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How to Manage QoS in DD-WRT (FlashRouters FAQ)

R8000 AC32000 DD-WRT FlashRouter -DD-WRT QoS, Router QoS FAQ

Managing QoS in DD-WRT

Quality of Service or QoS is the function in the DD-WRT router that lets you specifically select what incoming and outgoing traffic is of higher or lower priority than others. This is useful when you have multiple services running on a PC such as voice calls, high-quality video streaming, gaming, and downloading files. Rules can also be set so that different PCs on the Local Area Network (LAN) take higher priority in accessing the Internet than others.

QoS becomes useful when there are noticeable issues in voice calls and streaming videos, or if your web browsing is slow. Typically there are two causes for this, the first is a slow connection, and the second is that there are multiple services across multiple PCs that are competing for the same amount of bandwidth. In the default configuration, the DD-WRT router does not distinguish between the PCs on the LAN or the services running on the PCs.

Benefits of Setting Up QoS in DD-WRT

Some scenarios where it may be beneficial to diagnose a QoS issue and consider configuring QoS in DD-WRT include:

  1. Skype calls are breaking up and / or dropping out.
  2. Streaming video (such as YouTube) is freezing or streaming slower than usual.
  3. Web browsing is slower than usual.
  4. Downloads are slower than usual.

The first step in diagnosing the QoS issues is to look the PCs connected to the DD-WRT router and check them for abnormal activity:

  1. Are there any PCs downloading large files, such as torrents or software applications?
  2. Do all the attached PCs have an up to date virus scanner running and are there any issues with viruses or malware?

The next step is to determine which services should have a low priority and high priority, and which PCs should have a low priority and a high priority.

Logging into the DD-WRT Router

  1. Open your web browser and in the URL bar type 192.168.1.1
  2. Enter the username and password (root/admin)
  3. On the top menu bar, locate the QoS page

DD-WRT QoS Page

 

In the DD-WRT QoS page the following fields will be presented from top-down:

  1. QoS Settings
  2. Services Priority
  3. Netmask Priority
  4. MAC Priority
  5. Default Bandwidth Level

These DDWRT QoS settings will determine which services have low priority and high priority and which PCs should have a low and high priority.

1. QoS Settings

a.  Enable QoS

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QoS is disabled by default. To be able to configure DD-WRT QoS press click the Enable check box. All the greyed settings should then become available.

Note: Changes to the settings will not be saved and take effect until the last step.

In the “Port” check box, leave the setting on WAN, which is the default.

b. Packet Scheduler

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In the packet scheduler there are two options: HTB and HFSC.

If the DD-WRT router will be setup for multiple services such as Voice, Video and Downloads, choose HTB.

If the DD-WRT router is not being setup with QoS for individual services, a better throughput can be achieved with HFSC.

Note that the default is HFSC.

c. Uplink and Downlink

The Uplink and Downlink settings will determine how much of the total WAN bandwidth will be controlled by the QoS function. Depending on the internet connection these can be changed. If there will be multiple services being configured such as voice, video and downloads check the Internet connection information provided by the ISP and allocate 80% of the uplink and downlink bandwidth that is specified.

d. Optimize for Gaming

The Optimize for Gaming option is disabled by default. If there are game consoles or PCs using the internet connection to play multiplayer games, this box can be checked to impose the optimized QoS plan for these web services.

2. Services Priority

The Services Priority Field is where the priority for each web service can be configured.

a. Services Priority Field

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There are five levels of priority, going from high to low: Exempt, Premium, Express, Standard and Bulk.

For video services such as YouTube, Vimeo and so on, set the httpvideo to “premium”

For voice services such as Skype, set the skypetoskype and skypeout priority to “premium”

For music streaming such as Spotify and Soundcloud, set the httpaudio priority to “premium”

b. Add services

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The list of services can be edited by selecting the service and delete checkbox, and adding from the add dropdown menu.

3. Netmask Priority

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By default the Netmask priority is not used. This option can be used by advanced uses that are using multiple LAN subnets in their network.

