How do I stop people from attempting to connect to my wireless network?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ozreth, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. ozreth macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    So a bunch of people in my complex were connecting to my network until I stuck a password on there. But now I see in finder that all of those computers are still continuously attempting to connect (and failing). Im assuming this is bogging down my network? It sure feels like it. Can I stop this? Thanks :)
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If they're not connecting, it's not bogging down your network. Make sure your WPA2 password is long and complex and you should be fine. It also wouldn't hurt if you changed it periodically. You could also create a closed network, so they wouldn't even see it. To do that, launch AirPort Utility and select your network, then go to Wireless > Wireless Network Options > Create a closed network
  3. mohsy90 macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2011
    New York
    Change the name of the network and continue to do so. I highly doubt thats the real reason though. If they dont have the password then data is sent back pretty quick that they can't connect. You would need to have numerous people doing it continuously to have any real affect.
  4. ozreth thread starter macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    Well, it's 3-5 computers attempting to connect ALL day long. It never stops. Ever.

    For some reason I didn't think to change the name but I'll do that. Thanks!
  5. teleromeo macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2006
    kidnapped by aliens
    I guess the guys that try to login have set their pc to login that automatically. Maybe you could change the ssid of your router. You could use a name that lets them know you're not happy with intruders on your wifi.
  6. rhoydotp macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2006
    good tip ... especially the name :D

    you can also disable the SSID broadcast if you're really paranoid
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    You could always turn the router off when you are not using it.
  8. jer04 macrumors regular


    Nov 17, 2012
    Townsville, Australia
    I had the same problem before, so I disabled SSID broadcast, changed SSID & password, and enabled MAC address filter. it has never been a problem since. =]
  9. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Those actions will solve 99% of the people trying to jump on your network. If someone is intent on getting on, MAC filtering and the others can be circumvented but most people are just neighbors trying to use your internet connection

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