How to stop Internet access but not network access?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dazed, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    Hi, my old dlink router died so I got a AirPort Extreme to replace it.

    I have a old Mac mini which I use as a media server, since this is on 24/7 I'd like to stop this accessing the Internet and limit it to just my local network.

    I can't seem to figure out how to do this and the airport utility app is very basic and offers little control. It seems that if I limit Internet access then it stops local network access too.

    Any tips?


    Thanks.
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

    colourfastt

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    #2
    Disconnect the router from the Internet, i.e., pull the plug from the WAN port.
     
  3. macrumors 601

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    That's not going to do what the OP wants. That's going to stop all of his computers from connecting to the internet - he want's to limit just one machine.

    I question why though? I know he wants it on 24/7 but that has nothing to do with the internet. If he is concerned with external attacks, that isn't something that should limited to one machine. I am not aware of any real way to do this without some kind of server software or something on a physical box that limits traffic higher up on the network. Sounds like a lot of effort to maintain.
     
  4. dazed, Nov 11, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2012

    thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My old dlink router had access control which stopped all Internet access but didn't effect LAN access. I just assumed this was normal router behaviour but maybe it was just a dlink thing.

    All other machines are put to sleep so I'm just concerned about this one machine which I rarely monitor.
     
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    drsox

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    It's an option generally found in routers and not found in Airport. I had it in my last 2 routers.
    You will need to configure a second router to do this.

    I suppose you could also setup the MacMini to access a false internet gateway (and so failing to get through). But you will need to configure the Network Setup manually to give a valid IP for local traffic and configure the Airport to avoid duplicating the MacMini IP.
     

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