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Please help me limit Internet access to my addicted brother!

by batetolast1 / January 28, 2017 1:51 AM PST

Hey to you all! Happy

I want to limit my youngest brother's internet access (he's addicted).

If I change password for router and set rules/mac filtering/wifi password etc., he can still hard reset router (by long-pressing reset button on it) and login/password will change to default admin/admin, giving him full access.

I don't want to use physical restrictions (keys, locks, boxes etc.).

I thought I'd try installing DD-WRT or similar CFW, but what I need is to set default login/password and wifi password in CFW BEFORE flashing this new CFW.

I think this will successfully prevent him access because even if he tries to hard reset, he won't know changed values (LAN access is not possible in my house, router is on the attic and you need to drill many walls to do so, other things like using adapters in electrical sockets is way too expensive).

This combined with passwords for my family's other devices will do the job, I suppose.

Is it possible? Can I compile myself this new firmware? Can I do this on Windows? I guess I'm decent with PC's, but I've never compiled things from sources on Linux, let alone making changes in them.

I really, really appreciate your help!

My router is TP-LINK WR740N V4

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Since they hard reset the router.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2017 8:04 AM PST

That means there is no cure for this one. The router does have parental controls but a hard reset and it's game over.

As to the DD-WRT path, compile questions are put to DD-WRT forums.

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re: Since they hard reset the router.
by batetolast1 / January 28, 2017 8:28 AM PST

I'm not really looking here for step-by-step instructions, rather for information if it's possible.

Also there's one thing I'm missing - is it possible to sideload TP-Link firmware via lan cable without access to router config menu ( If this can be done, there is really no point in all that.

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No to sideload.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2017 8:38 AM PST

I would be guessing why you used the word sideload. So far routers have us installing the firmware and only in DD-WRT is there an app or such system.

Just last month I had to recover a bricked router using TFTP and a set of instructions from the web. While I do this sort of work, I worry that most folk would melt down over the 24 steps involved.

So back to the top. What you noted would take a custom build of router firmware. And since the only custom build out there is DD WRT your next stop are the forums about building that.

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by batetolast1 / January 28, 2017 8:42 AM PST
In reply to: No to sideload.

Thank you, I'm moving to DD WTR now Happy

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it would be hard
by KabulKhan / January 28, 2017 5:55 AM PST

If he knows how to reset and recreate logins, then it would hard to stop him. Even, If you create your own managed-router, he might go and get another router which he could plug in and use the internet.
However, you can talk to your ISP to allow only your " managed-router". But I don't think they will make any changes to their systems.

it is general problem which I blame it too much freedom given to the children in the western world and parents can't do much about it and afraid of being persecuted by social service/government.
In Asia, we use the different method "if" we face such an issue. Happy

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re: it would be hard
by batetolast1 / January 28, 2017 8:25 AM PST
In reply to: it would be hard

Yes, it seems to be hard for me too. That's exactly why I'm asking if it's possible.

Switching routers won't be help because my ISP is providing me internet via radio and my router's mac is on his whitelist. So in order to switch to another one my brother must clone mac (I guess it's difficult too).

Putting cultural differences aside, I agree there is a serious problem in my house and no obvious and easy solution on the table.

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