Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 16:52 Post subject: Website blocking by URL Not!
Being new to DD-WRT I may well have missed something in attempting to set my filters. I just installed DD-WRT - Open VPN version on a Linksys WRT54GL. The installation went fine thanks to the excellent documentation provided on the web site. I have configured most of what I had on my old router (IP address reservations, WiFi security etc.) The VPN will come soon. I am now attempting to build my annoying/nosy site filters. Following the instructions in the wiki I have:
- Navigated to the Access Restriction tab
- Created a new policy named "snoop"
- set the Status of this Policy to Enable
- Selected all PCs/addresses on network as "IP Range 01 192.168.0.1 - 192.168.0.250" (Yes, my network uses 192.168.0 not 192.168.1)
- selected Filter (vs. Deny)
- selected Everyday and 24 Hours so the Policy should ALWAYS be in effect
- added "www.facebook.com" to Website Blocking by URL Address
- Apply Settings and Save several times along the way (I have learned that DD-WRT is a little strange about saving/not saving changes)
- I have even tried rebooting the router
Problem is, I can still access my example web site www.facebook.com from a PC on my network.
I suspect I have overlooked something simple. Can anyone point me to the error of my ways?
Thanks eibgrad for the excellent explanation. I had not thought about how the process would actually work. With my previous two routers (non-DD-WRT) I would put in a keyword or address such as doubleclick and if a web page tried to access content on that domain - it just would not and the browser would show "connecting to www.doubleclick.net" or similar until the script in the web page timed out. If I attempted to manually access the web site www.doubleclick.net I would get a large banner "SITE BLOCKED BY NETGEAR..."
I have NoScript and other tools installed in my browser these days so I guess the router blocking is perhaps redundant. And, provided I get my VPN working, the privacy concerns with encountering these sites will be less of an issue. I guess I could route a site such as www.doubleclick.net to 127.0.0.1 in /etc/hosts
A small problem that is pretty hard to find, that always makes me very angry when I am missing something. Usually it is very hard to find the mistake and you need to start everything from the beginning, this is my usual dumb strategy, when I am hurrying with my work. If I cannot figure everything out, there is a guy in our company from forum backlink building department and he can fix everything very easy. Maybe I will ask him about your problem, he is one of PC gods I guess. Hope he will figure everything out.
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