posted on Jun, 3 2012 @ 08:06 PM
Hi. I'm fairly good with computers and networks. This isn't so much as a "help me" issue as it is a "uh oh, what did I do" issue. First of all,
I live in a very rural area, 30 miles from the nearest city, no neighbors for miles. Our nearest neighbor is in his 80's and doesn't have a
computer. So nobody can access our network and there are absolutely no networks for us to access other than our own.
So, sometimes our internet get spotty and goes out. Then it will come back. Well lately I've been having trouble sending people files for a job I've
been doing. So I changed the channel that my router operates on (sometimes that seems to help). Well I went to change it back, but it wouldn't let me
into the router. It was just loading forever, not even bringing up the login page. So I tried entering the internet gateway (or so I thought).
Suddenly, my screen shows a completely different login page. I thought, "okay...." and tried to login with my usual password. It displayed "Invalid
Credentials". The page that displayed was something called "AirOS", which I googled and learned is a third party firmware. We did not install this
firmware, and later I was able to finally get into my usual router page through the local gateway.
Who in the heck did I almost break into? I am thinking it might be my ISP, and I don't want to get into trouble for trying to crack into their
network or something. Anybody know what may have happened? Funny thing is, there was almost no delay on the AirOS login screen. It was as if I were on
a local network, not the internet.