How to set internet filtering and others

July 31, 2010 at 05:45:17
Specs: Windows XP, N/A
Hello there! I'm new here. Well this is my problem in our office we do have a small network probably 24 computers then a router then a switch all of them are connected to the internet. Now my boss wants me to set up a policy where in to block certain websites. I know that part is simple use an internet filtering software or do it on the router. But the problem is I have 24 computers and the people using them don't want to get disturbed in there work and I also don't want to install one application in 24 computers. Okay the router, our router is a WRT120N which only blocks 4 websites and 4 keywords. My boss gave me a lot of websites. Now I thought of adding a machine in the network which is a Server so Router > Server > Switch > PC's. In my mind theoretically if I install an internet filtering software in the server it will reduce my work and not disturb the people in the office and I can manage to maintain in one computer sit there and watch the fireworks.

Although having a server is redundant because we already have a router for distributing internet connection in the LAN. I'm also planning to set the PC's on static so I have a good tracking of everything and a Network OS to regulate each computer bandwidth in the office and do extra stuff because the older guys in our department doesn't really have the sense of managing things like why would I set a static IP on the PC's here if the router is there to do that for me. You know I just want to change the way they run the department and I want things to be really systematic or in order. This is also a learning ground for me to test the things that we haven't done in school.

What do you think guys any solution that you can offer or any idea that might come in your mind and help me with my simple problem. Sorry I'm too young to be an IT Staff and I'm just a small tree growing, you know what I mean. By the way the Network OS that I'm planning to use is Windows Server 2003.

Thank you so much guys!

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July 31, 2010 at 14:24:43
I'd use OpenDNS:

Just another stupid saying...

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July 31, 2010 at 17:19:28
Alright, I got the picture with Family Shield and OpenDNS Basic and thank you for that mate. But how about the set up that I am proposing where in I'll use a Network OS to monitor everything is that kinda complicate things or what?


I reviewed OpenDNS Basic and it can't touch my private LAN. I need to add exemption on the network. Like us in the IT department exempted with the internet and content filtering as well as the Admin department and some managers. So I guess we need to push with the Network OS stuff. Please guys help me. :(

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August 2, 2010 at 05:08:09
If there all Windows computers, modify the hosts file on one machine with the websites names resolving to an ambigious address, like, then copy that hosts file to the other computers. You can do it during lunch time, after hours, or even across the network through the administrative shares.

You can also buy a better router that allows for more blacklisting sites, like a Sonicwall or Watchguard.

If you get a server and set it up as a domain controller for the other computers, you can setup for the websites you want to block through DNS manager.

"Please vote if my suggestion or solution helps. Thanks!"

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August 2, 2010 at 13:30:31
When are you implementing Server03? If you are going to use it as DHCP and DNS, you can block the sites with a DNS pointers. We did that here when our webfilter died, we pointed Myspace and Facebook back to our homepage.

If you just using Server03 just for share and not DHCP and DNS, you could step up to a router that will allow you to use dd-wrt firmware and setup blocking that way. This would be simplest and quickest at this point.

Also, what benefit do you think you'll gain using static IP addresses? If something is already managing them for you why take that task on yourself? Less chance of IP conflicts as the number of devices grows on the network.

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August 2, 2010 at 15:38:47
simple solution is to get an appliance like Sonicwall. Buy the AV and email spam subscriptions. It has a logging server for monitoring though you do need a pc for it to send the logs to.

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