Turn the Internet Off with the Flick of a Switch

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Turn the Internet Off with the Flick of a Switch
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Whether you worry about sneaky snoops sniffing packets on your network or you simply need to take a break from being online, turn the web off with this Internet Kill Switch. Using this beginner-friendly Weekend Project you can keep all your devices plugged in and turned on, while the switch will interrupt the flow of packets to your network when flipped into the OFF position.

We’ll show you how to wire a 2-port surface-mount box in a different way than its intended purpose. In this configuration the two ports act like a pass-through, so data going in one port comes out the other. In between the two ports we’ll mount a SPST or SPDT switch, allowing for the flow of uninterrupted data when the switch is in the ON position. But with a flick of the switch you can easily disable the internet for a single machine or your entire home local area network.

Some light soldering is required, but you can easily build this project in an hour or two. Make the enclosure as simple or dramatic as you want using any SPST or SPDT switch. If you customize your kill switch, disguise it to blend in with your other network devices, or add your own flair to the build be sure to send us a story about your process along with some photos.


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I'm an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!

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