D-Link routers get OpenDNS-based Web filtering

D-Link announces the integration of OpenDNS technology into its select router to offer Cloud-based Web-filter feature.

A new D-Link router that sports the new OpenDNS-based Web-filtering feature.
D-Link announced a new router that sports the new OpenDNS-based Web-filtering feature. Dong Ngo/CNET

D-Link announced today the integration of OpenDNS technology into its select routers, which will enable you to block unsafe and inappropriate Web content, such as adult and phishing Web sites.

The company says that with OpenDNS technology, D-Link routers offer consumers the ability to mange content filtering and security services from anywhere over the Internet.

The new feature is called OpenDNS parental controls. It divides Web sites into more than 50 categories, allowing parents to choose their desired filtering level from "high" to "minimal." This can also be further customized to include certain categories of sites like "social networking" or "gambling" and even block specific sites that parents view as a threat to online safety.

According to D-Link, OpenDNS parental controls are constantly updated to keep up with the growing number of new Web sites, ensuring continued protection against offensive Internet content 24 hours a day.

This new feature resembles the Parental Control offered by Neagear's routers, such as the WNR200 or the recently released Netgear N750 . Once the router is set up, you can log into its parent control feature remotely over the Internet.

Currently there are only two routers from D-Link that offer the new OpenDNS-based Web-filtering features. They are the HD Media Router 1000 (DIR-657) and the Whole Home Router 1000 (DIR-645). Both routers have just been announced recently and are available now, with prices starting at around $100 each.

D-Link says its future routers will also offer this feature.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.


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