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How To Limit Internet Access Through Wireless Access


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The abundance of personal, Internet-enabled mobile devices is a great temptation to employees, who may use the business Internet access for games, social networking and other non-work-related activities. Every network-enabled computer is assigned a unique Media Access Control address that identifies it on a network, and most routers are able to limit wireless access to all devices except those in the list. To restrict wireless Internet access to only a select number of computers, enable MAC filtering on your router.

Locate the MAC Address

Step 1

Click “Start.” Type “cmd” in the search bar and click the result in the Start Menu.

Step 2

Type “getmac /v” in the following into the command prompt window. Press the “Enter” key on your keyboard.

Step 3

Locate the 12-digit hexadecimal MAC address listed after “Wireless Network.” Write down the address.

Turn on MAC Filtering

Step 1

Open your router’s administration interface page. Open your Web browser and type the address or, depending on your router manufacturer.

Step 2

Log in with your username and password.

Step 3

Access the wireless MAC filtering configuration page. For Linksys routers, click the “Wireless” tab and click “Wireless MAC Filter.

Step 4

Type the computer’s MAC address into the text bar. Click “Add” or “Save.” Reboot the router.

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