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    maintenance

    Use different DNS addresses on your computer.

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    cervezafria

    ALSO... don't give your kids "admin" rights to their laptops... only restricted accounts, otherwise they will find many creative ways to circumvent your DNS filters... AND... don't give your kids phones a data plan. Wi-fi only.

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    renegaderob18

    How do you add different DNS addresses? I have charter  internet if that helps. I only know some things about computers so you might have to help me through it please

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    rotblitz

    Well you simply enter different DNS resolver addresses on your computer, different from OpenDNS, e.g. your ISP's or from other publicly usable recursive DNS providers.

    http://f.00f.net/PubDNS/
    https://www.grc.com/dns/alternatives.htm

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    rotblitz

    Ah, you asked "how", not "what": http://lmgtfy.com/?q=How+to+change+DNS+servers

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    cervezafria

    @renegaderob18... Here's one way...Assuming your kids access the 'net through your router, use the OpenDNS server settings on your router setup. The first 3 servers you should use are:

    • 208.67.222.222
    • 208.67.220.220
    • 208.67.220.223

    Disregard the third one if your router has only two DNS entry fields.

    For your own laptop, go into your Network Settings, and find you wireless adaptor. Under "Properties", you will see references to TCP/IPv4. Under its properties you will see a place to manually enter DNS server settings. Unless you have an alternate preference, use Google's public DNS settings:

    • 8.8.8.8
    • 8.8.4.4

    After you "OK" everything, flush your bowser and DNS cache (a reboot should clear the latter).

    This way your kid's wireless devices will all pass through OpenDNS, and yours will fully bypass. 

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    rotblitz
    • 208.67.220.223

    That is not an OpenDNS resolver address. Additional ones are 208.67.220.222 and 208.67.222.220.

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    cervezafria

    Good catch. You are absolutely right. Thank you.

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    renegaderob18

    Yes, we all use the same router. Tomorrow evening when I have time I will try to set it up. Thank you all for the help. Off this subject, but I use bitdefender, but not sure if I am gonna renew it. What is the best antivirus to pay for and what is the best free one just in case. I was using advanced system care free version to clean the computer. Is that the best free one or is there a good antivirus that will have something like that as well. Sorry for all the questions, but I have kids and they get a lot of junk on their omputers and sometimes viruses. Thanks.

     

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    jedisct1

    You can download Microsoft Security Essentials for free: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download

     

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    rotblitz

    I made very good experiences with Avira Free AV.
    http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus

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    renegaderob18

    When I went in to the open dns dashboard settings to add 208.67.220.223 as the first ip it showed this when I hit enter " Network is a subnet of another member's CLOSED network." Maybe I am doing it wrong, but like I said I am new at all of this, so If I messed up something can someone walk me through it please.

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    cervezafria

    That was a typo... sorry... and that should be your 3rd entry (if reqd), not first.

    • 208.67.220.222

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    renegaderob18

    If it helps I am running windows 8 and my kids are both running windows 7. I have a feeling i will need step by step directions for mine and both of their computers which I apologize for in advanced. I wish i knew more about computers.

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    cervezafria

    No apology reqd. Let's get your kids filtered, then we will tackle liberating your access.

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    renegaderob18

    sorry u must have commented as I was typing. So must I add the open DNS that says is mine in the DNS for this computer and then add the 208.67.220.223 for my kids one computer and then 208.67.220.223 for my other kids computer?

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    cervezafria

    No, no, no... Don't do anything with your kid's PCs... Make the changes on your router. Go into your router settings and add these DNS servers (in order):

    • 208.67.222.222
    • 208.67.220.220
    • 208.67.220.222

    OK... assuming you have 3 DNS settings for your router. Is that OK?

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    renegaderob18

    when I go into router setting on the netgear I don't see anywhere to change router setting. Do I have to go somewhere else on windows 8 on my computer. If so you may have to direct me how.

