The solution to the problem
How can these problems be solved? The first would be that if you have a a WiFi network public, perform the appropriate settings to make it a private network. Whether in your home or business, there are many people who are just looking for a site with a good internet to take advantage of.
Now, if despite the security measures, you see that there are a large number of connected devices, the situation may be a bit more complex. That is why, the manufacturers of routers have taken action in the matter to solve this type of problems.
Identify your hosts
Although at first the procedure may seem a bit tedious, the alternative that you will see in this writing is a perfect tool to get rid of those unwanted users who, in one way or another, have managed to access your network repeatedly.
To begin, you must start by identifying your hosts. By host, it refers to any device that is connected to a network. Each host is identified by an IP, which is the identification assigned by the router for each device, and it is the medicine that will get rid of this headache.
Configure your router
Each router, in its configuration, stores an extremely important tool when there are one, two or any other number of users seeking to connect to your network.
Can you imagine creating a list of devices that can connect to your network? Or better yet, a list of specific devices that cannot connect to your network. All this is possible thanks to the MAC filtering tool of your router.
Through this incredible function, and by means of the IP address of the devices, you will be able to establish or define which devices will be able to use your Wi-Fi network or which will not, through a white list or a black list.
Although it is not impenetrable, it is still a security measure that will surely save you a lot of inconvenience, since, even when you can give your WiFi password or keep your public network, the users defined in the list will not be able to access it.
How do you do it?
If you want to learn to master this extraordinary function of your router, you just have to follow the very simple instructions that will be shown below to start shaping your list, and in this way specify the allowed host IPs.
But first, you must be clear about what you want to do: allow or deny access to the network. Once your goal is defined, you must know the MAC addresses of the devices to include in the list. You already have it? Perfect, proceed as follows:
- Enter your router’s settings. Normally it is done through a browser, entering the IP address of the device, which, in general, is: http://192.168.1.1
- This will open a window in which you will be asked for the router username and password. In these cases, the term admin is usually the default username and password.
- Access the filtering option of your router. Its location may vary based on the model and manufacturer.
- Select what type of filter to apply: allow or deny.
- Add the IP addresses of the hosts you want to allow or deny network access.
No more unwanted hosts!
Once you have finished with the list, it only remains to save the changes and restart your router to ensure that they take effect. In this way, when these hosts try to enter your network, the device will throw an authentication or connection error. Defining and specifying the allowed Host IPs has never been so easy, what are you waiting for? No more headaches!