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Windows 7: Reserved list in router doesn't seem to work

08 Sep 2010   #1

Reserved list in router doesn't seem to work

Some time ago I was discussing ways and means of stopping my kids changing their IP addresses to get around ACLs I'd created on my DLINK router.

Two solutions were offered: OpenDNS, which I'm still using, and setting up a DHCP reservation using MAC addresses.

Recently I had to replace one of the machines. Lets say the original machines mac address was 0A:0A:0A:0A:0A:0A (just for convenience), and it's IP address was

When I replaced the machine the MAC address is completely different.

I completely forgot to update the DHCP reservation. Yet, the PC can access the internet.

If I change the address on the machine, of course, it still connects to the internet, I guess because the MAC address is not in the DHCP reservation list. So I updated the entry in the router.

The computer still accesses the internet with (as I would expect), but if I change the address to (for example), it still works.

So.. Without the mac address in the router (but with a reservation using the IP address), there appear to be no restrictions. I hoped the router would match the MAC address to the requesting IP address and go "Nope, these dont match. Sorry, I'm not letting you connect".

Obviously I've done something wrong when I set it up.

Can anyone suggest why this might not be working?


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08 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 | OSX Lion 10.7 x64

There are 2 things in here: First, if you created your ACLs based on MAC Address, there is still a way to bypass it: by changing local MAC Address -- many NICs do allows that.

Second, if you created ACLs based on the IP address, you should also update the DHCP to offer the old IP address to the new MAC Address.

What I could suggest you, then, is to create a rule in the very bottom, to deny any unknown MAC Address, and then update the rules to allow your kids to browse -- either via their computer's MAC Address or via IP with the updated DHCP reservation. Pretty much you had done all of this, but missed the "deny all" in the bottom.
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10 Sep 2010   #3


Thanks HQuest.

The ACLs are IP address based

I think your "second" is the step I missed for that PC when I repalced it, otherwise all other machines have IP and MAC and machine name in the DHCP reservation list.

However, even after correcting it (That is the MAC address and machine name matched, but the IP address didn't) the PC still could access the internet.

I have a network printer, PS3, XBox and Wii consoles that are not in the DCHP list, basically because the router only allows 15 addresses, and I had used them all up.

So, if I add the deny all, will that kill the console access?
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20 Sep 2010   #4


The answer to my question was "Yes". It killed console access. It also killed Internet access for all computers in the house.
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