Linksys wireless questions - MAC filtering and DHCP

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Peter Alerich, Dec 31, 2004.

  1. Hello all,

    I've been scanning over a year's worth of messages here tonight but I
    still have a few questions. I have a home network with a Linksys
    BEFSR41 router and WAP11 802.11b access point. We have 3 hard wired
    PCs on the router with the 4th port connected to the WAP. We have 1
    fulltime laptop and 1 part time laptop that connect to the WAP.

    I'm good on the WEP aspect. No trbls there. I'm trying to use MAC
    filtering on the WAP to only allow the 2 laptop MACs to access it and
    I can't seem to enter them in the space. The entire MAC address won't
    fit into the space. Anyone seen this before and have a clue as to what
    I am doing wrong? The MACs are in the format of XX-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX.

    Also, I have DHCP in the router set to allow a max of 5 MACs to access
    the network. Assuming all of the machines are online that would limit
    other users from accessing my network via the WAP, would it not?

    I'm not in an area where there would be a high concentration of
    wireless users or hackers trying to access my network but I'm just
    trying to be a little safer about it. I strolled out into the street
    tonight and still had usable signal.

    Thanks in advance for your help.
    Peter Alerich, Dec 31, 2004
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  2. Peter Alerich

    Rick Ankrum Guest

    I think on the MAC entry you do not include the : between each pair of
    numbers. I have my router set to only allow specified MAC's, not a quantity.
    Rick Ankrum, Dec 31, 2004
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  3. Thanks, Rick. I think that was it. I was attempting to put dashes
    between the pairs of numbers - that's how they looked in the DHCP on
    my router. Just entered the strings as 12 consecutive digits and it
    seems to have worked great.

    Thanks again.
    Peter Alerich, Dec 31, 2004
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