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How Can I Block Specific Websites from router?

by recentlyafish / February 18, 2011 2:02 AM PST

I'm using a D-Link DIR-825
and trying to block access to certain websites from one computer on the network.
The computer is a laptop and does not have a designated IP so I was trying to use the machine ID (hardware address).
I tried the following from the router setup pages:

:Advanced/Website Filter:
DENY computers access to only these sites (popup menu choice)

:Advanced/Access Control:
Enable: (checked)
Policy: "TimeWasters"
Machine: (hardware address of laptop (from Network Settings))
Filtering: Block Some Access
Logged: No
Schedule: Always

I've verifeid that the hardware address of the laptop remains constant and also double checked that it is entered correctly.

What am I doing wrong because the laptop is still able to access those sites?

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Not a feature I see in this router.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 18, 2011 2:05 AM PST

While OPENDNS may work I'll let you find out how. Facebook is one of the more popular blocks implemented on OPENDNS.

The other solution is to block it on the machine. Use the HOSTS file to do that. Since that is widely documented, I'll let you research that further.

But the aproach you are taking does not appear to be one this router will support.

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Re: Not a feature I see in this router.
by recentlyafish / February 18, 2011 2:15 AM PST

> But the aproach you are taking does not appear to be one this router will support.

I'm using the router supplied menus webpages (they are built in to the router, no internet connection required to get that far) so I dont see how my method could be unsupported.

Thanks for the tips though, I'll google those and see where it gets me.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 19, 2011 12:51 AM PST

Can you share the page to the manual and a link to the manual which documents this feature?

I've had folk try similar ideas with MAC (hardware address) and never succeeded. Maybe it's a bug in the maker's router code which is why I haven't tried this again.

Again, I found it to not work.

---> BESIDES one can change that MAC address with kid friendly software.

And MAC filters DO NOT WORK. There are KID FRIENDLY apps to spoof and find out which addresses are allowed.

Just trying to save you from going down that blind alley.

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Bigger hint.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 19, 2011 9:58 AM PST
In reply to: Sorry.

Try OpenDNS. It did this with ease and my kid could not figure how to get around it.

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by bill012 / February 19, 2011 7:29 AM PST

As bob points out mac restriction is not going to cut it alone. There is little to stop someone from find a mac address that is allowed and using that.

Now you can cause the DHCP server to always give out a fixed IP for a mac and to prevent them from using a different IP you can also put in a static ARP entry. It is more likely the router will be able to restrict that.

But then you are back to the first issue of them changing the mac address.

If you have the option and can set a second SSID with a different network you could just not allow connection to your unlimited SSID. This feature is getting more common and most the consumer routers call this feature "guest network".

Being able to restrict users based on who they are is the reason commercial equipment cost so much, they have the ability to authenticate the users and place restriction as part of the WAP authentication process.

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