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Use Timed Access Control to restrict when devices can connect to your Apple base station Wi-Fi

Glenn Fleishman | Jan. 4, 2016
Your AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule router can block certain devices at certain times of day, based on the device's MAC address. Here's how to set it up.

There’s no temporary override. If you need to enable full access or restrict a device, you have to modify the entry and restart the base station.

  • It doesn’t limit by duration, only by times of day and days of the week.

  • You can’t create a policy and then assign a group of MAC addresses to it. Instead, every addresses has to have its own policy created separately. There’s not even a duplicate entry option.

  • One hidden feature? If all your base stations are 802.11ac models of the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule with the latest firmware, and all are set up with the same Network Name, every time you restart the base station, the access control list will be propagated and updated to all the other base stations on the network.

    If that doesn’t work for you or you have a mix of base stations, you can also use configurations export and import:

    1. In AirPort Utility with the Access Control enabled, select the base station, click Edit, and then select File > Export Configuration File.
    2. Select another base station in AirPort Utility in the same way, and select File > Import Configuration File.
    3. In the import dialog box, uncheck everything but Timed Access Control.
    4. Click OK.
    5. Click Update.

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    You can export then import Timed Access Control settings among base stations.

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