r/techsupport Nov 24 '22

Roommate keeps secretly kicking me off the wifi? Open | Networking

Hi everyone. I am at my wits end here! I hope you can advise.

Increasingly, in recent months, when I'm watching something online on my roku device and my roommate thinks it's loud, the wifi access to the device cuts off. I can still see the wifi and am still connected, but no internet access, often for an hour or so.

Sometimes, especially because I then try to switch to watching on PC or phone, and only after I try watching on one of those, the exact same problem then jumps to those devices: can see wifi, seemingly still connected, but no internet.

I have a third roommate and nothing like this ever happens to his devices. The roommate I believe is doing this works in IT. He's very young, emotional, reactive, and refuses to communicate when he'd simply like me to turn the volume down. If I'm watching something with any volume at all and he takes a nap or goes to bed, the wifi to the roku cuts out. This has infuriated me to the point that I'm coming here! What can I do?

We share the internet with the unit upstairs, where the router is located. When they reset the router, my access comes back. But I can't keep asking the landlord to ask them to reset the router! And I know this problem happens for none of the other people who use this wifi.

My roku, PC, and phone are not all faulty! And not all faulty only when my roommate is annoyed! How do I address this? He refuses to admit he is doing this but also won't ever outright deny it. Please, please help. Any advice would be so much appreciated.

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u/[deleted] Nov 24 '22

This is a interpersonal communication issue, not a technical issue (or at least can not be addressed via technical means). Locked as you've already received relevant responses.

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u/in_u_endo______ Nov 24 '22

They figured out the router password from the online user manual because the default one is rarely ever changed. Ask landlord to change the default password.

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u/Acid_Monster Nov 24 '22

In this case, could OP not just use the default password to login, and change the password himself?

I’d do this, and then say “I have no idea what you mean” when the roommate asks about it.

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u/[deleted] Nov 24 '22

It’s not his router

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u/swants Nov 24 '22

Or factory reset

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u/stewart789 Nov 24 '22

Presumably the factory details are known to the roommate. They need to be changed from the default after resetting the router.

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u/12reevej Nov 24 '22

Yep exactly this ^

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u/Emerald_Flame Nov 24 '22

This is honestly more of an r/relationships problem. You have a shitty roommate. I assume you've already talked to your roommate about the issue?

If that's the case, it sounds like you get your internet from a router that your landlord own. Talk to them, tell them the issues you're having, and then ask them if they can make sure they've changed the password to the router's configuration page so it's secure. My guess is they either gave your roommate the config password or the router is still configured with a default password, and they're going in and putting a block on your device's MAC address.

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u/Quirky_Movie Nov 24 '22 edited Nov 24 '22

OP should tell the landlord that he is paying for internet access and this roommate is depriving him of service. That he either needs to install a line for himself that this person can't access or they fix his access to this service. As of now, he will not pay for the service as long as it continues to be disrupted. If included in his ret, he should ask for his rent to reflect a reduction for his lack of access to a utility.

OP, please take up electric guitar and place the speaker on the wall closet to your roommate. Whenever your internet goes out? Start practicing scales.

ETA: It is 100% best to involve the landlord in this--this is legitimately against his interests. The other tenant is interfering in the OP's ability to enjoy his home and is putting the landlord in breach of his contract with OP. Depending on where OP lives and the rental market, it is usually worse to lose a tenant in favor of a roommate like the IT roommate, because he will continue to harass other renters until they leave.

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u/StabbyMcCatboy Nov 24 '22

And when you get it, let the roommate know.

"Hey, since my devices seem to be faulty, I'm just gonna use this new free time to practice my trumpet skills! It's much more useful to learn a skill than watch tv, after all! Just wanted to be a good roommate and let you know that I'll be using the time my wifi is down to practice now."

I wonder if he'll admit he was at fault or if your WiFi access will suddenly be uninterrupted?

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u/phobic_x Nov 24 '22

Learn to play E G A E G B A E G A G E

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u/angrydeuce Nov 24 '22

When my roommate back in the day would blast their shitty house music for hours on end I'd get out my Ibanez/Marshall practice amp, crank it up to match, and literally just try to make the most discordant shapes on the fretboard I possibly could and wail on that fucker.

TBH discovered some really interesting chord shapes and progressions doing that shit and parlayed them into actual songs lol. "What's that chord?" "Yeah idk G#msus4add9dim13 or something" (yes I made that chord up I sucked at music theory in high school lol)

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u/simonk2001 Nov 24 '22

I see what you did there.

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u/gavynray123 Nov 24 '22

Get a drum set, and some nice cymbals. Expensive, but absolutely fantastic at punishing people.

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u/Indifferentchildren Nov 24 '22

It is usually best to not involve landlords in roommate drama. Bagpipe trumps guitar.

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u/[deleted] Nov 24 '22

Hahah I want to see the non-confrontational neck beard behind this terrible series of socially awful choices.

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u/rosickness12 Subreddit Supporter Nov 24 '22

I was going to say /r/unethicallifeprotips

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u/Overlord_Ace Nov 24 '22

Yes, do this. Go to the landlord and ask or even help him change password and talk about this issue.

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u/jojo_31 Nov 24 '22

Shitty thing to do for sure. But he said his roommate thinks it's too loud, we don't know how loud. Could be justified.

What does he mean by roommate? Do they actually share the room itself? I've heard that that's actually the case in some american student dorms. If so, why not use headphones?

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u/Gohanisbetter Nov 24 '22

Depends on thr equipment and the settings. Most of the time yes. You can cut internet on certain devices while leave it on the network. I suggest changing the routers admin creds.

I also suggest taking a spare phone, not telling him about it, connect it to the wifi and only use it to see if it is still able to use wifi when your other devices disconnect.

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u/yahumno Nov 24 '22

He is most likely using MAC address filtering, so if a random device connects to the network, the roommate will figure it out fairly quickly.

Best bet is to ask the landlord to change the admin password on the router.

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u/canamericanguy Nov 24 '22

It's possible specific ports are being blocked as well.

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u/Gohanisbetter Nov 24 '22

That's part of what I mean. Port 443 and 80 couls be blocked on the router for those devices.

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u/WEASELexe Nov 24 '22

And if the admin password has been changed I suggest gifting upstairs a new router and looking up how to access the admin controls then changing the password yourself that way no one else can access it

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u/Phazetic99 Nov 24 '22

The passive move:
Buy bluetooth headphones and don't disturb your neighbor/roomate

The passive aggressive move:
Buy an electric guitar and when wifi goes down, learn how to play

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u/Aberry9036 Nov 24 '22

Buy headphones, he won’t hear you and you won’t lose internet.

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u/HiggzInBozon Nov 24 '22

How loud is this guy listening to stuff? Are you all 12 years old? We need more to this story!!

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u/blueberrypieplease Nov 24 '22

Yes, they are. And the landlord is Mommy. She regrets having 3 boys…but, alas….

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u/jkhashi Nov 24 '22

yeah this story reeks of family drama

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u/gavynray123 Nov 24 '22

I don’t care how loud it is, it’s disrespectful and boundary crossing to shut the wifi off for someone who pays for it. That’s like shutting the water off because they take showers too long, especially when no attempt to communicate was made in the first place

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u/wrath_of_grunge Nov 24 '22

agreed that it's childish. but as many can attest to, adults don't always grow up, and many are quite childish.

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u/shapeshifter91 Nov 24 '22

The best answer so far!

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u/Drivingmecrazeh Helper Extraordinaire Nov 24 '22

Nothing we can do about it -- this is a behavioral thing that needs to be addressed with the culprit. Sorry.

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u/Moist-Improvement-62 Nov 24 '22

But it's possible he could be doing this? Interacting with the router to cut internet access to my devices specifically? That's all I really need to know, perhaps.

It would help if there were some way in my devices' settings to prevent this from happening, though. Thank you for your feedback.

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u/Drivingmecrazeh Helper Extraordinaire Nov 24 '22

Many, but not all, routers, have parental control capabilities. You can block MAC addresses, and you can block based off of time frames, too. For example, only allow XYZ devices during the hours of 1-5am. Or, they can 'pause' internet access, but it all depends on the type of router you have.

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u/LostInSpace9 Nov 24 '22

I have never seen a router without this capability, it’s not only limited to “parental control” either.

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u/wrath_of_grunge Nov 24 '22

older and cheaper routers often don't have good software.

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u/swinegums Nov 24 '22

But it's possible he could be doing this? Interacting with the router to cut internet access to my devices specifically?

Yes, it is possible to do this and not terribly complicated or difficult. Likely the router PW is a default one so he is easily able to access. Theoretically that means you could do the same... Cut his access or change the PW to the router so he can no longer fuck with you.

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u/CeelaChathArrna Nov 24 '22

Hopefully roommate has not already changed the Admin password

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u/FrogManScoop Nov 24 '22

Some routers, ASUS for example, give you a straightforward toggle with which to block internet access to individual devices.

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u/czuk Nov 24 '22

Does the internet access cut off totally or does it become intermittent? If intermittent, it sounds like he is forcing another device to use the same IP address as your device. Your device will have a static name associated with it that he can use to find out your IP address. What happens is both devices start attempting to talk to the router but the router can't reply to both. You can check this from another pc using arp -a which will show the hardware MAC address associated with an IP address

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u/2BMG Nov 24 '22 edited Nov 24 '22

I'm not too sure about all of that, but if your roommate can see what devices are connected to the router and check their IP from there, then it's possible to just block the ones that aren't the IPs of their devices and I think that's possible but idk I'm not the smartest

edit: I don't think there's a way to just set a option in your devices to "work after he does that", idk/remember how it works but technically I think there could be an option but jt wouldn't be as easy as choosing "don't do that" jn he settings, idk tho, I don't remember a lot about routers, I might be wrong

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u/Gadgetman_1 Nov 24 '22

There IS a setting or two that can prevent this from happening.

you need to know the make and model of the router. That way you can find the user manual online, and the default password.

With that you should be able to log into it, and change the password.... Just don't tell anyone you did it.

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u/yahumno Nov 24 '22

Yes, it is called MAC address filtering.

Each device that connects to the internet has a MAC address that is permanent for that device (simply explained).

Get your landlord to change the internet admin password.

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u/TheDumbAsk Nov 24 '22

He may have an app that can control the router. He could also be logging into the router and turning off access to your devices, very simple to do that. As others have said, the router default login settings need to be changed, but that won't stop him if he has an app.

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u/bee_julia Nov 24 '22

Idk where you’re based but I’m in the UK and my current provider allows me to pause connection on specific devices through their phone app so it’s very easy to do if your internet provider has such services available.

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u/eltegs Nov 24 '22

Wear headphones.

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u/Fun_in_Space Nov 24 '22

Get headphones. Problem solved.

Of course he is annoyed. You are playing something loud when he's trying to sleep.

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u/4649onegaishimasu Nov 24 '22

This. I'm assuming there have been conversations about this before, OP. You need to respect your roommate's need to sleep/not have loud music blaring.

As the above poster mentioned, there are headphones of many styles which will connect to a TV. If you're by yourself, there's no need to have it blasting out of the TV speakers.

(Roommate is also a dick, but it's easier just to take the path of least resistance here.)

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u/ShatterSide Nov 24 '22

OP may need to turn stuff down, but their roommate is 100% in the wrong here.

They do not have the right to sabotage a service their roommate also pays for.

Don't start blaming the victim because they were "asking for it". That's a very slippery slope.

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u/4649onegaishimasu Nov 24 '22

I'm of the opinion that there's more to the story than OP is providing.

I sincerely doubt the roommate went from "that's loud" directly to "let's turn off their internet access."

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u/Fun_in_Space Nov 24 '22

You never know what people are capable of. I told my neighbor to turn off the radio, since I could hear it through the wall at 2:00 AM.

Next day, 2 of my tires were slashed. I know it was her daughter's baby-daddy that did it, but I could not prove it.

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u/ShatterSide Nov 24 '22

OP may need to turn stuff down, but their roommate is 100% in the wrong here.

They do not have the right to sabotage a service their roommate also pays for.

Don't start blaming the victim because they were "asking for it". That's a very slippery slope.

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u/RaMiMo_ Nov 24 '22

Headphones for a tv?

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u/Gereden_ Nov 24 '22

Type it on Google and you'll be impressed to see the amount of results you get.

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u/4649onegaishimasu Nov 24 '22

Yeah... it's a thing.

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u/Fun_in_Space Nov 24 '22

Yes, that's what my roommate did when he stayed up late, so I could sleep.

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u/RaMiMo_ Nov 24 '22

Interesting

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u/phobic_x Nov 24 '22 edited Nov 24 '22

Check reddit headphones

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u/throwaway827364882 Nov 24 '22

Be petty back, this means WAR

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u/V7KTR Nov 24 '22

A bluetooth speaker and some obnoxious music saved to the device may be helpful.

“It puts the Wi-Fi in the room I’m in or else it gets the noise again… you have no idea what hell I could bring you” -Silence of the LAN’s

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u/BlackSecurity Nov 24 '22

Their roomate is clearly trying to sleep or study in peace. Why can't OP use headphones??

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u/ShakyBadger Nov 24 '22

Tell the landlord you suspect bad actors in his network and he needs to change the router login and password, ask them not to share the new router credentials because you believe one of your roommates computers is the culprit/compromised.

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u/Hias2019 Nov 24 '22

Maybe a question for r/aita? In a shared space, use headphones.

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u/rdgeno Nov 24 '22

They are blocking your MAC.

You don't need to access the router but you do the the password.

The apps are common their on the Playstroe or they could be using something like Aircrack to deauth you and they don't need a password.

I would guess if they are MAC blocking you on the admin page a restart wouldn't fix that. If they are using an app that definitely wouldnt fix it.

Say your using Fing its on the Playstore people use it for different things with their WiFi. One of those things is to block unauthorized devices. You need the login for the router to MAC block a person just like using the router to block them.

If their using Aircrack you would need to restart Aircrack or any other script like it to get it going again once the router is shut down.

You could download fing then spoof another devices MAC but that takes a little work.

You could also buy a router and connect it to the neighbors WiFi modem and it would have it's own login so if they are using it you can stop that but if their deauthing you they can just do that to the new router.

You'll only need the router not a router modem.

I have a router connected to a router modem with an ethernet cable and it works perfectly. Just plug it in and set up the router according to the instructions.

If they are deauthing you that's actually a crime call the cable company. I doubt they'll actually get in trouble but it will probably scare them enough to quit.

You can deauth your own network all day but I'm guessing the cable isn't in their name.

Hell lie and say this is going on and I tried this and this. The reason I'm saying anything is I'm going to call and if one of you are just playing a joke I don't want you to get in trouble but once the FCC gets involved I won't be able to stop it.

I would try the lie first because that doesn't cost anything.

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u/sjmadmin Nov 24 '22

This. I've done this for some of my own devices when they go and hog all the bandwidth. Very easy to see who is streaming, and then just block the MAC address for the device. It can still be connected to WIFI, but the router will not allow any traffic to go through.

Like it's been said, this is a relationship issue. It's not uncommon for a young IT person to let their technical skills make up for their lack of social skills. Either hash it, find a new roommate or get some wireless headphones so you don't disturb him.

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u/kircherjoseph Nov 24 '22

This probably wouldnt be anything you could perform while using a public hotspot like say, i dont know, xfnity wifi, correct? Since there seems to be no way you would be able to access that router? Asking for a friend...

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u/Lucigirl4ever Nov 24 '22

Admin login Admin password Try

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u/HiggzInBozon Nov 24 '22

It could also be password for the password

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u/Lucigirl4ever Nov 24 '22

That is true as well.

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u/Rainmaker526 Nov 24 '22

This is a social issue, not a technical one.

I'm not qualified to comment on those.

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u/Jay_JWLH Nov 24 '22

I suspect the router has default settings. This is being taken advantage of to log into it and tamper to their advantage. You could always log into it yourself and check the logs to see if anyone else has logged into it as well under what internal IP address, and maybe figure out what device that is (such as their computer).

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u/Crimtide Nov 24 '22

I know, by the way you talk about it going off at times and only coming on after a reset of the router, it seems odd, but rebooting a router is not going to re-instate access if it was blocked. That setting is going to be saved, and when the router comes back online, it will still be blocked.

If for some reason your roommate has figured out the model of router is upstairs in another unit, then they very well could have easily used the default username/password to access the GUI and block your access.

Do you happen to know at all what kind of router it is? Some allow you to make groups.. and they could have grouped all of your devices in the same group, then disable access to the whole group. I do this for my son's devices when the little turd won't go to bed, I cut off all his devices with one switch.

Next, have you ever thought about getting the ROKU Ultra with the remote where you can plug earbuds or headphones in? Honestly might be worth it if it's such a huge problem that you can't get an answer to. At least buy it on Amazon or something, give it a shot, and see if your internet stays on when you are using earbuds. If it gets cut off when you aren't making noise, you have another issue. Possibly someone has set timers on your devices to block access during those times?

Lastly, are you sure it's not the folks upstairs cutting you off for making too much noise?

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u/lankylonglegs Nov 24 '22

Use headphones.

Even if router admin password is changed if he has physical access to it, he can do a factory reset which would restore the default password and mess with your connection again.

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u/krackastix Nov 24 '22

Dont make excuses for the crazy IT eglomaniac. We alrdy have enought of them

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u/JediMasterOllie Nov 24 '22

Find new roommates. I know that's incredibly difficult. Or pay for your own internet. That behavior will only escalate.

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u/PiovosoOrg Nov 24 '22

Factory reset the router, then on your PC connect to your local IPv4 address something like 192.168.xxx.xxx, shen sign in with the default passwords, like admin, admin. Change the password and start kicking him out, by blacklisting his device on the router's admin page, blacklist common websites he uses and you don't or just remove them from the buacklist when you need to use a site.

The only way to win a war is to play on the enemy's level, get technical, anything and everything that can be fucked with, you will fuck with.

There is a way, by getting headphones, but still if i were you. I'd take this an act of war and it will be met with equal or greater force. Mainly because your roommate wasn't civil about it first and started to in ways "bully" you.

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u/PiovosoOrg Nov 24 '22

Also by changing the password, i mean changing the admin panel password.o, not the network password.

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u/busuta Nov 24 '22

First of all - try it with headphones or watch something without any volume. If it happens again then it is not your roommate.

If you are sure it is your roommate and he is avoiding to address the issue, download some movies or music and watch it with normal volume. And you can go higher till he comes and confronts you. It seems like he is not accepting and avoiding to address the issue.

I don’t know how loud you are listening but maybe it is time to invest some good headphones. Good luck 🤞

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u/BlackSecurity Nov 24 '22

As a person who had to deal with loud roomates with different schedules, please for the love of Christ just use headphones and keep the noise down.

You guys should talk, but it also sounds like you are not getting the hint lol. If someone is trying to sleep or study, having noise going on is very VERY annoying.

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u/ShakyBadger Nov 24 '22

It's not a "hint" to be a fucking snake behind your roommates back and cut their internet connection without saying anything. How about this when your roommate goes out to places you don't like you could siphon all the gas out of their gas tank because you disagree with them. Maybe they would get the hint.

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u/BlackSecurity Nov 24 '22

As I said, they should talk first. But if playing loud sounds = internet going out, it's not that hard to put two and two together.

I would simply use that as the opportunity to bring it up with them. "Hey, is my sound too loud? Can we work out a compromise?". It doesn't appear OP has had that discussion yet.

Going out to a place you don't like doesn't affect your sleep or anything about you. Playing loud noise preventing you from sleeping when you need to wake up early or or are just trying to relax does actually affect you. And it's highly illegal. Cutting wifi is a grey area but definitely not as illegal as siphoning gas lmao. Use an appropriate comparison.

Also it's being a "fucking snake" to constantly disturb someone with your obnoxious noise when some headphones could literally solve everything.

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u/ShakyBadger Nov 24 '22

Where does the OP indicate this is going on at 3am and affecting anyone's sleep? Stop projecting.

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u/LithiumKid1976 Nov 24 '22

Could you invest in a headset ? Would that solve it ?

