Do you have a lot of freeloaders on your WiFi network? Well, that should be a bad news because those devices are consuming your internet. Unless all the connected devices are of your family’s then I guess that is not an issue. But if those connected to your WiFi network are your neighbors and freeloaders you hardly know of, then you are probably not so happy about it.
Good thing for you, there are some ways to fix this problem of yours. There are ways to kick out those devices that do not belong to your network. Besides, those devices are probably security risks after all. And you would not want them snooping around and spy on your personal life. Even worse is that they could be hacking your financial affairs through online access.
So if you agree that those freeloaders should be kicked out of your WiFi network, you should really learn what we have to teach you. This is how to kick people off your WiFi network the easy way. Let’s start.
How to Kick People Off Your WiFi
Change WiFi SSID and Password
- This is the easiest and the most popular way of removing everyone from your WiFi network. All you have to do is access the router’s web interface and change some settings.
- On your device that is connected to the WiFi network, open the web browser.
- Type in the default gateway IP address of your WiFi. In case you do not know your router’s default gateway, check on the sticker at the bottom of the router. It should be there like most routers do.
- On the sticker, the default username and password are also indicated. So if you do not know your router’s username and password, you should take note of those as well.
- Now going back to the web browser, type in the default IP address. It should look like 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1. That two IP addresses are the most common default gateways. If those do not work, then the sticker we mentioned should keep you informed.
- As soon as you hit Enter key, a prompt will ask you for a username and password. We mentioned about it earlier already. I hope you paid attention and wrote those down.
- Type in the username and password and press Enter key again.
- Find the Wireless settings.
- You should see the SSID or WiFi network name. Delete that and use your own WiFi name like your own name or your favorite superhero name.
- Below that, find the Passkey, Passphrase, or Password as that means exactly what it says.
- Delete the old one and use your own password.
- This is the most important part. Write down the new username you want to use and the new password that you want to apply. If you forget just one letter, you will not be able to log in back to your WiFi network.
- Now find the Save button below or Apply button.
- The web interface should reload and your device connected wirelessly will lose internet connection as well.
- This means that everyone connected to the WiFi network is literally kicked out including you.
- Now, to get back in, use the new username that we told you to write down and the password as well.
- That’s it. You are back and with full control of your WiFi network. You will decide who gets in by giving them the password you applied.
Some modern routers have a mobile app support. This means that you do not need a web browser to access the router’s page. All will be done on a dedicated app. And since it is a dedicated app, it will have more advanced features for control.
One of those features usually involves parental control. You can decide which mobile device gets to stay inside the network. Since not all mobile devices’ app is the same. You will have to explore them yourself. Just look for parental control or something similar that says restrictions or connected device manager.
There is also a feature called Mac address blocking. This is a feature that gives you control over which device’s Mac address gets to join the network or not. This is a good method since even with people knowing your WiFi password, they will still not be able to enter the WiFi network. Not until you approve their device’s Mac address to the whitelist.
Like I said, one of the most important reasons why you should protect your WiFi network from other people aside from your family is for security. There are a lot of people out there that can do harm to your private life by accessing your online accounts and affairs. So please, choose wisely who you let inside your WiFi network. Just as you are careful with whom you let inside your own home.
If you have questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section. We will answer them as long as they are related to this article.