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Block websites from the router or using DNS

Are you looking for a way to block websites in your home so that anyone who is connected to your network cannot access them? There are many programs out there that you can install on PC or Mac to block or filter websites, but I don't like these solutions because you have to install it manually on every computer and for every new device that connects to the network, they won't be blocked.

Also, what if you want to block the site on other wifi-connected devices such as tablets or smartphones? Well, instead of blocking websites on a device by device basis, you can block websites from your wireless router! This is great because all traffic on the internal network must go through the router. If you lock it here, you don't need to install any software on any computer or make changes to the settings on any computer.

This means you don't have to worry about proxy servers, group policies or secret software running on machines to block certain websites. In this article, I will show you how to use the router or use DNS to block websites. All the action takes place on your router.

Block websites on the router

Almost every router today now has the ability to block or filter websites directly on the router. For example, I have a Netgear N600 wireless router and there is an entire section called Content Filtering . To access these settings, you need to access the router's web interface.

If you click Block sites, you can block a program or block it all the time. So you can configure it so that sites are blocked only at night or during the hours you choose. So you can prevent your children from surfing on Facebook after 21 in the evening with ease. Just type in your domain name or keyword if you block websites with certain words in the URL.

It also has the ability to allow trusted IP addresses to access blocked sites, so you can provide your computer with a static IP address and add it to the list. This way, you can browse everything, but no one else will be able to do it. In addition to blocking websites, Netgear also offers options for blocking services, so that you can block all FTP traffic or all AIM traffic. You can create alerts and receive emails when someone tries to visit a blocked website.

Not all routers will have the same number of features as Netgear, but there is usually at least a minimum capacity for blocking websites. If your router simply doesn't have any mechanism to block sites through the software, you can try using DNS.

Block websites using DNS

On the router, you can also block websites using another DNS service provider other than the ISP. OpenDNS is a fantastic DNS service provider that offers you free content filtering for home use. All you need to do is register for a free account and change the DNS servers on your router to point to the OpenDNS servers.

OpenDNS also has a section on how to change DNS settings for almost all routers out there. You can check this link to change yours:

//store.opendns.com/setup/router/

Note that you need to register for a free Home account, not a Premium DNS account. The Home account gives you the ability to block individual websites. fantastic that the service is free and OpenDNS could be faster than the ISP's DNS servers.

These are two great ways to block websites on your home network without having to configure a single computer or device. the easiest way and offers the widest coverage since you are blocking websites at the source. If you have any questions, post a comment and I'll try to help. To enjoy!