A lot of people seem to have questions about share-my-internet.com. I have taken the most common questions and put them here in this document. Please let me know if you have any further questions.
We're not trying to let just anybody waltz along and connect
to your network anonymously - we're trying to hook you up with your neighbors and others nearby and let you
work out the terms for sharing your access. That way you know who's connecting, and vice versa.
1: How did you come up with the idea for share-my-internet.com?
2: Is it illegal to share my WiFi connection, or use someone else's?
3: Why don't you just let us type in our address?
4: Will sharing my Internet make it slow?
5: Can I list more than one AP?
6: Who built share-my-internet.com?
7: Do you have any banners that I can use on my website to link to you?
Q: How did you come up with the idea for share-my-internet.com?
My wife and I wanted to switch to high-speed Internet. I priced high-speed with different ISPs and found that the price (after the introductory 3 months) was about $40-$50 per month. That was so expensive, but we didn't have any choice. We signed up for high-speed Internet.
I hooked up a wireless router and then opened my laptop. While looking for my wireless network, I found over 6 other wireless networks from my neighbors' WIFI.
We each purchased our own high-speed Internet when we could have split the cost amongst all of us! Countless people already do this, but it's usually because they are close neighbors.
My neighborhood is so dense, however, that finding which network belongs to whom is almost impossible.
A sampling of the networks I can|
see from my home.
I decided that I should write a website to help neighbors share their WIFI.
Q: Is it illegal to share my wireless Internet (WIFI) connection, or to use someone else's?
No. Simply sharing your WiFi connection is not illegal as
defined by any state or federal law.
accessing someone else's network without their knowledge or permission is definately
illegal - that's covered by the Computer
Fraud and Abuse Act.
Sharemywifi.com's whole purpose, though, is to connect people who are explictly
giving their permission to share their WiFi access with their neighbors and others.
It's a huge difference than if you were just taking their access without asking.
Be advised that your provider's Terms of Service (TOS), however, may be another matter.
The TOS is your
'contract' with your ISP - and some internet providers explicitly prohibit
buying internet from them and then sharing it with your neighbors, so you'll have to
check with yours to make sure.
Other, more forward-thinking providers like Speakeasy,
for example - will sell you internet access and help you share it with your neighbors.
They'll even knock some money off of your bill. They don't care what you do with it as
long as you're buying the line. Again, you should check with your provider.
TechDirt: Are You Liable If Someone Does Something Illegal On Your WiFi?
Wi-Fi mooching and the law (enteredge.com)
Share the Word ... And the DSL Connection (washingtonpost.com)
Why don't you charge any money? Is this site really free?
The purpose of this site is not to make money. It's to help people save money. This service is free to use and there are no 'hidden fees' or anything strange like that.
Will sharing my Internet make it slow?
That depends. Most users just want to surf the web, get their email, and
maybe download a few files - and that doesn't require a whole heck of a lot of bandwidth.
Your standard cable connection (4m down, 512k up) is really kind of overkill for a single household anyway.
Unless you're a power user, adding a few neighbors onto your WiFi shouldn't
going to result in any noticeable slowness.
Who built share-my-internet.com?
Of course, it is up to the person listing their WiFi to work out
terms for sharing their line that are to their satisfaction. We're just here
to help people who need WiFi hook up with those who have it - we leave the details to you.
I did. I am a Software Engineer from Provo, UT.
Have any banners?
Yes - feel free to use this one: