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Smarter Parental Controls

If you've been using the parental controls options in Mac OS X to lock your child out of using a particular computer late at night, but would like to employ a more clever technique to limit Internet access, turn to MAC address filtering on an Apple base station.

To do this, launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, and click Manual Setup. In the Access Control view, choose Time Access to turn on MAC filtering. You'll need to enter the MAC address of the particular computer, which (in 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard) you can find in the Network System Preferences pane: click AirPort in the adapter list, and click Advanced. The AirPort ID is the MAC address.


Jeff Carlson at Apple Store Bellevue Square

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Jeff Carlson at Apple Store Bellevue Square -- With Adam and Tonya now living in Ithaca, New York, there's no need for other TidBITS staffers to make the trek to New York City for this week's Macworld Expo, which means I miss out on meeting TidBITS readers and rubbing shoulders with thousands of Mac users this time of year. Instead, I'm going to do something more engaging (and with a much better commute). On Saturday, 19-Jul-03, I'll be at the Apple Store Bellevue Square in Bellevue, WA between 10:30 AM and noon to talk about iMovie 3, video editing, and other topics related to my just-released book iMovie 3 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide. Stop by and chat about video editing or just say hi! [JLC]

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