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block internet on one computer on the network

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  1. cakeboy

    cakeboy Thread Starter

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    Hi all,
    have just set up my daughters pc on the home network, what i need help with is this, i need to block all access at the computers end to the internet through the router, as it has it's own internet connection at this end, i still want to be able to browse for files on this computer as well, i know i am missing something simple on this computer but its baffling me!:confused:
    Cheers in anticipation of your reply!
     
  2. StumpedTechy

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    Change the default gateway of the computer. Then you will still be able to do things on the network but that computer won't get out to the internet.
     
  3. pinntech

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    That is one way of doing it. Another way of doing it would be to check your router and see if you can “BLOCK” her PC’s internet access. Most of the routers now days have that ability. Some even allow you to block by IP according to a schedule too.
     
  4. cakeboy

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    how do i go about changing the default gateway on the pc in question?
    Cheers all!
     
  5. JohnWill

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    Control Panel, Network Connection, select the properties of the Local Area Connection, and then Properties of TCP/IP. You'll have to configure the IP address and subnet mask, and leave the Default Gateway and DNS server addresses blank.
     
  6. pinntech

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    I’m not sure how old your daughter is, but never under estimate the abilities of children. If she has access rights to the network properties, she can simply reset everything to “automatically obtain” and she is back on the net!

    What router do you have? If you want a block that you solely have control over it is best to block her at the router if it has that ability!
     
  7. golddust

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    Boy, that's a fact. I worked in a high school computer lab and those kids managed to find a backdoor to accessing the c drives that our security software Fortress supposedly made inaccessible (won't say how here).
     
  8. JohnWill

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    The router is clearly the place to do this blocking, and routers with parental control are pretty inexpensive. Keeping the router in an inaccessible place will help too. :)
     
  9. Squashman

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    If you are running windows Vista, it has Parental Controls builtin. I haven't seen any hacks out there yet to bypass it. I am sure someone has or will sooner or later.
     
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