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    Default Obvious Q? I think.

    Just checked my network at home and see that my AP is accompanied by a BT Open AP but both have the same MAC address. I assume then that BT is using my router as an access point!. Is there anyway of disabling BT from using my equipment?

    Thanks.

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    Is BT an SSID? It could be for guest access.
    Post an image along with info about the model number of your AP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ua549 View Post
    Is BT an SSID? It could be for guest access.
    Post an image along with info about the model number of your AP.
    BT stand for British Telecom (UK). They use peoples routers to provide public APs as I understand it.

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    If the MAC address is similar (usually one nibble off, for example 1C and 1B somewhere in the MAC address, respectively) but slightly different, Virtual SSID's are enabled. BT might have an open SSID for public access that is separated from your home network. It would be interesting to see a screenshot.

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    Is the router provided by British Telecom?
    What is the exact brand and model number of your router?
    It may be possible to reconfigure it so that public access is disabled.

    I would equate BT public access to guest networks on routers elsewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel View Post
    If the MAC address is similar (usually one nibble off, for example 1C and 1B somewhere in the MAC address, respectively) but slightly different, Virtual SSID's are enabled. BT might have an open SSID for public access that is separated from your home network. It would be interesting to see a screenshot.
    You are exactly right! MAC addresses are 08 and 09. I enclose an image. it's about 10 years old so unlikely. There does not seem to be any access to the virtual side of the router so unless I switch it off I guess I'm stuck with that unless someone can suggest another router perhaps?

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    Have you searched community.bt.com for a solution? There are several threads with varying ways to disable BT WiFi depending on the specific equipment. Here is another possibility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ua549 View Post
    Have you searched community.bt.com for a solution? There are several threads with varying ways to disable BT WiFi depending on the specific equipment. Here is another possibility.
    Thanks, but your suggested link was to disable wireless totally. I want wireless but would prefer BT not piggybacking a public service through my (supplied by them) router! It would seem unless I change the router I cannot disable this "virtual" SSID or the other MAC address.

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    If you have wired (LAN) access to the router, it is inexpensive (less than 15) and trivial to a) disable the BT wireless and b) add your own wireless access point that is LAN connected to the router. You keep the BT router functions while controlling ALL wireless functions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ua549 View Post
    If you have wired (LAN) access to the router, it is inexpensive (less than 15) and trivial to a) disable the BT wireless and b) add your own wireless access point that is LAN connected to the router. You keep the BT router functions while controlling ALL wireless functions.
    Hm, but how do I know this only disables wireless for me and not the other service BT are providing to the public? There is no way I would know it's still working because the firmware on their device is owned by them. I think the only way is to get the username/pwd from BT for the service and get another router.

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