4. MAC Priority

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MAC Priority can be used to prioritize the traffic to and from a PC or device on the LAN based on its MAC address (sometimes referred to as hardware address)

For a Windows XP / Windows 7 / Windows 8 PC, the following process explains how this can be configured:

a. Locate the MAC Address

Press Start Button + r

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Type cmd and press the OK button, which will open the command prompt.

b. Type IP Config

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Type ipconfig at the command prompt and press enter. This will give you a list of all the network interfaces and their information.

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In this example the PC is connected to the DD-WRT router using WiFi, so the WiFi interface has been identified under the Wireless LAN Adpater Wi-Fi section.

There are two MAC address. One is for IPv4 and has two numbers in each field, and the second is for IPv6, which has four numbers in each field. DD-WRT allows MAC address that are IPv4, so we take the value 68-17-29-B5-D2-81

5. Enter the MAC address

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Back in the DD-WRT router QoS page, enter the MAC address (68-17-29-B5-D2-81 ) in this case into the MAC address field and press Add

Note: the MAC address above is for demonstration only. The MAC address of each PC or device will be different based on manufacturer.

In the Max Kbits Up and Max Kbits Down fields, set to the desired rate. To calculate an adequate amount look at the number of devices on the LAN, how many need QoS services and allocate accordingly. If the MAC address of the PC or network device is intended to be high priority, make sure that the up and down values are higher than the Default Bandwidth Level in the field below.

6. Default Bandwidth Level

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The default bandwidth level will be applied to the PCs and network devices on the LAN unless otherwise specified. To calculate an adequate amount look at the number of devices on the LAN, and divide by the upload and download speeds specified by the ISP.

Finally press the Save button to save the current configuration and then Apply button to apply the QoS settings to your DD-WRT router.

Best Routers for Managing QoS in DD-WRT

 

Want to find the best router to setup QoS on your network? Every DD-WRT FlashRouter can be used to manage QoS in DD-WRT, but using a high-powered router like the FlashRouter DD-WRT Netgear R800o X6 AC3200 will allow you to connect multiple devices with its 1 GHz Broadcom processor and six external antennas. These antennas will provide for a wide reaching Tri-Band network that can handle a greater amount of traffic than your average router and create three completely segmented wireless networks instead of two with a dual band router.

Best Routers for Streaming ESPN & Live Sports

All FlashRouters come pre-flashed with DD-WRT firmware so you can setup your network how you wish with QoS right out of the box!

Looking for a high-end router Wireless-AC DD-WRT router with a few less bells and whistles? The Linksys EA6900 is another recommended router for managing QoS in DD-WRT, possessing three external antennas and an 800 MHz processor.

Netflix Content By Country Showdown #1: Denzel Washington – 2015 Update

Denzel Washington on Netflix Instant – Updated

This is our first Netflix by Country Showdown update, highlighting the varying Denzel Washington movies available on Netflix Instant around the world. Due to the fact that content agreements between Netflix and distribution studios expire, some fan favorite titles may disappear, while others may suddenly become available. Read more about why Netflix Locales all contain different streaming options in our Netflix Global Showdown introduction article.

Since we last checked there have not been too many changes to Denzel Washington streaming catalogs across the 6 Netflix locales we have chosen to cover. Four previously unavailable titles were introduced, those being – The Preacher’s Wife, Out of Time, The Mighty Quinn, and John Q. Sadly lost however is Ricochet. Netflix Germany and Netflix Canada had no changes to their Denzel catalogs in the past 4 months.

Check out the various streaming options across Netflix locales in the infographics below.

Denzel Washington – Streaming on Netflix USA March 2015

Watch some of Denzel’s more dramatic and Oscar nominated performances with Netflix USA this Spring, including the newly available Whitney Houston hit, The Preacher’s Wife.

 

 

Denzel Washington on Netflix Streaming USA March 2015 List: Flight, Philadelphia, Hard Lessons, Devil in a Blue Dress, The Manchurian Candidate, The Preacher’s Wife, Out of Time

Denzel Washington - Streaming on Netflix UK March 2015

Netflix UK has doubled its offerings of Denzel titles and is still the only locale with the submarine action classic Crimson Tide and Denzel’s Oscar-winning performance in Glory, and now we can add The Mighty Quinn into the only available in Netflix UK club.


