How to use a neighbour's Wi-Fi internet connection

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How to use a neighbour's Wi-Fi internet connection
You can share your neighbour's Wi-Fi network if he gives you authorisation first. (vladru/iStock/Getty Images)

Most wireless network signals can travel around 10 to 15 metres (30 to 50 feet) from the location of the router or access point. If that point is connected to the internet, anyone within the radius of the signal can, in principle, access the internet over that Wi-Fi network. If you live near enough to a neighbour you might be able to connect to his Wi-Fi network as long as you ask permission first.

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  1. 1

    Launch the Control Panel on your computer. In Windows 8, right-click the Windows logo in the bottom-left of the desktop screen. Windows 7 users can access the Control Panel from the Start menu.

  2. 2

    Select "Network and Internet," then choose "Network and Sharing Centre."

  3. 3

    Click "Manage wireless networks" on the left side of the window. A list of wireless networks within range of your computer appears.

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    Find your neighbour's Wi-Fi network on the list. If it's not listed, you aren't getting a strong enough signal to use it from your location. Try an alternate location.

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    Ask your neighbour if he will allow you to use his Wi-Fi network. Don't join the network without securing this permission, for several reasons: it is illegal to access computing or network resources without the owner's authorisation; your neighbour can be held liable for any adverse consequences arising from your internet activities; and the network bandwidth you use may affect the performance of applications your neighbour needs to run on his network.

  6. 6

    Obtain the network security passkey from your neighbour. Many Wi-Fi networks are encrypted and require a key.

  7. 7

    Click the entry for the neighbour's network, and then click "Connect." Enter the network passkey when prompted. After a short delay, your computer will join your neighbour's Wi-Fi network and you can start accessing the internet.

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