How do I add different devices used in home

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    rotblitz (Edited )

    You configure your router with the OpenDNS resolver addresses to cover all your devices in your LAN.
    https://support.opendns.com/forums/21618374

    Then you visit your dashboard to configure the settings: https://dashboard.opendns.com/settings/

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    harry11

    Thnx Rob,

    I had configured the router, but was not able to see the field or tab to search and include the devices being used in the home. As adviced in the website had changed the primary and secondary IP addresses to 208.67.222.123 and 208.67.220.123 in LAN - DHCP Server fields.

    Then reach to the point of asking this query. Please guide.

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    rotblitz

    "not able to see the field or tab to search and include the devices being used in the home"

    This does not exist in the world, because it is not needed as your devices are connected to the router.

    What do you want to be guided for?  You should be done already.

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    harry11

    Yes, agreed that the devices are connected to the router.

    But to monitor all the devices do I need to list or register them at one place in my DNS a/c, alongwith this laptop in which I have opened the DNS a/c?

    Or

    Without listing or registering these devices, where or how can monitor the usage of these devices?

    More specifically the websites visited by my family members - Ultimate goal

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    harry11

    One more thing - Am not that tech savvy...So please guide me accordingly...

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    mattwilson9090

    Rotblitz already said that you do not need to list or register your devices to work with OpenDNS. In fact with the free service there is no way to do that. With the free service you manage the network you have registered with OpenDNS, not individual devices. Every network that is configured to use your network's OpenDNS settings a is configured to use OpenDNS. Assuming that your router is set up to hand out DNS addresses via DHCP then all the setup that needs to be done for those devices has already been done.

    Since management is for the entire network there is also no way to monitor the individual devices or users, just the aggregated traffic for the entire network.

    Again, what guidance are you looking for? In his first response to you rotblitz provided the links that you need to configure your OpenDNS account and how it works. Is there something in the information that those links provide that you think is missing? If you want step by step directions look there, since pasting them in here again would be redundant, especially since we know none of the details of your network or how it is configured.

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    sarah.stevens

    I think what he is asking is related to his novice status with this sort of thing.  Speaking as a fellow novice, I've been trying to figure this out for the last few hours.  I understand now that all traffic is listed, but not in the order things were viewed nor by which device.  I am confused now because the surfing I've done on this laptop - which is the device I used to configure my wifi router and OpenDNS - is not showing in this list.  Also, when I select "home" which is what I named my network - the IP address automatically populated on the setup page - in the dropdown on the stats tab, there is no data.  When I select the overarching account/network name from the dropdown on the stats page, that's when I get a list of domains.  Sorry to be slow on the uptake, but it's all new to me and probably to harry 11.  I'm confused.

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    mattwilson9090

    Well, setup and configuration is different from interpreting and using the stats available to you. Harry's initial question seemed to be about setup though he still seems to be asking for the same guidance after he's already been pointed in the right direction.

    I'm assuming that you set up your account today. Stats are not realtime, they are delayed by at least a few hours, I generally assume 24 hours to simplify things as I am looking at them. It also takes a day or so before stats start appearing with a new account. Basically, have some patience, and the stats for the traffic you've generated should be visible some time tomorrow.

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    rotblitz

    @harry11
    "But to monitor all the devices..."

    You cannot monitor particular devices but your network's DNS traffic as a whole with OpenDNS Home, with all devices connected to the router if you configured the OpenDNS resolver addresses on the router.

    "along with this laptop in which I have opened the DNS a/c"

    It is irrelevant what device you used to open or manage your account.  This doesn't play a special role beside the other devices.

    "where or how can monitor the usage of these devices?"

    You visit your stats here: https://dashboard.opendns.com/stats/all/start/ and view the parts you're interested in.

    "More specifically the websites visited by my family members"

    Nope.  These are your DNS stats, not websites one may have visited.  A DNS service sees only your DNS traffic, not your web traffic.  You do not and cannot direct such information to OpenDNS.  That said, the OpenDNS stats give you insight into the DNS activity of your network, inc all devices.  DNS is the phone book of the internet, not the phone lines.

    "Ultimate goal"

    Fine, but not achievable with a DNS service.  You had to enable local monitoring or to use an online service where you had to install a program from them, sending such information about visited websites to them.  However, not really sure if this is really what you want for privacy and other reasons...

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    pmog123

    So we can't add or configure specific devices?  OpenDNS already told me that my Linksys router isn't compatible with OpenDNS due to a bug when trying to update the static DNS server IP's.  If that's the case, and I can't configure individual devices, is OpenDNS just not an option for me unless I change my router?

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    mattwilson9090

    No, the free home OpenDNS service does not monitor or configure specific devices. It applies all settings equally to all devices on the network that are configured to use OpenDNS. You might be able to work around the issue with your router by manually setting each device on the network to use the OpenDNS DNS servers, but that does mean that devices on your network won't be automatically using OpenDNS as a result of DHCP settings delivered by the router. I don't recommend that method unless you know for certain that you control all devices on your network, and that no one else is able to change the networking settings on them.

    Aside from getting a router that doesn't effectively overwrite your DNS settings you might be able to use third party firmware on your router. They aren't perfect, and although many Linksys router models support it, many don't. In the past I've successfully used DD-WRT on Linksys routers, and and am currently using the Toastman variant of Tomato. Although using these firmwares isn't terribly difficult, if you aren't already familiar with managing and configuring a computer at a deep level this may not be a path for you to pursue.

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    rotblitz

    Beside the highly relevant tip to use alternative firmware on your router to overcome the current firmware's bug...

    "So we can't add or configure specific devices?"

    You can!  You can configure each individual device with a different DNS service of your choice as you want, or you can configure it to obtain its DNS settings automatically via DHCP from the router.  These are your options for configuring specific devices.

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    thedesignboy

    So, if you want to monitor one machine (say your evil twin brothers ipad) you can configure only that ipad on open DNS and leave the rest to use the routers DNS? So that only his machine accesses the open DNS address?

     

    Would that work?

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    rotblitz (Edited )

    What do you want to monitor?  His device's DNS traffic?  What does this tell you?  Not much!
    Also, it is unethical to monitor your twin brother.  You wouldn't like him to do the same with you, would you?

    And yes, OpenDNS (or any other DNS service) is being used only on those devices where it is configured on.  If the device obtains its network settings via DHCP from the router, then it uses the DNS service configured or being used on the router.

    However, if the iPad leaves the network and uses another or a mobile network, then its DNS traffic is no longer logged against your account.  The OpenDNS dashboard is only for networks you own, not for your roaming devices in other networks.

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    spiderhawk (Edited )

    If I understand this correctly, OpenDNS controls the addresses through your router. (In my case, it's a Netgear router) If you want to monitor specific items ON the network, you need open an account on the web or download the phone app for your specific router - both are free. Once you have access, you can see what devices are on the router/network AND have the authority to turn on and off access to each item at will.

    1 OpenDNS controls addressing through your router.

    2 Router Dashboard or phone App controls devices on your router.

    Depending upon your situation, everyone in your home or office may not benefit from knowing that you have the 'keys to the kingdom'. 

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    rotblitz

    This is all incorrect. OpenDNS does not control any traffic. DNS is the phonebook of the Internet, not the phone lines. For example, it resolves domain names to IP addresses.

    Also, there is no phone app for OpenDNS. And switching on and off access for devices may be a function of your router, but not a function of OpenDNS.

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    spiderhawk

    The phone app is for the router

     

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    rotblitz

    Yes, for the router, not for OpenDNS.

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