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    I have blocked adult sites on the opendns settings but am still seeing attempts being made for 'adult themes' eg Can my sons get access to anything inappropriate or pornographic using xbox live? I have put controls on the ipod but not the xbox nor mobile phone. I noticed on my PC that i could get all sorts of bad stuff on youtube until i put the 'safety' mode on but this was purely voluntary and only applicable to that equipment. Can sordid youtube (and/or similar sites) material still get through the xbox? the phone? the ipod? if they have not safety mode on? They particularly enjoy youtube so i don't want to ban it.
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    Only the devices which are configured to use OpenDNS will have filtering. If you configured the router, and no device has a different DNS address configured, then everything in the network uses OpenDNS and will be filtered.

    If you configured only the ipod, then only the ipod is filtered (assuming that you set up some filtering options at your Dashboard, or that you used the Family Shield addresses).

    Filtering is domain name-based. Either YouTube is blocked or it is not. If you do not block YouTube, but want some kind of adult content filtering, you would have to use YouTube's safe browsing feature (which is like Google Safe Search settings).
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    Thank you. I have blocked at the router (that's why I use opendns as my router a TG582n doesn't let you filter easily). How can I know if the xbox has the same dns address? It is plugged into my router and I believe I am seeing xbox items on the opendns stats. Does that mean it's ok?
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    The xbox is probably using OpenDNS per your observations. But you can check in the xbox network settings to make sure that the router LAN IP is the only address under DNS -OR- that the only addresses are OpenDNS addresses if you configured DNS on the router's LAN/DHCP settings.
    • CommentAuthorjameswifi
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2012
    not if you have the dns ips in the router where the xbox i plugged in
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    Not what if what?
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    Because my TG582N router wouldn't let me put the OpenDNS addresses in, I had to do it manually via DOS with a telnet command (per oldjim on the support library). I changed to addresses primary = and secondary = which I can see (it only shows 2 addresses)in the router under my IP address. I did not remove any old dns address (which may still be there) which were listed as priority 10. Will that be ok or do I need to remove the old IP dns numbers?
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    I should add that the xbox is plugged into that router along with this pc.
    • CommentAuthorwhoyou
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2012
    Folks correct me if I am wrong but Julie the EASIEST method would be to purchase a new router that will allow updating the DNS entry. After which any device that interfaces with the router would be filtered via OPENDNS. Purchasing a new router these days should be a fairly low cost option.
    • CommentAuthormaintenance
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2012 edited
    Actually, routers with a telnet interface generally allow for a lot of configuration, so if you aren't afraid of a little typing, there is little reason to change. Also, current routers from some vendors always have a more expansive set of options available via telnet. (edit: And lots of modern "user friendly" routers have even less options, and store clerks and packaging and even vendor sites tend to give you very little information about what you can actually configure - i.e., you won't have a clue until it is out of the box and halfway set up. Sometimes you can do anything but set manual DNS entries.)

    Julie - no, you absolutely need to remove the old DNS addresses. The command you used to change the addresses should have a "list" function and a "delete" function, whatever these happen to be named in your brand and version of firmware.

    Anything connected to the router will use OpenDNS (once you clear out any old addresses), as long as the connected device itself does not also have DNS addresses other than the router's LAN address configured.

    Needless to say, anyone with administrator (or "parental") privileges on a machine has the ability to change these, and general-purpose computers (e.g., PC clones), they can install or configure anything they like (proxies, etc.). Your sons should have regular user accounts on the computers, and the parental lock (whatever it is called) should be engaged on the xbox.

    Again, you'll have to look in the xbox network config and the computer's network config to know if there are other DNS addresses. These are easily available from the system interface.

    Cribbed (and modified) from xbox supportxbox 360:
    1. Press the Guide button on your controller, go to Settings, and then select System Settings.
    2. Select Network Settings.
    3. Select Wired Network or the name of your wireless network, if you are prompted to do so.
    4. Select Configure Network.
    5. On the Basic Settings tab, select DNS Settings.
    6. Select Manual.
    7. Select Primary DNS Server.
    8. Enter the DNS address, and then select Done.
    9. Select Secondary DNS Server.
    10. Enter the second DNS address, and then select Done.
    11. Select Done again.

    Since there are two entries, either make sure they are both OpenDNS addresses, or that the primary has the router's LAN address and the secondary is empty. (If it demands an address, use the router address again, or an OpenDNS address.)

    So that is how you can check and/or change the addresses.

    Computer depends on the system. You can see instructions for various OSes here:
    • CommentAuthorrotblitz
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2012
    "not if you have the dns ips in the router where the xbox i plugged in"

    - may mean -

    "note if you have the dns ips in the router where the xbox is plugged in"
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    I went back into DOS. Found I had forgotten to add 'intf=Internet on the Opendns addresses, so I deleted my previously added opendns entries and re-entered them properly but the system would not allow me to delete the original router dns settings. They are yet there as metric priority 10. The delete command worked for the dns settings I had added but not for the original default ones.

    I havn't checked the xbox dns settings yet. Are you saying that even though my router (into which it is plugged) will hopefully be set to opendns that somehow it is possible to configure the xbox to bypass and use a different dns setting? Do you mean the ones I am trying to delete? Or would my son need to be very tech savvy and enter his own?
    • CommentAuthorrotblitz
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2012
    Any of those. DNS resolver addresses on local devices normally have priority over router settings. You may be able to take compensative measures on the router, however, most likely again via telnet.
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    Would 'Family Shield' be a better protection for the wireless devices e.g. mobile phone (which I have no access to - my 17 year old keeps it by his side and locked at all times) rather that regular, customised Opendns?
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    If you have no access to the device, what exactly would be the plan here? If it is using your router while in your network, and uses the router's DNS, it hardly matters whether your use the Family Shield addresses or regular OpenDNS addresses.

    Outside your network, or if using it's own wireless ISP connection, or if other internet DNS addresses are specified, then game over.

    If you can configure the FS addresses on the device and they stay there (and OpenDNS is not otherwise bypassed as described previously), then the device gets FS filtering as long as the network it is connected to does not redirect DNS queries.

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