How to BLOCK wifi networks?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MountnLionGirl, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. MountnLionGirl macrumors newbie


    Feb 17, 2012
    Need help from anyone with a Mac who knows about connecting - or rather NOT connecting - to wifi networks. When we are on the internet, sometimes our connection will slow down, and usually if I check, it is because we are in a spot in the house where 6-8 other wifi networks have become 'visible'. Even though they are password protected, it still seems to mess up our own wifi connection in our house. I don't know why it would but it does. Any way to block those other networks? I already have the networks settings so that it doesn't remember joined networks. Don't know what else to do.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The only way they can affect your network is if they're on the same channel. AirPort Radar Widget (Mac) will show what channels are being used by nearby networks, so you can choose one that doesn't conflict. Other than that, the presence of other networks in the area won't affect yours, as long as you have yours protected by a secure WPA2 password. You can select your channel by launching AirPort Utility (in your /Applications/Utilities folder), then going to Manual Setup > AirPort tab > Wireless > Channel.
  3. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    There's always....


    The following products are a few of our select shielding solutions:
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    That's one way to block wifi networks. Though, I'm sure it costs a lot, and likely is not your problem in the first place. ;)
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  5. Cool Runnings macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    No, what you ask for can't be done. You can't block radiowaves without a faradys cage
  6. borisiii macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

    The presence of the other networks is causing interference with your network, resulting in reduced performance. Probably your best option is to set up your router in 5GHz mode if it supports it. Very few networks operate at 5 GHz so you should see greatly improved performance. The only thing is that if your router doesn't support dual-band, when it is in 5GHz mode it wont be detected by/work with devices that don't support 5GHz, such as older computers and iPhones etc.

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