Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

112 posts

Master Geek

#55475 5-Jan-2010 15:12
Send private message

I have a wireless router (dlink DIR-615) and have locked it down based on MAC address.  Generally this is working well however I have just tried connecting an iPhone to the access point and get an error that the MAC address is invalid.  The only difference I can see is that the first two digits for the iPhone are 04 - all the other addresses start with 00.

When I turn the MAC address validation off the iPhone connects just fine.  So I tried to "import" the MAC address once it had connected, but same result.

Any ideas?


Create new topic
BDFL - Memuneh
65608 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  #287170 5-Jan-2010 15:16
Send private message

DLink? Sorry, this is your problem...

(Seriously though, it could even not be, but DLink? Arghhhh).

536 posts

Ultimate Geek

  #287172 5-Jan-2010 15:24

Settings > General > About

Scroll down to Wi-Fi address.

Put that in your router. Done.

If it doesn't work, see freitasm's explanation.


112 posts

Master Geek

  #287195 5-Jan-2010 16:53
Send private message

maknz: Settings > General > About

Scroll down to Wi-Fi address.

Put that in your router. Done.

If it doesn't work, see freitasm's explanation.

Te problem is that my router says the MAC address is invalid - I am guessing due to it starting with "04" instead of "00"


536 posts

Ultimate Geek

  #287196 5-Jan-2010 16:54

Oh. Fail router then, heh.

1200 posts

Uber Geek


  #287220 5-Jan-2010 18:02
Send private message

I would try a firmware update, out of interest I checked here for the MAC Address standard and here and Apple have been allocated 04-1E-64 among others for MAC Addresses.

You could spoof your MAC address here if you can't upgrade the firmware or it doesn't work.

But I would give up on locking down by MAC address and just turn on WPA/WPA2 if you can as this is more secure, otherwise someone can just watch mac addresses flow across the network then set their device to one of these mac addresses and away they go.

Tyler - Parnell Geek - iPhone 3G - Lenovo X301 - Kaseya - Great Western Steak House, these are some of my favourite things.

8035 posts

Uber Geek


  #287420 6-Jan-2010 13:10
Send private message

Yes use WPA2 (or WPA if you have other older devices) with AES encryption and a PSK ("pre shared key" aka password).

MAC address restriction is not very secure at all.

1 post

Wannabe Geek

  #290649 17-Jan-2010 07:38
Send private message

This is a know issue by DLINK. Actually there is been a bug on this specific model of router.
To solve this problem just download the latest firmware update at

You probably have the version 3.10NA and need to upgrade to 3.11NA.

Good luck 


2147 posts

Uber Geek


  #290657 17-Jan-2010 09:20
Send private message

If its for use in NZ you need the correct AU/NZ firmware from The upgrades don't mention any MAC address fixes.

Generally known online as OpenMedia, now working for Red Hat APAC a Technology Evangelist and Product Manager. Still playing with MythTV and digital media on the side.

Create new topic

Twitter and LinkedIn »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Withings launches three new devices to help monitor heart health from home
Posted 13-Feb-2020 20:05

Auckland start-up Yourcar matches new car buyers with dealerships
Posted 13-Feb-2020 18:05

School gardens go high tech to teach kids the importance of technology
Posted 13-Feb-2020 11:10

Malwarebytes finds Mac threats outpace Windows for the first time
Posted 13-Feb-2020 08:01

Amazon launches Echo Show 8 in Australia and New Zealand
Posted 8-Feb-2020 20:36

Vodafone New Zealand starts two year partnership with LetsPlay.Live
Posted 28-Jan-2020 11:24

Ring launches indoor-only security camera
Posted 23-Jan-2020 17:26

New report findings will help schools implement the digital technologies curriculum content
Posted 23-Jan-2020 17:25

N4L to upgrade & support wireless internet inside schools
Posted 23-Jan-2020 17:22

Netflix releases 21 Studio Ghibli works
Posted 22-Jan-2020 11:42

Vodafone integrates eSIM into device and wearable roadmap
Posted 17-Jan-2020 09:45

Do you need this camera app? Group investigates privacy implications
Posted 16-Jan-2020 03:30

JBL launches headphones range designed for gaming
Posted 13-Jan-2020 09:59

Withings introduces ScanWatch wearable combining ECG and sleep apnea detection
Posted 9-Jan-2020 18:34

NZ Police releases public app
Posted 8-Jan-2020 11:43

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.