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u/gunshit Nov 24 '22

You can try to lower the volume and see what happens _^

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u/idkwhatimkindalost25 Nov 24 '22

1: wear headphones bc you live close to people + your not the fucking queen 2: they have the router login and disconnect your devises, you need the owner to change the router login and password so they can mess you up + you probably deserve to be disconnected ngl

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u/I-baLL Nov 24 '22

When they reset the router, my access comes back

Do you mean "reset" as in "restart"? Or do you mean "reset" as in "revert to the factory settings"? Because if you mean "restarting" then a lot of the replies below don't apply since mac address blocking and stuff wouldn't get wiped out by a simple router restart.

Do you know the manufacturer of the router and, if possible, the model?

Somebody below mentioned pausing your device's access to the internet. I think this might be what's happening. The theory is (and why I'm asking which model of router it is) that your roommate has the config app for the router on their phone and are just hitting the pause button on the problem device. We'll know if that's a possibility by the model of router.

Alternately, the router might not be involved at all. Your roommate might be running a WiFi repeater (since wifi has issues traveling through ceilings) and he might be kicking your device off the repeater and so when your landlord reboots the router then the repeater disconnects and you end up connecting directly to the router again.

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u/AlexK_UK Nov 24 '22

Factory reset your router, login with default credentials, change the admin password, and the Wi-Fi password.

Speak to housemate about his behaviour, if no apology from him. No more internet.

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u/krackastix Nov 24 '22

Login to router, change password. Done

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u/Baldr_Torn Nov 24 '22

When he turns it off, I'd go ask him to turn it on again. And I'd ask again, and again, and again, every few minutes. Don't just let him go to sleep.

I think you should also try to be reasonable on your end. Low volume, and possibly get headphones.

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u/girvain Nov 24 '22

Have you tried threatening him or perhaps an extreme approach, take a shit on his bed?

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u/tourabsurd Nov 24 '22

What others have said about router password and talking directly to your roommate, but also... use a headset? Or at least turn the volume down.

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u/HeyYes7776 Nov 24 '22
  1. Just use the Roku app. You can stream sound from tv to Bluetooth via Roku mobile app. I assume you have AirPods or equivalent. That’ll solve that.

  2. Do get you own router then change the pw on the old and block his MAC address, if possible for 20-30 minute intervals randomly during his work/play time.

  3. Then when he gets upset. I’d smack the ever-living shit out of him, once. You need to be ready and do it as he just starts to rev up to rage out. Catch him off guard. And wallop - Open hand to cheek smack. If he starts to rage talk smack him again. Repeatedly every time if he sounds he’s about to respond all ragey, until you feel his tone and energy are diminished to a state of sadness.

Then leave it at that. Or just talk to him and don’t let it go until he fixes it.

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u/ExperienceKnown Nov 24 '22

He may be MAC blocking you, or just turning on parental control on the router. You can do the following if you have an iPhone, but be careful and quick because he might be able to grab your new MAC address: go to settings and change your iPhone’s name to something unidentifiable in General, than About: something like Phone Second, go to your phone settings and click the i on the connection, than turn off the Private WiFi address, or, if off, turn it on. Then ask your landlord for the password for the login for the router. Not the WiFi, the Web interface. Login into it when he blocks you and find your devices and unblock them from MAC blocklists (it may be a random string of numbers, but there shall be no reason not to remove all of them unless you have an attack) or parental controls.

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u/udayk2 Nov 24 '22

Go to 192.168.1.1 and login with the default c redentials see if that works if it is working remove yourself from the block list of your Mac addresses. If the default credentials do not work then your LL shared the password to your shittly roommate, request the LL about this problem and ask them to change the password or give the password to you so you can work on your self to take off from the block list.

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u/BullBearAlliance Nov 24 '22

Use your phone as a hotspot and blast that shit.

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u/BorisForPresident Nov 24 '22

It's not necessarily him. If you're using the ISP provided router it is complete trash, it will have bad range and struggle with to many devices connected so stuff similar to what you've described would happen randomly. If your room is further away from the router than the third roommate it would also explain it.

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u/DeathBefallsYou Nov 24 '22

Switch to Hotspot to piss him off. It will confuse him.

