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Router to Set Time Limits for Internet Use

by vja4Him_57 / January 11, 2012 5:26 AM PST

I need to find a good Router that will allow me to set a time limit for certain MAC Addresses for three teenagers (each with a different MAC Address.

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Sorry, never found one to do that. Will this do?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 11, 2012 5:34 AM PST
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May be I am wrong
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 11, 2012 5:41 AM PST

based on Bob's reply, but I thought all new routers had this option nowadays.

My Netgear router WNR2000 allows "Block Services" as follows;

"Block Services allows you to block Internet Access by specific users on your local network based on their IP address. For example, you can prevent the use of certain Internet services such as surfing the web (http) to everyone or just a few people on your network. Service Blocking can be configured to be on Never, on Per Schedule, or on Always".

I wonder if the difference in opinion is because you specified MAC addresses, and not IP addresses. I know little to nothing about MAC addresses.


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The problem with MAC addresses is we can change that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 11, 2012 5:56 AM PST
In reply to: May be I am wrong

I don't want to help folk find such software but if I use a little app I can be any MAC address I feel like being.

The OpenDNS solution is a bit better.

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OpenDNS Solution?
by vja4Him_57 / January 11, 2012 8:01 AM PST

What is the OpenDNS solution?

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See the supplied link above.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 11, 2012 8:05 AM PST
In reply to: OpenDNS Solution?

While I can answer a few questions, please use the supplied link above first.

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Open DNS ...
by vja4Him_57 / January 11, 2012 10:52 AM PST

I don't have a NetGear Router .... I'll see if my Router has the Open DNS settings somewhere .....

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Bypass of opendns
by bill012 / January 11, 2012 10:32 PM PST
In reply to: Open DNS ...

All depends how good of hackers your kids are... or how good they search with google.

When you cannot control what your kids change on the end devices they can get by most anything. First you must go search these sites and learn how the bypass of opendns is done. They key easy one to fix you need to understand so you can add a firewall setting... the others you cannot do much about just hope they are too painful for the kids to implement.

For a simple case like yours where you just want a time restriction and don't care to filter content the simple way is to setup a separate wireless router for them and use a timer to turn the router on and off.
Not that most kids don't already know that they can connect to the neighbors open wireless.

There are not good solutions that can be implemented by home users. There are solution that can be implemented for cheap/free using software on a unix machine but take a lot of detailed knowledge of how things like proxy,firewall,IDS etc etc work.

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