Do you let guests and acquaintances use your secure home Wi-Fi connection when t

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  1. Room of My Own profile image97
    Room of My Ownposted 4 years ago

    Do you let guests and acquaintances use your secure home Wi-Fi connection when they visit you?

    While hosting a networking business meeting in my home recently, one of the guests leaned over and quietly asked if he could use my Wi-Fi to access the internet on his iPhone. I was surprised he asked me for it because I assumed he'd already have cellular connectivity. I declined and told him I couldn't remember my password (which was true).  I carried on with the meeting, but afterwards I was curious about the proper etiquette for sharing secure Wi-Fi access with guests in your home.

  2. junkseller profile image83
    junksellerposted 4 years ago

    That's a tricky one. Personally I wouldn't ask to use an acquaintances private home network. I MIGHT ask them if they had a public/guest access, but nothing where'd they'd have to provide a password to a secure private network.

    At the same time, it doesn't seem unreasonable to be at a networking business meeting and expect Wi-Fi access, even if it is a private house. I think if I were running such an event, I'd set up a guest access profile and provide it for anyone interested.

    The tact with which you handled it seems appropriate. Not many people know their Wi-Fi password, so I doubt anyone would see that as being rude.

    As for proper, who knows. I think asking for someone's password is bad form, whether that's for a computer or Wi-Fi, however, simply asking for Wi-Fi access, seems reasonable. I would tend to say that in today's modern day, a proper host should provide Wi-Fi access, while a proper guest should only ask if guest/public Wi-Fi is available.

    1. Room of My Own profile image97
      Room of My Ownposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank, junkseller! I hadn't thought about setting up a guest account. We're just a small group so far and since  no one has ever brought a laptop to the meeting, none of us had thought about supplying WiFi as part of our hosting duties.

  3. ForLoveofCupcakes profile image84
    ForLoveofCupcakesposted 4 years ago

    Yes. I have no problem with it. Its true that I'm pretty trusting buying don't see anything wrong with sharing my wifi.

    1. Room of My Own profile image97
      Room of My Ownposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Like you I am quite trusting too, but a few weeks back I got a bug that couldn't get rid off. My ISP warned me that It may have been caused by a WiFi breach, but I still have no idea how that happened. I've been cautious about my WiFi ever since.

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