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u/Buttholekiller Nov 24 '22

I read "licking me off"

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u/Independent-Oil-6609 Nov 24 '22

Buy a nice pair of headphones

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u/skycorcher Nov 24 '22

LMAO! If I was your land lord, I wouldn't do anything and will just laugh behind your back for being so childish. Fact is, the land lord isn't gonna do jack. You are both their tenants which mean you are both costumers. It wouldn't be legally right for them to take sides. Not to mention that you have no proof either and is just speculating.

As for your roommate, it is obvious that you two have some issues with each other. Cause if you actually get along, you wouldn't be doubting him and acting all passive agressive. My advice to you is to stop making so much noise and do things silently. Either that or move out. If you want to do what you want, get your own house. If live with others, you need to learn how to compromise.

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u/Bloodmoonwolf Nov 24 '22

Easy. Wear headphones. If you don't make noise, then the roommate won't have anything to react to. They make wireless headphones that work with TVs too.

When I lived at home, I bought my sister a set of headphones for her TV because it was always so loud and annoying. It prevented so many fights and I was able to get some sleep.

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u/StMunkholm Nov 24 '22

Violence. Violence is the answer.

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u/Accomplished_Use_247 Nov 24 '22

You should bring it up with him to see if he is in fact kicking you. You could say that you'll turn it down if ke kicking you. Your roommate does sound quite a bit like a lord farquad.
But I wouldn't rule out there being a technical error. If it not would be him kicking u, then maybe he could help you.. Are you sure he has access to the router settings?
He wouldn't have the right to kick you if you all are under the same "housing" contract.

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u/RandmTyposTogethr Nov 24 '22

It's 100% doable from router settings. Most never get their admin pass changed and many are only configurable through ethernet. He could have changed the password himself but it can be reset from the router physically.

But my suggestion is to start using headphones, even just out of respect for your roommates. I would hate to keep waking up to random TV shows as well. I would tell you though, not be this petty. Discuss with your roommate.

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u/circadiankruger Nov 24 '22

As I'm a petty person sometimes, I'd research the default password to the router, change it and block his 80 and 8080 ports, figure out if he plays any game and block those ports too.

Either way, yes, he can do that if he has access to the router.

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u/GavUK Nov 24 '22

I'm guessing the roommate has found out the admin password for the device and is adding a block on the 'MAC' address (the unique hardware identifier that your device identifies as on the network). The other alternative is that somehow some network hardware or other device is interfering with it (our Roku loses internet connection frequently enough to be annoying), but from what you say the regularity, it only happening to other devices when you watch stuff, and the timing is suspicious.

If it is because of a deliberate action of the roommate then unfortunately, unless the password is changed and/or the router replaced with one that your roommate cannot access, you can't do anything technologically (other than get a mobile internet plan on your phone and use that instead), unless your device supports randomising the MAC address (and him not working out which device it is). This is something that you need to take up with the landlord, if they are providing the internet, as that would mean that this roommate is denying you a service that you are paying towards.

On a separate note, I'd suggest investing in a good pair of headphones for media watching.

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u/lotusflower64 Nov 24 '22

How can a tech(NICAL)support sub help you with this?

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u/Ok_Scale_4412 Nov 24 '22

Sounds like you need to go visit the hak5.org store and take back control. Pwn the swibbling passive aggro little bitch boys

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u/Ok_Scale_4412 Nov 24 '22

Alll other recommendations I see are depending fully on someone else to handle it for you. Just sayin..

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u/dasbootdasfoot Nov 24 '22

Connect to the router and kick him off first.

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u/apefist Nov 24 '22

And from whom is the secret being kept if you know it?

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u/Puzzleheaded_Ad7820 Nov 24 '22

Is there a concrete wall/floor dividing you from the router? Sometimes it causes interferance with devices. It could also be a matter of proximity, perhaps you're too far aways from the device. If thats the case. You could ask maybe for an ethernet cable, and get another router for yourself.

Are you 100% positive he is kicking you off the wifi?

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u/HimalayanStar666 Nov 24 '22

lmao I'm going through the same thing at my current rental, they promised a shared 200mbps, meaning I should get atleast 25-30 AT LEAST

been only getting 5 and sometimes the internet is cutting out.

I cut my rent short and am moving into a new spot. Got ripped off for a couple weeks but what can you do. I feel your pain dude, I couldn't even game for 2 weeks...