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Monitor home internet activity (primarily history)

by Jgun359 / April 11, 2013 6:29 AM PDT

Hello everyone,

I am looking for a way to monitor my home Internet activity. Here's my family's situation: we have 2 iPads, 2 iPhones, a laptop, and an Xbox all connected to the Internet through our Motorola (Surfboard) SBG-901 Wireless Cable Modem to Comcast high speed Internet.

Is there any feature on my modem that can record the overall Internet usage (listing the website history accessed) for all devices collectively?

If not, does anyone have recommendations on how I can achieve what I'm looking for?

Your help is appreciated!

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 11, 2013 6:33 AM PDT
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Re: website history
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 11, 2013 6:44 AM PDT

Unluckily, modems only see IP-addresses, like 64.30.224.103 (that's forums.cnet.com, but also www.cnet.com) and 88.221.216.219 (that's img.com.com, where some our pictures and icons are stored). The last IP-address is not one that you visit yourself, but it's certainly used, and the modem can't make the difference.

If the modem would be programmed to record all DNS-requests, you should be able to see all sites that were accessed in some way (unless the computer found the address in its own DNS-cache). But consumer devices aren't capable for such.

On the other side, if you visit a site at your work, it's quite possible their own DNS-server or proxy server knows it. That's why it isn't recommended to visit sites you don't want to be assiociated with at work.

Kees

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