Some Netgear routers have built-in filtering capabilities; if an administrator configures them to block access to a given website from the local network, the router will disallow those accesses. The router will also add an entry to a built-in log for each attempt to access a blocked website, identifying the computer from which the attempt came. You can access that event log history via the router's configuration utility.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Ethernet cable
Connect the computer to any of the local ports (grouped together within the same metal plate) on the back of the Netgear router using the Ethernet cable.
Launch a Web browser on the computer by double-clicking its desktop icon. Navigate to the router's Web address. That address depends on the model of the Netgear router and is clearly indicated in the manual. For example, for a Netgear WPN824, navigate to "192.168.1.1".
Navigate the configuration menus to the content filtering section and, within it, to the access logs. For example, for a WPN824, click on "Logs" on the left side bar. The router will show the contents of the log sorted by access time.
Tips and warnings
- The access log on the Web page does not refresh automatically; click on the "Refresh" button if you think that new entries might have been incorporated to the log since you first visited the page or since the last refresh.
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