Configuring a slave router to use OpenDNS

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    rotblitz (Edited )

    It is strange that OpenDNS does not allow for your TV service.  Do TDS use private DNS entries with this service, not available over public DNS?  Depending on the answer to this question you can work a plan.

    TDS using private domains for their TV services will prevent you from using 3rd party DNS services like OpenDNS.  You have to use at least the TDS TV service with the TDS DNS service.

    Can you configure the device which handles TV with the TDS DNS server addresses?  This would be the best and simplest solution.

    A second router may be a solution or even not, depending on how this TDS router and the second router work.  This is obviously not information you can get in an OpenDNS forum but in the related router or supplier forums only.

    Another solution is to configure the OpenDNS resolver addresses only on the devices you want to have filtered and to leave the TDS router alone.

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    ktvanhorne

    Currently the TDS setup in this: I have two wireless access points hard-wired into my TDS router through the LAN jacks.  The TDS set-top boxes communicate to those access points, and they then access the internet through the router's DNS settings.  I do not believe I can do anything internally to those access points.

    I am trying this because it was suggested to me by a TDS tech once we identified the OpenDNS servers as the issue with my TV guide.  I don't know if there would be a way to completely bypass their router and access the internet - set up 2 parallel networks in my house that both get to the gateway separately - as a way to overcome this.

    If I cannot run 2 different DNS, then I will go back to their support and see if I can get a tech that is knowledgeable enough to walk me through my options.

    Thanks.

     

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    rotblitz

    "I have two wireless access points hard-wired into my TDS router through the LAN jacks."

    It would be ideal if you could configure those with a different DNS service.  Who has provided you with these APs?  Are there any technical specifications online?

    "I do not believe I can do anything internally to those access points."

    Try to find this out.  Just believing is the wrong approach.

    "suggested to me by a TDS tech once we identified the OpenDNS servers as the issue with my TV guide."

    What have been the technical details of those findings?  This would probably help a lot!

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    ktvanhorne

    Sorry for believing. ;)

    I will check when I get home from work, but those two access points were installed by the TDS tech.  I will check make and model number when I get home.

    The tech on the phone had me change the OpenDNS servers back to the TDS servers and told me to connect a second router and use the OpenDNS servers on that one.  That was all he said and he made it sound so simple.  I have been trying for a couple of weeks to get my second router attached to the network - not as easy as he thought - and once I did the question about nesting DNS servers came up.

    I will verify the access points tonight and see if there is an easier fix.

     

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    ktvanhorne

    I got a tech at TDS to send me steps of connecting their router from LAN to WAN on my router.  I will try that and see if that frees up the DNS.

    The wireless access device was black and screwed into the rafters in my basement, so I could not get a good look at make or model.

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    rotblitz

    This sounds like a plan!

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    ktvanhorne

    I set up the second router as its own network, gave it OpenDNS servers, and attached it from the WAN to the first router and treated the first router as a gateway. Up and running and things look filtered. Thx.

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    rotblitz

    Excellent!  Thanks for reporting back.

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    ktvanhorne - what instructions did you follow from TDS?  Did you connect your router into the LAN port on the TDS router? what additional settings did you make?  I think I'm having similar problems.

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    ktvanhorne

    Hey barehm, I actually used the TDS router as the gateway for my 2nd router.  I plugged my 2nd router from its WAN port into the TDS router's LAN port.  I gave the 2nd router an IP address in the range of TDS' router, but entered the TDS router's IP address as the gateway, and matched the subnet mask.  Then a created a completely new network in my 2nd router (a different SSID, a network of 10.0.0.2-50 with the 2nd router's IP address at 10.0.0.1).  DCHP and NAT were left on and I entered OpenDNS' servers into the DNS server of the 2nd router.

    Now the computers attached to the 2nd router pass through the TDS router and don't even notice it.  The settop boxes all get their info from the TDS router, and all my computers and phones get theirs from the 2nd router.  I could hide the TDS SSID and make the 2nd router the only wifi signal people could see, but I haven't done that yet.

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