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Is sharing with neighbour allowed?

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Is sharing with neighbour allowed?

Still on dial-up here, but hope to be ADSL enabled soon. Is there anything in the PlusNet AUP/T&C that would prevent me from sharing the connection/cost with a neighbour?

Thanks in advance.

Rob.
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Community Veteran
Posts: 5,878
Registered: 04-04-2007

Is sharing with neighbour allowed?

You can't resell the service and sharing with a neighour might also be classed as 'extending the PlusNet service' which is also not allowed. Needless to say I know of people who have done it before and doubt PlusNet would be particually interested in one off occurances Smiley

Chris
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Is sharing with neighbour allowed?

In theory, you cannot.
In practice it is.
Unless you are VERY friendly with your neighbour I would not recommend it as any problems, such as speed, P2P bandwidth sharing, connection problems etc would have to be sorted out between you and your neighbour.
PlusNet could, and most probably would, cease your service if it was found out.

Ask yourself, who currently maintains the garden fence between you Huh
Although I have a good relationship with our neighbours, when money is concerned, I wouldn't trust them (or me).
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Is sharing with neighbour allowed?

Thanks for the replies. Certainly wouldn't want to upset anyone (PlusNet) and as you've said it could be a lot of hassle.

It was just an idea, but thinking some more not a very good one...

Rob.
Ianwild
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Registered: 05-04-2007

Is sharing with neighbour allowed?

At the end of the day, no ISP is in a position to monitor this anyway, so it isn't something we could actively enforce. However, the risks of doing this (Above and beyond the fact that they might use all your bandwidth) are huge. Imagine what happens if your neighbours machine becomes Virus infected, or worse still, they do something illegal - You would be responsible for that and there is no way I would trust anyone who's machine I didn't have direct control over to use my connection!

Regards,

Ian
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Imagine what happens if your neighbours machine becomes Virus infected, or worse still, they do something illegal - You would be responsible for that and there is no way I would trust anyone who's machine I didn't have direct control over to use my connection!


Good Answer!
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Is sharing with neighbour allowed?

On the other hand, a 2Mb line shared between 4 people
works out at 16.50 per person for 512K 20-1 (or higher as
they wont all be using the line at the same time)
This is already happening with groups of students and in
appartment blocks and could spread now that wireless technology
is available.
Sometimes peoples financial capability would outway any
risk involved.
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The legal issue is a biggie though. If one of the group starts downloading kiddie porn then the police will come knocking on the door of whoever 'owns' the connection and you don't want to be in that position. Well I wouldn't anyway.

Of course, the final choice is with the individual. I'm sure this is happening all over the place. As Ian Wild said, PlusNet can't actively monitor it. I have 2 and sometimes 3 PC's on my connection but it's no problem because I look after them all.
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Is sharing with neighbour allowed?

The answer would be make sure the connection is not in
your name .Lol.
Seriously though it would boil down to issue's of legality,
eg. if somebody shares their appartment, phone line, gas bill, or are even married to a bank robber it
does'nt make them liable for his/her crimes.
If your sharing your internet connection with somebody
it would obviously be on the understanding that it was for legal
purposes. If police came knocking on your door then you would
personally have nothing to hide as your pc (excuse the pun)
would be clean, however the actual process of proving
one's innocence might be very traumatic.