Apparently the router’s Access Control is being used by some users to prevent access to any and all computers and other devices. The router’s built-in access control has prevented access to this device.

This seems to happen most frequently with NetGear modems and routers. There have been reports of this happening on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10, so it’s not limited to a certain Windows release.

This Device is Blocked By Access Control in The Router


Method 1: Turning Off The Security Gates

A device’s IP address can be used as a filter in an Access Control List. If your network’s Access Control settings include devices you’ve forbidden from making requests, and that device makes one nonetheless, your router will reject the request (or not mentioned in the allowed list).

In the event that this is your current situation, disabling Access Control in your router’s settings may allow your device to connect without being denied. It stands to reason, however, that many routers would each be constructed differently.

As a result, turning off/on Access Control will be done differently depending on the specific model. Thankfully, the basic idea and the procedures are equivalent. If you need a fast tutorial on how to open the Access Control menu and disable the security measure, here you go:

Step 1: To access your router’s configuration page from another device, simply navigate to its default address in your web browser (not the one that is being blocked). The URL to access the configuration page for the great majority of routers/modems is either or

Step 2: To enter, just key in your username and password when prompted. Use “admin” as both the login and password if you haven’t already done so.

Step 3: Access the Security submenu via the Advanced menu. The next step is to head to the Access Control settings and either completely turn off Access Control or remove the device from the Blacklist.

Step 4: If you still get the “This device is banned by access control in the router” message after making these modifications, try restarting your router/modem.

Method 2: Returning the Router to its Original Configurations

Resetting the router to factory settings is a fast and easy way to fix the “This device is blocked by access control in the router” problem. When you log back in a few minutes later, you should discover that access to any of your linked devices has been restored.

For most models, the LEDs will all glow at once to indicate that the reset was successful after you have held the reset button down for 10 seconds. Keep in aware that the Reset button may be accessed with a needle or other pointed device on some models.

Remember that this process will also erase any previously saved login information from your router or modem. The majority of the time, they will revert back to admin (for username and password).

Method 3: Avoiding the Need for a Router or Modem’s Network Access Control System

There are a variety of methods for blocking access to the network on various routers. When determining whether or not a given device should be restricted via Access Control, routers typically either actively check the MAC address or the IP address.

Changing either allows you to recover access to your Router’s configurations in no time. When all other devices are unable to access the router/modem settings, and you have no other obvious way of resolving the problem, this approach is ideal.

Changing your MAC address and IP will allow you to avoid being detected by the Account Control feature of your networking gear.

Swapping out your MAC number:

Step 1: To access the Run dialogue, use the Windows key plus R. Then, hit the Enter key after typing ” devmgmt.msc ” to launch Device Manager.

Step 2: By expanding the Network adapters submenu, right-clicking on your Network (Internet) Controller, and then selecting Properties, you can change your network settings.

Step 3: To find the Network Address or Locally Administered Address Property on your Network Controller’s Properties page, navigate to the Advanced tab. Then, configure a new MAC address for your machine by toggling the switch from Not Present to Value.

Step 4: To apply the changes, you’ll need to restart your computer after clicking the “Ok” button.

IP address modification:

Step 1: To access the Run dialogue, use the Windows key plus R. The Network Connections menu can be accessed by typing “ncpa.cpl” and hitting the Enter key.

Step 2: Right-click the active network connection in the Network Connections menu, then select Properties.

Step 3: In the current network’s Properties window, select the Networking tab, and then double-click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).

Step 4: The first toggle should be set to Use the following IP address after clicking the General tab. Then, replace with your personal IP address, and hit “OK” to commit the changes.

Step 5: Try restarting your machine to see if problem still persists.