Just point to the OpenDNS name servers and you are off and running. A name server is a computer that turns your name requests (i.e, espn.com or cnn.com) into a number (IP address) that routers understand. Your router, if it was installed by the cable guy, will be pointing to the cable company's name servers: that means no filtering, average performance, somewhat reliable uptime. Point them to the name servers supplied by OpenDNS, and get more reliable and faster performance (OpenDNS uses caching techniques to make the actual name resolution faster), and best of all, content filtering.
Sign up for a free account, and OpenDNS allows you to add your home router's IP address to it's database. From there you can choose one of 5 filtering levels:
- High: Protects against all adult-related sites, illegal activity, social networking sites, video sharing sites, and general time-wasters.
- Moderate: Protects against all adult-related sites and illegal activity.
- Low : Protects against pornography.
- No filtering, and
- Custom: Choose the categories you want to block.
[Keep in mind your router's IP address may be dynamic. Meaning, if you ever lose power or reboot your router for any reason, it may be assigned a different IP address by your cable company when it starts up again. You'll have to update your OpenDNS account if this happens.]
Take some time and check it out. You owe it to your family.