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I just got Panaramic WiFi and read in the instructional manual to go to myprofile and privacy settings to turn off Cox Hotspot. I go to the page and can't find where I can turn off the Cox Hotspot. I don't want to have strangers log into my home network. I work from home and my company tracks all internet traffic.
can someone help me turn the hotspot off?
An enabled Hotspot may not affect your privacy, data usage, bandwidth or WiFi frequency; but it would affect the performance of the hardware within your Panoramic. Something has to serve the outside requests. Wouldn't Hotspotters consume your memory, processing and broadcasting resources?
I believe the Hotspot is limited to 4-5 client devices... but, as you say, it does use the same radio and associated hardware...
Sharing and limiting clients is fine but if I'm renting this thing, I'm restricting all its resources to just me, me, me. If Cox wants to use my electricity to better serve other customer, Cox can freely loan me the router...not charge me to help their customers.
Can I assume on principal you refuse to take advantage of others Hotspots when you are out and about?
You may and i do.
I don't use Hotspots either for security reasons. See link below for more info.
From Cox FAQ:
Is the Cox Hotspots network secure?
Cox makes reasonable efforts to provide a secure service, but because this service is a wireless service, we strongly recommend you make sure any devices you connect are first protected by anti-virus / anti-malware software, and that your operating system firewall is turned on to provide additional protection. Cox cannot guarantee absolute security through Cox Hotspots.