I want to block particular websites at particular times of the day

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    rotblitz

    You are correct. Netgear LPC allows time based filtering only based on categories.  This is documented, so you should better read thoroughly before buying something you're not looking for, as with everything in the world.

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    ballchinian50

    I did read carefully. The website for the Netgear router I bought EXPLICITLY STATES THAT LIVE PARENTAL CONTROLS CAN DO THIS.

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    ballchinian50

    Furthermore, it is completely LAME that OpenDNS can't implement this functionality on its own.  Yes, I am aware that it takes the browser a few minutes to update the DNS cache, but this never takes more than 5 minutes to occur by itself on my Windows 7 machine.

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    rotblitz

    "The website for the Netgear router I bought EXPLICITLY STATES THAT LIVE PARENTAL CONTROLS CAN DO THIS."

    What was this?  eBay or Amazon?  People offering stuff there can write what they want...
    And in case this was stated on Netgear's website, go back to them to request what they promised.

    "it is completely LAME that OpenDNS can't implement this functionality on its own."

    You want it in the free version?  I believe this may be available in the business versions, but then I doubt that they will give it away for free.

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    ballchinian50

    I HAVE THE PAID VERSION OF OpenDNS.  

     

    THE NETGEAR WEBSITE EXPLICITLY STATES THAT IT CAN BLOCK PARTICULAR WEBSITES, NOT JUST CATEGORIES OF WEBSITE, BY TIME.

     

    Some enterprising person could set up a website app to change your OpenDNS settings by time.  It would not be difficult at all, it would just automate the process of doing it by hand.  Why OpenDNS does not do this confounds me.

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    Kristy Patullo

    Time based filtering is not currently available with enterprise versions of our product either.  If you'd like, you can add to the feature requests on this topic in one of the posts here: https://support.opendns.com/categories/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&query=time+based&for_search=1

    Additionally, we don't recommend using the LPC and network based services on the same network.  The NETGEAR LPC service and the normal OpenDNS service use two different mechanisms to deliver content filtering to your network and can conflict with each other.  

    If you can show where it says NETGEAR can explicitly block websites I'd be happy to take a look.  I know that some models of NETGEAR routers do have additional filtering settings besides the ones listed in Parental Controls but those aren't integrated with OpenDNS.

     

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    ballchinian50

    The website "http://www.netgear.com/discover/apps/lpc" is where it currently indicates one can block a particular website at particular times.  As of Feb 5, 2015 it stated "With Parental Controls, you can block inappropriate and dangerous sites, restrict access by time (for example, no Facebook during homework time) and category (adult, gaming, social media, etc.), and at the same time protect every device on your home network against adware and phishing through one central control point - your NETGEAR WiFi Router."

     

    I have contacted netgear customer support to inform them that their advertising is misleading.  Additionally, I dinged them with a 1-star Amazon.com review to get their attention.

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    ballchinian50

    BTW, I got the network version of OpenDNS so that I could have a longer black/whitelist than with the free version.  Does using the free version on LPC restrict the length of the black/whitelist to the same limits as the free version of OpenDNS.

     

    I'm unsatisified with netgear and OpenDNS and currently looking for other means to block particular websites at particular times.  That said, I really don't like the idea of installing software on my machine to do this.  Given the recent high-profile data breaches at many companies, I see no reason to trust companies such as NetNanny not to steal my keystrokes.

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    ballchinian50

    BTW, I got the network version of OpenDNS so that I could have a longer black/whitelist than with the free version.  Does using the free version on LPC restrict the length of the black/whitelist to the same limits as the free version of OpenDNS.

     

    I'm unsatisified with LPC and OpenDNS and currently looking for other means to block particular websites at particular times.  That said, I really don't like the idea of installing software on my machine to do this.  Given the recent high-profile data breaches at many companies, I see no reason to trust companies such as NetNanny not to steal my keystrokes.

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    rotblitz

    "restrict access by time (for example, no Facebook during homework time) and category (adult, gaming, social media, etc.)"

    This part is indeed misleading. :(

    "I got the network version of OpenDNS so that I could have a longer black/whitelist than with the free version."

    Is this called OpenDNS VIP?  Yes, this has 50 entries for each, blacklist and whitelist, vs. 25 for the free version and most likely LPC.
    For LPC you can see it here: https://netgear.opendns.com/ - this is the only dashboard you can use in case of LPC.

    And as Kristy said, you cannot use Netgear LPC and OpenDNS (VIP) in parallel, because these are incompatible.  You have to decide for one.

    What exact Netgear router model are you using?

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    ballchinian50

    I am using Netgear N450 wireless router, model number WNR2500, although I will most likely send it back.

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    rotblitz

    This router is supported by Genie.

    No matter, send it back, because it can't do what you want it to do, scheduled blocking of individual domains.  You still can use your OpenDNS VIP you paid for which you couldn't use with Netgear LPC anyway.

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    ballchinian50

    rotblitz-

    None of your comments are at all helpful.  You seem to be paid by the word, making no effort to say anything at all thoughtful or useful.

    -BC

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