How to Block WiFi Network Devices

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Not all devices connected to your network are meant to consume your bandwidth. If you find yourself in a situation where you accidentally ignored your bloodthirsty neighbor’s device (I don’t care how good her pumpkin pie is!), you can use the MAC address filter to block her. The Media Access Control (MAC) filter can be used to create a list of allowed devices or a list of blocked devices. The first thing to know is the MAC address of the devices you want to allow or block.

And while changing your router’s password is an effective way to restrict access to an undetected device, it’s a bit tricky and counterproductive. There really is no guarantee that the intruder won’t “break” the new password and regain access to your network. You will also need to re-enter the new password for all of your devices that were previously connected to your Wi-Fi network. Locking a device, on the other hand, is effective and results in a “lifetime” device lock. ; put it on the “blacklist” of your router.

How to Block Devices on Your Home Wi-Fi Network

Wireless MAC address filtering

Before we explain how MAC address filtering (or simply MAC filtering) helps prevent unauthorized devices from connecting to your Wi-Fi network, let’s talk about what a “MAC” is.

MAC is an acronym for “Media Access Control” and a MAC address is a (hardware) identification number that identifies each device on a network. MAC address is fabricated on all network cards and no two devices in the world can have the same MAC address. That said, by using a device’s MAC address, you can automatically tell your router to allow or deny the device’s access to the network.

  • To do this, log into the control panel of your router’s access point.
  • In the Wireless or WLAN section of the dashboard, you should see the MAC Filtering option.
  • If disabled, change the status of MAC filtering to “Enabled”.
  • Proceed to add devices to your MAC address list and select whether you want to allow or revoke their access to your router’s network.
  • Some routers simply allow you to select/deselect (connected) devices that you want to add to your MAC address list.

Direct blacklist

Instead of the MAC address list, some Wi-Fi routers allow users to block undetected devices by adding them to a blacklist with a single click. This varies by router type, but you can mainly add devices to your router’s blacklist in the Device Management section of your access point’s control panel/control panel or in any section which lists all the devices connected to your router. There you will see the user’s “Block” button or something similar.

This is another effective way to prevent someone from using your router’s Internet without changing your password. It is slightly more effective than MAC filtering because a device’s MAC address can be changed or spoofed. For example, with TP-Link routers, you can always use your Tether mobile app to block users.

Use of mobile applications

If you are looking for a remote and easier way to block unrecognized devices from your Wi-Fi network, there are effective third-party networking tools that you can install on your device instead of logging into the control panel of your router. FING, for example, is available for iOS and Android devices and gives you a variety of control options that allow users to:

  • Block intruders and unrecognized devices, before they even join your network.
  • Sends you notifications when there is a new device on your network; to easily detect intruders.
  • View a list of people/devices using your network.
  • Run real-time internet speed, troubleshoot network and device issues and other Wi-Fi diagnostics.
  • Get accurate device recognition of IP address, MAC address, device name, model, vendor, and manufacturer.
  • Receive device and network security alerts to your phone and email.

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