How to Use Your Router to Limit People's Internet Usage

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have children or employees utilising your Internet connection you may want to restrict their Internet usage. You can restrict the time of day and even the days a person can access the Internet by accessing the GUI (Graphic User Interface) of your wireless router and making a few changes to the BIOS of the router. This prevents people from getting through the firewall on the router during your specified outages.

Type in the default IP address of your router into a web browser. The address is located on the product sticker on the bottom of the router. Enter the default username and password information for your router's GUI. The information is in your owner's manual or you can look on Router for a list of router usernames and passwords.

Click on the "Access Restrictions" hyperlink within the GUI.

Click on "Enable" next to status to enable the restrictions settings.

Click on the box labelled, "Edit Lists of PCs" and enter the MAC address for each computer you want to restrict. Click on "Save Settings" and then X out of the popup box.

Enter a name for your policy in the box next to "Enter Policy Name."

Click on the radio button next to "Deny"

Place a checkmark next to the days you want to restrict access. If you want the policy to be in place every day, leave the checkmark on "Every Day."

Enter in the times where you want to restrict Internet access. If you want to block users permanently, select "24 Hours" along with "Every Day."

Select, "Save Settings" to update the router's BIOS.

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Since 2006 Zyon Silket has been writing for companies such as SEOWhat, L&C Freelancing and T-Mobile Wireless. He has extensive experience working in supervisory roles within the wireless and Internet technologies fields. Silket is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in business management and network technologies at Lehigh Carbon Community College.