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Firewall with blocking based on time restrictions

by KamilSzabkowski / May 6, 2013 3:15 PM PDT


I'm looking for a program to grant Internet access to a specified program for certain hours, for example to use a web browser only between 9-11 pm

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Thinking outside the box.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 7, 2013 4:09 AM PDT

Scheduling a block of just one site?

Let's start with the COMMANDS to control the Windows 7 firewall. This is documented at

OK, now we have control over the firewall. Now you can add TWO COMMANDs to run via the Windows Scheduler. The first command is to disable that address and the second is to enable it.

So it appears that you can indeed create your own solution.

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by KamilSzabkowski / May 7, 2013 7:10 AM PDT

Granular or not, I've finally found a firewall which enables blocking certain sites in a certain time period.
it's called WinGate but now that I've found it somehow I can't make it work...

However, there's other solution, maybe not so low-level and unbreakable, because it's an extension for Chrome, but it does exactly what I was thinking of (Chrome Nanny)

I am grateful for your help and the idea with task scheduler! it inspired me to automize other useful things.


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In other words, Parental Controls.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 7, 2013 2:30 AM PDT

There are a lot of solutions today. There is not a single solution so let's set them out for you to take a gander at.

1. OpenDNS.
2. K9

As to application controls, that's different from your topic so I'll stick to your topic.

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by KamilSzabkowski / May 7, 2013 2:56 AM PDT

I know OpenDNS and K9, none of them provide time-based blocking. Web Content Filtering aka "Parental Controls" is not what I want.

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I used OpenDNS and it had time controls.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 7, 2013 3:06 AM PDT
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Something's not right here. From OpenDNS I read this.
"Per-user and schedule based filtering is currently available through the OpenDNS powered Netgear Live Parental Controls program which comes bundled with new Netgear routers."

I used that and it worked great.

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K9 does time based too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 7, 2013 3:24 AM PDT
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"How to use and test time restrictions


You want to know how to configure and test the Time Restrictions feature in K9 Web Protection."

Sorry but maybe you are looking for something other than what you asked for in your topic?
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my bad
by KamilSzabkowski / May 7, 2013 3:59 AM PDT

Ok, my bad, perhaps my description was unclear.

K9 has time restriction indeed, but for whole web access - what if I would like to block only a certain site in a time period? with K9 I can't do it.

and by OpenDNS now I see you meant Netgear Live Parental Controls but I've understood OpenDNS Parental Control . anyway, it doesn't work for me either, their program show me error "Navigation to the webpage was cancelled"

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Then I have to write there is no such thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 7, 2013 4:05 AM PDT
In reply to: my bad

While I'm sure we could create such a thing, your top post is pretty clear that you want a firewall with time based restriction. But not one seems to be as granular as you require.

For this I think you are looking at some linux router box and custom code.

I know I'm asking a lot but your top post and your last post don't match. But if you want this, I can write it's possible to create such. However I rarely find a client willing to pay for it.

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