The logical route for today’s concerned, yet lazy, parent, is to shell out hundreds of bucks for some off-the-shelf piece of software that they can install on their kid’s computer.The problem is that a quick Google search reveals a dozen workarounds for even the most expensive parental censoring spy tools.
This process is better because it prevents them from using a browser with an If only there were some gateway that stood between your house and the World Wide Web…oh wait, there is. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to retrieve the web traffic log from a NETGEAR WPN824v2 router and how to block individual websites for selected computers in your house—all without installing a single piece of software on your kid’s computer.
[Note: If you have a NETGEAR router, the steps will probably be similar, but may vary slightly.
If you have another router, such as a Linksys, Belkin, ASUS, or D-Link router, the steps will look entirely different. If that doesn’t work, open and type ipconfig /all and look for the field that reads default gateway.
But I’m willing to bet you can achieve the same outcome by poking around.] From any computer, access your router’s setup page by typing in its IP address into your browser window. A Quick Note About Your Default Password You’ll probably be prompted to enter a username and password. Try admin / password or admin / 1234 or admin / admin or root / root. This lists all the devices that are connecting to the router. To illustrate, I’ll visit on my i Phone and see if it shows up in the logs: Now, I’m going to hazard a guess and assume that you don’t want to spend your evenings sifting through the log, matching up IP addresses to salacious websites.
You can also Google your router’s model number and “Logs under “Content Filtering.” Initially, this is going to be a bunch of mumbo jumbo. If you can already parse out all this info, then great. What you want to pay attention to in this screenshot are the IP addresses for the Source. As you can see, 192.168.1.6 is JACK-WIN7, which is what I named my main computer. HP8D41B1, I’m assuming, is the netbook sitting open on my kitchen table. Luckily, you can automate it somewhat by blocking sites.
Using this information, we’ll track who was looking at what. Blocking sites and services on your router restrict access to certain websites or activity on certain ports. Notice along the bottom that you can add a trusted IP address.