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Is it possible to block adult content on your wifi network?

I run a B&B and offer free wifi. I want to ensure guests don't access or download anything offensive or illegal. Is there a way I can stop this?

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You did ask me.

1. Not really. Bits and bytes are bits and bytes. Your guests must sign off that they are responsible for their actions.

2. If you have the right router you can use OPENDNS. Not to explain fully but Netgear routers can use that and you can set the bar very low and lock out a lot of iffy content.

3. Even with that, it's not a sure thing.

4. If you want to assure that they can't do that, you need to shut down the wifi and internet.

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As Bob says...

The only sure way is No. 4.

Alternatives depend on your network. Your router will (should) have a hardware firewall built-in. Depending how flexible this is, you "might" be able to block the nasty stuff.

Or you could consider an Interner Security Appliance, which should let you block pretty much what you want. The downside is that these units are designed primarily for business and carry a corresponding price. I've seen basic models under about 800 UK pounds. Checkpoint do some consumer models but there are many more. Worth spending a couple of hours research on the internet or try one of the security magazine's reviews (SC Magazine in UK).

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It depends upon your router. Some routers have built-in tables which allow you to block certain addresses and/or keywords. Unfortunately, this could be a never-ending job! You also have to be careful about your keywords, since putting in "sex" might block "Middlesex."


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