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.
All we have to do is to to enable parental control is
- Change the our DNS nameservers to OpenDNS NS (Nameservers are 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52.)
- Customize the level of filtering in the setting found in OpenDNS website.
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
2. Profile 2 which is configured for enabling OpenDNS
The profiles can by activated right clicking the NetSetMan from the system tray.
- 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.
- Execute NetSetMan only when required and close it once the switch is accomplished.
OpenDNS – http://www.opendns.com/