The systems I manage at work are paragons of best practice execution. They're pristine and secure and if they could smile, I really think they would. The systems I "manage" for my personal use at home are a disheveled mess of arrogant neglect.
Yesterday was the first time I logged into my Linksys Wi-Fi router since the last time it had a firmware update in 2018. I just wanted to change my SSID, but figured I should review all the settings while I was in there. I'm glad I did, because my primary and second DNS were set to IP addresses I'd never heard of before: 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52.
Googling those IPs tells a story that was brand new to me. This has been happening to people as far back as March of 2020. Those DNS servers are meant to return a download prompt in my web browser pretending to be a "COVID-19 Inform App" from the World Health Organization, but I never got this prompt and I haven't been suffering any noticable latency or speed issues either. I had no indication that there was anything wrong.
I don't know how long it has been this way, but I know how it was done. When I originally set this router up, I naively created an account on linksyssmartwifi.com so that I could remotely manage the router config if I needed to. At that time, I was using a password that would eventually end up on known compromised password lists thanks to the 2012 LinkedIn breach. I've long since changed it everywhere and now use a manager to assign unique passwords for every single site... I thought. I completely forgot about linksyssmartwifi.com because I never even used it.
In the unlikely event that you check your own router and discover the same thing I did, cleanup is luckily straightforward -- clear out those DNS servers, change your router password, scan for malware, etc. I did all that, but I also disabled remote access altogether. If I forgot about it entirely, that means I entirely don't need it.
On a positive note, this experience was a good measuring stick for my own security practices over the years, because I'm happy to say that the idea of setting up remote management to my home network for no reason at all gives me the horrified chills that it should. Cheers to personal growth, and check your disheveled messes!
Bartender: You need to buy a drink first.
OK, I’ll have a Coke.
Bartender: Three dollars.
There you go. So what’s the Wi‑Fi password?
Bartender: “You need to buy a drink first.” No spaces, all lowercase.
This is an opt out system meaning it will be enabled by default. Not only does this pose a major security risk it also strips away privacy and uses up your bandwidth. Having a mesh network connecting to tons of IOT devices and allowing remote entry even when disconnected from WiFi is an absolutely terrible security practice and Amazon needs to be called out now!
In addition to this, you may have seen this post earlier. This is because the moderators of this subreddit are suposedly removing posts that speak about asmazon sidewalk negatively, with no explanation given.
How to opt out:
Edit: As far as i know, this is only in the US, so no need to worry if you are in other countries.
Long time lurker. Love this subreddit, and stumbled upon something last week that i figure i should share.
Bro - My Brother; A natural enemy to all things electronic, however not tech illiterate.
Me - Family and friend tech support starting in the early 2000's
Bro is not known for treating his computers well. Every single one he has graced with his touch has had SOMETHING go wrong with it. Spilled drinks, broken charge ports, viruses, cracked screens, hard disk fault which he swears was not caused by physical means... I digress.... This problem in particular though, I don't think is his fault...
Bro's laptop was running hot; like, "almost give you first-degree burns hot". He decided to ignore this problem and continue using it, until one day he booted it up and he had no Wi-Fi - strange.
Well this particular machine is an HP and it shipped with a suite of diagnostic tools, so on his own accord, he ran every troubleshooter and diagnostic tool he could find, but they all came up empty... I even coached him through a windows re-install over the phone after he got sick of HP's UI's, but that did not fix any of his problems either (well the HP bloat went away).
The laptop has an ethernet port so he was happy enough continuing to use the laptop via a 50' cat6 tether to the router... So we figured, ok this laptop just runs hot, and you have internet now so problem solved.
Problem solved indeed, until the day one of his couch naps was interrupted by a fire in his loins. Said laptop was running SUPER HOT now, definitely worse than before. Well, out of pure spite, that laptop got replaced with a pre-build gaming desktop, and was set aside and forgotten about.... Until somehow I came into ownership of it when I opened a box in my closet and found it.
