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Apple Devices Blocked on WiFi Network

Topology
Virtuoso

Apple Devices Blocked on WiFi Network

FYI:  If you have an Apple device (iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch) connected to your WiFi network and upgrade to iOS 14, iPadOS 14, or watchOS 7, it may be helpful to note that private WiFi addresses (see here) are enabled by default and appear to become active a few days after the new OS is installed.

 

The good news is that the privacy protection feature hinders user tracking and profiling by generating a different (i.e., “private”) MAC address for each WiFi network to which the Apple device connects.

 

The bad news is that the Apple device will be now unexpectedly be blocked from connecting to your WiFi network, if Access Control is enabled (“ADVANCED | Security | Access Control | Turn on Access Control + Block all new devices from connecting,” on RAX120).

 

To circumvent this problem, the Access Control specifications in the router can be updated to reference the new MAC address of the Apple device; or the feature can be disabled for a specific WiFi network (e.g., see “Settings | Wi-Fi | <Network Name> (i) | Private Address” on iPhone).

Model: CM1200|Nighthawk Multi-Gig Speed Cable Modem, RAX120|Nighthawk AX12 12-Stream WiFi Router
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Christian_R
NETGEAR Employee Retired

Re: Apple Devices Blocked on WiFi Network

Hi Topology, 

 

Thanks for sharing! This is awesome and very useful information for other users to view/read. 

 

Regards,

Christian 

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Jack29
Aspirant

Re: Apple Devices Blocked on WiFi Network

My Iphone just got blocked.  I can see the network on the iphone wifi screen, Unfortunately, the iphone was the device used to setup a new network just two days ago.  Any ideas on how to resolve this?

Model: R6400|AC1750 Smart WiFi Router
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schumaku
Guru

Re: Apple Devices Blocked on WiFi Network

Read the first post again - solution is there near to the end.

 

Disable this stupid randomization on the phone for your trusted, private, home network!

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schumaku
Guru

Re: Apple Devices Blocked on WiFi Network


@Jack29 wrote:

My Iphone just got blocked.


No. Your iPhone blocked itself by taking another "identity" on the network. Complain with Apple about this nonsense enabled without the users acceptance! It's thier support which should take care of these issues. 

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sunnyorlando
Aspirant

Re: Apple Devices Blocked on WiFi Network

My issue is te opposite - not blocking.

 

I'm wondering if this is related to my issue. If not, then can someone re-direct me to the right place or solution?

I'd like to understand why is it that in a WiFi system that has 'access control' turned on to' block all new devices from connecting', any apple device can connect without authorization.

 

Interestingly... yesterday I ttried to disallow '(block)' one of these, and the router responded that I 'cannot block using the same device I'm logged in with' - an android! Yet the device I was blocking was an iPhone identified by MAC association to vendor. But that aside, I cant seem to block any Apple devices using access control.

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MontaguBiggles
Initiate

Re: Apple Devices Blocked on WiFi Network

Hi,

 

My problem is that with MAC address control on the D7800 when I try to set the IOS private MAC address to ALLOWED the router refuses to change the status to ALLOWED. This has worked before, but seems to fail now. I can set an older iphone 6S to allowed, but more recent iphones (eg an iPhone 😎 refuses to be Allowed by the D7800. Both run IOS 14.6.

 

The only way I seem to be able to give access to the newer phones is by turning off private MAC addresses.

 

Any suggestions on how the D7800 can be made to perform properly? 

Model: D7800|Nighthawk X4S – AC2600 WiFi VDSL/ADSL Modem Router
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thompsondc
Tutor

Re: Apple Devices Blocked on WiFi Network

Turn off private addresses on apple devices. Apple shouldn't dictate your personal, home network
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jockobean
Aspirant

Re: Apple Devices Blocked on WiFi Network

privacy is a good thing. why not open access control
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lavander
Aspirant

Re: Apple Devices Blocked on WiFi Network

I'm not very techy and I've read your post, but I'm not getting anywhere. What should the settings on my router be to allow my apple devices to connect to the wifi?

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

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jockobean
Aspirant

Re: Apple Devices Blocked on WiFi Network

my understanding is the privacy setting on your iphone that randomized addresses must be turned off. nothing I'm aware you can do on your router.

 

 

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Re: Apple Devices Blocked on WiFi Network


@jockobean wrote:

my understanding is the privacy setting on your iphone that randomized addresses must be turned off. nothing I'm aware you can do on your router.

 

 


This?

 

NETGEAR Mobile Applications and Apple Devices FAQ - NETGEAR Communities

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schumaku
Guru

Re: Apple Devices Blocked on WiFi Network

You know (or should know) which devices or people are connecting to your own network.

 

So what privacy are you panicing about here?

 

This random MAC (Crapple does use a confusing designation Private Address B.S.) made some popularity for people using public Wi-Fi to avoid that government or other players tracking people. The odd part is that these mobile devices are trackable on other transport layers like Bluetooth (yet another MAC address) or the mobile network (IMEI, ICCID, ...).

 

So what for exactly you seek to protect your privacy against your very own network, making the management much more difficult, please?

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Topology
Virtuoso

Re: Apple Devices Blocked on WiFi Network

RE: “…these mobile devices are trackable on other transport layers like Bluetooth (yet another MAC address)...”

 

@schumaku, my understanding is that Apple provides address randomization for Bluetooth by default (please see Bluetooth security).

 

P.S.: Concerning tracking on “the mobile network (IMEI, ICCID, ...),” technology is under development that may provide a solution. Please see Is Your Mobile Provider Tracking Your Location? and Pretty Good Phone Privacy

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