How to Block Devices From WiFi Network of Your Netgear Extender
Not every device connected to your Netgear WiFi is one you are up for using your bandwidth. Just in case you want to deny WiFi access for your ungrateful roommates, leeching neighbor, or simply an unrecognized device, you can use MAC address filter to block them from using your WiFi. This post will make you familiar with the know-how to block devices from WiFi network of your Netgear extender. Continue reading.
What is MAC Filtering?
Before we walk you through the process of how to block devices from WiFi, let’s first explain what is MAC filtering and how it works.
The Media Access Control or MAC Filter is used to create a list of allowed or blocked devices. However, to get started, you need to know the MAC address of the devices you wish to allow or block.
MAC address is a random 12-character address designated to a device. Regardless of the location of the device, it remains the same. You can find the MAC address of a connected device via the Netgear extender’s web user interface, i.e. mywifiext.
While changing the WiFi password is a great way to restrict access to an unknown device, it is a bit difficult and counterproductive. And there is no guarantee that anyone won’t crack the new passphrase and re-gain access to your WiFi network. Furthermore, you need to re-enter the new password for all your previously connected devices. Alternatively, blocking a device is more effective and puts a ‘lifetime’ ban on the device by placing it in the blacklist.
How to Block a Device From WiFi Network of Netgear Extender?
So, that’s all you need to know about MAC filtering. Now, let’s learn how to block someone from using your WiFi.
Step 1 – Make Sure That the Extender is On
First things first, be certain that your Netgear WiFi range extender is powered on. You can check the Power LED status to ensure that the extender is properly turned on and receiving constant power supply.
If the extender is turned off, insert the power adapter of your Netgear extender into a wall socket and power it on. However, keep in mind to check the wall socket; it should not be damaged.
Step 2 – Switch On a PC or Laptop
The next step to block devices from WiFi network of your Netgear extender is to switch on a PC or laptop. After that, connect it to a reliable and high-speed WiFi network by navigating to the WiFi manager.
Step 3 – Log In to Your Netgear Extender
Now, pull up an internet browser of your choice. Nonetheless, the browser should be updated to the latest version.
In the address bar, type the default web address of your Netgear range extender and press the Enter key. Wait until the login page loads properly.
Once done, insert the admin user ID and passphrase when prompted and hit Log In.
Step 4 – Block Devices From WiFi
As soon as you reach the Netgear genie setup wizard, do the following:
- Go to the Settings menu.
- Click on the Connected Devices option.
- Afterward, check the box that says Enable Access Control.
- Choose the device for which you want to block access and click on the Deny check box.
- Once done, click on the Save button to make changes into effect.
In this manner, you can block devices from WiFi network of your Netgear range extender. It is suggested to always make sure that only known devices connect to your wireless network. In case of any difficulty, don’t forget to reach out to our well-versed technicians.