Denzel Washington on Netflix
 UK March 2015 List
: Crimson Tide, Glory, Flight, The Mighty Quinn

Denzel Washington - Streaming on Netflix Germany March 2015

Netflix Germany did not see in any changes in its Denzel Washington catalog over the past couple months, and is still the go-to locale for Denzel’s darker action movies, including a German version of Man on Fire.

 

Denzel Washington on Netflix Germany March 2015 List: The Siege, American Gangster, Training Day, Remember the Titans, Man on Fire, The Book of Eli

Denzel Washington - Streaming on Netflix France March 2015

Netflix France added in the Spike Lee thriller, The Inside Man, to its catalog this Spring. Although the quantity of offerings is not great, the quality of these Denzel selections is top notch.

 

Denzel Washington on Netflix France March 2015 List: The Siege, American Gangster, The Inside Man

Denzel Washington - Streaming on Netflix Brazil March 2015

Netflix Brazil has added several Denzel streaming options, upping its total to 8 movies. It is now the only locale offering a stream of John Q on Netflix, however our FlashRouters’ fan favorite Ricochet was removed from the Brazil Instant streaming library.

Denzel Washington on Netflix Brazil March 2015 List: He Got Game, The Inside Man, Safe House, The Manchurian Candidate, Ricochet, The Book of Eli, Training Day, The Siege, John Q.

Denzel Washington - Streaming on Netflix Canada March 2015

Netflix Canada still has the most streaming Denzel Washington movies available (now tied with Brazil at 8), however the selection has not changed over the past few months.

 

 

Denzel Washington on Netflix Canada March 2015 List: Flight, The Siege, The Taking of Pelham 123, Courage Under Fire, The Inside Man, Safe House, The Manchurian Candidate, Unstoppable

And the NEW Winner of the Denzel Washington Netflix International Showdown with 8 top-tier Denzel Washington movies and the best place to get your Denzel fix is (drumroll please)… Netflix Brazil!

How To Watch The Best Denzel Washington Movies on Netflix

So if you are saying to yourself, “This is great! I see a list of movies with Denzel Washington on Netflix streaming that I want to watch… but I am in the US and the movie I want to watch is only available in the Netflix Brazil library!”, the solution is to get yourself a subscription to a VPN or SmartDNS provider. Both Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and SmartDNS providers allow users to switch their IP address to the country of their choosing, and therefore access Netflix content from around the world.

FlashRouters partners up with VPN and SmartDNS providers to bring you two solutions to access the content you desire and get the most out of your Netflix service, which could include more Denzel Washington on Netflix streaming.

There are now several excellent service providers that offer both VPN and SmartDNS options with a single subscription. Although it is not possible to use both SmartDNS and VPN on a FlashRouter at the same time, subscribing to a service like PureVPN or OverPlay with access to DNS and VPN offerings is a great idea for users who wish to get the most out of the their Netflix subscription.

In the case that your network does not provide enough bandwidth for HD streaming of Netflix through an encrypted VPN connection, you can easily switch to a SmartDNS setup on your FlashRouter to minimize speed loss due to VPN encryption processing.

Top 3 FlashRouter SmartDNS Solutions

1. PureVPN RT-N66U TomatoUSB FlashRouter – PureVPN offers SmartDNS and VPN 

2. OverPlay RTAC56U FlashRouter – OverPlay offers SmartDNS and VPN 

3. DNSThingy RT-N16 FlashRouter

Top 3 FlashRouter VPN Solutions For Netflix Location Changing

1. HideMyAss Asus RT-AC87U Wireless-AC2400 DD-WRT FlashRouter

2. IPVanish R7000 FlashRouter

3. IVPN Netgear WNDR4000 FlashRouter

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Sling TV: A Live Streaming Solution for Cord-Cutters & Cord-Nevers

Live TV for Cord-Cutters and Cord-Nevers: Sling TV

Sling TV: Live TV on the Internet

Each day, it becomes clearer that streaming services like Netflix Instant, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime Instant have worn down the resolve of major cable companies. Streaming movie and TV services offer plenty of entertainment without the burdensome price of a cable package.

