Is there a easier way to black list clients.

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I'm new to using Aerohive/HiveMnager, so every time when we change our Pass Phrase students always find a way to retrieve the pass phrase from other devices we put personally put on. So we get a lot of students getting on our wireless without our permission.
Is there a easier way to black list 50 devices all at once?
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Dickson Hoshnic

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Abby S, Employee

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hi Dickson,

This seems like a perfect use case for our unique Private Pre-Shared Key feature. Not only can you issue a unique key to each device or user you want to connect, but you can also bind that key to a specific MAC address so it cannot be used for another device. The configuration information for this is contained within the HiveManager Help, or if you give it a try and get stuck please feel free to reach out to us here on the community.
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Hi Dickson

PPSK would be a good option here, however if you keep a single PSK configured for your SSID you can blacklist clients by creating a mac filter denying the specific mac addresses, and then apply it to your SSID.

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Can someone make a tutorial on how to do the mac filter deny? I have tried numerous types of equipment and cannot get our APs to deny connectivity.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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This is a great conversation that's separate from the main topic, so I created a new topic to continue the discussion. Please reference the new topic here: How do I do the mac filter deny?
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As advised in the newly created thread MAC filtering is not a valid security feature as it can be easily nullified.

I had a similar issue to you at a school and configured the following:

* A student SSID with Private PSK authentication. The number of concurrent connections per Private PSK should be set to one.
* A Private PSK server was configured for the student SSID.

Students brought their wireless devices to the IT team who created a unique student Private PSK for each student. The IT team made the initial connection to the student SSID that binds the device to the Private PSK.

It is not a perfect solution but it does get around a number of issues, particularly with iPads.