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How do I block illegal downloads on my LAN

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August 23, 2013 12:16:49 AM

How can I stop a tenant on my LAN (my grown up son) from downloading illegal movies, I have a westell fios router A90-9100em15-10 and he is hard wired to it.l
August 23, 2013 12:32:19 AM

you can try blocking torrents, or the word torrent, major torrent sites, but with magnet links, encrypted transfers, etc, it's hard. Tell you grown up son to stop, no internet, or pay for his own in his own name and he can deal with the DMCA letters and fines then, or kick them out of the house.
August 23, 2013 1:05:00 AM

Depending on your router or modem, you can probably setup some security settings to block specific sites, like torrent hosting sites or torrent search engines.
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August 23, 2013 1:37:56 AM

There is a 100 proxies out there to get around any pirate bay block. Really, tell you adult kid to grow up and follow the rules or just cut off their net.
August 23, 2013 5:34:52 AM

You can only likely make it tough on him because I can get around anything he could also.

Your router has some basic feature but you may need a better one if it does not meet your needs.

The first thing to try are the parental control option. The method that would work for sure is to block everything and then put in allowed sites one at a time. I am sure you don't have that kind of time. You could try only allow http and https and some of the more common things like dns and ping and such. This would stop most things but will break most games also. Unfortunately bit torrent can be made to run over http ports.

You could also try opendns which this router supports. Then you use the parental controls to block access to DNS servers. BUT this will only stop him from getting to bit torrent sites. Bit torrent uses IP addresses without dns. It also does not take too much research to learn how the HOST file can make opendns ineffective.

August 23, 2013 8:01:21 AM

If the kid is in anyway determined to download stuff, quite simply there is no measure that will stop him short of just removing his Internet entirely. No doubt your modem will have some feature to block certain sites, so hit the obvious ones like Pirate Bay, Isohunt and bunch of the more popular proxy services. Though this is a temporary measure, anyone determined will find ways around it easily.
August 23, 2013 8:03:46 AM

as said there are many proxies getting around. If your main purpose to prevent him from torrenting is to not get those emails from ISPs you should look at VPNs
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