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mine looks like this - no option do disable anything. It was already enabled when I first looked on that website. I've sent UPC support an e-mail, demanding to get it disabled.
I believe if you click on the link to reset Wi-Free password, you will get the option to disable the Wi-Free all together.
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Old 26.08.2014, 21:34
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I believe if you click on the link to reset Wi-Free password, you will get the option to disable the Wi-Free all together.
thanks, but unfortunately, the option still doesn't appear.
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Old 26.08.2014, 21:38
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mine looks like this - no option do disable anything. It was already enabled when I first looked on that website. I've sent UPC support an e-mail, demanding to get it disabled.
Maybe you can't deactivate it if it hasn't been activated in the first place?

They difference between your screenshot and Pat's is that his says that it has been activated and yours says subscribed.
They should have an unsubscribe option too.

According to all the other posts it's going to be activated between mid September and October so not sure how Pat's is already activated.

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Old 26.08.2014, 22:33
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Maybe you can't deactivate it if it hasn't been activated in the first place?

They difference between your screenshot and Pat's is that his says that it has been activated and yours says subscribed.
They should have an unsubscribe option too.

According to all the other posts it's going to be activated between mid September and October so not sure how Pat's is already activated.
don't know - I guess we'll see. I should get an answer from support soonish
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Old 26.08.2014, 23:03
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Re: Wi-Free by Cablecom, the good, the bad and the ...

I want mine left on. I'm on the third floor and Cablecom's wifi range is so shit no-one apart from me and my neighbour (who already shares my wifi) can see it.

There is no bandwidth hit. Extra electricity? Come on, you're taking the piss. How much extra energy will a low bandwidth wifi SSID take up compared the stupid whirring overheating box anyway?

My only concern is clashing frequencies.

I like the idea of getting free wifi as I wander around Switzerland.
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Old 26.08.2014, 23:08
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Extra electricity? Come on, you're taking the piss. How much extra energy will a low bandwidth wifi SSID take up compared the stupid whirring overheating box anyway?

My only concern is clashing frequencies.

I like the idea of getting free wifi as I wander around Switzerland.
not extra electricity, extra EM radiation - I don't know if it's going to hurt anyone but I simply don't want it around my kids. I like the idea of free wifi as well, but you'll never use it. You need free wifi in restaurants, at the airport, at bus stops etc. - none of those will have UPC wi-free. Unless you routinely lurk around other people's front doors, you'll never use the crap.
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not extra electricity, extra EM radiation - I don't know if it's going to hurt anyone but I simply don't want it around my kids. I like the idea of free wifi as well, but you'll never use it. You need free wifi in restaurants, at the airport, at bus stops etc. - none of those will have UPC wi-free. Unless you routinely lurk around other people's front doors, you'll never use the crap.
Get their basic modem without wifi. Then buy a normal wifi router, and that's all:
Total control, and likely to have benefits: much better range, much better hardware, etc...(depending on what you get, but having better than ISP hardware is not that hard or expensive).


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Old 26.08.2014, 23:40
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Get their basic modem without wifi. Then buy a normal wifi router, and that's all:
Total control, and likely to have benefits: much better range, much better hardware, etc...(depending on what you get, but having better than ISP hardware is not that hard or expensive).


Problem sorted.
Yeah, except it's not :-) I already have the two-room solution. I have a Ubee modem in the cellar, next to my switch, which deploys the network throughout the house via STP. The Horizon box sits in the living room. Unfortunately, UPC still turns on WiFi for the Horizon box. You can disable it manually through the console but it's turned on again with every update they push.
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mine looks like this - no option do disable anything. It was already enabled when I first looked on that website. I've sent UPC support an e-mail, demanding to get it disabled.
Interesting: You are more than happy to sign up for the offer to use OTHERS Wi-Free connection but you do not want to share your own
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Old 27.08.2014, 10:40
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not extra electricity, extra EM radiation - I don't know if it's going to hurt anyone but I simply don't want it around my kids.
Don't worry, there's an answer for that...

