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Blocking a Wi-Fi thief

By circusboy01
Mar 3, 2013
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  1. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,450   +242

    Nice videos but why do they think they have to use annoying music? I get so damn tired of trying to listen to instructional videos with any type of music playing,too distracting.:mad:
     
  2. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TS Booster Posts: 903   +39

    Annoying music? I wouldn't know, I haven't clicked on any of the links at VZ's site.
     
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,450   +242

    Ok, I was looking at the "About Your FiOS Installation: Apartment"
    video & like too many youtube instructional videos they think music is necessary . That is one of the reasons I prefer asking in here,no un necessary music.
     
  4. BobbyW

    BobbyW TS Rookie

    I followed almost all of the suggestions in this and other feeds - what worked for me was very simple. My router by default is set to allow 50 devices. I set it to allow only the devices I have minus 2 I don;t need my printer or game console to be on wifi all the time and when I do I can turn off something else. It does require me to turn off things not in use and turn on things I want to use but its a small price to pay to watch my neighbors run around their yard with their cell phones trying to figure out why they can't connect to my router Not very techie but it worked
     
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,754   +96

    You can still have your game console and that printer on your WiFi just lock it down by MAC Address on your router. Really every should limited the number of nodes (devices) that can access WiFi. Even on WiFi side create SSID for each major device. WTablet, WGame or WPrinter. Use different passcodes for each SSID.
     
  6. BobbyW

    BobbyW TS Rookie


    Thanks Just a question? Will using mac address filtering allow only devices on the list to access my router?
     
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,516   +336

    Mac filtering is usually NOT a black/white access filter, but a means to reserve a specific IP address for the given Mac.

    eg: I set my local LAN devices to IP addresses >= 2 <= 10; The firewall rules the ALLOW these to access file sharing while >11 are guests and DISALLOW sharing :)
     
  8. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,754   +96

    Cable Companies do it with their routers. I only suggested this move because you weren't going to use your game and printers. But you can use this. Limited the number nodes (network devices) You don't need 32 WiFi open devices. You can lock it down with creating different SSID for each group of devices games an etc. You can create a passcode (password) Use example :929M;n (if your router won't allow : ; then use BW so it would look like

    B929MWn

    Mac address only allows those devices on your network.
    So each WiFi or wired node (network device) will be granted access via Mac Address.
    Still need to lock down SSID with Passcode
    Router should not have the default admin/admin or blank/blank change that right away.
    If you still get someone on the network there you could think about investing is more secured WiFi Router. These cost more though. I use business router and WiFi AP here for my network. But everyone going to have their own ideas here. We're not at your place so we can only advise you what you can do.

    I would check daily to make sure you don't have any uninvited guest on your WiFi network.
     


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