Netgear Wireless Router
Special Options and Features
Configure netgear router
This page explains how to turn on and apply the special features which are built into your Netgear wireless router.
If your looking for the initial start Netgear Router Setup procedure, we provide instruction on getting you connected.
The ability to configure Netgear wireless router controls are now at your finger tips.
In this lesson we will be demonstrating how to configure Netgear router rules of Blocking Sites and Internet Services, as well as turning on E-mail Alert notifications when router rules are being challenged.
Lets get started:
We’ll start by signing into your Netgear router configuration menus. If you need help with the Netgear Router Login process, we provide username and password information for most Netgear wireless routers.
Configure Netgear Router
In this example we will using a WNDR3400 N600 series Netgear wireless router to configure netgear router to block the ever popular social networking site Facebook between the hours of 9pm to 8am, so our childern can focus on doing their homework instead.
The main menu upon logging into your Netgear router will have a navigation bar on the leftside of the screen.
- Under the section labeled “Content Filtering”, the 3 areas we will be configuring are “Block Sites”, “Schedule” and “Email”.
- Click on the link titled “Block Sites”, and the block sites menu will display on the rightside of the screen.
- In the first section titled “Keyword Blocking” Click the bullet selection for “Per Schedule”, so it only restricts access during the hours we will set in the “Schedule” menu.
- In the next section titled “Type keyword or domain name here.”
Its important to understand that typing a keyword will have a different impact then typing a domain name.
Typing a keyword will block any site on the Internet which contains that keyword anywhere within its sites web pages.
Typing in a domain name, such as www.facebook.com will only block that web site, or domain.
In the field provided, type www.facebook.com, and click on the “Add Keyword” button.
The domain name will now be displayed in the list of blocked sites or keywords shown below, which can store up to a maximum of 255 entries.
This last section we have the ability to allow access to the blocked sites to a single computer or device on your wireless home network simply by specifying its IP address.
- Click on the “Apply” button at the bottom of the page to save settings.
Schedule Wireless Access:
- On the navigation column Click on the link for “Schedule”.
This page will be providing the days and times of restriction to be applied to the blocked sites or services that are chosen in the “Content Filtering” sub-menus.
- In the secton “Days to Block:” Check the boxes from Monday – Friday, leaving Saturday and Sunday unblocked.
This way the childern wont be knocking on your bedroom door at 6am on Saturday morning when they cant Facebook their friends during the weekend.
- In the section titled “Time of day to block:”, start blocking at 2100hours(9pm) and end blocking at 0800hours(8am). (use military time clock)
Click on the “Apply” button at the bottom of the page to save settings.
Send E-mail Alert Notifications:
- On the navigation bar Click on the link for “E-mail”.
One the functions of the WNDR3400 Netgear wireless router, like most advanced high performance routers is to monitor all traffic passing through its firewall, as well as log all distination requests by users on the local network so it can compare them to its list of restricted sites.
In the first section “Turn E-mail Notification On”, Check the box provided to activate E-mail notification.
- In the next section “Send alerts and logs through e-mail” enter your Internet Service Providers outgoing (SMTP) mail server address.
If your dont know the SMTP outgoing mail server address, contact your ISP and they will provide that information to you. Make sure to ask them if you’ll be requiring a “username and password” to authenticate with the SMTP mail server.
- In the next field you will be entering the e-mail address you want the routers alert message log to be sent.
- If your ISP provided you with a username and password to authenticate with thier SMTP outgoing mail server, Check in the box provided next to “My mail server requires authentication” and configure Netgear router with the appropriate information in the fields on the right.
- In the next section you have the option of sending you an e-mail alert immediately upon someone attempting to visit a blocked site.
TIP: This is the best option, because the faster you catch your children trying to access an unwanted or blocked site they’ll feel as if your watching their every move, and eliminates that retarded “It wasn’t me?” response they always dish out.
- Put a check in the box next to “Send Alert Immediately”
- Scroll down the bottom and click on the “Apply” button at the bottom of the page to save settings.
Thats it! Your configure Netgear router controls are hard at work, even when your not at home to supervise your wireless home network.