Solved can a wireless netword be disabled once it is

June 23, 2011 at 16:27:53
Specs: Windows XP
I have a wireless network set up between my desktop computer and a laptop computer, we have a teenager in the home who uses the laptop when and for purposes she is not supposed to. If I turn off the router, then the desktop cannot access the internet. Since I pay for the internet service, I don't want to be forced to be offline because this child sneaks and uses the laptop when she is not supposed to. Can the wireless network be disabled? I was told once it was set up, it could not be disabled, Is this true?

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June 23, 2011 at 21:36:22
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You can reset the router so that it only connects to your desktop.

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June 23, 2011 at 21:40:21
What router model you are using? You wired the desktop connecting to router and put password on your wifi so the teen couldn't log on the internet. Nope, almost every router has the option to enable or disable it's Wifi.

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June 24, 2011 at 05:16:02
If it were me I would connect to the management interface of your router and I'd change the key (password) of the wifi network. Once the key is changed, the laptop will not be able to connect to the wireless LAN unless the person using it knows the key. Don't tell the kid and they won't be able to use the wifi and you will still be able to.

Just make sure your kid doesn't know how to get into the router or they'll be able to go and look at the new key, or change it.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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June 24, 2011 at 08:13:28
most home routers have the ability to schedule access.

I used to disallow my children to access the internet 10pm to 3pm so they would go to sleep and not play games all night. Just enough time to do homework. They could still print and use the lan just couldn't use the internet.

The basics are;
create the hourly schedule
determine the mac address of what you want to block
do a mac filter/ip address reservation for that device [laptop/pc/whatever]
put that ip or mac address in the hourly schedule [which depends on router]
password protect the router so they can not change it and you are done.

Worked for me all the way thru highschool for my kids.

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