Is there any security benefit to using MAC address filtering?
I just set up my ORBI network and wonder if I should bother using MAC address filtering. It does use WPA2 encryption. Can’t an experienced hacker sniff out the MAC address anyway? I don’t really know much about this stuff.
It can be a speedbump for unsophisticated “attackers” (e.g. you want to keep your kids’ laptop off the internet after certain hours) but won’t stop technical intruders or wardrivers. The WPA2 is your roadblock, but anyone who can get by that won’t be deterred by a MAC filter. I think I use it more for wired than wireless, just for tracking what and who is where.
OK thanks. I don’t need to track anyone so I will not use it for now.
The boat has long sailed where MACs have offered any sort of security at all. It’s only good to pre-plan your network and assign out IP addresses from a DHCP pool if you want to organize things at all.
For home networks, I don’t worry too much about it. It’s more of a pain in the ass than anything else. If you really wanted to, you could set up some sort of certificate-based system. I have no idea how that works with TVs anyway.