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SBG10: Restrict Wi-Fi Clients

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Question
How do I allow or restrict connections to the Wi-Fi network in my SBG10 gateway?
Answer
All Wi-Fi clients (such as smart phones, laptops, and tablets) are allowed to connect to the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks with the wireless password.  To increase security, configure the MAC Address Control feature to allow or restrict access to the Wi-Fi networks by adding the Wi-Fi client's MAC address to the MAC Address Filter List.  This document describes how to gather the Wi-Fi client's MAC address and to setup MAC Address Control.

There are 3 types of MAC Address filters:
  • None: Any device can try to connect. - All Wi-Fi clients are allowed on the Wi-Fi network.
  • Whitelist: devices must be listed below. - Wi-Fi clients added to the list are allowed.
  • Blacklist: device must NOT be listed below. - Wi-Fi clients added to the list are not allowed.

Requirement

The Wi-Fi client's MAC Address is require for MAC Address Control setup.  It can be found in the SBG10 Web Manager or from the client device's network information.

NOTE 1: It is recommended to setup the configuration with a device connected by Ethernet cable to the SBG10.  When using a Wi-Fi client to configure Whitelist, include the MAC address of the Wi-Fi client that is performing this setup to access the configuration page after applying the setup. 

NOTE 2: Wi-Fi clients added to the whitelist are required to use the Wi-Fi password to connect to the secured Wi-Fi network.


MAC Address Control Setup
  1. Launch a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari.  Enter http://192.168.0.1 into the address box, and press the Enter key.  The Login page will appear.

    NOTE: A security or private risk alert may appear on the web browser advising users to proceed with caution when accessing the Web Manager. There is no risk in proceeding to the Web Manager.  For instructions to by-pass the alert screen, refer to article # 18181 - Alert Message for Web Manager Access.
     
  2. On the Login page, enter admin in the User Name field.
     
  3. Enter password or a customized password in the Password field.

    NOTE: When using the default password to login, it may be required to set a unique password to proceed to the Web Manager.  For assistance with Web Manager Access, refer to article # 18249 – SBG10: Web Manager Access.
     
  4. Click the Apply button.  The System Basic Setup page will appear.

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  5. Determine the option to Configure MAC Address.  To configure Whitelist for the first time click here to proceed to step 6.

    NOTE: The Wi-Fi client's MAC Address will need to be obtain from the client's network information.
  6. On the System Basic Setup page, click the LAN Setup link on the top menu.  The LAN Settings page will appear.
     
  7. Click the Client List link on the left hand-menu.  The Client List page will appear.
     
  8. On the Client List page, copy the MAC Address of the device to be used for first time MAC Address Control setup for Whitelist.  Click here to Configure MAC Access Control for Whitelist.     

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Configure MAC Address Control for Blacklist

Add the MAC Address of the Wi-Fi clients to the Blacklist to restrict access to the Wi-Fi network.  It is recommended to configure Blacklist for both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi network.
  1. Click the Wireless 2.4 GHz link on the top menu.
     
  2. Click the MAC Address Control link on the left-hand menu.  The MAC Address Control page will appear.
     
  3. Click the MAC Address Filter Type drop-down menu and select the Blacklist: device must NOT be listed below option.
     
  4. Click the Apply button.  The MAC Address Control page will refresh.

    NOTE: Wi-Fi clients will briefly disconnect and reconnect.

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  5. Click the Add button.  The Add MAC Address pop-up window will appear.

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  6. On the Add MAC Address pop-up window, enter the MAC Address into the MAC Address field.
     
  7. Click the Add MAC Address button. The MAC Address Control page will appear.

    NOTE: Repeat steps 5 - 8 to add additional MAC Addresses.

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  8. On the MAC Address Control page, click the Apply button.  The MAC Address Control page will refresh.

    NOTE 1: Wi-Fi clients will briefly disconnect and reconnect.

    NOTE 2: The Wi-Fi clients added to the MAC Address Filter List are restricted from connecting to the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network.

    NOTE 3: It is recommended to configure the Blacklist on the 5 GHz Wi-Fi network.  Click the Wireless 5 GHz tab and repeat steps 2- 8.

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Configure MAC Address Control for Whitelist

Add the MAC Address of the Wi-Fi clients to the Whitelist to allow access to the Wi-Fi network.  Wi-Fi security password is required to establish Wi-Fi connection.  It is recommended to configure Whitelist on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi network.  Include the MAC address of the Wi-Fi client that is performing this setup to access the configuration page after applying the setup. 
  1. Click the Wireless 2.4 GHz link on the top menu.
     
  2. Click the MAC Address Control link on the left-hand menu.  The MAC Address Control page will appear.
     
  3. On the MAC Address Control page, click the Add button.  The Add MAC Address pop-up window will appear.

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  4. On the Add MAC Address pop-up window, enter the MAC Address into the MAC Address field.
     
  5. Click the Add MAC Address button. The MAC Address Control page will appear.

    NOTE: Repeat steps 3 -5 to add additional MAC Addresses.

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  6. On the MAC Address Control page, click the Apply button.  The MAC Address Control page will refresh.

    NOTE: Wi-Fi clients will briefly disconnect and reconnect.

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  7. Click the MAC Address Filter Type drop-down menu and select the Whitelist: device must be listed below option.
     
  8. Click the Apply button.  The MAC Address Control page will refresh.

    NOTE 1: Wi-Fi clients will briefly disconnect and reconnect.

    NOTE 2: The Wi-Fi clients added to the MAC Address Filter List are allowed to connect to the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network.

    NOTE 3: It is recommended to configure the Whitelist on the 5 GHz network. Click the Wireless 5 GHz tab and repeat steps 2 - 8.

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