And yet another clear sign of the dominance of cord-cutters (people who’ve ditched their cable packages in favor of streaming services) and cord-nevers (those who only watch movies and TV over the internet and, in fact, never had a cable package in their lives) has arrived in the form of a brand new service from a subsidiary of Dish Network…

Sling TV – Streaming The Cable Channels You Actually Want

Meet Sling TV, a service that brings live television to viewers over the internet without the pricey, cumbersome cable package for the cost of $20 a month.

Officially launched on February 9th, Sling TV is hoping to integrate the benefits of streaming services and cable packages into one affordable whole. But is it worth your while? Does Sling TV provide the services you need at a cost you can live with? Read on to find out.

What Cord-Cutters & Cord-Nevers Should Know About Sling TV

Sling TV - Stream ESPN on a Roku without pricy cable package

Watch Live Sports TV on the Internet with Sling TV

What Do You Get?

For $20 a month, a Sling TV subscriber gets 14 basic cable channels, which are ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Disney Channel, ABC Family, CNN, El Rey Network, Maker, Galavision, and AMC (coming soon).

That’s the basic core package called “The Best of Live TV”, though there are add-on packages called “Sports Extra”, “Kids Extra”, and “News & Info Extra”, which will add a handful of channels from your genre of choice for an extra $5 a month.

You’ll be able to stream Sling TV through TV-capable devices like Rokus and Amazon Fire TVs, as well as computers and mobile devices. Sling TV will be eventually be accessible on Samsung & LG Smart TVs, Xbox Ones, Chromecasts, Google Nexus Players, and select Android TV devices. Unfortunately, Sling TV has no plans to offer its services on Playstation 3 & 4.

The best news to come out of this is the availability of ESPN & ESPN 2. Many customers reluctance to part with their bloated cable packages and bills has to do with live sports. But with SlingTV getting ESPN and a few popular channels at $20 makes that excuse a thing of the past. Plus you’ve got something for the kids with Disney

Any Drawbacks?

Well, live television streaming leads us to one unfortunate result: the return of lengthy commercial breaks. Other than that, you won’t be able to stream the major broadcast networks like NBC, CBS, ABC, etc. but you can work around that with a Hulu Plus subscription or an antenna (in some places).

You should also be aware that Sling TV allows only one stream at once, so no sharing your Sling subscription with friends. Those of you who are used to watching television with DVR will be disappointed to find out that the recording, rewinding, and pausing functions are fairly limited on some of the Sling TV’s best channels, such as TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC family, and all of the ESPN channels.

So consider a Sling TV a big first step (albeit an imperfect one) towards a more harmonious future between streaming services and cable companies.

Get the Most Out of Your Sling TV With a VPN-Capable FlashRouter

Sling TV promises picture quality on a level comparable to Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime Instant, which means your wireless network better be in good shape if you’re going to want to enjoy your new toy.

As the brief video above indicates, the best way to make sure you can enjoy your Sling TV is with a VPN-capable FlashRouter.

At FlashRouters, we ensure that our customers get the best streaming experience possible by offering top-notch routers flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. With these replacement firmwares, our wireless devices perform with the kind of speed and power that cannot be found elsewhere. Access advanced security options, extend your wireless range, and control how your bandwidth is allocated (you’ll want to know this trick if you intend to stream live television).

Pair your new router with a VPN Service subscription, and you’ll add the benefit of securing your network. You’ll even be able to access Sling TV from anywhere in the world with the help of a VPN, all the while certain in the knowledge that your online data is not accessible to hackers and identity thieves. If you subscribe to any VPN on our official supported provider list, we’ll send your FlashRouter ready to work with your subscription right out of the box!

Best Routers for Streaming ESPN & Live Sports

Deciding between our high-performance devices and the superlative VPNs we support is no easy task, which is why recommend taking a look at our recent best-seller list. There you’ll find every kind of router you could imagine, from thoroughly dependable economy models, such as the Cisco Linksys E2500 N600 TomatoUSB Router, to gargantuan beasts of wireless networking, like the ever-popular  FlashRouter Asus RT-87U DD-WRT AC2400or the recently added Linksys EA6900 DD-WRT Router. We’d also recommend you take a look at the brand new Netgear R8000 DD-WRT Router, the ultimate Asus networking centerpiece with power and style for future-proofing your WiFi network to next-gen Wireless-AC standards.

