how do I kick a MAC address off my hostapd WiFi network?

Daevid Vincent daevid
Wed Oct 10 11:25:46 PDT 2007


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nazeer Khan [mailto:Nazeer.Khan at] 
> Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2007 5:22 AM
> To: Daevid Vincent
> Cc: hostap at
> Subject: Re: how do I kick a MAC address off my hostapd WiFi network?
> On Tue, 9 Oct 2007 23:36:30 -0700, "Daevid Vincent" 
> <daevid at> wrote:
> > 
> > How can I boot someone off my network? I usually add them to my
> > shorewall blacklist file, and then:
> You can use the following two paramets in hostapd.conf file 
> to blacklist certain clients.
> # Accept/deny lists are read from separate files (containing list of
> # MAC addresses, one per line). Use absolute path name to 
> make sure that the
> # files can be read on SIGHUP configuration reloads.
> accept_mac_file=/etc/hostapd.accept
> deny_mac_file=/etc/hostapd.deny

Thanks, but a few questions:

[a] how is that any different than blacklisting them in my shorewall config?
[b] how do I force hostap to re-load that list without booting everyone else off that I want to be on currently? (that is, taking a service down/up seems like it would kill the WAP right?)
[c] how can I _kick them off right now_ in the quickest way?
[d] Daevid. Not really a question. Just seemed to match. ;-p

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