Using OpenDNS Parental Control with Freeola
Welcome to the Freeola Support pages. This guide is designed to take you though the basic steps for configuring OpenDNS Web Filtering and parental controls for use with Freeola Broadband. For more internet help topics please visit our main Support Page.
OpenDNS offer corperate or household parental monitoring which can be used to prevent users of your Internet connection from accessing websites with content that you would not like to be available, such as pornography, gambling or even social networking. If a DNS request is made for known websites of this type, the user trying to access the page is instead shown a splash page telling them that the website is blocked.
Firstly you will need to visit the OpenDNS website and select the option to sign up for a free account. Premium accounts are also available, should you require any of the additional features.
You will then need to fill out the signup form provided to create an account with OpenDNS. This will involve providing your email address and a password as the login details for your new account. You will also need to provide details of where the account will be used, depending on where you select, you may need to provide additional information.
In the next step, you are provided with three different options as to where you would like to setup OpenDNS. At this point you should select the appropriate option and follow the instructions provided by OpenDNS to apply their DNS servers to your network setup. Alternatively you can follow through the guide for changing your DNS server settings.
You will then be taken to the DNS Dashboard where you are able to manage your Networks (Internet Connections). At this point, your IP Address should have been picked up automatically, so you only need select Add This Network to proceed.
You should then enter a name for your Network such as Home Broadband which will be used to identify this Network (Internet Connection) with OpenDNS in future. As all Freeola Internet connections come with a static IP address, you should untick the Yes, it is dynamic option and select Done.
You should then select your filtering level from the options provided. To view what is covered by each filtering level, you can select the view button. Alternatively, if none of the three options available are suitable, you can select custom and tick the categories that you would like to block. If you then click Apply, allow 3-10 minutes and restart your Internet browser, the changes should take effect.
In order to test this, if you then attempt to access a website within the blocked categories you should see a page similar to the following. If this shows, congratulations the setup is now complete. In order to make changes, you will need to login to your account with OpenDNS using the email address and password that you provided.
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