before last night's shopping.

EDIT: Now I'm sure: I had 600 strawberry seeds that were taking forever to buy: they're not in my bank, my history, or my G.E. box.

Am I just nuts?

Nope, turns out that I'm not, thanks to D_V_Devnull.

cooldog08, you probably experienced the hiccup with one or more of the servers yesterday. It appears Jagex was unable to retrieve/save the data from that server's session, causing damage to a mass number of user profiles, and forcing usage of older data. So you haven't mentally lost it. But you will need to work to get all that stuff all over again, sorry.

~D. V. "I know, it sucks, but that's all you can do..." Devnull

Farming Updates

29 April 2010 - 08:36 PM

Simple update(s):

When you use a farming implement on the Tool Leprechaun, it should store it "in him". Not sure if anyone else is sometimes annoyed by having to open and then deposit?

Compost/Supercompost should actually be an ingredient for compost, and, perhaps as in reality, could meant that the compost is ready faster.

The gardeners should just be done away with, and their job done by the Leprechaun, whose name I suggest be changed to "Farming Leprechaun."

Slayer weapon advice

17 April 2010 - 08:01 PM

I'm currently slaying, training str for at least another few weeks, and wanted to choose the optimal weapon for my tasks:

I currently have Whip + Rune Defender (use for tasks that require a shield and such)
and Bandos Godsword (using to train strength ATM)

I have the cash to do it, but I'm not sure: should I buy a Saradomin Sword? I hear that it's more DPS than the Bandos GS?

Thanks in advance for the help guys. =)

[Be back to check answers in about an hour]