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Disable Wireless Card Installation

By kittypshah ·
Does anybody know how I can stop a user installing a wireless card in his/her laptop either by registry hack or group policy settings. I also need to disable existing cards that are installed.

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by stress junkie In reply to Disable Wireless Card Ins ...

Forget the Registry. Here is a simple solution.

You could get a piece of plastic the size of a PCMCIA card and use epoxy to glue the plastic into the PCMCIA slot. Simple. Permanent. Unambiguous.

You can also do the same thing with desktop computers with the USB slots. Using a USB connector that is not connected to a wire would stop people from plugging USB devices into computers in work. You'd have to use PS/2 style keyboard and mouse of course.

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by CarlitosWay In reply to Epoxy

Direct and to the point! lol I think I'll try this on future deployments

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by lcomtois In reply to Disable Wireless Card Ins ...

Did you find how to disable wireless cards? I am looking for the same info!

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To disable...

by mtrox In reply to

To disable, right click on My Computer> Properties> Hardware tab> Device Manager, then click the plus sign by Network Cards, then right click on the wireless card, then click on disable.

Plus, many modern laptops have a switch somewhere that turns off the wireless. Not sure what you?re trying to accomplish but it?s also not hard to take the wireless card out, even if it?s built in.

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by lcomtois In reply to To disable...

What I am looking fore is a way to disable any wireless network cards while connected to the corporate Network. I need a command a script or best of all a GPO.

Removing the card or manually disabling the card is not an option, I need to be able to do it remotely.

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I'll catch up....

by mtrox In reply to

Sorry lcomtois, thought that question was a little basic for this board. I was so happy I knew the answer to something I just jumped in.

'fraid I can't help you with that one. I'm just happy when I just get one of my little logon scripts to work.

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Possible solution....

by cp7212 In reply to Disable Wireless Card Ins ...

I'm not quite sure of your architecture, but do you currently use a WEP or WPA key? It wouldn't be hard to change it if someone got a hold of it. It's not uncommon to use "cycling" WEPs, where they are changed every sixty days.

You could email the WEP to your users that need it or if you really wanted to do it securely, have them bring you the laptops and do it yourself. Inform them that this is the only way they will be able to access the network wirelessly.

The ones that you don't want on your network, don't install the WEP or WPA. Changing the WEP would only take a couple of minutes per laptop.

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by imamember In reply to Disable Wireless Card Ins ...

What about using the MAC filtering capabilities of the wireless access point(s)? It could be a lot of work because you'd have to gather each users MAC address (from their wireless NIC) and then input it to the router, as a device to block. It may be less work to input only MAC addresses you want to allow ... depends on # of users and other security configuration issues.

I'm sure there are other ways to tackle this problem but I think using the MACs may be agood approach because it saves you having to worry about whether the cards are present or not.

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by jmgarvin In reply to an idea

MAC filtering is probably the best way. You could also setup RADIUS authentication.

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Many also offer ....

by NaughtyMonkey In reply to Agree

a list of MACs connected and their IP addresses. You could compare the IP to DNS to get the MAC so you wouldn't have to go look at everyones computer. Then again you could always script that.

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