Section 80. Create a WiFi Network MAC Access List

80. Create a WiFi Network MAC Access List


Access Router Configuration

About Network Interface MAC Addresses

Most WiFi routers provide you with a list of connected computers, which makes it easy to add the computers listed to the MAC access list itself. If you don't get a complete list of connected computers (this can happen sometimes for no apparent reason) or you want to add a computer to the list that is currently not listed, you must know the host names and the MAC or physical hardware addresses for the computers you want to include in the list. On each of the computers you want to include on the MAC access list, open a command prompt (click Start, choose Run, type command, and press Enter). At the command prompt, type ipconfig/all and press Enter. This command lists the host name, IP information for the computer's network adapter, and also the MAC/physical address for the computer.


To clear the command prompt window of the results of your most recent commands, type clear and press Enter. To close the command prompt window, type exit and press Enter.

Create a WiFi Network MAC Access List

Access Advanced Wireless Settings

Log on to your router as the administrator using your web browser; type the URL for your router in the browser's Address box and then provide the login name and password for the router when prompted for this information. You can find the URL for your router in the documentation that came with your router; alternatively, go to the router manufacturer's website and download the documentation. Each manufacturer's website provides a support page that will help you find and download the documentation for your router.

From any of your router's configuration pages, select the Advanced Wireless Settings command (or similar command on your router's web page). This link provides access to a command for setting up the MAC access list.


The access list setup command should be on the same configuration page as the command for enabling the router's SSID broadcasts.

Select Setup Access List Command

Turn Access Control On

For the router to actually use the access list you are going to create as a way to accept or deny access to the WiFi network, you must enable the access control feature. Select the Turn Access Control On check box (or similar command). Now you can build the list of computers that will be allowed to access the WiFi network through the router.

Open Device List

Click the Add button to open the device list. A list of currently connected computers and the MAC addresses of their network cards appears on the Wireless Card Access Setup page.

Select Device and Add to Access List

Select a device from the list by selecting the radio button for the device. If a computer (or computers) is not listed in the device list, but you know that the computer is connected to the WiFi network, type the host name and the MAC address for the computer in the appropriate text boxes. Click the Add button. The computer (or computers, if you selected more than one in the device list) is added to the access list.


The access list uses radio buttons for the selection of a particular device in the list. Click the radio button for a device in the list and then you can delete the device from the list using the Delete command; click the Edit command to edit the selected MAC address or device name. You can select only one device at a time.

Apply Access List Settings

The access list is updated and shown each time you add a computer to the list. You can use the Add button to add additional computers to the list. When you have completed entering the computers to the access list, apply the settings to the router by clicking the Apply button to save the access list to the router's configuration.


To remove a computer from the access list, select the computer's option button and then click the Delete button. Then click the Apply button to apply any changes you make to the access list (such as new additions or deletions).

Home Wireless Networking in a Snap
Home Wireless Networking in a Snap
ISBN: 0672327023
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2007
Pages: 158
Authors: Joe Habraken © 2008-2017.
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