With most families now owning multiple computers, home networks are becoming a necessity. Your home router gives multiple computers the ability to share a connection to the internet, share files between computers, and share printers. Another feature that your home router provides is the ability to block specific websites, or particular keywords, from individual computers on the home network. Blocking websites using your home router is a good way to control the access that household members have on the internet, especially where young children are concerned.
Accessing your router
In the Netgear c6300 manual that came with your home router, there is an IP number that has been designated to access the router directly. By inserting this IP number directly into the address window of your internet browser, you will be able to immediately access the features available on your router.
Once you have entered the IP number of your router, you’ll be directed to a login page. Most routers come with a default username/password which can be found in the reference material that came packaged with your router.
After accessing the router, you’ll be supplied with all the information that you will need in order to effectively block websites using the router.
Collect information from your router
Before you can tell the router what websites you would like to block, and what computers you would like those websites to be blocked from, you will need to identify all of the computers that are connected to your home network.
Using the Linksys WRT54GS as an example, once you have accessed the router, you will have to go to the Status tab located at the far right of the menu bar at the top of the screen.
Once you have clicked on the Status tab you will immediately be shown the status of the router including the firmware version, router name, and IP number of your outside internet connection.
Directly under the main menu bar, you will see a submenu that contains the option Local Network. Clicking this tab will show you the local information of your router, and will also give you the option to click DHCP Clients Table. Clicking on this button will display a new window showing you all of the computers connected to your network, as well as their assigned IP addresses. You will want to make a note of the specific addresses, or range of addresses, for the computers on your network so that you can effectively block websites through your router.
Block websites through your router
Once you have collected the IP numbers of the computers on your home network, you will want to close the DHCP Clients Table and then click on the tab labeled Access Restrictions in the main toolbar.
On this page, you will be given the option to set up multiple access policies. This gives you the option of creating a policy specific for each computer in your household. Be sure to give each policy a unique name so that you can identify them at a later time.
Click the Edit List of PCs button to insert the IP number of the computer or computers that you would like the policy to apply to, and then begin to make the appropriate selections.
With the Linksys WRT54GS you are given the ability to select the days of the week, and times of the day that each computer can have access to the internet. At the bottom of the screen, you also have the option to create a list of websites to block from that computer, as well as keywords you would like to prevent that computer from being able to reach.
Whatever your brand of router, most will have similar features available to block websites from specific computers on your home network. Refer to the reference material that came with your router, or look in the help feature of your router software.
For parents with children to access to the internet, this feature on your router can ease a lot of concerns. While nothing can completely take the place of parental supervision, it’s nice to have your router block websites that could potentially be harmful.
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