I'm doubting you are being hacked. The information provided in this thread is great, btw, and as I'm about to set up a new router, I'll be paying
attention to what has been said here. It seems to me you have implemented many of the suggestions and are quite capable of following the directions
here, so you're not at all inexperienced. You have a "normal" router without any fancy extensions to antennas and such, so this tells me the range is
not really that great. A normal WiFi router can broadcast a couple hundred feet, not miles. In my case, for example, my neighbor's signal is one bar,
which would barely connect at all. Yes, you can modify a router with fancy antennas and such to make it cover a wider area, as the previous poster
points out, but you haven't done that, have you? I'm guessing you have an out-of-the-box router with no hardware mods to make it stronger,, in which
case the idea that "it can go ten miles!" does not apply.
And you live in the country, not in a city apartment house where you normally have the choice of dozens of unsecured routers. That means that in all
likelihood you can see the house from which you are being hacked--if you are. So the bottom line here is that there are very few places around you
from which you CAN be hacked, and within that subset, very few people who have the knowledge and capability to circumvent all the barriers you have
already put into place. What are the chances that someone like that lives near enough to you to hack you?
Is it possible? Of course, but we're not talking possibility here, but probability. The universe of people who can do this, compared to the general
population is very low. Statistically, it's unlikely. But that begs the question. It could still be happening. The problem is that you are still in
the technical realm attempting to counter a possible attack with countermeasures. One other way to handle this is social engineering.
Your attacker, if he exists, is not very far away from you. I have had WiFi over a decade and used many different routers during that time. My house
is in a neighborhood of half-acre parcels with an empty field in front. At no time have I ever detected more than three other connections. Most people
these days at least use WEP, which is automatic in newer installations.
So visit your neighbors and ask them what they have in the way of WiFi and computer connections. You're just getting started and not sure which way to
go, so you are soliciting their opinions and expertise. Is there anyone there who can help you? If one of your neighbors says, "Say, my son is REALLY
GOOD at this stuff. Let's have you talk with him!" then you've probably nailed your perp. If everyone says, "I don't have a computer" or "Beats me how
this stuff works. The guy came out and installed it for me." then perhaps you can give up on the idea you are being hacked.
edit on 12/8/2013 by schuyler because: (no reason given)