If you are using a Belkin wireless router, chances are that while going through Belkin router support documentation you might have checked about MAC Access Control List. Not many users know about MAC Access Control feature in their Belkin devices. Let me tell you something about it. MAC Access Control List is one among the three wireless security features that Belkin routers have. The other two are WEP and WPA-PSK. I am sure most of the users must have heard about these two security types.
In fact these are the most widely used encryption types when configuring wireless networks. On the other hand, MAC Access Control List is rarely used by anyone when configuring wireless security. MAC (Media Access Control) Access Control List is a type of protocol that helps you set up grant or deny access to other wireless devices that try to connect to your wireless network. Thus it protects yours wireless network and data.
Check the step-by-step instructions below and configure MAC Access Control List on your Belkin router:
- To be able to set up MAC Access Control List on your router, you will first need to know the MAC address, also known as physical address, of the device you want to allow or deny access to your network. If you don’t know the MAC address of the device you want to block or allow, you won’t be able to set up MAC encryption for it.
- For example, you can add your computer(s) or devices on your network to the list of safe networks. To find out your devices’ MAC address, open Command Prompt from the Start menu> All Programs> Accessories and then do this.
- Type ‘ipconfig /all’ and hit Enter. Note down the number in the format XX:XX:XX:XX beside Physical Address under a specific device. You may see many physical addresses listed there for different devices. You will have to note down the right physical address of the device you wish to add to or block from your network.
- When done, exit the Command Prompt window. Connect your computer directly to your Belkin router using the Ethernet cable. You can do so only by disconnecting the modem, the middleman between your computer and the router.
- Connect one end of the cable into the Ethernet port of your computer and run its other end into the LAN port of Belkin router. When connected, check the light’s status on the router to make sure that your router and computer are connected properly.
- Open your web browser. Type ‘192.168.2.1’, the router’s IP address in the address bar and hit Enter. When prompted, enter your router password and click Submit. You can use the default password if you never set up a custom one. You can also refer to your Belkin router support documents to check the default login details.
- Once logged in, you will see the Belkin Router Setup screen. Click MAC Address Control under the Wireless menu in the left hand side. If prompted, enter your router password again.
- Now if you want to allow a device to be able to connect to your network, click Allow. If you want to prevent a device from connecting to your network, click Deny.
- Click inside the given box and then enter the MAC address of the desired device. You will have to enter MAC address only in this specified format ‘00:17:XX:XX:XX:XX’. Continue this step if you wish to add or block more wireless devices.
- When done, click Apply Changes and exit the router’s interface. That’s it and all your worries about your wireless network’s safety will be gone.
***Belkin routers are usually shipped without any password. In other words it means that the Password box is generally left blank (as the default password is none). However, you must refer to your Belkin router support docs before entering anything blindly.