Quickly Switch Between OpenDNS And Direct Connection With NetSetMan

OpenDNS is a service which provides parental control solution by filtering the sites based on the URL entered by the user. OpenDNS can be easily setup by replacing the DNS nameserver provided by the ISP to the OpenDNS specific one. By changing the settings as in when required we can switch from direct connection/OpenDNS and vice versa. But this might be a tedious task to go and change the LAN settings when one might want to do it frequently. Let us find a work around for this.

OpenDNS provides a complete solution for blocking certain sites which falls under various identified categories. Once we register at OpenDNS website we get access to our Dashboard.

opendnsdashboard

All we have to do is to to enable parental control is

  1. Change the our DNS nameservers to OpenDNS NS (Nameservers are 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220.)
  2. Customize the level of filtering in the setting found in OpenDNS website.

opendnssettings

OpenDNS can be configured either at Router or individual PC while using at the Home network. Most of the users who utilize this service for parental control use it in their PC rather than the router (Note: Enabling OpenDNS in router provides better security than in the PC). But in case of a shared computer is the admin is forced to switch OpenDNS back to direct connection for accessing few blocked sites, manually changing the LAN settings whenever required (Or by changing the filter level which consumes few mts to apply the changes). This process can be achieved in a single click with the help of a free tool called as NetSetMan.

Enable/Disable OpenDNS with NetSetMan

NetSetMan is a tiny tool which allows to create multiple profile for managing our LAN settings. This feature can be utlized to create two profiles which serves the purpose of enabling and disabling OpenDNS.

Open NetSetMan and create 2 profiles as mentioned

1. Profile 1 for enabling direct internet connection by providing DNS NS provided by our ISP

profiledirect

2. Profile 2 which is configured for enabling OpenDNS

profileopendns

The profiles can by activated right clicking the NetSetMan from the system tray.

profileswitching

Tips

  1. NetSetMan can work in portable mode which means the program folder can be moved to any location which is not ideally accessible by the unintended user.
  2. Execute NetSetMan only when required and close it once the switch is accomplished.

Links

OpenDNS – http://www.opendns.com/

NetSetMan -http://www.netsetman.com/index.php?s=nsm

  • http://www.movie-critic.net/ Malina

    Is there a feedback form anywhere? Can we make suggestions for features we’d want to see on the site?

  • http://www.movie-critic.net Malina

    Is there a feedback form anywhere? Can we make suggestions for features we’d want to see on the site?

  • viextinanny

    cooooolest domain name)))

  • viextinanny

    cooooolest domain name)))

  • engexpeve

    now in my rss reader)))

  • engexpeve

    now in my rss reader)))

  • Urgemiaaffide

    now in my rss reader)))

  • Urgemiaaffide

    now in my rss reader)))

  • Ordextber

    great domain name for blog like this)))

  • Ordextber

    great domain name for blog like this)))

  • http://a4apphack.com/ Rajiv Vishwa

    Please submit your feedback at ‘Contact Us’ page…. Suggestions are welcome… Thanks

  • http://www.kpoplive.com/forum/index.php?/user/296-andyabc31/ Max Sitosky

    Really informative article post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

  • http://a4apphack.com rajivvishwa

    Please submit your feedback at ‘Contact Us’ page…. Suggestions are welcome… Thanks