I quickly was reminded of the heating issue, much to the dismay of the first three fingers on my right hand, and diagnosed it as a simple clogged vent/fan, so I emptied about 1/4 can of compressed air into every orifice I could find. Satisfied with the amount of dust and debris expelled onto my kitchen table, I proceeded to try and diagnose the wi-fi problem.
There's no option to connect to a wireless network... Strange...
Device Manager shows only 1 ethernet adaptor listed... no mention of the wi-fi adapter... also strange... Maybe some drivers are missing due to the windows refresh? This laptop has laid dormant for a few years so I decided to patch into my switch and let windows update do its... keep reading on reddit ➡
For context, I live in Africa in a well made city. I'm 21 and a student with side jobs that I can do from home. Not that home Wi-Fi systems are always crappy, but I chose a okay plan that would fit my budget after asking my family to chip in on the monthly bills. Sadly, this WiFi can't handle multiple jobs so easily. When everyone has video streams running on their phones, laptops and even TV upto 9 devices, it becomes so hard to work on my computer with the extremely slow internet. So evenings are the worst time for me to work, as everyone gets home then and just wants to chill. I am okay with that as they are helping with the payment.
I've told them about the issue and the solution was that whenever we are not using a device, we shouldn't keep the WiFi on as background data can hog up the connection. And most evenings, I can just have dinner and take a nap... And when I wake up, they'll have gone to sleep already so I can work comfortably. I like the energy I get from waking up too!
Back to my story: Last night, everything went as usual, I wake up at 10:30 PM, and ah everything is so silent... So satisfying. So I sit on my chair and try to load up my websites. They took way longer than they should to show up, so I decided to go in the router terminal on my computer to see the list of devices connected to the WiFi.
I was like oh well I guess he isn't waking up early tomorrow. But I saw no lights coming from his room. I sneak there and open the door, he's sleeping and none of his devices were there. I go downstairs to the living room and I found his phone charging right by the TV. I say ugh, he forgot to turn off the Wi-Fi! So I opened his phone and did it for him. I searched for the iPad but couldn't find it. I went back to my room to find that the internet was still laggy, but tolerable this time. I sat there for a few hours working until I got sleepy at around 2 AM and then went to sleep.
This morning at 5 AM, my brother BARGES into my room angry and yelling "DID YOU TURN OFF THE WIFI ON MY PHONE?!" And me, rubbing my sleepy eyes said, "yeah?" He yelled back "NEVER TOUCH MY PHONE AND TURN OFF THE WI-FI AGAIN!" And slammed the door on his way out of the room. I think he was downloading a large file or something overnight. I got angry as I was woken up to hear this crap and now I can't even go back to sleep! I thought about what he said, and the idea came to me... Here's the Malicious... keep reading on reddit ➡
I tested Stadia in a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi and in a 5 GHz Wi-Fi. I never thought that the difference is so big. In both networks I played half an hour... In 2.4 GHz and 40 mbit/s Stadia ran good. Some bugs but mostly good. In the 5 GHz and 60 mbit/s it ran perfectly. No bugs and 4K.
My partner and I are both working remotely because of COVID and decided to get away for a bit to get some hiking in on the weekends. We're new and unexperienced to the whole digital nomad lifestyle and I feel like we got hazed pretty good already. We booked a month long AirBNB that claimed to be good for working out of and had good WiFi... Needless to say the WiFi is only decent for checking emails and general internet browsing.
I work as a video editor and have to upload clips that are about 250 to 500 MB's. Nothing huge, but a 400 MB file this morning took 4.5 hours to upload where it usually takes 1.5 minutes with a good connection. Ran an ISP speed test and it showed 2.5 Mbps download speed and 0.2 Mbps upload speed... We contacted the AirBNB host and he's been trying to help. He claimed to have called the ISP and they're saying this is the best plan available in our area we're staying at. He even gave us his MiFi to use but the speeds are no better with that either, somehow.