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    cervezafria

    I'm sure my NetGear router differs from yours, but under "Basic Settings" I see "Use these DNS Servers"... Here's a screenshot..

    http://cloud.screenpresso.com/s49ze/2013-07-31_22h33_05.png

    If you don't have this feature, please tell us your router model ID.

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    renegaderob18

    no basic settings.. it is a netgear n300 wireless router wnr200 v4 it says on the back...is that what you need? sorry for taking up all your time, but I appreciate it

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    cervezafria

    Can you find your router/setup here... 

    https://store.opendns.com/start/

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    cervezafria

    If you're using "Live Parenteral Controls" you can start here:

    http://www.netgear.com/lpc

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    renegaderob18

    Yes using live parental controls, but what program do I use to open it?

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    renegaderob18

    Forget the last question on how to open it. Since I have live parental controls that came with the netgear and have it set up do I need to download the one on that page? It looks like the same one that came installed on the netgear WNR2000v4.

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    renegaderob18

    Forget my last 2 messages. Ok I finally got into those basic settings. Since my netgear is pretty new I went to the netgear site u gave me and clicked on a link on there site to open the basic settings since I guess not all have the tab on the netgear. I have now added those 3 dns's. and the 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.3.3. What do I do from here to set everything up for the kids parental controls to bock things and so I don't have anything blocked on my computer.

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    rotblitz

    "I have now added those 3 dns's. and the 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.3.3."

    First thing is you remove 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.3.3 again. Nobody said you should be using those together with OpenDNS resolvers. The first is not an OpenDNS resolver address, and the second is not a resolver address at all.

    Further, if you router really came with OpenDNS LPC, I doubt you would have to enter OpenDNS resolver addresses at all at the router. I believe there is simply an option to enable LPC (Live Parental Control). If you want, you can upload a screenshot of this router settings, so we can have a look..

    Also, if you have this Netgear with LPC, you'll have no way to exempt a computer from using OpenDNS. This is not foreseen with Netgear and LPC.

    To configure the router and your OpenDNS settings, go to the netgear site again (http://netgear.com/lpc) and download and install the Management Utility program if you didn't already do so. Then click the tab "Installation Tutorial" at the netgear site to go through the instructions. Then tell us how far you got.

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    jedisct1

    8.8.4.4, not 8.8.3.3

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    renegaderob18

    I am confused from the different responses. I did download the LPC even though mine came with it and have custom settings on. What I am hearing now is that no matter what I want to block for my kids computers it will be blocked on mine as well?

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    rotblitz

    "I am confused from the different responses."

    Sure, your fault, because first you didn't even mention LPC for a long time, so we provided advises for the "normal" OpenDNS Home Basic. When you came up with LPC, this changed the world, because there is not much in common. Simply forget the first instructions about OpenDNS Home Basic.

    The main differences are:

    • No OpenDNS resolver addresses to be configured on the router with LPC
    • A totally different dashboard with LPC
    • Additional programs to be installed and run on the computer for LPC
    • Additional profiles based on Windows and Mac OSX users and time scheduling available with LPC
    • No stats available in LPC
    • No Updater program to run with LPC

    "What I am hearing now is that no matter what I want to block for my kids computers it will be blocked on mine as well?"

    No, far not, it's just totally different with LPC. You'll have to install the other tool, the User Utility, on your computer. Then you create two profiles, the default profile which is in effect for everybody not having an own profile, and a special profile for you. You must then authenticate through the User Utility to use your individual profile which can have different content filtering or none at all, different from the default profile.

    Also, your LPC dashboard is at http://netgear.opendns.com/, don't use the other dashboard any longer, and delete the network from there if there's any.

    As you can see, totally different instructions for LPC.

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    cervezafria

    @renegaderob18... Stick w/rotblitz here. I don't know LPC. It was when you identified your router model, that I noticed it had LPC capability.

    As rotblitz noted, that's a whole 'nuther game. 

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