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Introducing PureVPN DD-WRT & TomatoUSB VPN Routers

PureVPN Routers Now Available At FlashRouters

In the market for a new VPN service? Looking to watch HBOGo, US/UK Netflix, Amazon Instant, or MLB.tv from anywhere in the world? PureVPN might just be the VPN solution for you. And the best way to use it is with our new selection of PureVPN FlashRouters.

Internet Freedom and Safety with PureVPN

Using 256-bit military grade encryption, Hong Kong-based PureVPN has long been a VPN service favorite and has been providing users around the world with Internet freedom and safety since 2007.

Hosting over 450 servers in an amazing 89 countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, Turkey, Vietnam, India, Peru, and many more, PureVPN provides access to a full world of encrypted locations, VPN tunneling and accessible content.

PureVPN is home to more than 1 million customers, all of whom have access to the VPN’s 24/7 customer support. Pricing options for PureVPN subscriptions include a 1-month plan for $9.95, 6 months for $44.95, or a full year of the service for $49.95 which is basically 6 more months for $5!

With any PureVPN subscription, there is a 3-day money-back guarantee, so there is nothing to lose with a try-out of this service.

Using Pure VPN with a FlashRouter

Unblock Netflix, Hulu, ESPN, and more with PureVPN

Using a PureVPN DD-WRT or Tomato FlashRouter will allow you to use the service (Netflix, Amazon Instant, English Premier League, Pandora, Spotify and many more) on any device connected to the router’s network.

Yes PureVPN has a desktop and tablet client, but those cannot be used with devices like Xbox One, AppleTV, Roku, and Samsung SmartTVs. The best way to use PureVPN with streaming players ang gaming consoles is to connect them to a pre-configured PureVPN FlashRouter.

PureVPN Hulu Specific Servers

Another added bonus of PureVPN is its “Hulu TV Watching” feature, which allows global users access to one of the most popular streaming services on the planet. While Hulu has gone out of its way to block most VPN services, PureVPN has setup a Hulu streaming solution and the customer support to get it working. Their Hulu specific server is the perfect solution for Hulu loves looking to avoid having VPN connection issues with their favorite streaming service.

Buy VPN Routers - The Best VPN Router for PureVPN

Best Router for PureVPN – Netgear R7000 Nighthawk

Recommended PureVPN DD-WRT and Tomato Routers

  • Best PureVPN Router Solution: The PureVPN DD-WRT Netgear Nighthawk R7000 is a fantastic choice if you are looking for a central networking PureVPN hub. With a 1 GHz processor and three external antennae, the Nighthawk is capable of hosting a number of devices on top of high-quality streaming.
  • Top Wireless-AC PureVPN Economy Router – Looking for Wireless-AC that is a little more budget friendly, the PureVPN DD-WRT Netgear AC1450 features a beefy 800 MHz processor and up to 1450 Mbps Wireless-AC coverage right around $200.
  • Top Wireless-N PureVPN VPN Router Solution: The PureVPN Asus RT-N66U – is the top router for those who prefer Tomato over DD-WRT. If you would like to utilize QoS monitoring, multiple OpenVPN server setup, and an easy to use interface amongst other features, this is the router for you.
  • Best DD-WRT Router For Basic Users:  The PureVPN Linksys E1200 the economy line FlashRouter. While it does not offer the processing power or the massive range of the Asus RT-AC87U, the Linksys E1200 offers a very competitive price alongside the wireless VPN capabilities of any other FlashRouter.

Want to see all these PureVPN TomatoUSB and DD-WRT VPN Routers for yourself? Visit the PureVPN FlashRouter page.

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How To Manage Access Restrictions & Site Blocking in DD-WRT

Best DD-WRT Router of 2015 - Asus RT-AC87U

Asus RT-AC87U FlashRouter – Best Router for Managing Access Policies

Managing DD-WRT Access Restrictions

Access Restrictions can be configured to control what Internet content is available to the users on the LAN (Local Area Network). This may be beneficial for many reasons, including Office Control (limiting personal use during office hours) and Parental Control (restricting what websites can be accessed during and after school hours).

FAQ: What are the Benefits of using Access Controls with a Router?

Besides standard Office Control and Parental Control, there are many benefits to using a DD-WRT router with access restrictions capabilities. Here are some frequently asked questions concerning access controls and DD-WRT.

