MBP: How do I temporarily disable internet access (for a trip)?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by doxavita, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. doxavita macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2010
    I'll be going on a trip with my MacBook Pro, and I don't want to have any internet access (not connecting to any wi-fi networks),

    So how do I disable (temporarily) the internet?
    Do I just go to the airport icon in the menu bar and go to "Turn Airport Off" ? would it still detect other networks? (just not connect to them)
    Would that also disable internet access to my Windows 7 Virtual Machine (through Parallels 5)

  2. NeedMoreVideo macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2011
    "Turn airport off" will physically cut the power going to part of the radio chip, which will completely disable the wifi. (and give you a tiny bit better battery life also)

    You'll also want to turn off bluetooth, the IR reciever, and not plug in any network cables if you want to keep your machine isolated from all other machines.

    As a question, why do you want to prevent the machine from going online?
  3. doxavita thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2010
    Not sure, just peace of mind I guess. I've always wondered if any private info is sent when accessing a public wi-fi spot...
  4. imorton macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2010
    How do you turn off the IR receiver ....?
  5. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

    Jolly Jimmy

    Dec 13, 2007
    System Preferences > Security > Disable remote control...
  6. kappaknight macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2009

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