Sneaky Daughter on wireless

May 1, 2009 at 10:26:46
Specs: Windows xp pro. SP2, P-4 2.4 GHz/ 512 ram
In my daughters room I have allowed her internet accsess by way of RJ45 cable,threw my D-Link G wirelss/wired router so I could dissconnect it when she wasn't keeping her end of a deal. I recently had to do this. But I just found out she went & bought her own USB Belkin adapter & is online. Is there a way I can stop her accessing the router without her knowing that I know.? Say can I set up a password somewhere between her pc & the router, so she'd have to enter the password in order to get on the net.?
Any help here would be great, Thanks,

London ON.

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May 1, 2009 at 12:00:20
You would be wasting your time if you have unsecured wireless networks locally to you.

How I did it was to get the laptops mac address [physical address as listed when you do a ipconfig /all]

I then configured the router to give her a static ip [ip reservation or mac filtering] based on that mac address.

I then saved two config files for the router. One with full access and one that blocked that ip address.

You may wish to consider locking her out of the administrator account [she should only be a user] and install netnanny or cybersitter for further monitoring.

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May 1, 2009 at 16:25:34
Wanderer:* what can you do in the administrator account that you can't in a user admin account, i assume you on't mean a limited account?

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May 1, 2009 at 16:30:46
user=limited account.
admin user= administrator

So not only secure the administrator account but make her account a limited user.


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May 1, 2009 at 19:54:07
I don't think you are parenting.

If your daughter and you disagree on some topic or agreement, you should use reasonable means to correct the issue.

Simply unplugging it or "Is there a way I can stop her accessing the router without her knowing that I know.?" is rather childish.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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May 2, 2009 at 10:17:50
sneaky lol more like resourceful ! well informed! lol

Set up WEP WPA encryption, she is wired so wont affect her end of the deal.

if she cracks that give her a pocket money raise.

could you follow post 1 up please , trying to get my head round that two config files bit,,
you set up wired fixed ip address for the pc then filtered out the mac of the wireless device on the pc ok i get that , humour me , saved config file? any info how to ?, if you have the time

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May 2, 2009 at 11:24:10
Hmm forgive my asking but how old is this "sneaky" or "resourceful" or in my view rebelling & disrespectful daughter of yours? Kids of different age requires different approach & problem solving.


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May 2, 2009 at 15:34:31
1stepbeyond my linksys has a tab under Administration that has Config Management. You can save or load a configuration file. My former Netgear and Dlink had the same options.

You make two files and load the one you want when you want.

Only difference is if you grant your daughter access or not.

My kids are 20 and 22 [great kids] and I had to deal with exactly what you are going thru. This has nothing to do with parenting. It has to do with being a kid. I broke/got around the rules when I was a kid and its their job to do it also. If you expect it you won't be surprised.

It's lots more fun if you have software or a router that logs where they go and how long :-) We found out things we would never have known except they were published on My Space :-) Didn't say you can't be sneaky [informed] in return.

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May 3, 2009 at 00:45:20
Upgrade your wireless router to one that logs all activity.
I used to have a netgear model that provided a log of every URL that each connected client visited, including time of logon/off

The D-Link i have now only logs connection/ IP lease data.

Once you have a router that logs activity, you are in a position to check and enforce whatever "rules of use" you have established in your household. Of course you should tell the child that their activity is being logged and the consequences of breaking your rules. Be honest and up front with your child rather than trying to do things without their knowledge. Be the adult in the home.

As to consequences, you decide. Most routers give you the ability to filter out any wired or wireless system a number of ways rather than resorting to the solution adopted by a workmate of mine when her teen-aged son became uncontrollably addicted to internet. She used scissors to cut the cable.

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May 3, 2009 at 11:07:19

thanks wanderer for replying , ive never used the config file
i will look into it , my learning curve just notched upwards,
, its not for me btw, a friend has similar issues.


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