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May 22, 2013 12:05:51 PM

Hello, so my mother wants me to set up an internet restriction solution for my younger siblings, as they are being distracted by the web and not concentrating on homework! :) 
My youngest sibling has an Xbox 360 connected via wireless adapter, easy to control by taking the adapter away, but
my younger sibling has a Ipod touch, kindle, and a laptop that she uses to access the web.
Basically what my mother wants me to set up is a simple solution to disconnect all devices from the internet besides her desktop, my desktop, my laptop, and my phone. Now that's a start, but in this day and age a lot of homework is done online along with research for school projects! So I also need a way to turn on a restriction that will allow my siblings devices only be allowed to access to a certain website(s) until the said work is done and then return access to all or one or two of the devices.
Now, I know site limiting can be done in the internet options section of windows computers, but its a hassle and it doesn't work on Ipods or tablets so I'm not going to go that route

I'm looking for a remote solution that me, or my mother can control to block access to devices on our network with the click of a button.

Thanks! Any help or insight would be appreciated!

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May 22, 2013 12:18:27 PM

You can set up some restrictions on your router/firewall, such as limiting the time devices are able to access the 'Net. You simply set up rules there, based on the MAC address of the device to limit its use. This will work for all of the devices you mentioned except for the phones (which can access the 'Net over the cellular network).

This should get you started.

Also, I would suggest you consider installing K9 Web Protection on your Windows devices (make sure none of the younger ones have administrator access and only have standard user access permissions). It is free and secure, and it works.

Get it here: http://www1.k9webprotection.com/
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May 22, 2013 12:45:34 PM

COLGeek said:
You can set up some restrictions on your router/firewall, such as limiting the time devices are able to access the 'Net. You simply set up rules there, based on the MAC address of the device to limit its use. This will work for all of the devices you mentioned except for the phones (which can access the 'Net over the cellular network).

This should get you started.

Also, I would suggest you consider installing K9 Web Protection on your Windows devices (make sure none of the younger ones have administrator access and only have standard user access permissions). It is free and secure, and it works.

Get it here: http://www1.k9webprotection.com/

How can I access my router/firewall? I know how to on an older router we had, but since we have a new internet company we have a different router and i cant access it. I have a small Belkin G strength router and I know the login info, but I dont know the site to go to to login, I couldn't find it on the belkin website.
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May 22, 2013 12:49:12 PM

You will have to have admin access to the router. Don't ask us how to get that. We can't help you there. You (or a parent) should have the info needed. If not, contact your service provider for the info.

Typically, you just connect to the router via a web browser and enter the admin info (i.e. http://192.168.1.1 is commonly used by many router vendors).
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May 22, 2013 12:57:23 PM

COLGeek said:
You will have to have admin access to the router. Don't ask us how to get that. We can't help you there. You (or a parent) should have the info needed. If not, contact your service provider for the info.

Typically, you just connect to the router via a web browser and enter the admin info (i.e. http://192.168.1.1 is commonly used by many router vendors).


Well thanks anyways. I already tried the link you gave that I got from the sticky thread on this forum section. But the computer I'm on is one I built after we got the internet so it's not listed for admin access, as a matter of fact the only computers we had at the time when we got this internet was my mother broken desktop(that wasnt broken at the time) and my laptop. I'll try with my laptop and if it doesnt work ill contact the ISP I have and try and get that fixed. While I'm at it, do you know any other internet restriction services?
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May 22, 2013 2:43:39 PM

You can determine the IP address of your router/firewall by opening a command prompt and entering the command "ipconfig -all", without the quotes. The default gateway is the internal address of your router. You should be able to open that IP address with your web browser in order to configure the router. You will need the admin credentials to configure the router.

Regarding other restriction services, do you seek free or paid services?
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