While surfing or going through some website, we often come across some websites where we have constantly prying eyes for irrelevant and time-consuming pop-ups coming every now and then. The interval of the pop sometimes becomes so annoying with every click of the button that we feel better to close the search or find some another source to get the information. But this situation can be altered by continuing the search on the same website by making some changes in the settings of the very source responsible to generate such unwanted websites.
Connectivity from the internet is fetched with the help of a router, which might be wired or wireless. Basically, the router is a networking device, whose job is to simply transfer and direct information or data from one source to other. And alternating some settings in this source would help to block unwanted websites from the router.
How to Block Unwanted Site From Your Router?
Steps to be followed to alternate the settings in the router
Settings can be changed depending on the type of address one has. The first method is applied when there is no encryption found on the address bar and second when there is encryption.
The method I: No encrypted websites
Use the inbuilt block function of your router: This method can only be applied if the sites you are blocking are not encrypted that is if it does not have (https://). Encryption of the site can be checked by looking at the left of the site’s address. To change settings by using inbuilt feature one needs to follow the following steps:
a) Open router configuration page on your screen in a web browser and connect to the network. Commonly router contains:
- Linksys – http://192.168.1.1
- Belkin – http://192.168.2.1
- D-Link/Netgear – http://192.168.0.1
- AT&T U-verse – http://192.168.1.254
- Comcast – http://10.0.0.1
- ASUS – http://192.168.50.1/
b) Enter your router information: For the first time, usually username will be either ‘admin’ or it will be blank and password will be ‘admin’ or blank. And still if unable to access then check documentation given along with the router.
c) Search for “URL Filtering”/”Blocking” section: location of “URL Filtering”/”Blocking” section may vary according to the router. Commonly, we may find it in security or firewall menu.
d) Adding the URL: Add URL in the dialogue box which may generate under block domain section. Keep on adding domain with add domain icon or deleting by delete domain button. Remember one cannot block a website with http:// address
e) Save: Save new settings and router will reboot and take some time to restart again.
Method II: For encrypted website
As more and more websites are adopting for encryption, most of the home routers cannot block specific websites.
1) Sign up for OpenDNS home’s free version: OpenDNS home is a server which secures the internet surfing. Do the following next steps in OpenDNS home.
2) Open routers configuration page on the computer in a web browser
3) Login with router administrator account and usually username will be either ‘admin’ or blank and password will be blank or admin.
4) Search for WAN or for internet section in basic setup subheading in the router
5) Click disable option for DNS of your router before entering DNS servers.
6) Enter the OpenDNS’s DNS server address.
7) Save the new settings of the router and reboot with new settings of DNS.
8) Login into OpenDNS dashboard in your account
9) Click the settings tab and write IP of the home network and add network field. This will permit OpenDNS to direct about the traffic and block the sites accordingly.
10) Further, open web content filtering section of settings tab so that contents to block can be set.
11) Add websites to block. Maximum 25 websites can be always blocked.
12) Flush the DNS and to let the new settings show effect.
Thus, depending on the type of website it is you can get block unwanted websites from the router.