How to Configure Wireless Internet Access Restriction in a Linksys Router

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Wireless routers manufactured by Linksys have a feature called "Access Restriction." The network administrator can use this feature to allow or deny wireless network service to certain computers during certain days and time intervals. This is typically useful when children are only allowed to navigate the Internet during the time allocated for their leisure, or when a company wants to prevent network traffic outside business hours. You can configure Access Restriction on your Linksys wireless router.

Things You'll Need

  • Ethernet cable
  • Connect a computer to any numbered port on the back of the Linksys wireless router using the Ethernet cable. Log in to the computer.

  • Launch a Web browser, then navigate to the router's online administration utility. The Web address for that utility depends on the router's model. For example, for a Linksys WRT54GS router, the correct address is "192.168.1.1."

  • Navigate to the access restriction menu options of your router. For example, for a WRT54GS, click on "Access Restrictions."

  • Select an unused policy number -- you will create a new policy, of which the router allows a limited number -- in the "Internet Access Policy" pull-down menu. Click "Enable," enter any name of your choice for the policy -- e.g., "Kids-school days" -- and click on "Edit List of PCs." Enter the network addresses for the computers affected by this policy. Click on "Deny" or "Allow" depending on whether you want to explicitly block or unblock -- e.g., in a router that is otherwise blocked by default -- those computers.

  • Specify the time interval during which the policy will be enforced by selecting "Everyday" or one or more days of the week. Select the time of the day interval in the "Times" section. It must be the same interval for all days. It can be "24 Hours" or an interval delimited by the "From" and "To" pull-down menus. Click on "Save Settings." At that point, the access restriction will be ready to automatically become active at the beginning of the chosen time interval.

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