How to permanently disable wireless on the touch?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by foothead, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. foothead macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2009
    in a house
    OK. My brother has the 1st gen. 32gb touch. A while back, my mom caught him looking at porn on it, so she had me put encryption on my router. Now, my neighbor keeps complaining that he is on his wi-fi, and my brother keeps lying and saying its not him. today, he forgot to logoff the network, so I know he has been lying. How do I disable the wireless on this thing, so he can't re-enable it. If it helps, he has it synced to my iBook G4 with OS X.4.11. I know if I disable it, he can't do anything about it, because then he would b admitting that he has been stealing wi-fi.

    What is the best way to do this?
  2. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Why do you care if your brother is looking at porn?
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    The 3.0 OS allows parental restrictions with a separate lock code (not the one that unlocks the Touch to use). With them, you can lock out Safari, among other things. Might be worth buying (next week) in your case. If he can't use Safari, porn will be harder to surf. You can't, as far as I know, disable wireless itself, though, barring actually dismantling the iPod itself.
  4. ski2moro macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2007
    Wouldn't it be easier to encrypt your neighbor's router?
  5. foothead thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2009
    in a house
    I don't. my mom does. I am worried that he is stealing the neighbors' wi-fi, and the neighbors are gettin pretty pissed.
  6. foothead thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2009
    in a house
    Well, then I would have to admit to the neighbors that it was him, and they are pretty pissed about this because he is looking at porn on it. They have one of those network monitors, so they see everything he does, but he has it labeled as 'ipod' and he hasn't logged into anything that would give away who he is. Plus its aactually like 4 different networks he is using.

    My mom wants me to do this so he doesn't get in trouble.
  7. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    It was so much simpler when it was just magazines.
  8. foothead thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2009
    in a house
    I figured it out. Under permissions in the settings, I was able to disable safari and youtube. Now, he will have to figure out my password to reset it, and I put his ipod in mac format, and all he has access to are windows PC's.

    Thanks to everyone who posted.
  9. RobZ1 macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2009
  10. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Right. So they can figure out how to read data from router but cannot figure out how to set up a wifi password? Doesn't sound right.
  11. ericvmazzone macrumors regular

    Dec 9, 2008
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Some people are willfully lazy. If they don't want to put a password on their router because it might inconvienence them, they don't have any ground to complain about some other idiot hopping on their open network. No matter how wrong the other idiot is.
  12. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I used to set up wireless networks for homes and businesses a few years ago and it was amazing how many people were like "My wireless networks secure I have Nortons! And I hear encryption slows things down" (Soooo much wrong with that statement) So Id have to whip out my laptop, show them how I just found all their shares and can print from their printers etc etc. Some people are REALLY dumb when it comes to wireless security.

    The worst mistake though is never changing your default router login.

    I can see where the neighbor would have a monitoring program but only know how to do that (they're easy to install) but I agree, in the end its the neighbors fault hes on their wifi.
  13. charbennett macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2010
    Disabling ipod touch

    Actually - I am also looking for a way to disable wireless on an ipod touch. the problem isn't asking your neighbor to encrypt his internet because the kid can get it anywhere. Mc Donalds, other parents, school, etc.

    If there is a way to remove it permanently besides in the settings please let me know.
  14. tremlock macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2008
    The Land of Cleves
  15. jampat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2008
    A little piece of foil tape over the antenna should kill wireless. If you can find one of those foil void stickers that can't be peeled off, even better. Alternatively, pull the screen and either foil tape over the antenna cover or disconnect the antenna. Any of my solutions will significantly hurt the resale value of the touch, but they will be effective.
  16. bflowers, Jun 10, 2010
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 9, 2011

    bflowers macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2006
    Couple of things.

    First, it is the neighbor's responsibility to protect their network. Better this boy leaching to view porn than a hacker stealing their identity. Lock it down, make it hidden or give it a generic network id so it isn't traced to their house.

    Second, if your mom has a problem with him stealing bandwidth and viewing porn, THEN GROW UP AND BE A PARENT!

    -Take the stupid thing away from him! I am so sick and tired of parents not taking any responsibility for their kids.
  17. bmb012, Jun 10, 2010
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 9, 2011

    bmb012 macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2006
    I'm surprised that there isn't a way to disable WiFi on a Touch or iPad, I was thinking that they would be a good device when I have kids, that I could control usage of far more than a computer.

    Your stupid neighbor should either quit complaining or encrypt his router, however.
  18. Aeroplane, Jun 10, 2010
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 9, 2011

    Aeroplane macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2008
    I thought itunes came with parental can also try that.
  19. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    I don't think disabling safari will stop him, he sounds resourceful... there are heaps of other browsers in the app store

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