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I need to allow specific IP's/IP range as authorized users to access Magento admin area and redirect to 404 page not found if an unauthorized IP try to access http://store.com/admin. Could think of following two approach

  1. Add below in .htaccess file

    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/(index.php/)?admin [NC] RewriteCond %{REMOTE_ADDR} !^1\.1\.1\.1 RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://%{HTTP_HOST}/ [R=302,L]

where 1.1.1.1 is my IP address

  1. Make a custom module and listen to the event that detects admin url access and check the IP if it matches. If it does not, redirect user to 404 page not found

    • Which one is the better approach to restrict admin access?
    • If .htaccess approach, then how do I add multiple IP's and IP range?
    • If custom code approach, then which event I may have to use to detect admin url access?

Note: The user should not be even see admin login page but as soon as hit admin url, redirect to 404 page not found

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