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DLink DIR-655 Website Filtering

Hi,

Apparently there is a HUGE (to me at least) screw up in the DIR-655 firmware (v1.02 on my A2 unit).

Page 39 of the user manual says you simply enter domains or keywords and the filter will block thos websites. Sounds simple enuff to me...same as my old netgear router did....

HOWEVER, in the firmware ADVANCED WEBSITE FiLTER item, it is the exact opposite. You enter the names of the domains you wish to ALLOW and it blocks all others (also requires ACCESS CONTROL to be set up). Who is the IDIOT who implemented "Whitelist" Internet filtering in the firmware ???

Moreso, how did this screw-up get past quality control inside DLink ?

As a parent, being able to block websites inside my router is an important part of keeping my kids safe(r) while they use the net for school work and entertainment. I RELY on my hardware to support my role as parent (and Yes, censor, if need be). This type of stupidity is enuff for me to return the new router to the store as defective.

Dlink Tech Support responded by saying they would suggest the modification of the firmware to allow for both "Blacklist" and "Whitelist" filtering. I am like..DANG...the manual already says one thing...just make the thing work like the manual says it does !!!

Dave
SammyDad1

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On my router...

There is another checkbox that tells it whether this is the ALLOW list or the DENY list. I've seen too many miss that one.

If you feel this is defective, pack and return.

Bob

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Hi,

Thanks for your quick reply... Can you point me to where you are referring to ? I "think" I have been pretty complete in my search thru the firmwawre.

Also in the reply from DLink Tech support it said "the blocking of an individual website was not currently possible..."

I am generally liking this unit and woul like to keep it...it does a number of things much better than my older netgear router...

But basic website filtering is a huge thing for me, and I suspect many other users out there.

Thanks again,

Dave
SammyDad1

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Sorry no.

I am finding a disconnect from the product manual to the menus in the router. So all I can do is share the setting that I have to find and change.

Since I don't have your router and firmware version, I can't offer any microsteps to make the change.

Bob

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Hi,

There is an emulation of the current firmware in the support section for the DIR-655 (as well as some others) on the DLink website.... You can use that to point me to a fix for my dilemma.

SD1

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Link please.

Remember this is all volunteer efforts so if you have such to make it easy, please do that for me.

Bob

PS. I hit the subscribe button so I get a nearly instant note when you reply.

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Yup, it's complicated.

I counted some dozen clicks to see "Block Some Access" vs. some other words elsewhere at http://support.dlink.com/Emulators/dir655/Access_Control.html

Since it's more that 5 steps I'll decline writing exact steps but see how one could get lost.

I think you're right that they could have made it easier. I know other routers I've setup are easy but I see how they really give you a lot of options here.

Since I can't save the access profile I can't finish the setup to test the results.

Bob

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Thanks

Hi,

I am VERY frustrated with DLink just now....I strongly believe that if you coudl test your results, you would conclude as I have..."Whitelisting" is the TOTALLY WRONG way to implement a website filter inside a router's firmware.

The ONLY (to me at least) way is to use "Blacklisting" for website/domain/keyword filtering.

Thanks for your time !!

Dave
SammyDad1

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Wish I had that firmware and model.

I have other dlinks, just not that one.

Did you figure it out? I tried the simulator and agree that it's not going to make any fans of how to make a blocklist.

Bob

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dir-655 blacklist

I just purchased this product, and I am in the same boat. I cannot figure out ANY way to get this product to use a blacklist, and that is a HUGE problem for me. Please, if anyone can figure this out, let me/us know. If I can't get a reply soon, this product is being sent back. I cannot offer a product that does not protect the users and still provide a nice free roaming ability to my users!

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As above.

I see how to do it but it's greater than 5 clicks and non-intuitive except to those that like technical puzzles.

Try the support line and have them walk you through it. I think this model with the current firmware is one of those models to avoid for most people.

Why not pack it up and exchange it?

Bob

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I'm not ready to pack it up and take it back because the other features this router offers are fantastic, and I'm really looking forward to keeping this one. I especially like the QOS feature that is built in.

As for anyone finding the way to do this, I'm sorry, I just can't believe it. I hear that it is over 5 clicks, and the difficulty in blocking sites is not a problem for me. I don't mind if it takes over 40 clicks even. But, seriously, I cannot find the answer to this. I guess what gets me is 2 or 3 times in this post I've seen people saying that they know the answer, but they do not post an answer at all. This takes the credibility of their answer into question. Please, if anybody thinks they know the answer on how to block websites with the DIR-655, please POST the answer.

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Hi,

As far as I can see, there is No OBVIOUS way, no matter the number of clicks (40 or 2), to enact an Blacklist method for website filtering within the current firmware of the DIR-655.

The website filter is constructed in the firmware to be a "whitelist" model which is fine for corporate environments where you want to limit access to specific sites. This is not an acceptable method for website filtering (in my opinion) for a home setup where children & the internet are involved.

The only way for a Blacklist website filter to be enacted would be for a major modification of the firmware to be developed.

DLink seems to view this router line as a business-only device or somebody inside DLink TRULY dropped the ball on this website filter topic.

Sorry if I have repeated myself from my original post.

Dave

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I contacted D-Link about this issue today. In short, per their tech, there is NOTHING that can be done to change the behavior to act like a blacklisting. He said that he would take my information and use it as a suggestion for the next firmware upgrade, but that might not be for another 6 months or so yet. In short, this router is going back for me and D-link has lost a devoted customer. Sad is all I can say.

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I gotta get me this one.

I see it, but something is obviously run off the rails here.

Bob

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What Rails ?

Hi,

Not sure what you mean by Run off the Rails ?

If you follow the instruction sin the firmware (NOT THE USER MANUAL which is wrong) you can NOT block any given website by entering it or its domain in the list (aka Blacklisting). ALl it allows if you to to ACCESS the sites in the list and BLOCK ALL OTHER SITES (aka Whitelisting).

SD1

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What I'm working with.

1. Other dlink models that are similar.

2. Their online simulator. However it took me so far and since it has no memory I can't use that for the final steps.

-> Rest assured that I'll obtain one of these (borrow or other) to verify it. From what I see it's not obvious, intuitive or even in the manual proper (firmware and manual are out of sync.)

Feel free to pummel anyone over this but I hope I'll get my hands on one in a month or so.

Bob

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New Firmware Supports Blacklisting
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Suggestions for A Blocklist

Does anyone have suggestions on what keywords I could put on my child's blocklist? I of course got the basics (xxx, sex, ...) but I would like to make sure my child is as safe as possible. Do any of you have any suggestions? Please send them to adamstntn@gmail.com

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Solution Found

Hey friend. I had the same problem as you. When Dlink updated their firmware, they included "securespot" services in there. They are enabled by default. They also take control over web filtering, schedules, and parental controls. But many people like me who dont want to pay the securespot fee are forced to disable this feature so the router and not securespot can do it's job. Just go to advanced>securespot>and disable it.

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Add AP and/or CLIENT ISOLATION to this type of protection

Thank you for adding yet another "we're going to protect you" item.

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