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Last Hussar26 Sep 2015 7:35 a.m. PST

How can I kick my son's computer of the home network? Can I block it if he runs a wire to the router?

Cold Steel26 Sep 2015 7:41 a.m. PST

Change the password on the wireless connection.

Can I block it if he runs a wire to the router?

A pair of wire cutters should work for that.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian26 Sep 2015 8:26 a.m. PST

Block his MAC address on the Router. Set a new Wireless password too

cloudcaptain26 Sep 2015 9:51 a.m. PST

The heading for blocking the MAC address is probably under a menu called MAC filtering.

To get the MAC address from his machine (while sitting in front of it):

link

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2015 10:19 a.m. PST

Yup, MAC filtering.

Problem is, if he can run a physical wire to it you're telling us he has physical access to it, which probably means he can do some kind of factory reset to get rid of the MAC filtering and use the password on the bottom to configure the router as he likes.

So you might have to buy a lock box to put the router in, after drilling a hole for the power cords. Make sure the box isn't metal or any other material that's going to block the wifi.

Also, it's possible to spoof a MAC address, though if he can do that he can probably beat you at this game.

On the whole, while you can use technology on this problem, you probably can't really solve it with technology. You're going to need to address it on the human level. You have our very best wishes there…

Who asked this joker26 Sep 2015 10:32 a.m. PST

What Andrew says. You can slow him down but you can't stop him. I suppose the best way to stop him is to cancel your internet service.

Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2015 11:20 a.m. PST

Egads!

I just hope you get the root problem itself taken care of, LH. Best wishes.

Last Hussar26 Sep 2015 1:03 p.m. PST

Password reset means resetting the passwords on about 6 or 7 other devices.

A longer term solution will be a flamethrower on his pit, I mean bedroom.

I was hoping I could use my administration bit to say 'not that one' on the map.

TNE230026 Sep 2015 4:40 p.m. PST

then remember
once you block him from YOUR router

you need to check all your neighbors' wireless signals

if they have an unsecured connection available
he can connect to them instead

or even if they are secured
are they easy passwords?
will they provide him with connection info?

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2015 5:46 p.m. PST

I'm not sure what they ultimate goal is, but have you considered taking the computer away? Most people have no use for a computer without an internet connection.

Open DNS is also worth a look. It's free and it's useful for solving all kinds of problems (goodbye ads!).

Another possibility is unplugging the router's power supply and locking that up in a lock box. When *you* want to use the internet, take it out of the box and plug it in. When you are not using it there simply is no router.

Last Hussar27 Sep 2015 5:17 p.m. PST

Another possibility is unplugging the router's power supply

Are you trying to get my wife to kill me?

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