How to Disconnect User or Devices from Your Wi-Fi Network

How to Disconnect User or Devices from Your Wi-Fi Network

By julianapardogonzalez

As we already have talked in other’s articles, the cybersecurity it is especially important. Since the information we share, what we read, the things we buy, until the free Wi-Fi in public places that can be more dangerous for the exposition to malware, etc. 

Now I ask you… Did you share your Wi-Fi password with someone? Remember, once you have given your password to people, they will not only have unlimited access to your Wi-Fi, but also, will be able to join your network on their devices. And this will slow down your connection, resulting in constant lags. But keep calm! It is possible to remove or boot such people off from your network. And not only to the people you share the password, but also to the uninvited that found the way to hack the password. Here, in this blog, you will read how to kick a Wi-Fi user away from your network

Why delete others off your Wi-Fi? 

Next, you will find a couple of reasons that suggest why you should remove people from your Wi-Fi network: 

  • Bandwidth might exceed the Fair Usage Policy (FUP) limits, resulting in plan upgrade. 
  • Friends or family can download illegal torrents through your network. 
  • Hackers can be in control of your router and network. 
  • People have been repeatedly ignoring your requests about not connecting to your network. 
  • Results in slow bandwidth and internet. 

Before removing people from your Wi-Fi, it is important, that you need to do is check who has access to your network. 

Follow the listed below are the steps that will enable you to view the number of people using your Wi-Fi: 

How to see who is using your Wi-Fi? 

You can check through your router’s interface: 

  1. Log in to your router. 
  2. Search the “DHCP settings” or “Attached devices”, or anything similar. These specifics vary from one manufacturer to another. 
  3. Check the list of devices connected to your Wi-Fi and isolate the ones, that not are yours. If they are not immediately visible, turn off those you know belong to you. 

If you see any other device is using your Wi-Fi network without permission, you need to know how to remove others from your Wi-Fi network, and here are the following tactics: 

Tactic 1: Reset your Wi-Fi password 

The simplest, most secure method is changing your Wi-Fi password. This will help in forcibly disconnecting all the devices from your Wi-Fi network, including yours. 

Reconnect your devices by entering the new password on all your devices. Always remember, only people with the password will be able to connect to your Wi-Fi. 

Tactic 2: Make use of a guest network 

Use of a separate access network is termed a guest network. It is used to create a separate Wi-Fi network for friends and family whenever they visit. For instance, you can have two networks named “Home” and “Guest”. The latter will be given to your guests so that they do not have access to the main network. 

The guest networks are often isolated from the main network, so, people do not have access to file shares on your computers or any other network-connected resources. So, enable the “isolation” option or disable “allow guests to access local network resources“, or whatever the similar option is. 

Tactic 3: Use Media Access Control address filtering 

A lot of broadband routers and other wireless access points have an optional feature called MAC address filtering. It is used to improve security by limiting the devices that can join a network. 

Even if you use this method, it is not entirely secure. Anyone with your Wi-Fi passphrase can change their device’s MAC address to match an approved one and take its place on your Wi-Fi network. But, if no one does, you will have to manually enter the MAC address when connecting new devices. In case you do not, an attacker will immediately connect to your network. 

To me, it is not working, because it is much work than security. But you can try.  

Tactic 4: Use your router’s page 

  1. You will need first find out your router’s address, to someone off your network from the router page. Then, go to your router’s page and log in by entering your username and password (if necessary). 
  2. Then, find the wireless Wi-Fi connections menu and check who has access to your network. If you see an unknown connection on your network, try to block or remove it. 

With this article, we learned that to booting someone off your network is possible on many routers’ configuration pages. However, the process varies from one device to another. 


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