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Aspirant
Posts: 8
Registered: ‎2012-09-15

Re: Time Blocks?

2x6L6 wrote:
Reviving an old thread here...

Does that have something to do with the particular IP addresses I assigned the blocked devices?
Are there IP addresses that are 'better' to assign than others?
Do I need to also assign IP addresses for the un-blocked devices?
Any other advice?

Blocking my kids' devices at night has been a very good thing overall, it just needs some fine-tuning. And BTW, this seems to be a much better solution than LPC. Lastly, I know I am in the 3700 forum, but I have a WNDR 3300.

Thanks in advance.


There are many ways you can assign IP addresses to aid in your blocking. There are no addresses better than others. You can assign IP addresses to all network devices, but it is not necessary. First and foremost you want to group the devices you desire to block.

If you have "a lot" of network devices you want to restrict, and want to accommodate visitors/friends who stay overnight (you don't have easy access to their MAC addresses), it may be easier to assign IP addresses only to the devices you don't want to block.

For example, let's say you network IP is 192.168.3.1. Without an assigned IP, the first device to connect will be assigned IP 192.168.3.2, and so on (192.168.3.3, 192.168.3.4 ...) sequentially (assuming you haven't changed your starting address).

If you just have a few network devices that require 24/7 access, assign them IPs beginning with 192.168.3.50 for example. Then set your blocking rule to time restrict the range of addresses from 192.168.3.2 to 192.168.3.49.

As your children, and their friends connect to the network , the first 48 devices will fall into the time restricted grouping. 2¢.
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Luminary
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Registered: ‎2009-01-27

Re: Time Blocks?

DHCP for range block really will not do much.

you want to assign by the mac address (address reservation under LAN setup) and assign the IP within the DHCP. This way PC will always get the same IP.

In Proafe Routers you have extra IP/Mac binding that set do drop the traffic if someone still changes the PC to static IP on pc side. In home end routers, not sure how much reliable with address reservation when someone changes to static IP but it is better than blocking DHCP range and let workstation on DHCP client

You can use free utility like IP scanner and find the mac address and it is very simple to do as well
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June Mizoguchi-
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Registered: ‎2012-09-11

Re: Time Blocks?

ExNihilo wrote:
There are many ways you can assign IP addresses to aid in your blocking. There are no addresses better than others. You can assign IP addresses to all network devices, but it is not necessary. First and foremost you want to group the devices you desire to block.

If you have "a lot" of network devices you want to restrict, and want to accommodate visitors/friends who stay overnight (you don't have easy access to their MAC addresses), it may be easier to assign IP addresses only to the devices you don't want to block.

For example, let's say you network IP is 192.168.3.1. Without an assigned IP, the first device to connect will be assigned IP 192.168.3.2, and so on (192.168.3.3, 192.168.3.4 ...) sequentially (assuming you haven't changed your starting address).

If you just have a few network devices that require 24/7 access, assign them IPs beginning with 192.168.3.50 for example. Then set your blocking rule to time restrict the range of addresses from 192.168.3.2 to 192.168.3.49.

As your children, and their friends connect to the network , the first 48 devices will fall into the time restricted grouping. 2¢.


This is great advice and thank you both for your help. The Block Services feature has been really squirrelly. It seems to change settings all by itself, unpredictably. I set up the 5 devices I want to block, with specific IP addresses in the LAN Setup tab. Then used those devices as the service name to block. In a few days, 3 of the five devices were all change to the same device name (iPhone in this example). Very odd. So I correct it all and in a few days something else has changed. My kids don't mess with it, so it isn't them. Smiley Happy

To simplify, I recently went back in and assigned the 5 devices sequential IP addresses in a higher range (30 - 34) and am now blocking the range 30 - 40. Thus far things seem more stable so maybe I've solved it, but will need a few more days to know for sure.

Again, any further advice greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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