Imagine this situation: you are an internet geek and cannot live without the internet connection for a moment. You have moved into a place which has no cyber cafe and the connection you had applied for is going to take a few days. The best solution (though not necessarily a desirable one) might be to break into the Wi-Fi network of your neighbors and use them for a few days. The following steps will show how to break into a Wi-Fi network.
1. Find a network first
Imagine a situation when you struggle to find a network on your cell phone. Depending on the location your cell phone fails to detect network at times. So what do you do in a situation like this? You move around physically from one place to another and constantly check the network bars on the cell phone. You also move your cell phone up and down and sideways until it detects a network. You need to do the same with your laptop when you are trying to identify a network. Remember that Wi-Fi signals and cell phone signals travel on similar radio frequency levels. So rush to the rooftop of your house, sit near an open window or better still, sit in the lawn, if it is available. Your laptop is more likely to detect signals when you are away from a blocked space. Also, do not forget to move your laptop up and down or sideways.
2. Identify a network
Just like you identify computer file types by their extensions (for example, .docx indicates a Microsoft Word 2007 word document and .htm indicates an HTML file), there are certain ways by which you can identify a network by its name. After you have settled in a place, where network is available, look for certain names which will signify Wi-Fi networks. Certain Wi-Fi networks come with names like belkin54g, Wireless, Apple Network 0273df, default and linksys. When you detect Wi-Fi networks with such names, chances are that the network providers have not changed the default names and probably, you would not need a password to get an access. Another clue to identify an all-access network is that it bears a name in lowercase. Wi-Fi network names in all capital letters are most probably corporate networks and not available to everyone.
3. Look for activation signals
After your laptop has successfully identified and accessed a Wi-Fi network, it gives specific signals to indicate that the network is available. The IP address in the laptop changes and it is given a local number by the router of the network. If you have Windows installed, keep open the Network Control Panel to see the changes. If it is an Apple laptop, keep open the Network section in the System Preferences section.
4. Activate the DNS
On most laptops, the DNS (Domain Name Service) should start automatically. Most laptops these days are configured for the DNS. However, if the browser shows an error (such as Cannot find server), then configuring your laptop for a public server might work for you. For the uninitiated, DNS or Domain Name Service is equivalent of translating a domain (such as abc.com) into an IP address.
5. Do not peek into computers of other people
It is absolutely fine if you break Wi-Fi codes and browse the web and do not peek into the computers of your neighbors. However, do keep in mind that there could be laws which may get you prosecuted if you violate the privacy of your neighbors.