First some background. I work in tech development and typically have 10-25 fixed and mobile devices in my home at any time. Tablets, prototypes, ultrabooks, cellphones, IoT devices, dev-boards, servers, appliances. The whole gamut. I need to access a variety of websites (forums, security tests, work, partner, many others) while also preventing my tweens from surfing without boundaries. I cannot use the universal serve-OpenDNS from my DHCP server solution. So, I have static-configured those devices they use (have passwords for) to use OpenDNS and the the remainder of my own devices are a mix of static and DHCP served devices without OpenDNS. That works while everyone is at home.
When my kids take mobile devices out of the home they of course cannot access the 'net because their at-home static IP config is not relevant. Rather than have the device die until I manually reconfigure it to DHCP again I'd prefer a more painless solution.
My suggestion: a mobile app (Android for my preference but obviously IOS and Win8 too) which will automatically reconfigure and revert-configure the mobile device when it leaves and returns to home. At home a static IP config, or at least a static DNS config; away from home a standard DHCP client. Determine when the device is away from home by (1) out of range of white-list WiFi APs (by MAC and/or SSID); (2) other methods such as GPS, grey-list APs, various other methods. When they are away from home in public places with friends/relatives/me I am less concerned about what OpenDNS might have blocked than the pestering to fix their devices.
Enhancement: a WiFi AP (MAC address) triggered list of alternate static configs so that as the device travels from various relative's homes also using OpenDNS the app loads the appropriate pre-agreed static IP config.
[Android does not permit a partial static config which would allow me to use the DHCP client to obtain the IP/GW/Mask and yet use a static DNS config list on which I would put OpenDNS's servers above a public DNS such as Google's DNS service].
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