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    Home internet filtering hardware

    I've just had an interesting question here at LWF. Someone wanted to know if there are any solutions to filter an entire home wireless network? We are talking full filtering, webmin, reporting, updating etc. Does anyone know of such a product? I assume it would have to sit between the ISDN\Cable connection and wireless router\access point?

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    This was discussed in UK Adult Filter I think we found that currently it's lacking (the suggestion being that routers aren't powerful enough for content filtering, or that kids would find out the passwords and circumvent).
    Last edited by Willott; 11th January 2011 at 01:48 PM. Reason: updated link to target start of relevant info

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    Quote Originally Posted by m25man View Post
    That's per PC installation - I think Dos_Box was referring to a gateway type solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willott View Post
    That's per PC installation - I think Dos_Box was referring to a gateway type solution.
    Doh!

    Then a router with a subscription to a service seems the only sensible way, Draytek and Netgear do it you may have to set up a syslog server for reporting though.

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    I think the only thing I found close to it at present is packetprotector.org which requires putting a new firmware on one of the routers which is supported and then has DG and a full interface on it.

    Edit - I stand corrected - there are some which do filtering - they seem to be category types with subscriptions, no dynamic content filtering
    Last edited by Willott; 11th January 2011 at 01:55 PM.

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    Easy..... Setup an EBox or Squid/Dansguardian server filter whatever you like and then on your internet options on your router set that server as your default gateway. Then setup proxy settings in your browser to use the proxy.

    Setting the server up as Gateway means that clients who connect to any part of the network HAVE to have the proxy settings in their browser or there will be NO access to the net, no proxy settings no internet. But do make sure you set the server IP as your default gateway on all your machines either dole it out through DHCP or Static assign.

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    you'd have to disable the wireless on the router and insert a wireless switch between the computers and the proxy filtering device so that it would be:

    computers > wireless/lan > filtering device > router > internet

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    Quote Originally Posted by browolf View Post
    you'd have to disable the wireless on the router and insert a wireless switch between the computers and the proxy filtering device so that it would be:

    computers > wireless/lan > filtering device > router > internet
    Dependant on your net connection - if you're on cable (ie cable modem) you could have computers > wireless router > "gateway" filtering device (does routing as well) > cable modem > internet

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    You can buy little sonicwall firewalls with filtering.

    Network Security, Firewall & Wireless - The New TZ Series - SonicWALL, Inc.

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    Setup an EBox or Squid/Dansguardian server, set it as default-gateway and add proxy settings to browsers. It's Free and can be done within 30 minutes

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjitservices View Post
    Setup an EBox or Squid/Dansguardian server, set it as default-gateway and add proxy settings to browsers. It's Free and can be done within 30 minutes
    Although this may be a solution for techies, I have a feeling the Dos_Box has been asked in the sense of "what's available for Jo Bloggs, a parent at our school". A Squid server is an easy setup for a techy, but put a non-tech in front of a computer and see how they manage (also, it requires the user to have a space PC kicking around, so not totally free...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjitservices View Post
    Setup an EBox or Squid/Dansguardian server, set it as default-gateway and add proxy settings to browsers. It's Free and can be done within 30 minutes
    The origional question was "Someone wanted to know", lets not all assume that someone is as technically knowledgable as ourselves or suitably equipped to install a server farm in their front room...

    Its a simple add on for many domestic routers and Netgear now support OpenDNS out of the box. KISS!

    @willott beat me...

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    lol no thats very true however - couldn't a Teccie offer to install this kind of service for a parent, after all if parents want there kids safe online and are going to buy some piece of expensive software - for the price of a second hand PC a teccie could install this for someone for way cheaper and it's a better solution - you could even use a virtual PC using MS Virtual PC 2007, save them a bit of money and charge them for labor lol

    But yeah I see what you mean, there was one called cyberpatrol but I think it needs a client installing on each PC., and also netnanny but again needs a client to be installed.

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    OpenDNS - fairly imperfect as a filter, but not a bad start, and easy to implement at router level.



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