Hey Lifehacker, I have a friend renting my spare room, and he’s hooked up to my internet connection via Wi-Fi. I’m on a 60GB a month plan. Before he moved in, I never used up the allowance, but this month 101GB has been consumed. Two questions: what kind of activity could cause that kind of download volume, and can I be sure that he’s responsible? Thanks, Bandwidth Blues
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The first question has an obvious answer: incessant torrenting of TV shows and movies. I know plenty of people who would argue that 60GB a month wasn’t enough to feed their download habit.
It’s possible that your internet connection is being leeched by a neighbour, but your new housemate does seem the most likely culprit. The simplest thing to do is ask. You don’t mention whether you get slugged with excess charges for going over your limit or have your connection shaped. If the former, you absolutely need to have the discussion.
There’s an easy way to make that happen: change the Wi-Fi password. When you tell your housemate the new password, you can use that as the trigger for a discussion of how you don’t have unlimited downloads. And if it turns out someone else has been grabbing your bandwidth, the switched password will cut them off.
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