MAC Filtering is an excellent way to stay secure when using public Wi-Fi networks – and will also block out people sharing your connection at home who shouldn’t be using it – but there are ways around it if you need to access the internet outside of your network. A VPN solution is one option for bypassing MAC Filtering as the website will remember that you were already logged in on this device before, so all should be well from then onwards. It would have to know that we spoofed our MAC address to stop us from connecting again, but they won’t get any information about that because they can’t see the traffic (just like below in the screenshot).
When you go online, one of the first things your computer does is identify the network. You might be on a home Wi-Fi network or at work with an Ethernet cable plugged into your laptop. If it’s a wireless connection, your computer may pick up more than one signal and ask you to choose which you want to use. Once that happens, every time you connect to that network again in the future, it will remember who gave permission for this connection – by default, it will be whoever was logged in last (although some people change this). This is called ‘MAC Filtering,’ and there are pros and cons of using MAC Filtering.
Pros: • It can stop someone from hacking into your system while using a public Wi-Fi network. • It can keep people connected to the wrong, or fake, Wi-Fi from accessing your connection.
Cons: • It will stop everyone except yourself and whoever is logged in from connecting to the internet. • Websites like airport lounges, hotels, and some coffee shops use MAC Filtering because it keeps their users inside their walls while denying access to everyone else – this means you’ll need a VPN (or Virtual Private Network) if you want internet connectivity outside of that location.
Avoiding MAC filtering is relatively easy if the system owner didn’t set it up right (you spoof your MAC address). If they did set it up correctly, then you will need to use a VPN.
Steps to follow if you want to Bypass MAC Filtering
• Create an account with a good VPN provider; many paid and free VPN providers are out there. The ones that seem more legit will cost you more money, but no one said staying connected has to be cheap – it’s your internet, after all!
• Download the software onto your device (PC, tablet, or phone). Make sure you have cookies enabled so the website can remember who you are when you come back.
• Once installed, make sure it’s turned on and click “connect” on its start screen. This will redirect your traffic through their servers, which is how they get paid for providing the service.
• Once you’re connected, enjoy internet freedom!
If you are looking for a way to spoof your MAC Address, there are several ways. First things first, if you aren’t already on a private computer network or know the IP address of someone online that you trust and who isn’t using any software like Mackeeper, you will need an Android emulator. You can use BlueStacks or Andyroid to do this.
These will allow you to install applications from outside of the Google Play Store so that you can download spoofing software onto it (if the application checks your device’s IP address, it won’t be able to tell that it belongs to a MAC Address changer). Once that is done, if you are using an Android emulator, go to the Google Play Store and download Mac Address Changer.
Once you have installed it, run the application. It will bring up a dialog box that has several options – but don’t worry about these as we only want one thing here: to spoof our MAC address. Click on the “MAC Options” button at the bottom of this page. This brings up a screen with 4 different editable fields (along with some fixed data).
Here is where you can change your MAC address. The top 3 fields are for your vendor information – make sure that everything is there, and nothing is missing; otherwise, if someone queries your MAC address, this app won’t work. The field below that is where you want to start. Set the “MAC” field to be whatever address you like (make sure it’s something unique). If the top three fields have everything in them, then click Apply.