OpenDns functionality using Netgear AC2300 home use

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    pitapeople

    "I can still, using certain words in google see all the filth I'm trying to get rid of.

    My stated goal: Have home internet filters like one could find in a public library, church or government office. "

     

    OpenDNS is a DNS server, first and foremost. The content filters and security layers are built ontop of this DNS server. 

    But what does that mean to you?

    This means, like any other DNS server, we can only resolve domain names to the host of that site. Taking into the analogy of a phone book for the internet. You look for the name to dial the number. 

    • "I can still, using certain words in google see all the filth I'm trying to get rid of."

     

    OpenDNS can only block fully qualified domain names, such as google.com, facebook.com and so forth. If you run a query in Google, you can't block what google decides to show in their results based on your searched keywords. It falls within their webpage results and a search URL which the free service doesn't offer filtering on. 

    This is why Rotblitz asked if you blocked google.com, because that's the only option you have. What the library and other places use are probably paid services designed to filter and proxy user's searches. In your case, if you want this, you need to look into Google Safe Search, which will filter your searches for adult sensitive results.

    Family Shield only blocks Pornography, Adult Themes, Sexuality, Proxy/Anonymizer and Phishing categorized domain names only. 

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    rotblitz

    You normally talk to other users in this community forum, rarely to staff.  If you want to talk to staff, you raise a support ticket, "Submit a request" above.

    Now to your issue: 
    It seems you have setup OpenDNS Home and Netgear LPC to run in parallel at the same time.  This cannot work, as these two services are incompatible.  You can use either the one or the other.  Let me know what service you will be using, and I'll tell you how to clean up and terminate the other service.

    Btw, this is a rather often occurring issue, and you should find dozens of threads here about (not) using the two services in parallel and how to rectify it.

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    rotblitz (Edited )

    "I can still, using certain words in google see all the filth I'm trying to get rid of."

    Did you block Google?  If not, it will show certain words.  You can block only domains with OpenDNS, not words.

    You can get rid of bad words and images too, but not with OpenDNS, but with the own tools of the providers as described here:
    https://support.opendns.com/hc/en-us/articles/227986807

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    rotblitz

    Ok, accepted, I'll leave you alone.  I have told you what your issues are and answered everything and instructed what to do.  That's it!

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    shores1

    Are there actually people who work at OpenDNS? This has been the greatest technical pain in the "rats back side". Asking questions on this forum is useless. I have posts deleted. I have posts unanswered.

    Does OpenDNS have an actual human being who would like to help a guy filter the internet in his home? I've been trying for a week to get answers. Seriously, do we have customer service anywhere anymore?

    I just clicked on a link in Netgear that said "click here for the latest download" for the firmware. I lost all internet connection. Spent 30 min. trying to re-connect. Finally unplugged everything. Plugged it in again. Got connected again.

    Does this matter to anyone who sells Netgear of OpenDNS products?

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    shores1

    I understand you to say: Netgear Parental Controls and OpenDns can not function simultaneously.

    Therefore when I have Netgear Parental Controls ON, the filter I have set in OpenDns does not filter. And vise versa, when I have Netgear Parental Controls OFF, OpenDns does filter (according to my specifications).

    If true, this means that any instructions I give in the Netgear category 'Attached Devices' and 'Access Control' will also not function. Correct? or Incorrect? I assume this to be incorrect because 'Access Control' is not in the Parental Controls category.

    Therefore, I should be able to have the OpenDns filter functioning as my filter, IF Netgear Parental Controls are OFF and I will still have"Access Control' (meaning ability to identify attached devices, turn on/off internet access to each individual device) using the Netgear genie/dashboard.

    Currently, I have Netgear PC OFF. I have OpenDns "family shield' (IP address .123) active.

    Here's the problem:

    I can still, using certain words in google see all the filth I'm trying to get rid of.

    My stated goal: Have home internet filters like one could find in a public library, church or government office. After 10 days of trying to make that happen I'm very close to looking for a different solution.

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    shores1

    Did I block Google? wow. I presented multiple problems/questions.

    I'm looking for solutions to filtering issues that need resolution now, not 38 posts and 6 months latter.

    In all due respect to rotblitz, apparently this forum is not a place to go for solutions. I appears to be only a place for a knowledgeable hobbyist to pass time. In 10 days not a single response from anyone else. Dare I say no one is here?

    I've been on cigar forums with 1000X quicker and better feedback. Ha.

    Seriously, in two weeks I can't get answers to questions about how opendns works. I've read all the support articles. Nothing is very comprehensive, just a little info here and a little there.

    This reminds me off a company that is in transition. Maybe Cisco will fix it, after imposing the inevitable hefty fees.

     

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