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Sun, Sep 4, 2022 4:40 PM

opendns & Arris BGW 320

Unable to use OpenDNS with BGW 320 for my new fiber to the house install. Seems the 320 does not allow for replacing the DNS server. The filtering on the BGW320 only allows for Device on/off by day/hour. I need to allow a child limited access to a computer for school, but not for gaming sites. 

Is there a workaround? Can/do I replace the WIFI portion of the BGW 320 with my own WIFI router? 

Is there a better solution?

Thanks,

Allen

JefferMC

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3 months ago

Is there a workaround? Can/do I replace the WIFI portion of the BGW 320 with my own WIFI router? 

Yes, that's the work around.  You would configure the BGW320 to set your router as its IP Passthrough device (sort of like a bridge mode) then disable the Wi-Fi of the BGW320 and set up the DNS of your choice in your router.

You cannot change the DNS server given out by the BGW320.

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3 months ago

You can set DNS on the computer she will use to OpenDNS, open a free account with OpenDNS and set any number of filters without having to use your own router.

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3 months ago

OK, I'm all set.

Had to connect my own WIFI router to an Ethernet port and then I set up IP Passthrough to utilize it.

Thanks. 

PS, easier to use the Arris interface. 

 

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To disable WIFI and use your own WIFI router to control opendns, for example one must Enable IP Passthrough on the Arris BGW320 and then turn off WIFI on the BGW by deleting the 2.4 and 5 GHZ radio signal. 


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3 months ago

A better solution for OpenDNS and the Arris BGW. I want to control only 1 computer to limit gaming. No IP passthrough and don't turn off WIFI on the Arris. Easier to just set up a 2nd router to an Arris Ethernet port. Then change the master/root password on the computer to be managed and set the Domain Name Servers on IPv4 to the OpenDNS servers. I can now log my own computer into the Arris with no limits and only limit my son's computer which is connected either with WIFI or, in his case, to a direct ethernet connection on the 2nd router. 

JefferMC

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3 months ago

That is a specific solution that will work when the only devices you need to control are systems with administrative vs end-user logins (such as a Windows PC) and you are willing to take on the administrative duties (such as logging in whenever installing software in admin mode, etc. -- a good idea, but many won't deal with that).

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In my situation it works well. I use an admin account on my son's computer to set up OpenDNS and the DNS servers. From there on, I can control OpenDNS on my own computer connected to the Arris and a 2nd WIFI router. Previously I set up IP passthrough and turned off WIFI on the Arris. That's cumbersome and something that many will be uncomfortable with, especially turning off the WIFI via the radio signals. I'll give it a try for a while. Kind of a work in progress. 

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