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How to Restrict Wireless Access to Your Network

By default, any wireless PC that is configured with the correct SSID will be allowed access to your wireless network. For increased security, the Integrated ADSL Modem and Wireless Router with Voice, Model DG834GV provides several ways to restrict wireless access to your network:

These options are discussed below.

Figure 3-3

Restricting Access to Your Network by Turning Off Wireless Connectivity

You can completely turn off the wireless portion of the DG834GV. For example, if your notebook computer is used to wirelessly connect to your router and you take a business trip, you can turn off the wireless portion of the router while you are traveling. Other members of your household who use computers connected to the router via Ethernet cables will still be able to use the router.

Restricting Wireless Access Based on the Wireless Network Name (SSID)

The DG834GV can restrict wireless access to your network by not broadcasting the wireless network name (SSID). However, by default, this feature is turned off. If you turn this feature on, wireless devices will not `see' your DG834GV. You must configure your wireless devices to match the wireless network name (SSID) you configure in the Integrated ADSL Modem Wireless Router with Voice.

Note: The SSID of any wireless access adapters must match the SSID you configure in the Integrated ADSL Modem and Wireless Router with Voice, Model DG834GV. If they do not match, you will not get a wireless connection to the DG834GV.

Restricting Wireless Access Based on the Wireless Station Access List

This list determines which wireless hardware devices will be allowed to connect to the modem router.

To restrict access based on MAC addresses, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the DG834GV Integrated ADSL Modem Wireless Router with Voice at its default LAN address of http://192.168.0.1 with its default user name of admin and default password of password, or using whatever LAN address and password you have set up.
  2. From the Wireless Settings menu, Wireless Station Access List section, click the Setup Access List button to display the list, shown below:

    Figure 3-4

  3. Select the Turn Access Control On check box to enable restricting wireless computers by their MAC addresses.
  4. If the wireless station is currently connected to the network, you can select it from the Available Wireless Stations list. Click Add to add the station to the Trusted Wireless Stations list.
  5. If the wireless station is not currently connected, you can enter its address manually. Enter the MAC address of the authorized computer. The MAC address is usually printed on the wireless card, or it may appear in the modem router's DHCP table. The MAC address will be 12 hexadecimal digits.
  6. Click Add to add your entry. You can add several stations to the list, but the entries will be discarded if you do not click Apply.

    You can copy and paste the MAC addresses from the modem router's Attached Devices menu into the MAC Address box of this menu. To do this, configure each wireless computer to obtain a wireless link to the modem router. The computer should then appear in the Attached Devices menu.

    Note: If you are configuring the modem router from a wireless computer whose MAC address is not in the Trusted Wireless Stations list, and you select Trusted Wireless Stations only, you will lose your wireless connection when you click Apply. You must then access the modem router from a wired computer to make any further changes.

  7. Make sure the Turn Access Control On check box is selected, then click Apply.

Now, only devices on this list will be allowed to wirelessly connect to the DG834GV. This prevents unauthorized access to your network.


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