Trying to block Google Hangouts/chat on a single device....?

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    rotblitz

    It looks like you successfully blocked the domain names being used to send messages but missed to block some in charge for receiving messages.

    How does your son access Google Hangouts?  With a web browser or with another app?
    According to http://www.webpagetest.org/domains.php?test=151027_NP_12JZ&run=1&cached=0 it could be sufficient to add hangouts.google.com to your "always block" list.  If this measure or blocking others from this list does not help, you would have to run something like http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html before you start to access Hangouts for receiving messages, so that you clearly see what domain names are being queried.

    If you got a final list of domain names where blocking works as expected, you should be able to also apply them on the router's blocking feature.

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    scrappydeb

    Thank you for the help! We've decided to take another approach, so I think we are going to leave hangouts "open" on the living room computer.... for now. There is some argument that there are "legitimate" reasons for him to use it, but we prefer it to be in "family area", rather than on his Chromebook in his room. If we change our approach and need to block it at some point, I'll try your suggestion!

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