How to Block Access to Websites With DD-WRT

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DD-WRT is free firmware developed for use with wireless routers. Wireless routers typically ship with their own firmware. However, DD-WRT can be used instead of the router's original firmware to provide additional router service-management features. You can set a number of internet access restrictions using DD-WRT. For example, you can block access to websites using DD-WRT configuration options.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open a web browser. Type 192.168.1.1 in the address bar and press the "Enter" key.

  2. 2

    Enter the user name and password to access the router configuration page when prompted. By default, the user name is root and the password is admin. Click the "Login" button. This opens the main Setup page.

  3. 3

    Click the "Access Restrictions" tab. This opens the Access Restrictions page.

  4. 4

    Select an unused policy number in the "internet Access Policy" drop-down menu, then click the "Enable" radio button next to Status.

  5. 5

    Type a name for your policy in the Policy Name field. For example, you might type in "Block WebsiteName."

  6. 6

    Click the "Edit List of Clients" button. Specify the computers for which you want to block access to a website by typing either their IP addresses or MAC addresses in the correspondingly-named text boxes. Click the "Save," "Apply," and "Close" buttons to return to the Access Restrictions page.

  7. 7

    Type the URL of the website you want to block in one of the text boxes in the "Website Blocking by URL Address" section. You can block multiple websites by typing each website's URL into one of the text boxes.

  8. 8

    Click the "Save Settings" button to complete the process.

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