How to configure openDNS with my phone.



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    Who makes this VMB3000? Is it one that uses Netgear Live Parental Controls? If it does then you need to follow the standard setup instructions for that.

    If it doesn't you have posted this in the wrong place, and you then need to follow the standard setup instructions for OpenDNS that begin at the OpenDNS homepage.

    With each method a big part of that will be deciding what categories of domains you want to block, and if you want to specifically block any domains in addition to those domains (blacklist), or allow any domains that are blocked by those domains that you want to allow through (whitelist). Since I have no idea what things you think your grandson shouldn't be accessing I can't even begin to guess what those categories or domains should be.

    Aside from that if you have specific problems or questions the other members of this forum will try to answer them, but we need something specific to work with.

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    Thanks Matt. It's made by Netgear. I need to block at least some of what he can access on YouTube which is where he gets most of the most vulgar sites. I didn't know if I needed the IP address for the Chromebook he uses or if that is in the Wi-Fi at home. Not very savvy about these things.

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    To set up your router follow the instructions that came with it. They are generally all the same but there are slight differences with different models because apparently some have slightly different sets of features. Setting up and configuring LPC is only a part of what the router does and can do.

    As far as using Live Parental Controls to block YouTube content, you can't do that. LPC leverages OpenDNS, which is a DNS based service. DNS only knows about domains, it knows nothing about websites, webpages, URL's, images, documents, content, or anything else that is not absolutely and only a domain name. What this means is that although you could use LPC to block all of YouTube you cannot use it to block specific YouTube content.

    However, you can use YouTube's own SafeSearch mechanisms to filter some of of the content. I know that Google publishes directions to apply SafeSearch to all of their Google searches (and OpenDNS provides links to and explanations of how that can be used alongside OpenDNS) but I"m not certain if the same principles apply to YouTube. You'd need to check with YouTube on the options you have for applying SafeSearch. I've never had a reason to use it so I've never looked more deeply than knowing it exists.

    Although some of the Netgear routers with LPC can apply different filtering to different devices on the network they use mechanisms diferent from IP address to enforce and apply that. Again, follow the directions that came with your router or consult the Netgear support forums for that kind of information. I"m not sure what you mean by "the Wi-Fi at home". LPC doesn't depend on if a device is using a wired or wireless connection, it all words the same.

    All of that said, there are options with Chromebooks that provide functionality similar to restricting someone on a Windows computer from having administrative access. Many schools use that feature on Chromebooks that they own, and it's very effective in monitoring some activity on the tablet, as well as enforcing things such as SafeSearch, but it also has limits. That however is far outside the scope of this forum so you'll need to look into it yourself, especially since I don't know if you have enough control over that tablet to implement such a thing.

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