Monitoring website history for each device

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    mattwilson9090

    OpenDNS Home knows only about the DNS traffic originating from your entire network. It does not, and has no way to, differentiate between individual devices and users.

    Also, being a DNS based service, it does monitor internet or website traffic, it only logs the DNS traffic that it receives. There are quite a few ways that a specific website or webpage could be visited without any DNS traffic being sent to OpenDNS. Bottom line, OpenDNS is the wrong tool to use if you want to monitor internet or website traffic. You are better off looking at logging functions on your router, or possibly looking for some sort of monitoring software that can be installed on the laptop.

    Also, being a laptop, which by definition is a mobile device, if that laptop ever leaves your home network there is no way for OpenDNS Home or many other monitoring solutions to monitor what the laptop does since they are specific to the network, not the laptop.

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    rotblitz

    "How can I see the web history on a per device basis?"

    Mattwilson9090 has lined out that your desire has nothing to do with OpenDNS.  But you asked a question, so you'll get an anwer, although unrelated to OpenDNS:

    You run a proxy server, e.g. on an old PC with a free proxy software distro (so at no cost beside a bit power) and configure your network (DHCP server) to cause all web traffic going through this proxy where you can switch on logging to really detailed see what device has visited what URLs at what date and time.  This fully does what you expect it to do.  Even more, you can configure the proxy to change the web as you want, e.g. you could replace all "or" by "and" and all "porn" by "fun" on any or dedicated web pages.  Or you can redirect all requests for Google to Yahoo and such.

    If you're paranoid, you even could force roaming devices to go through your proxy at home when being abroad.  You just have to set it up once on those devices.  And the users must be regular users, not admins, else they can easily change your settings back and can do much more things to circumvent any restrictions.

    Welcome to the NSA times!  It's really easy to sniff like them and even more efficiently.

    Any more questions?  Don't ask them here, because this forum is about OpenDNS.

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    mantoine2000

    Many thanks to both!

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    GoTeamHamilton

    I'm very impressed with your willingness to offer that suggestion, rotblitz. Though it was (obviously) not my original query, I found the utility of your suggestion helpful as well. Other posters / moderators are not as forgiving about a post or thread going off-topic even the slightest bit. Nor are they as generous to share their knowledge with others seeking to understand. Glad you are a member  / contributor to these forums. Thank you for going the extra mile. Keep up the good work.

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    samurdhi

    Its helpful thank you 

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