How to control LAN users?

Jason Viloria jnvilo at
Wed Sep 19 16:51:23 UTC 2007

Bob Goodwin wrote:
>    I have a LAN with two Windows XP and one Apple Mac computers on it
>    in addition to several F7 Linux boxes.  The Ethernet connection is
>    via wireless Ethernet bridges at each computer and a Netgear WGR614
>    wireless router at the Wildblue satellite receiver/modem.
>    I would like to be able to disable the Windows and Mac computers
>    individually when not in use without going to each one and shutting
>    it down.  I know, tell the users to shut them off when they leave. 
>    That doesn't work, they leave the house and the computers remain on
>    and connected and I am accumulating mysterious usage on this system,
>    presently 82% of what I am allowed for the month.
>    I can probably disable the individual Ethernet bridges via the WEP
>    settings but then I may not be able to access them to turn them back
>    on?  I could switch them to unused radio channels but then again
>    would I be able to turn them back on from here via the LAN?  I think
>    not, they wouldn't "hear" me!
>    I have looked through the Netgear setup information and haven't been
>    able to figure a way to control them there although it seems to me
>    there should be a way and I may be missing something.
>    The system works perfectly but it's out of my control, I can't tell
>    whose using bandwidth as it stands.
>    I would appreciate any thoughts or suggestions.
>    Bob Goodwin
The easiest would be to redo your network such that one of your F7 boxes 
act as a gateway so you can monitor/control the traffic from there.  
Then you could also disable forwarding traffic from the windows and mac 
as you wish. 


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