I am a complete technological noob when it comes to understanding our WiFi alternative options at this point - or if there are even any. I understand mobile hotspots are an option but from what I've read, there's no real truly unlimited plan; is that right? I have AT&T and I don't mind dropping the money for adding a mobile hotpsot plan if it would work... Is that the best option? I also have an iPad with me and the MiFi that was lended to us but I'm not sure what the best move is at this point. Any help would be super appreciated and thank you!!
TLDR: AirBNB WiFi is terrible and we upload/download files to work. I have an iPhone with AT&T unlimited data plan but no mobile hotspot at the moment, an iPad, and a MiFi that the owner lent to us that also doesn't work. What's the best option we could do to get some decent connection and could you explain it like I'm 5? Thank you and apologies for the noob post!!
Why does a full backup in icloud still require a mandatory wi-fi connection? Unlimited mobile internet has been around for a long time. Let's say I don't have wi-fi at home, what should I do in this situation?
My wifi is constantly disconnecting from wifi and only stays connected for a few seconds to a few minutes.
Edit: didn't mean to sound like I was complaining too much about beta issues, i was mainly letting people know in case they were thinking of updating.
Every certificate for every site is being issued by some random untrusted guy pretending to be in Wuhan.
I've tested this across multiple devices and in multiple browsers. They all pick up on the invalid authority and shut it down. It isn't happening on 4G (which is how I'm typing this) so I know that it must be the network.
How can someone be doing this? I don't understand networking at all, but I can't see how this would even be possible without physically hijacking something, and I can't imagine when/how that would have happened.
I'm asking because I'm probably the only person in the house who can put this into words, although I likely won't understand much. If anyone knows what's going on or how to stop it, please help!
EDIT: I've unplugged everything (it was a mesh network) and left a note to reset them all + change the password for when everyone wakes up. I guess we'll see what happens next
EDIT 2: After waking up, it seemed that the problem had stopped. All of the certificates are from valid places now. I'm still going to recommend that my parents reset the router and change the password.
So the box is on the front of my house and I have phoned them and asked them to remove it two days ago nothing happened and I was wandering, can I remove it? I am in England
Edit: this is my first post on Reddit so not completely sure on what I’m doing. Thanks everyone for the advice and I’m trying to sort it out with the company (I’m not sure wether i should or shouldn’t name the company) and will post an update when anything happens but it will probably be a few weeks as they are quite slow.
Edit: Update We were ignored by the company and they cut us off on calls to them multiple times so we assumed they didn’t care and took it off ourselves.
Long story short, We are a family of 3, me, my brother and my father,mostly all day we are all out for work. (English is not my first language, sorry if something is not quite clear) My uncle, my fathers brother has his house like really close, basically we share the same yard. Now since they moved here been more then 4 years as for now, they are using our internet, and they actually never paid something for it, never ever have they even told me like, here is half money for the internet last month or something. They have like 6 phones which are in use all the time. Last month we(they) reached the limit which is like 500GB. It's really pain in the ass trying to play some games when I come back home. And today I've had it enough and changed the password for the Wi-Fi, and they seemed like upset for me doing it.
Edit (come back come): come back home*
Again, I'm trying to understand the marketing terms, nomenclature, and actualities of this. This is a rabbit hole I didn't think was so deep and the addition of AX (AX==Wi-Fi 6, correct?), it makes this whole hole deeper and wider.
Does Wi-Fi 6E on refer to devices AX enabled while Wi-Fi 6 refer to the standard? I just learned my iPad and our iPhones are Wi-Fi 6 enabled. Does that mean they are 6E devices?
Wi-Fi 6 uses a different frequency allocation, correct? 'Unlicensed' wifi runs at 2.4ghz, 5ghz, and 6ghz(Wi-Fi 6)?
Also, if 6 and 6E are two different beasts, can a 6 router be turned into a 6E router with a firmgrade update? Yeah - I know that's a question that depends on hardware but I'm curious.