NetGear Live Parental Controls vs OpenDNS Home VIP Account

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    rotblitz

    "Can the NetGear LPC be used in conjunction with OpenDNS Home VIP?"

    No, they are incompatible.  You cannot combine Netgear LPC with any other OpenDNS service.

    "Are bypass accounts available with OpenDNS Home VIP like they are with the NetGear LPC?"

    No, they aren't available with OpenDNS Home Free or VIP.  You had to go for the Enterprise line of services which comes with a bypass feature.

    "What kind of granular whitelisting / blacklisting capability is available with OpenDNS Home VIP?"

    The same as with OpenDNS Home Free, but you have the double number of entries, 50 instead of 25.
    See also https://support.opendns.com/entries/21915245-What-is-OpenDNS-VIP-

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    afterburne

    Thanks for the above answeres.  One other question.  Does LPC have any whitelisting capability?  If so I cannot seem to locate how to add something to the whitelist.

    Thanks again.

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    afterburne

    Ha.  I just now found it.  Was not clicking the right area or looking closely enough.

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    sammief

    How do I upgrade to the VIP if I am already suing the free version of Opendns?

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    rotblitz

    Here you go: https://store.opendns.com/get/vip-home

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    thisthat

    One possible big difference: Netgear with LPC enabled will enforce the DNS. So even if a smart child enters an alternate DNS for their device, the router will override their entered DNS and force use of the OpenDNS servers, still filtering the content.

    However, on my tests with LPC OFF on my WNDR4500 with latest firmware (V1.0.1.40_1.0.68), if the local device specifies a different DNS the local DNS will prevail, bypassing the filtering. This is true even when I enter the OpenDNS servers as the designated DNS addresses for the router--they are not enforced.

    I don't think it worked that way in the past. I believe the older firmware DID enforce the specified DNS, allowing me to use Home VIP as long as LPC was turned off.

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    rotblitz

    Not sure if this holds true for WNDR4500, but many routers allow to specify outgoing firewall rules, so one can block port 53 pass-through or redirect port 53 (DNS) traffic to OpenDNS.  This is enforcement of DNS then.  I do this with my (non-Netgear) home router.

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