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Password protect wireless network device on a laptop

Posted on 2011-03-06
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I'm trying to figure out how to password protect a wireless device on a laptop.  The laptop is an HP windows 7 pro machine.  I would like a user to be able to log on with password A but not be able to access the network adapters without somehow/somewhere entering password B.  Is this possible via 3rd party software or advanced windows configuration?

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by:dailypcguy
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If I understand your question correctly, you still want user to log on to network, use internet etc, but not be able to change network adapter settings or properties?
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by:JosephEricDavis
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Well I guess that would be an option, yes.  I was actually going for some option that would allow the network adapters to be password protected so they couldn't be accessed unless a special password was entered.  But the end objective is to allow a user to utilize a computer without being able to utilize the any networks unless permission was granted.
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Okay, maybe this will help. If you open your Group Policy Editor (type it in search from Control Panel) expand Administrative Templates, Network, click Network Connections, there are a slew of settings that limit control over what a non-admin can do with the network connection. These include 'Prohibit Access to the Properties of a LAN connection". See if these GPO's give you the flexibility you seek.
Let me know what you think.
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maybe you need to lock your network hardware with local user\password or use RADIUS solution?
so user will be connecting to the network with password A but he will no be able to log in to network hardware ...
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Apart from more expensive groupware, like Novell ideally suited to larger organisations; shufel has the right idea, if you want to spend on implementing a RADIUS server.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd759205.aspx (more on RADIUS)
I tried to post again yesterday with some other ideas, but E-E was returning service errors so I couldn't.
Here is one cheap 3rd party alternative:
http://www.softstack.com/accmen.html Access Manager for Windows

You could contact Novell and request a quote for Novel Access Manager, it may be less than I'm inclined to believe, and it depends on how crucial this control is to your organization. It is quite commonly used (It's used by NSW Health for example).
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Thanks guys
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