Remove someone from your network

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Remove someone from your network
Remove someone from your network
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There's nothing more frustrating than a slow Internet connection, especially when it's caused by a neighbor, roommate, or intruder consuming your bandwidth. Downloads are slow, video streams are choppy, and your favorite websites take ages to load. If you can't figure out the culprit, then removing that user from your network is the only way to reclaim your bandwidth. The following methods can help you block unwanted guests so you can continue your stress-free browsing.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Change your wireless password

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Step 1. Open the web interface of your wireless router

Enter the IP address of your router in the address bar of your browser to do this.

  • Find your router's IP address on a Mac: Open the Apple menu and select System Preferences. Click the network icon and select your Wi-Fi connection on the left side of the screen. You will now see several IP addresses, but the one you need will be displayed next to the word Router.
  • Find your router's IP address on a PC: Press ⊞ Win + R to open a command window. At the prompt, type 'ipconfig' and press ↵ Enter. Look for your wireless connection (you may have to scroll up) until you see 'Default gateway'. The IP address next to it is that of your wireless router.
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Step 2. Enter the administrator's username and password

If you don't know this information, check the sticker on your wireless router. If a username and password are not provided, please ask your ISP.

  • You can also check routerpasswords.com for a list of default router credentials from admin accounts.
  • If you have changed the router admin password but lost it, you will need to reset the router to factory settings.
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Step 3. Search for the router's wireless settings

The location of these settings varies depending on the manufacturer and model. Check your router's manual (possibly accessible online). In general, the settings you need should be in a section of the site named Wireless, Wireless Setup, or Wi-Fi.

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Step 4. Change the password for the wireless connection

In the settings, look for the wireless password in the Wireless Security section. You'll know you're in the right place when you see a box with a password (also called key, key, passkey, or passphrase). Enter a new password here and make sure to write it down. Click 'Save' when you're done.

  • Passwords are case sensitive.
  • Write down the new password.
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Step 5. Turn off the router and then turn it on again

You can do this by unplugging the power cord from the back of the device.

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Step 6. Connect to your wireless network

Once the router has rebooted, reconnect to your wireless network. Since you changed the router's password, you are the only person who can get it back online. Enter the new password to connect.

Method 2 of 3: Block the Mac address

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Step 1. Connect to your router's admin interface

Type your router's IP address into your browser's address bar to connect. If you don't know the address, you can try the following: 192.168.0.1, 10.0.1.1 or 10.0.0.1. If none of these addresses work, you'll have to do some detective work.

  • From your Mac: Open the Apple menu and select System Preferences. Click the Network icon and Highlight your Wi-Fi connection on the left side of the screen. You'll see multiple IP addresses, but the one you need is listed next to the word Router.
  • From your PC: Press ⊞ Win + R to open a command window. Type 'ipconfig' at the prompt and press ↵ Enter. Look for the wireless connection (you may have to scroll up) until you see 'Default Gateway'. The IP address next to it is that of your wireless router.
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Step 2. Enter the administrator's username and password

If you don't know this information, check the sticker on your wireless router. If a username and password are not provided, ask your ISP.

  • You can also check routerpasswords.com for a list of default router credentials from admin accounts.
  • If you changed the router admin password but lost it, you need to reset the router to factory settings.
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Step 3. Find out who are connected

The list of devices connected to your network depends on the model and manufacturer of your wireless router. Scroll to the router's LAN or DHCP settings for an overview of connected devices or clients. Besides the unwanted visitor(s), you will also see your own computer and the other devices that are supposed to be there.

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Step 4. Turn off any device connected to Wi-Fi except your own computer

These are your smartphone, other smart devices, printers, wireless speakers, and the other desktops and laptops in your home.

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Step 5. Find out the MAC (Media Access Control) address of the unwanted visitor

Each network device has its own unique MAC address, so you can block that user once you find out what the intruder's MAC address is. If you see another connected device besides your own, that's the intruder's (or one you forgot to turn off - be thorough). Note the MAC address of the device that should not be there.

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Step 6. Block your router's MAC address

Depending on the manufacturer and model of your wireless router, the location of these settings will vary. Look for firewall or security settings. At one of these locations, you'll find something called Address Filtering, MAC Filtering, MAC Access List (check your router's manual).

  • Enter the MAC address of the device you don't want on your network. Select Block or Restrict, depending on the model.
  • Some routers don't have the ability to restrict access, so check your manual if you don't find what you're looking for.
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Step 7. Turn the router off and then on again

Do this by disconnecting and reconnecting the power cord on the back of the device.

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Step 8. Log back into your wireless network

Once the router has rebooted, reconnect to your wireless network. You can also reconnect the other devices. The device whose MAC address you blocked will no longer be able to access your network.

Method 3 of 3: Call your ISP

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Step 1. Prepare for the phone call

Gather all the information the helpdesk employee needs to establish your identity, such as your account number or billing address.

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Step 2. Tell the helpdesk employee that someone is using your wireless connection

If your wireless modem/router is provided by your ISP, they can log into it and remove unauthorized users.

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Step 3. Decide if you want to change the wireless network password

If you think someone is using your password, ask the helpdesk employee to create a new one. Remember, passwords are case sensitive.

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Step 4. Ask the helpdesk agent to recommend the correct security settings

If it has been a long time since your router has been updated, the helpdesk employee can now take care of this for you too.

Tips

  • Only share the wireless password with people you trust on your network. If someone uses your wireless network to hack or download illegal content, you can be held responsible for the consequences.
  • Make sure your password is hard to crack. Experts recommend a long password (at least 15 characters), in a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters, avoiding words that can be found in a dictionary.
  • Some ISPs may configure your wireless router to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for other users of their service. Users connecting to such hotspots are not part of your wireless connection, so you don't have to worry about them using up your system resources.

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