Since their introduction in the market, Netgear extenders have won millions of hearts with their astonishing performance. You need not worry about dead zones in your home after setting up a Netgear extender. By connecting your WiFi client devices to the extender’s Netgear_ext, you will be able to explore the internet world as much as you can. But, have you ever thought about unauthorized devices accessing your extender’s internet connection? No? Well, now is the time. Such devices are generally known as WiFi leeches. If you want to secure your Netgear extender from WiFi leeches, you need to deny internet access to them. This post will make you aware of the steps to block devices from WiFi network of your Netgear range extender.
How to Block Devices from WiFi Extender?
The unauthorized devices connected to your Netgear extender can be blocked using the Access Control feature. This feature makes use of the MAC address of the WiFi-enabled device connected to your Netgear extender in order to deny internet access. FYI, the MAC address is a unique 12 character identity of a networking device that makes it easy for other devices to recognize it. The MAC address of the device consists of hexadecimal characters separated by colons. Thus, knowing the MAC address is an essential step to block devices from WiFi network of the Netgear extender. Now, let’s move ahead to the steps to deny access to unauthorized devices connected to your Netgear extender using the Access Control feature.
Steps to Block Devices from WiFi Extender
- Power up your Netgear range extender after plugging it into an electrical outlet.
- Wait for the LED light on the device to turn solid green.
- Now, connect the extender to the host router either using a wireless or a wired source.
- Once done, open a web browser on your WiFi-enabled device.
- Type mywifiext.net in the address bar of the web browser and press the Enter key.
- The login page prompting you to fill in the Netgear extender’s admin details will appear on the screen.
- So, enter the default username and password of your extender in the required fields.
- Click Log In to reach the extender’s dashboard.
- Now, go to the Settings menu and select the Connected Devices option.
- The Connected Devices page showing the list of wired and wireless devices connected to your Netgear extender will be displayed.
- Move the cursor to the WiFi Device section, and select the Enable Access Control checkbox.
- The WiFi Devices table will show the list of devices with their names and MAC addresses.
- Now, select the Deny checkbox to block devices from WiFi network of the Netgear extender.
- Lastly, click the Save button.
Note: No matter whether you have performed Netgear EX6100 setup or installed Netgear EX2700 extender, the steps to block devices from the WiFi network will remain the same.
In this way, you can deny internet access to unauthorized devices connected to the WiFi network of your Netgear range extender. Once you do that, the targeted device won’t be able to connect to your extender. However, if you come across any issue while blocking devices from the extender’s WiFi network, reading the next section will help you out.
Can’t Block Devices from WiFi Network?
- Check that your Netgear extender as well as the host router are connected to a non-damaged power socket. If not, then change the power socket or repair the existing one.
- The connection between your Netgear extender and the host router needs to be firm. However, it completely depends on the source of connection used.
- If you wish to block devices from WiFi network using a MAC device, you need to use mywifiext local. Keep in mind that mywifiext.net is only accessible on devices supporting Windows OS.
- Ensure that your Netgear range extender is not running on an outdated firmware. If it is, consider updating it before denying internet access to unauthorized users.
- The web browser you are using to block devices from WiFi network of the Netgear range extender should be updated as well as free of unnecessary files.
The uninterrupted internet connection and a large WiFi coverage offered by Netgear range extenders are enough to lure unauthorized users. But, by following the aforementioned steps, you will be able to block devices from WiFi network of your extender. Just in case you are still unable to deny internet access to devices, contact our experts for immediate help.