Disable Network Access For Specific Computer?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by wagonwould, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. wagonwould macrumors newbie

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    Is there a way to temporarily disable wireless network access for a specific computer, rather than changing the network password or creating a new network altogether? I'd like to be able to grant the computer access to the network when I want (and control this from the admin computer, without having to change anything on the computer for limited access).
     
  2. chandler99 macrumors regular

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    You could block the MAC address of that PC at the router or restrict network access for that PC. It all depends on your router. Have a look/mess ;)
     
  3. scienide09 macrumors 65816

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    If you use an Airport Extreme Base Station for you router, you can do this via Airport Utility.

    Under Access, the MAC access controls will allow you to set parameters for times when the specific computer can access the wireless connection. It uses the MAC address of the computer itself (unique to every computer) to allow/block access.

    If not using an AEBS, you may still be able to do this with your router. Consult the documentation or manufacturer's website.
     
  4. uberamd macrumors 68030

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    Sounds like dad doesn't want Johnny surfing porn at night.
     
  5. belvdr macrumors 603

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    Be aware, though, that one can change the MAC address easily enough on any system.
     
  6. uberamd macrumors 68030

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  7. i.shaun macrumors 6502a

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    I usually block ALL Mac addresses, other than the ones I want to grant access. I can allow guest computers in but if someone spoofed one in terminal they wouldn't get anywhere unless they somehow match one already on the network (which I'm sure is possible, but who's going to go through that much trouble for my network?)
     

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