Can I have faster Internet with DD-WRT access controls?

While Internet speeds rely on many factors, primarily the modem connection to the ISP, you can still prioritize the speed of your connection by blocking sites and services that can cause a massive delay for your Internet speed with DD-WRT network performance management. Are your teenagers clogging up your Internet with late night rounds of Halo on their Xbox One? Simply use DD-WRT access controls to block the MAC address of the Xbox, and your connection should be much faster.

Can I block Torrent use with a DD-WRT router?

Torrenting can really eat up active bandwidth therefore inhibiting speeds of your home network, as well as possibly get you in trouble with your ISP for illegally downloading copyrighted content. Using keywords like “torrent” or “p2p” within access restrictions can help block torrent sites on your network, which will take the load of these torrents off of your connection as well as make your network a safer place.

How can I setup a Parental Control access policy?

Setting up Parental Control access restrictions is the same as setting any other kind of access restrictions. Simply enter in keywords for gaming, adult content, or services you would not like your children to use, and the sites and services will be blocked. You can even set the router to only access select sites, so if you would like your children to be limited to specific educational sites, you can do so using the same settings.

How To Setup Access Policies in a DD-WRT Router

Here is a helpful DD-WRT Access Restrictions setup guide that will allow you to easily setup these restrictions on your router.

Logging into the DD-WRT Access Restrictions Setup

  1. Open your web browser and in the URL bar type 192.168.1.1
  2. Enter the username and password (root/admin)
  3. On the top menu bar, locate the Access Restrictions page

DD-WRT Access Restrictions Setup

Managing Router/Internet Access Policies, Website

On the DD-WRT Access Restrictions Setup page, you will see the following fields presented from top-down:

  • Access Policy
  • Day
  • Time
  • Block Services
  • Website Blocking by URL Address
  • Website Blocking by Keyword

DD-WRT allows up to 10 individual Access Policies to be configured. This is useful in a situation where you have different users that have different levels of access or want to create a variety of timetable for Internet access for different users.

Note: There is a wide range of Access Policies that could be implemented. The policies implemented here are for example only, and it is recommended that only Advanced Users should attempt the configuration. If Internet connectivity is lost or some websites appear to be blocked, it may be a result of incorrect configuration, and all the Access Policies should be disabled as a first step.

Example: Office Deployment

In our example, the DD-WRT router is installed in an office to give office workers access to the Internet. The company IT policy does not allow the personal use of the Internet during business hours. However, as a courtesy before and after business hours, office workers can use their office PC for Internet banking and reading the news.

Policy (1) Work:

To do this there is a website restriction policy in place that blocks access to websites requiring log-in screens such as e-mail, blocking of file sharing websites and others that may distract works such as auction sites and personal e-mail. A timetable will be configured to restrict access from 9 am to 5 pm outside of these hours there is full access to the internet.

Policy (2) Weekend:

As the office is unattended on weekends, there is a second policy that denies all Internet access on Saturday and Sunday.

Access Restriction Policy & Setup on DD-WRT

Access Policy Work in DD-WRT Access Restrictions Setup

First we sill start with setting up Policy (1) Work.

1. Create Access Policy Main Details.

  • Policy: Select the policy number to create or edit. For Work Policy select (1).
  • Status: Enable or disable the policy. For Work Policy select Enable.
  • Policy Name: Can be any value, in this case, it is called “Work.”
  • PCs / Edit List of Clients: Edit the list of LAN PCs or network devices which will be subject to the access policy. This is covered in the next section.
  • Deny /Filter: Deny will block all access during the specified timetable. Filter will apply the access policy in the later fields “Blocked Services”, “Website Blocking by URL Address” and “Website Blocking by Keyword”. For Work Policy select “Filter”.
  • Days and Time: Select the days and time when the policy will be active. For the (1) Work policy example, configure the days Monday – Friday and 9:00 – 17:00 as the time when these policies will be active.

2. Edit List of Clients

Access Policy IP Address in DD-WRT Access Restrictions Setup

Select Edit List of Clients in the access policy field. The above dialog will appear. Here there are several options to determine which LAN PCs and devices will be subject to the access restrictions.

