Control WiFi access to specific devices (with pictures)

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Control WiFi access to specific devices (with pictures)
Control WiFi access to specific devices (with pictures)
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This wikiHow teaches you how to manage which computers, phones, tablets, or other devices can connect to the Internet through your wireless access point. The steps to do this vary by router manufacturer, but you can use these Linksys and Netgear instructions to walk you through the interfaces of most other routers.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Using a Linksys Router

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Step 1. Connect to your Wi-Fi router in a web browser

You can do this by navigating to your router's IP address as you would any other website. This is how to find the address in Windows and macOS:

  • Windows:

    • Open the start menu and click on Institutions.
    • click on Network & Internet.
    • click on View your network properties at the bottom of the main window. The IP address is listed under 'Default gateway'.
  • macOS:

    • Open the Apple menu and click System Preferences.
    • click on Network.
    • At the bottom of the right panel, click Advanced. You may need to click your connection in the left pane to see this option.
    • Click on the tab TCP/IP. The IP address is next to 'Router'.
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Step 2. Log in with the administrator username and password

Unless you changed the login information, both the username and password are admin.

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Step 3. Find the MAC address of the device you want to manage

A quick way to do that is to occasionally connect the device to the router and then find the entry in the DHCP table. Plug in the device, then follow these steps:

  • Click on the tab at the top of the page Status.
  • Click on the sub-tab Local Network.
  • click on DHCP client table. This shows a list of all devices connected to the router. The IP and MAC addresses are labeled next to each device.
  • Copy and paste the MAC address of each device you want to manage into a text editor.
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Step 4. Click the Access Restrictions tab

This is at the top of the page.

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Step 5. Click OK

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Step 6. Create a new Access Policy list

This is a list that manages which devices on your network can connect to the internet (or certain websites/ports) through this router.

  • Choose a number from the 'Access Block Policy' drop-down menu.
  • Type a name for the list next to "Enter policy name" (e.g. "Block these devices", "Allow these devices")
  • click on Customize list.
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Step 7. Enter the MAC addresses of the devices you want to block

Insert each device on a separate line.

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Step 8. Click Save Settings

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Step 9. Click on Close

Now you can choose whether to allow or block these devices.

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Step 10. Select Allow or Refuse.

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Step 11. Choose when to allow or deny these devices

Select Every day and 24 hours to block these devices at all hours of all days. Otherwise, choose the days and times you want to restrict access.

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Step 12. Restrict access to certain websites (optional)

If you only want to block certain websites from this list, enter the URLs (eg www.wikihow.com) in the 'URL' boxes.

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Step 13. Restrict access to certain applications (optional)

To prevent these devices from using a particular application or port, select the service from the 'Applications' menu, and click the arrow to add it to the 'Blocked List' column.

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Step 14. Click on Save Settings

Your settings have now been updated and the selected restrictions (or access) have been applied.

  • To add another list, select another number from the Access Block Policy menu, create a new list name, then click Edit list to add devices.

Method 2 of 2: Using a Netgear router

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Step 1. Connect to your Wi-Fi router in a web browser

An easy way to do this on your Netgear router is to open a browser and navigate to Routerlogin.net.

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Step 2. Log in as an administrator

If you haven't changed the password yourself, use admin as the login name and password as the password.

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Step #3. Click on the Advanced tab

This is usually in the top left corner of the page.

Different models of Netgear routers have variations on their administration sites

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Step #4. Click on Security

This is in the left column.

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Step 5. Click Access Control

This is one of the options under 'Security'.

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Step 6. Check the box next to 'enable access control'

You'll see a list of all devices currently connected to the network, as well as links to view devices that were once connected but are now offline.

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Step 7. Select an access rule

Choose one of these two options:

  • Allow all new devices to connect:

    This option allows any device to connect to your network, as long as the user knows the Wi-Fi password. Choose this option if you want to block specific devices, but not all.

  • Block all new devices from connecting:

    This option will not allow any device to connect to your Wi-Fi network (even if they know the Wi-Fi password) unless you specifically add their MAC address to this list.

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Step 8. Find the device you want to block (or allow)

If the device is not online now, click View list of allowed devices that are not currently connected to the network to find him.

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Step 9. Check the boxes next to each device you want to block (or allow)

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Step 10. Click Block or To allow.

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Step 11. Click Apply

The selected device will be allowed or blocked depending on your choice.

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