If you are a network administrator or own a computer, you may want to block certain sites that you do not want people gaining access to. There are many sites that you may also not want people venturing down to, even by accident. Security is another reason for blocking sites, as well as the low productivity that results from spending too much time on certain sites. Visiting certain sites may also slow down a connection, especially in a home where computers share one Internet connection. The average home router can block such websites and prevent these restrictions from being altered.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Fire up your Web browser and click on the address bar to type the router address that comes with the device' manual. A typical address for a router would look something like this:
Enter your user name and the password if you have configured the router; otherwise enter the default user name and password that comes with the router manual.
Click on the "Access Restrictions" tab to navigate to the page where you will be setting the restrictions.
Define the policy name you will be using. Click on the "Edit List of PCs" to specify the computers that this restriction will apply to. This option allows for restrictions to be defined either by use of the network card (Media Access Control) address (physical address that cannot be changed) or using the IP address (assigned by the router), which changes every time a computer or router is turned on. Click on "Save Settings."
Edit the Web address that you would like to block under the "Website Blocking by URL Address" section. Type the full Web address starting with "http://www." You can also decide to block Web addresses based on a list of keywords that are associated with websites.
Edit your router user name and password login details. Do not leave it at default. Secure the router to ensure that router details are not flashed using the "Reset" button.
Tips and warnings
- Using keywords to block addresses works if you are blocking questionable websites that may be too numerous to define. In some cases, the level of blocking can also be defined.
- Some routers require that you download and install blocking software separately. This may come at an extra cost from the manufacturer or a third-party software vendor.
- Some routers allow restrictions to be implemented based on times and days.
- Different models of routers have different ways of labelling their "Access Restrictions" sections. The concept, however, is the same.
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