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Setting up Mac Filtering on your Wireless Router

If you have any questions on which network security to use, please see my tip, about wireless network security, also see, a word on passwords.
Note: these instructions are generalized for most common routers, if you are having trouble with your router, please post a question providing your routers model and what you are trying to set up, thank you.

First you must log into your router to change the settings. To do this, you need to user your web browser and type in the IP address of your router in the address bar like this: http://192.168.2.1/ Note, the numbers I used in the example are the most common default IP address for routers, look in the user manual for your router for your IP address, if it is 67.73.736.93 for example (I dont think any routers use that but its an example) then you would use: http://67.73.736.93/
Also please use the user manual for your router for information on how to change your routers default administrator password, this will prevent others from changing your network settings.
Now you will be at the main page for your router. There should be a column on the left or at the top of the page with options.
Find and click on "Mac filtering" or "Mac address control"
There will be a column labeled Mac addresses, and a set of options including "allow" or "deny", you want to select "allow", this will deny connections that are not on the list, and allow connections that are on your list, the "deny" option does the opposite.
Now you need to obtain the Mac address of any computers or devices you want to access your network.
For PC: click start, run, type "cmd", hit enter, this will open up command line. it should say something like "c:/" with a black background. type "ipconfig /all" A lot of text will come up, scroll through and find a device with the word wireless or wifi in its name, this is your wireless adapter. Below that will be a line that says either "Mac address" or "physical address" followed by your mac address, that will look like this: 00:K3:9D:93:J3:9H (for example only, basically its six sets of 2 characters separated by :'s) Write this down
For Mac: go to applications, utilities, terminal. type "ifconfig" A lot of text will come up, scroll through and find a device with the word wireless or wifi in its name, this is your wireless adapter. Below that will be a line that says either "Mac address" or "physical address" followed by your mac address, that will look like this: 00:K3:9D:93:J3:9H (for example only, basically its six sets of 2 characters separated by :'s) Write this down
Do this with all the computers you want to access the internet, then you will have a list of Mac addresses. Go back to your router setup page, and enter them all into the settings. when you click "done" or "apply changes" the router will restart.
Congratulations, you're done!!!

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trying to secure wireless network


Hi,

Welcome to Fixya. If you want to secure the network you all you need to do is to access the router settings page and put a security either WEP, WPA or WPA2 and a Network Key or Passphrase.

To access the router page you need a working computer that is connected to the router. To access the router page just open a browser then type 192.168.2.1, the Default password is blank

Click on Security under Wireless, Select WEP, WPA or WPA2 and personalize a Security Key or Network Key (Passphrase). Security Key serves as a password on the network.

If you have questions please let me know. Thanks for using Fixya.

Mar 25, 2011 | Belkin (F5D7633UK4A) Wireless Router

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At&t installed a new modem, now my linksys wrt54g doesn't work. Do I need to reset it? My network password has changed. What steps do I take?


Hi. Thanks for your question.

  1. First thing to try would be to unplug power connectors on both router and modem. Once you connect them together right with ethernet cable power modem first and then router
  2. If first thing don't work I would advice to reset router to it's factory settings by pressing reset button on the back of it (you will need to do that with some pin, or tip of the pen)
  3. Once router is restarted repeat step 1.
  • Your network may come up unsecured on your PC, so you will need to secure it.
Please see this link for informations on how to get into your routers settings.------->http://www.fixya.com/support/r4695161-change_wireless_network_password_forgott
Please ignore the part about cable in it because you can connect to yours wireless.
  1. Once your on settings page go to wireless tab and then security. Choose your new password and remember to save it before you leave the page.
  2. Once all this is done please reconnect your PC to the network using your new password.

Good luck and please do not hesitate to ask more questions if in need. Thank You for using FixYa

Dec 17, 2010 | Linksys Wireless-G WRT54G Router

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>If you're trying to put password for the Router, then type "http://192.168.0.1" into the address bar, then hit "Enter."
>Use "Admin" as the username and leave the password blank when the login screen appears.
>Please click on Administrator settings and change the User Name and Password.

If you're trying to put a password/secure the Wireless network, then follow the steps:

>In the Router setup page, click on Wireless Settings.
>Under Wireless Security Mode, select Security Mode: WEP/WPA/WPA2.
>Enter the Security Key manually or enter the Phrase to generate the Security key automatically (only in WPA/WPA2) and save the settings.
>Please note the Security Key to connect to the Wireless Networ.
>The Wireless is secured now.


Good Luck!!!!

Jul 02, 2010 | D-Link RangeBooster G WBR-2310 Wireless...

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