OpenDNS while travelling?

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    cindelicato

    You ought not try to force your choice of DNS on another's network.

    You can setup a VPN to your own system, as you suggested.  This forum is not about doing that, however, so you are likely going to have look elsewhere.

     

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    threehappypenguins

    I ought not? What if I do?

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    cervezafria

    It affects all users on that network, and may therefore be disruptive well beyond what you intended. OpenDNS is for your own network. 

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    threehappypenguins

    Really? So what I change in my computer's ipv4 changes the ENTIRE network? Uggghhh...

     

    Then is someone able to point me in the direction of setting up a VPN on a Speedstream router? (Gigaset SE567)

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    cervezafria

    No, not what you change in your computer... When you use OpenDNS, it looks for your originating IP address to determine the level of filtering. So if you're at home, it looks at your external IP, and matches that with your account record. If you use your neighbor's network, or a free hotspot, you will no longer be connecting through your account IP, so your laptop will no longer be filtered to your settings... even if you use the OpenDNS servers.

    For users who don't have a fixed external IP at home, the OpenDNS Updater, updates your account IP whenever your ISP gives you a new IP address. That way your filtering requirements remain in use. HOWEVER... if you run the updater while you are connected to your neighbor's (or other) network, OpenDNS will see the new IP (your neighbor's IP) and update your account. That can cause chaos if the network you're attached to also invokes OpenDNS. As each OpenDNS acct must use a unique IP. 

    This is all a simplification of how things happen... but basically you can't be on another network and use your personal filter settings, unless you have a means to VPN into you home router.

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    rotblitz

    "Then is someone able to point me in the direction of setting up a VPN on a Speedstream router? (Gigaset SE567)"

    As outlined by cindelicato, this is unrelated to OpenDNS, so you'll seek for help somewhere else where the experts for your router are. Whatever, it doesn't seem your router can act as VPN server, so you'll have to install a VPN server at a computer at home and the related VPN client on your roaming computer.

    https://startpage.com/do/search?q=VPN+server+software

    Alternatively, Umbrella Mobility or Roaming is for you.
    http://www.umbrella.com/products/umbrella-security-features/

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