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    Question Does such a product exist?

    I'm running Vista SP2 on a home desktop. Using an ActionTec MI424 wireless router supplied by Verizon to manage FiOS access.

    There are a number of devices in our home that access our wireless network. Some belong to the parents, some to the kids. I'd like to be able to control which devices can access which websites (and, ideally, at which times of the day, like Integard offers for whatever platform it's installed on). I have OpenDNS installed, but it doesn't look like that can control access (although, if I can configure it correctly, I think it should be able to produce a report telling me which devices accessed which sites in the past, and at what times, which is the second-best solution). Is there a product that provides home users (who are not hard-core tech geeks) with the capability to exercise such real-time management?

    TIA --


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    I see 52 looks, but not a single reply - ?? Really? There's nothing out there that allows a router to control domain access on a device-by-device basis? How about just REPORT it? (Turns out OpenDNS does not have that capability).

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    Your wireless router seems to have that capability via Content Filtering/Parental Controls.

    cheers, Paul

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    You can also log details about who is using your wireless

    Wireless bandwidth theft is an issue that many ignore.
    Some are not even aware of the issues.

    Others are keen to attach themselves to any free wireless network they can get their hands on and don't give a hoot about using OPM "other peoples money".

    We wrote an article about this at and offer a low cost logging solution to monitor activity of other users who may be tapping into your Open/WEP/WPA2 systems.

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    Buy a few cheap wireless routers, or re-use old routers.
    Old Linksys WRT54G is one. Even better if it is rooted with Tomato.
    Linksys WRT54G is speed self-limiting to 10Mbps. How? It is old! The WAN side is 10Mbps max.

    If it is too complicated for you, simply limit wireless speed in the wireless setup.
    Best of all, kids will no longer usurp the entire bandwidth.

    Here is the connection:
    1. Actiontec wireless and wired users are responsible adults. No restrictions.
    Also, disable SSID broadcasting (to avoid one-touch-connect vulnerability).
    Use either fixed IP addresses or the DHCP IP address is 'remembered' (always assign the same address to same device).
    See Actiontec setup for details.
    2. Connect a primary cheap router, as Doorman router.
    Its uplink LAN port connects to an Actiontec LAN port.
    It does NOT have wireless (or wireless is off); just a plain router, as 'doorman'.
    That is, it checks everyone who wants to 'walk in' to Actiontec.
    3. Now connect '1st level' router to the doorman:
    doorman's *WAN* port goes to the 1st-level router LAN port.
    1st level meaning: highest user privilege (surely lower than those directly connected to Actiontec.).
    3. 2nd-Level cheap wireless router LAN port now connects to the *WAN" port of the 1st-Level router.
    4. And so on.

    Actiontec LAN---
    ---Doorman router LAN||WAN---
    ---1st-level LAN||WAN---
    ---2nd level LAN||WAN---
    ---3rd level LAN||WAN---
    ---4th level LAN||WAN ---......

    Signal flow:
    3rd level user must go through the 2nd level WAN before it goes to 2nd level LAN. They are therefore isolated / fire-walled by the 2nd level router, because the WAN port is 'managed', separated, from its LAN port.
    The 2nd level router LAN goes to the 1st level router WAN. So the 2nd level signals are isolated by the 1st level router.
    Finally the 1st level router and its wireless users, AND lower level users, are 'fire-walled' by the doorman router (from WAN to LAN), before they can reach Actiontec.
    Signal flow in reverse is similarly isolated.

    Speed is auto limited if old routers are used
    Some routers deny connections to IP addresses entered in the router setup. (Linksys WRT54G is one such router.)
    If Linksys WRT54G has Tomato, you might also add scripts to include a bigger deny list.

    Last note for better security (optional): use different IP address range in each router.
    Example: Actiontec is, Doorman is,
    1st level router is, 2nd level router is

    A caution: networked printers and devices may not cross the NAT boundaries
    (WAN-LAN boundary). In this case, wireless users on each level may need to have
    their own networked printer.
    A printer at is not accessible by IP addresses of
    There are ways. It is beyond the scope here.

    Optional: You can use gateway function instead of NAT function in the router ...
    Well, it is getting complicated and adding confusion.

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