AT&T MiFi vs Dynamic IPs

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    cindelicato

    It has been my experience with the MyFi predecessor, LaptopConnect, that AT&T won't let you use an alternate DNS like OpenDNS.  I haven't tried it on a MyFi yet.

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    rotblitz

    You can check and register your IP address information manually at https://dashboard.opendns.com/settings/ too if you cannot run an Updater.

    Or do it with a bookmark / favorite, even from a smartphone: https://updates.opendns.com/nic/update?hostname=YOUR_NETWORK_LABEL_HERE

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    raysnuthouse

    Ok,

    The above were correct- I talked with an AT&T Support Tech and as far as he could determine the public IP on a MiFi is dynamic and there are no options to make it static.  So either I have to put a computer on the network and leave it there or keep manually updating as rotblitz indicated.  That solution will not fulfill my underlying need which is to block my teenagers from going where they shouldn't so I think I will resurrect an old iMac I have...  Thank you both for taking the time and effort to reply!

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    rotblitz

    "my underlying need which is to block my teenagers from going where they shouldn't"

    Ah, this is new information.  If it is about your home network only, and they have computers (Windows or Mac), you can install Updaters on them unless these are roaming devices.  There are also routers supporting DDNS updates to OpenDNS or DNS-O-Matic.  Please note that OpenDNS Home is for networks you own, not for your devices in other networks.

    If this "going where they shouldn't" means that they carry their devices to other places and networks, then OpenDNS Umbrella Mobility, Roaming or Everywhere is what you're looking for. 
    http://www.opendns.com/enterprise-security/packages-and-pricing/feature-matrix/

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    raysnuthouse

    They have Tablets and iPhones and connect to the Web via the MiFi.  As stated, we do NOT normally have a computer on the network every day, all day.  I have a smart phone with it's own web access and I have a Mac that is powered down until needed.  So we do NOT currently have a computer to install the Updater on, but again as stated, I will probably resurrect an old iMac and leave that powered up 24x7.  Then I can have the Updater active which will resolve the issue.

    And, "going where they shouldn't" means surfing porn or other age-inappropriate sites.

    Anything that is installed on their tablets or iPhones will quickly be rendered useless by them or their tech-savvy friends.  And please don't tell me to 'just' lay out some rules'.  My world is too realistic to rely on rules and promises.  'No Dad, I would NEVER do that!'

    Thanks again.

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    rotblitz

    As said, your router may be able to perform the updates.

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