Default content filtering setting for new network

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    rotblitz (Edited )

    With DNS, no filtering is the default, generally, everywhere, yes.  What else?  No need to explicitly say this.

    The main purposes of the service is clearly to provide DNS, and everything else is just add-on to be explicitly configured.

    "configure a new network between a router and OpenDNS"

    There is no network in the world between a router and OpenDNS if not the internet itself.  This dashboard network is just a symbolic thing, representing your LAN, not a real network, and not a network between your router and OpenDNS.

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    lydiam

    Fine, you're tech savvy, you know that DNS is default just for DNS, but there *are* people who are using this primarily for the filtering and won't know that the default is "no filtering." I certainly didn't.

    The other thing is that it looks like every time you get a new router, even when you get your router to talk to OpenDNS (configure a network), the content settings default goes back to "none." It doesn't apply your old settings, because that's a different "network." I had a previous Netgear router and OpenDNS account and assumed that once I got the network configured it would apply what I thought of as my "existing" settings. But of course it didn't, because every "network" has its own settings, and every new router is apparently a new network. Again, I'm just barely tech savvy enough, I figured this out for myself, but it isn't obvious to everybody that you're going to have to go through setting up your content settings again and again. Routers don't have terribly long lifespans, esp. when you rent from Charter!

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    rotblitz

    "every time you get a new router, even when you get your router to talk to OpenDNS (configure a network), the content settings default goes back to "none.""

    This is not true.  OpenDNS does not know if you have a new router, even not if you have a router at all.

    "I had a previous Netgear router"

    Yes, this is the only exception, a Netgear router with "Live Parental Controls powered by OpenDNS".  Because this kind of device needs to be registered at the Netgear dashboard https://netgear.opendns.com/ with its device ID - not to be mixed up with the OpenDNS dashboard https://dashboard.opendns.com/

    Even more, these two services are not compatible, and you cannot use them in parallel.  You have to explicitly remove/disable the one to use the other!

    "Routers don't have terribly long lifespans, esp. when you rent from Charter!"

    Charter (or any other non-Netgear) routers are not impacted here.  The dashboard settings remain.

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    lydiam

    Well, that will be convenient if you're correct when I next have to get a new router when this one wears out. The thing is, I would have thought it would have a different network number when you configure the new router to "talk" to OpenDNS. But I could be totally wrong, and I'd be glad to be wrong, as it will spare me headaches next time I have a new router. It may be just the chance that my previous Netgear had the Live Parental Controls powered by OpenDNS. I would be happiest of all if any later router just went *back* to that. It was much simpler. I was annoyed that Charter gave me a router without it this time.

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    rotblitz

    If you get a new router, you must always configure the OpenDNS resolver addresses on them again.  This is what you'll lose.  But no need to change anything at the dashboard and its settings.

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