How to Disable Access to a Router From the Internet

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Updated February 12, 2023

If you have been experimenting with the ins and outs of your wireless network, you may wonder how to disable access to a router from the Internet. The best routers, after all, may need to be disabled every once in a while for various reasons. Why would you do this and how would you do this? Keep reading to find out.


  • If you are worried about wireless network security, it is a good idea to disable access to the wireless router from a wireless device from the wider Internet.
  • This can be done via the admin panel or settings page of the Wi-Fi network, which is accessed via a web browser or dedicated firmware.
  • Once you are at the admin panel, look for an access control section and disable all incoming Internet-based devices, including any unknown mobile device.

Why Disable a Router Via the Internet?

This is done for improved security in most cases. If your router can be accessed from the Internet, hackers could easily enter your wireless network. Now, this could be fixed easily if you are at home, via the router’s settings, but what to do if you are away? That is when you want to disable the router remotely so it cannot be accessed from the Internet. Consider this process the opposite of learning how to turn off a router’s firewall.

Insider Tip

If you simply want to disable access to the Internet for brief periods of time, so as to control internet usage by children, hit up the parental controls.

How to Disable a Router Via the Internet

Luckily, this process is not overly complicated, in line with learning how to disable IPv6 on a router or how to remove devices from a WiFi router. Here are the steps.


This will be done via access control settings. Before you begin, make sure that your wireless network is operating normally and features a valid Internet connection. In other words, check that the Ethernet cable is going from the cable modem to the router and that the router is emitting a clear wireless signal.


Access the router’s admin panel or settings page via a web browser address bar or dedicated firmware on a device connected to the wireless network. Each router is different and may feature a unique way to get to this admin panel.


Look for settings regarding the access control feature. Once you find it, you’ll be able to manually disable unknown devices from connecting to your network via any means, the Internet included. Be sure to have your IP address, network name, and password handy, if these are required to make the changes.


Reset the router to make sure the changes are implemented correctly. That’s it. Your network should now be protected from would-be thieves and hackers.


How to limit your kid’s Internet access using the built-in wireless router settings?

This all comes down to Wi-Fi network parental controls. These advanced settings can also be found in the admin panel, and can certainly help to set boundaries as a parent.

Where to find your model number?

Somewhere on the body of your router, you’ll find the model number, IP address, Wi-Fi network name, original password, and other information. If you want to change any of these items, head to the advanced settings of your Wi-Fi network.

How to make my router more secure?

To make your Wi-Fi network more secure, follow the above steps to reach advanced settings and then turn on the firewall and disable remote access.

STAT: If you use the default password in your router, everyone can access your router. (source)

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