  • Enter MAC Address of the Clients: The client or connected devices can be specified by its MAC or Hardware address. This is useful for system using WiFi or DHCP as the client may have a new IP address each time they connect to the network. For information on finding the MAC address, see xxxxx.
  • Enter the IP Address of the Clients: if the PCs always use the same IP address (static IP) the addresses can be entered here.
  • Enter the IP Range of the Clients: if there is a IP address pool used for the clients that will be subject to the access restrictions, enter it here.
  • Back to the Work access policy, we will enter 192.168.1.100 ~ 192.168.1.200 in the IP range, which is the address range of the office worker PC.
  • Then press Save and then Apply Settings.

Your DD-WRT router Work Policy is now complete.

3. Creating the Weekend Policy

Access Policy Weekends in DD-WRT Access Restrictions Setup

Policy (2) is the for the weekends. Here entry (2) is selected from the drop down box, “Weekends” is used as the name and PCs is set to Deny.

The Day and Time fields are then completed, Sat & Sun for the weekend and 24 hours for the time.

Then press Save and then Apply Settings.

4. Creating Time Limits with DD-WRT

Access Policy Timetable in DD-WRT Access Restrictions Setup

Back to the Access Policy field, press the Timetable button and a dialog appears showing the access policy in the hours that have been configured.

5. Select Services To Block

Blocked Services in DD-WRT Access Restrictions Setup

Return to the Access Policy field and select (1) Work. The Access Policy for services and websites will now be configured.

To do this scroll down to the Block Services field and check Catch All P2P Protocols. This blocks all file sharing applications such a torrents in this access policy.

For Advanced Users: Next a new service will be added to block login pages to websites such as email. To do this press Add/Edit Service.

Blocked Services Ports in DD-WRT Access Restrictions Setup

All websites that have login pages use HTTPS and TCP port 443. To restrict access to these name the service HTTPS, select TCP for protocol and the Port range 443~443.

Press Add to add the service, then Save followed by Apply Settings.

Close the dialog and check the Blocked Services field.

Blocked Services in DD-WRT Access Restrictions Setup

The DD-WRT router is now configured to block all P2P Protocols and HTTPS. In the (1) Work Example access to websites requiring log in and P2P protocols such as file sharing are now blocked in this configuration.

6. Website Blocking by URL Address

Website by URL in DD-WRT Access Restrictions Setup

This field is used to define individual websites that should be blocked in the access policy.

In (1) Work example websites that would be frequently accessed for personal use can be added, here there is eBay, Amazon and YouTube.

The DD-WRT router can be configured to block any websites as per the network requirements or IT policy.

7. Website Blocking By Keyword

Website by Keyword in DD-WRT Access Restrictions Setup

This field is used to define keywords that would appear in the webpage description field. The keywords can be configured according to network requirements or IP policy.

In (1) Work example websites that would be frequently accessed for personal use can be added, here there is Ebay, Amazon and Youtube.

The last step to press Save and Apply at the bottom of the page. This will save the Access Policy settings for the access policy select in the Access Policy field at the top of the page.

Note: that there are a wide range of Access Policies that could be implemented. The policies implemented here are for example only, and it is recommended that only Advanced Users should attempt the configuration. If internet connectivity is lost or some websites appear to be blocked, it may be a result of incorrect configuration, and all the Access Policies should be disabled as a first step.

Best DD-WRT Routers for Access Restrictions

FlashRouters

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Managing access restrictions is one of the many advantages of using a DD-WRT router. If you are using a router flashed with DD-WRT, you open the door to using your router as a VPN connection, a repeater for a 3G/4G MiFi HotSpot, a central DNSMasq hub, and much more.

FlashRouters offers many routers with DD-WRT firmware installed and tested to work with access restrictions and policies. Router manufacturers leave these features off their firmware and save them for high-end business class routers but our routers are tried and tested to work with access policies and more.  From the powerful mid-range Netgear AC1450 to the networking beast that is the Asus RT-AC87U, complete with a 1 GHz processor and 4 external antennae our premium DD-WRT routers offer advanced functionality right out-of-the-box to save you time, headache and allow you to take control of your network. Want to see a highlighted selection of the best DD-WRT installed routers? Take a look at our best latest bestselling DD-WRT routers list.