[Ubuntu-ZW] Disallowing Windows but Allowing Open Source

Daniel Newell daniel at belina.co.zw
Wed Nov 18 07:53:52 GMT 2009

Hi Arthur,

Based on your question I'm assuming you want to stop people with wireless
from connecting their Microcrap XP/Vista/7 laptop to your Internet Cafe?
If this is the case, why not use MAC Address filtering? It's quite simple
to setup, and most basic wireless routers support it. You simply have to
get the MAC address from your card(s) and add it to the list of allowed

You can find your MAC Address by typing "ifconfig -a" (As the root user or
user with appropriate permissions). HWaddr is the MAC Address, eg:

Example "ifconfig -a" output:
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:08:C7:1B:8C:02
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:

...additional output removed...



> Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 12:03:45 +0200
> From: Arthur Garande <agarande at gmail.com>
> Subject: [Ubuntu-ZW] ubuntu and internet cafe's
> To: ubuntu-zw <ubuntu-zw at lists.ubuntu.com>
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> Is it true that you can configure your routers to accept wireless
> connections from Windows machines and not from Open Source ones? Somebody
> who knows please advise because i suspect that i have just been lied to.

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