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Old 27.08.2014, 10:43
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Interesting: You are more than happy to sign up for the offer to use OTHERS Wi-Free connection but you do not want to share your own


That's bull - I set a password because I read that you can't disable the crap unless you do so.
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Re: Wi-Free by Cablecom, the good, the bad and the ...

Thanks for this thread, I never got any email (probably because I never chose to replace the wired modem with the wireless one..)

I'm wondering what the allocated bandwidth is and how secure the whole thing is (i.e. the ability to prevent your private LAN from being accessible through the service)...
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Old 27.08.2014, 14:05
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That's bull - I set a password because I read that you can't disable the crap unless you do so.
Are you sure that your cable modem actually has wifi? My doesn't (like you, I'm a networking traditionalist...) and I don't have the disable option on the web page either. Still, I set the password for a juicy bit of freeloading!
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Old 27.08.2014, 21:03
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Are you sure that your cable modem actually has wifi? My doesn't (like you, I'm a networking traditionalist...) and I don't have the disable option on the web page either. Still, I set the password for a juicy bit of freeloading!
My modem doesn't have WiFi - I still have the Ubee one. But that doesn't matter as the Horizon box does and wi-free is served through the Horizon box if you have one.
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Re: Wi-Free by Cablecom, the good, the bad and the ...

More on this topic please.

It sounds a bit 'too good to be true'. I've no idea how this will work seeing as their latest all-singing all-dancing phone / TV / wifi box has pants range compared to the stand alone wifitransmittergubbins of yore. I just give them my money and sulk these days in the shadow of signal drop. It's despairing dealing with their customer service. "Make sure there's no cordless phone near the box" they suggest. "But the box is three in one: HOW do I keep my landline away from the box?? Gah!"

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I know it is their equipment but I am paying the rent/service fee hence it should be under my control until I ask for help or request otherwise or am I wrong here?
Wi-Free is under your control

Your modem is not enabled for Wi-Free until you sign up for the service.

If you want to use Wi-Free, you have to share your modem so that you can share other people's modems.

Give and take. You give so you can take.
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Old 03.09.2014, 14:27
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Re: Wi-Free by Cablecom, the good, the bad and the ...

It seems obvious to me that some EF members have received the e-mail from Cablecom, and are stating that Wi-Free is activated by default, which seems to be true.

You may log in to My-UPC and de-activate Wi-Free. Otherwise it will be activated gradually, starting from the end of September 2014.

Or you can set a Wi-Free password and share and use the public bandwidth. Cablecom state it is secure, and Cablecom will increase the bandwidth when necessary.

Other EF members have not received the Cablecom e-mail, and some don't seem to know what they are talking about.

If anyone is worried about Wi-Fi radiation, disconnect the aerial on or inside the box.
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Old 03.09.2014, 15:11
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Re: Wi-Free by Cablecom, the good, the bad and the ...

It occurred to me today that this was probably the reason Cablecom sent us a new "free" router. They claimed our old one was having performance issues, etc. Nah, they just wanted to have us help them install country-wide wifi for everyone.

We will be ensuring this is disabled, as we never have issues with wifi while out and about in the country and are not interested in using or sharing the system. However to those that are interested and would benefit, knock yourselves out.
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Old 03.09.2014, 15:24
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Re: Wi-Free by Cablecom, the good, the bad and the ...

I am offering my Paranoya-As-A-Service approach:

TLDR version - remove the antennas of your upc modem and install a separate AP/wireless router fully managed by you. These are dirt cheap to buy these days.

When I originally got my modem from upc, the WLAN was poor at best. So, I called them a few times, and after changing two modems I told them I wish to return the device as useless for my apartment (basically signal didn't go outside the living room). They decided to keep me as a customer and waived 3 months of invoices, so I can buy my own wireless router.

I proceeded to buy a proper wireless router, which is attached as an AP to the upc modem. I have removed the original modem antennas, so upc should not expect good signal beaming out of my box...

Cheers

Oh, and thank you @Sbrinz - just deactivated the service on myUPC website.
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Cant you just push the wifi on off button instead of removing built in antennas?
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