July 14th, 2011, 04:32 PM
2 Routers 1 Modem (new twist - honest!)
I must have looked through a hundred 2 router / 1 modem posts (or at least it feels that way!), but can't match the answers to what I'm trying to do!
Can anyone either answer, or point me to an answer for the following please.
I would like to have 2 wireless networks running, but both connected to my single broadband cable modem
Network 1: Used by the kids - My netgear wireless router allows me to set time restrictions, I can point it towards OpenDNS servers to restrict the nasties out there!
Network 2: I have a second netgear wireless router which I would like to have standard settings on - ISP DNS server, no time restrictions etc.
Is there a way to do this? I've tinkered for a few hours with various configurations, but have not managed to find one that works!
Thanks in advance
July 14th, 2011, 05:03 PM
What are the model numbers for the modem and routers?
Separately, I assume you want computers on both networks to be able to communicate?
July 15th, 2011, 04:17 AM
The routers are both netgear wgr614v9. If the computers can communicate and use a single wifi printer I have that would be a huge bonus but I hadn't expected fir that to be possible.
July 15th, 2011, 10:13 AM
First, this will be helpful WGR614v9 Reference Manual.
So I was looking at the configurations for that and have a few small ideas. First, I noticed that it looks like you can give a "bypass address" so if you have just your computer you want to give full access to you can do that. However....it looks like only one address can go in. So if you have multiple computers you want full access it looks like it might not work.
My next thought is to have multiple SSID's, but it doesn't look like this will handle that feature on a single device. You could always give it a second SSID and interconnect the two routers making one a "kids" router, and the other the "adult" and white list only the appropriate machines on each.
I'll keep thinking about it, but leave with that for now.
July 17th, 2011, 02:43 PM
Thanks for the response. I had a look at the bypass and it's only for sites that you block on the router; what I'm trying to do is find a configuration that will allow one router to use OpenDNS and another to use the standard ISP DNS, but for both of them to use the same modem
Any ideas would be appreciated!
July 19th, 2011, 03:54 AM
Just a thought; if it's not possible to connect 2 routers to use a single modem, then is it possible to configure each of the computers on the network to specify their own dns servers? Ie can I get the kids computer to use OpenDNS and leave others using the default ISP dns severs? At the moment it's my router that holds this configuration?
July 19th, 2011, 08:00 AM
Set up one router for the Kids with open DNS and set your time restrictions by IP range that match the dhcp scope on the router.
Now manualy set an IP outside the DHCP scope for your adult computers and manualy set them to your ISP's DNS servers. Then they wont be affected by the time restrictions or by Open DNS
July 21st, 2011, 06:24 PM
Perfect! Works like a treat, thanks.
I do now have another problem... I had no idea that you could override the dns entries locally. Makes a complete joke of my attempt to stop the kids by having OpenDNS servers specified on the router!
Any bright ideas? Can you enforce policies on windows 7 home versions? I can't see anything obvious?
July 22nd, 2011, 07:28 AM
The ability to change network settings is restricted to Admins. If your kids must be admins and you think they are savy enough to modify the DNS settings. You could do a couple of things.
1. Modify the firewall to allow only the Outbound core network (DNS) rule to Open DNS's IP's only. You would need to do this per computer.
2. Install a software based Internet monitor. I have used this free one from Microsoft.
July 22nd, 2011, 11:52 AM
What a great forum!
Thanks guys, fantastic support.