Most networks rarely have one single type of client connecting to them. Usually, there’s a combination of Windows, Android, iOS, and maybe even Macs. How do you keep all these clients combined while holding younger users out of crisis?
Using the router doesn’t ever turn out to be an effective answer if the problem is Internet access. When you block keywords and domains, you will immediately find out that controlling is related to the time-worn analogy of the finger the wall. You may be able to obtain a couple of problem websites. First, you’re going to require something much more robust and surrounding to get the job done.
A Small Reintroduction to OpenDNS
You may be questioning how this goes, and it’s straightforward. First, go to OpenDNS.com and generate an account for their parental controls. We prefer OpenDNS Home, which needs only a few minutes to set up and is free. All they need is some basic information; they may prompt you for more. When you’re done generating an account, you will require to confirm via the email address you furnished.
Changing Your DNS
You have two configuration choices on your home network. You can modify the DNS on your router, which is the principal connection point to and from the Internet.
It has the advantage of covering everything in an umbrella of protection. It is also its disadvantage because every computer behind the router must use the same router settings unless you explicitly assign a client to use another DNS server.
Another downside is that there’s no way to understand, at least with the accessible variant of OpenDNS, where the traffic is coming from. If you see several blocked sites, it could be you. It could be your mate. It could be your kids or anyone else who comes over and attaches to your network.
Configuring Your Router
- Access your router’s configuration board by opening it in the preferred web browser.
- Once you’ve taken your router open, you desire to locate where you can enter diverse DNS servers. OpenDNS’s central DNS server is 22.214.171.124, and the secondary server is 126.96.36.199.
- Once input, you will want to save your changes. Depending on the router, it may be an actual “Save” button, or it may respond “Apply.” Regardless, if you don’t engage your changes, they won’t take results.
Clearing Your DNS Resolver Cache on Windows
Initiate a command prompt on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 by starting the Start menu or Start screen, respectively, and accessing “cmd” in the search box. Instead of just tapping “Enter,” use “Ctrl + Shift + Enter” to initiate an administrator command prompt. You will understand you have administrator privileges, as it will say so in the title bar. With the command prompt opens, type “ipconfig /flushdns.” You should do this on your Windows clients, so if your kids each have a computer, you need to flush their DNS caches.
Cleaning the DNS Resolver Cache on OS X
To clear the DNS resolver cache on Mac, you will want to open the Terminal.
Type the appropriate command with the Terminal open:
- sudo dscacheutil –flushcache (OS X Yosemite)
- dscacheutil -flushcache;sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder (OS X Mavericks)
- sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder (OS X Mountain Lion or Lion)
If you’re employing another OS X version, you should check out this link, which has information for flushing the DNS cache back to OS X 10.3.
Clearing Browser History
It will be required to also clear any caches on whatever browsers you work with. On Windows, you’re most likely utilizing one or more of the three most modern browsers: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome. On a Mac, it is usually Safari.
Clearing Internet Explorer’s Cache
For Internet Explorer, the most logical way to do this is to use the Internet Options located in the Control Panel. The first tab is the General settings. Tap on “Delete” under Browsing History. You can clean everything out in one fail plunge if you like, but the cache data is known here as “Temporary Internet files and website files.” Click “Delete” when you’re ready to clear Internet Explorer’s cache.
Clearing Mozilla Firefox’s Cache
- On Mozilla Firefox (as of writing, we’re using version 31), you want to click on the menu icon and select “History.”
- Then choose “Clear Recent History…” from the options near the top of the History Sidebar.
- First, select “Everything” in “Time range to clear:” and then you also want to open the “Details” so you can see what is to be deleted. Note in the screenshot, the option you want to select is “cache.”
- Click “Clear Now” when you’re ready, and Firefox’s cache (and whatever other options you choose) will be deleted.
Clearing Google Chrome’s Cache
- When clearing Chrome’s cache, open the menu and select “History” from the list. Alternately, you can use “Ctrl + H.”
- On the resulting History screen, click “Clear browsing data…” to delete the cache.
- We want to “obliterate” browsing data from “the beginning of time.” Make sure you have selected “Cache images and files” from the record.
- Once you’re set to commit, click “Clear browsing data,” and everything in the cache will be washed clean.
Clearing Safari’s Cache
- Open the Safari’s preferences and then click on the “Privacy” tab.
- Click “Remove All Website Data…” and then “Remove Now” on the subsequent screen.
As you have now, know exactly how to use OpenDNS and configure the Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS clients benefit from the change.