Does anyone know a simple way to monitor who is connected to an AirPort Extreme, see the bandwidth they are using, and the ability to disconnect them or throttle their bandwidth usage?

I know for disconnecting two options would be 1. updating wifi password and restarting the AirPort Extreme 2. setting a limit by MAC address

but I am looking for something that wouldn't involve restarting the AirPort each time.

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    It's quite easy to spoof MAC addresses, so that isn't even bullet proof.
    – Tom
    Commented Jan 4, 2011 at 20:09
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    If you're using OS X server, you can use RADIUS to limit access by MAC address. Commented Jan 11, 2011 at 2:55

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Sadly, there doesn't seem to be a native way to do this.

With regard to detailed bandwidth monitoring, the Airport Extreme supports SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) so if you want to put in a bit of effort, you could set up Cacti http://www.cacti.net/ and point that at the base station.

As far as remote disconnection of users, there is no way that I know of short of the two options you mentioned.

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