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    Access restrictions not working

    In my house we have 1 PC, 2 laptops and 1 Xbox Live. They all go through a Linksys wired/wireless router - PC is wired, and the Xbox and laptops are wireless.
    The laptops are a Dell (belonging to my 16 yo son) and a Mac (belonging to my 14 yo daughter).
    My problem is, I have created access restriction rules on the router to cut off internet access for all but the PC at 1:00 am; it works great except for the Mac. If my son still has homework left to do after 1am, he will ask me to turn it back on; and when that time rolls around and he's been playing Xbox, I hear a shout of frustration from the other room as he is cut off in mid-battle, sometimes the controller is thumped down on the floor, and he stalks past me to go to bed. (I'm betting he makes faces at me behind my back, too <img src=/S/angel.gif border=0 alt=angel width=15 height=21>

    But the access cutoff has no effect on my daughter's Mac. She will be sending me emails with things to print for school at 2am some nights. I have her MAC address in the access restriction rule, yet it has no effect. I know this is not primarily a Mac audience, but I do know where the smart guys hang out. <img src=/S/clever.gif border=0 alt=clever width=15 height=15>

    The router is a Linksys WRT-54G. I have called Linksys, and all they could tell me was how to put her MAC address in the restrictions. Which I had done to begin with.

    Normally I wouldn't consider this a serious problem, but since my daughter does not have a cutoff time for access, she puts off starting her homework every night. And it snowballs day to day, week to week - and so it affects the entire family, since when it's finally crunch time for her, nobody is happy. <img src=/S/help.gif border=0 alt=help width=23 height=15>
    Have a cookie -

    Don

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    Re: Access restrictions not working

    This restriction is imposed by the router, the client operating system should not make any difference.
    Are you SURE that you have entered the MAC address correctly on the router?

    StuartR

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    Re: Access restrictions not working

    I wish that was the case, Stuart - but I've checked them thrice. I'd check them yet again, but I don't know the word for that. And would her laptop even be able to connect without me entering a correct Mac address?

    It is possible that she is connecting to another nearby (unsecured) wireless network, but I really don't know how to check on that with a Mac. I'll look into how to go about it, but I have less than stellar luck with on line Mac help documentation. While it may be me, I tend to get the impression that the Mac makers are dazzled by the myth that their machines are impregnable and all-too-easy to operate, and so don't go all-out in the documentation department.
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    Re: Access restrictions not working

    As a simple test, can you remove this MAC address from the router altogether and see if the laptop can still connect.

    If it can't then add the MAC address back and see if that has resolved the problem.

    If it can still connect then review all the other MAC addresses that are allowed to connect and work out which one this laptop is using.

    StuartR

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    Re: Access restrictions not working

    It is possible that she is connecting to another nearby (unsecured) wireless network, but I really don't know how to check on that with a Mac.

    I'm still learning how to use my Mac <O/S V10.5.2> so I will say at the start of this reply that I also struggle to find answers.

    I've taken a snapshot of the network panel which shows the various ways I can connect to the Internet from my Mac laptop. You can find this preference panel by clicking on the Apple icon on the top left of the screen. It will display a drop down list. Click on System Preferences/Network.

    Right now, the my information shows that I am connected using the "AirPort" feature of my Mac using the wireless network <which I named when I set up with my NetGear router>. I can also check this information by clicking on the little icon at the top right that I have selected in my pic. If you don't have this icon displaying on your Mac screen, make sure you have it "checked to show" by marking it on the network preference panel.

    I hope this helps a little bit.


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