Internet has almost reached every nook and corner of the world. Most people have their Internet connection at home or at work. But there are still leeches taking advantage of their neighbours’ free internet access.
Unless authorized, no one likes their Wi-Fi connection to be shared. You may be wondering how can I restrict internet access to a specific device? Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place!
Restricting internet access to these profiteers is easy. You can start restricting their internet access, something as simple as changing your Wi-Fi password to using third-party apps to block them.
This article discusses the different methods you can use to restrict internet access to a specific device.
How do I restrict Internet access to a specific device?
Too many people on a single Wi-Fi connection slows it down. Not only slower, but if you have subscribed to the volume plan, you have to pay more depending on the volume consumed. Likewise, you should not allow unknown devices to connect to your network for security reasons.
Let’s discuss some methods to restrict Internet access in more detail.
Change your Wi-Fi password
Changing your Wi-Fi password is the first thing you can do to restrict other people’s Internet access. There can be two cases: you may have shared the password yourself or people may have cracked the password using third-party apps.
After realizing that your internet is slower, change your password as soon as possible. Keep a strong password so no one can crack it. Changing your Wi-Fi password is not a difficult task to do. Follow these steps:
- Type your router’s IP address into the web browser’s address bar to load the configuration page.
- Normally it is 192.168.1.1, 192.168.0.1Where 192.168.100.1. Otherwise, you can find it on the back of the router.
- Enter your username and password to log in to your router.
- Once on the configuration page, look for a tab that says Wireless, WirelessWhere Wireless Security.
- Go to the Wi-Fi password field, enter the new password and save the changes. Your router will restart and the changes will be saved.
Change/Hide your Wi-Fi SSID
The next thing you can do is change your SSID (Wi-Fi network name). If you change the password, people can know that it has been changed. But if you change the SSID, they can’t figure it out. They’ll probably think you turned off the router and quit Wi-Fi.
Moreover, you can also change the Wi-Fi name and hide it. Once you hide it, users have to enter the Wi-Fi name and password each time they want to connect. It would be better to change the password and SSID and hide it. You can follow these steps to edit and hide it:
- Load your router’s configuration page.
- Navigate to the Wireless section.
- In the SSID name field, give your Wi-Fi a new name.
- You will see an option that says Enable SSID. Uncheck it and save changes.
You have finished! The router will restart after saving the changes and hide your Wi-Fi. You cannot directly connect to the network once it is hidden. You must add the network to your Wi-Fi settings before using it.
This method is for you if you are an Ethernet user and do not use wireless connections. No one will take the LAN cable from your router and use the internet. Disabling Wi-Fi will prevent people from using your Wi-Fi. Follow these steps to disable it:
- Go to the Wireless section of your router.
- You will see an option that says Enable Wi-Fi. Uncheck it, and you’re done.
This will disable Wi-Fi and you will only be able to use the internet from Ethernet.
Enable guest access
This is another method of restricting Internet access. If you have Wi-Fi in a place where people only stay for a short time, you can change the password after they leave. You can also enable Wi-Fi only for a short time. This will prevent people from using your Wi-Fi outside of your opening hours.
Use MAC filtering
You can restrict internet access to specific devices using your router’s MAC filtering feature. Each device connected to the Wi-Fi router has a unique MAC address in the format (XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX) corresponding to its name. You can see it under Security Where Advanced settings on your router’s configuration page.
If you know the MAC address of the device you want to boot, you can add it to the blacklist. Once blacklisted, it cannot connect to your Wi-Fi network. Otherwise, you can add your known devices to the whitelist.
If you’re having trouble finding your device’s MAC address, we have a comprehensive guide on how you can find out your MAC address.
Follow these steps to block devices using MAC filtering:
- Load the router configuration page.
- Navigate to the Security tab and select the tab Configuring the WLAN MAC Filter option.
- Here you can choose to blacklist or whitelist the MAC address. It would be easier to whitelist your devices, so add the devices you want to use on the internet and save the changes.
You are ready! Now your router will block all devices except the whitelisted one from connecting.
To note: Even if you blacklist the MAC address of free riders, they can still connect to your network. It is possible to spoof the MAC address and connect to Wi-Fi if they know the network password. So, the best way to restrict internet access would be to whitelist your recognized devices.
Use third-party apps
There are many third-party apps available that can cut the internet connection of selected devices directly. An example of such an application is NetCut. You can see all the details of the connected devices from its interface.
It allows the device to connect, but the data flow to the device is restricted. You can even limit the bandwidth usage from there. This will frustrate profiteers and cause them to disconnect from Wi-Fi.