How to Remove an Intruder on a NETGEAR Wireless

By Ruri Ranbe

Netgear routers allow administrators to keep track of all of the devices connected to the local area network; the router displays the host name, or computer name, and media access control address of each attached device. To prevent unauthorized users from signing on to your company's wireless network without permission, you should set up Wi-Fi Protected Access on your Netgear router to secure the access point. If your network is already password-protected, however, and an intruder has managed to sign on to your LAN without permission, you can use the access control feature to block the user.

Open a Web browser and navigate to the address "" (without quotes). If this does not work, go to the "" address.

Enter the appropriate username and password. If the username and password have never been established, try "admin" for the username and "password" or "1234" for the password.

Select "Attached Devices" under Maintenance to see which computers are connected to the network.

Review the information under Device Name to find the unauthorized user. Write down the MAC address associated with the device.

Select "Wireless Settings" from under Advanced. Click the "Setup Access List" button.

Click the "Add" button. Enter the name of the device and its MAC address into the fields provided. Click "Add."

Check the "Turn Access Control On" box and then click "Apply" to remove the user from the network.


Your network may restart after turning on access control.

Depending on your model of router, access control may kick in immediately after you add a user to the block list.


Make sure not to select your own computer accidentally. To find your computer name, press "Windows-W" to open Search, type "computer" and then select "Rename This Computer" from the results. Review the field next to "Full Computer Name."