I would like to stop people from watching youtube videos. So I followed the example and entered x.youtube.com and clicked Save Settings. I opened a new browser, navigated to youtube.com and the site was not blocked. I also tried using the administration reboot router feature and the site was not blocked. What am I doing wrong?
I don't know for sure if this will help, but I would try power cycling the modem and restarting the devices that connect through the HT2000W's WiFi. By power cycling the modem I mean unplugging it at the wall outlet or power brick, waiting at least 30 seconds, then plugging it back in and waiting a few minutes for it to be fully back up.
After this, hopefully the URL block will be working.
Should that be an 'x' or an '*'?
Edit: I mean, I know what it says, but I'm just wondering if that's a typo.
I added the urls, saved settings and power cycled the modem (unplugged power for 30 seconds). I restarted my tablet and I could navigate to youtube.com. I went back to url blocking to confirm the urls were listed there. And, confirmed that firewall features were turned on. I don't think this feature works.
You MUST go into Parental Controls, and also add information in there for the URL Blocking to work...
Advanced Setup > Firewall > Parental Controls
Click Add Rule, select the device you want filtered, enable the rule, the select "WWW with URL Blocking", save settings.
Make sure you also enable filter rules as a whole, and make sure you follow the exact scheme to block things.
The way this works appears to be based upon DNS Blocking, so if you are using a third party DNS, this will NOT work.
That aside, I have yet to actually get this working my self... Maybe @GabeU or @MarkJFine could test blocking after completing both sections.
Thanks for the info.
I added a rule to block my cell phone for www, www with url blocking and secure http. And enabled the rule. And enabled filtering function. I restarted the router. My phone can still get to youtube.com. Argh!
I'm thinking of adding a router with dd-wrt firmware so I can block these sites as well as see the total bytes being used by IP address. I wish the HT2000 did that. It would make it easier to track down data pigs. LOL.
Yeah... I personally don't depend on the functions built into the HT2000w... Have always prefered the following...
PFSense (Firewall/Router OS)
SQUID (Proxy Server)
SquidGuard (URL based blocking with filter lists)
PFBlocker (DNS based Blocking to block websites and services that are a real pain to block with squidguard)
The URL Blocking requires parental controls to be enabled for the device MAC address which will be the subject of the block. I will ask for specific instructions and see about them being documented better.
Thanks to everyone who has helped me.
I have parental controls and the rule working now. I went to the grocery store with my android phone. When I got home, my phone wouldn't browse anywhere. I was so happy...the rule was working and blocking access. Why I was able to browse before is either user error or the device reconnecting to wifi after using cell data caused something to happen.
So I unchecked WWW and Secure HTTP, leaving WWW with URL blocking checked/enabled. Saved settings. My phone can now browse so that switch works correctly. But, I can browse to youtube.com which should be blocked.
So I think I have everything setup right. The question is, exactly what syntax do I use to type in the blocked URL's and any configuration? (I have the parental control rule for the device working as proved when I was blocking all WWW.)
From my understanding, you should use something like the following...
This would block www.youtube.com, m.youtube.com and so on. You might also want to block *.ytimg.com (that's another domain that Youtube uses...)
I seriously hope they aren't using X as a wildcard...
@Amanda can you confirm what the wildcard is? Because there are a lot of addresses with X in them and that can cause some headaches...