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How do you block a website on the Pace 5268AC U-Verse modem?

How do you block a website on the Pace 5268AC U-Verse modem?

How do you block a website on the Pace 5268AC U-Verse modem?  Only thing in the Firewall settings is about port forwarding.

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Former Employee

Re: How do you block a website on the Pace 5268AC U-Verse modem?

There's no specific option for blocking specific sites in the 5268AC Gateway.

 

You may wish to do some external looking around the Internet as this is likely a 3rd party system you'll need to install and use. You can block specific computers / devices from accessing the internet at all in the Gateway, but this is above and beyond that.

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Re: How do you block a website on the Pace 5268AC U-Verse modem?

@1970Maverick    Pretty much only way to block one website is put a host file in the device that will host it, sending the website to 0.0.0.0.  That would disable it and the user would not know where to enable it. Smiley Happy

 

Chris
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Re: How do you block a website on the Pace 5268AC U-Verse modem?

Do you have an example of what the host file would look like?  Where would the host file be saved?

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‎03-07-2016 5:26 PM

Re: How do you block a website on the Pace 5268AC U-Verse modem?

@1970Maverick   Like this:

 

127.0.0.1 local host

 

::1 local host # [IPv6]      (anything behind # is ignored)

 

0.0.0.0 website.com  (the website name goes where underlining is )

 

127.0.0.1 local host

 

Put the emboldened portion in notepad and save it to the desktop w/name Hosts.

 

This goes in C:Windows/System 32/drivers/etc

 

Open File Explorer and go to the location above and move the saved Hosts file on the desktop into that.  Now you have to rename it if still has hosts.txt, remove .txt so it only has Hosts.  Will need administrator rights to do this.

 

After this is done, they can click the link or write it in the address box on the browser and it will do nothing.  It'll check the Hosts file 1st and see the web address is 0.0.0.0 and will ignore it.   That computer would never be able to connect to that website.

 

I use an MVPS.org Hosts file to stop ads and a bunch of other junk and have been for about 10 years.  I don't see any ads that people are bombarded by. Smiley Very Happy

 

Chris
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Re: How do you block a website on the Pace 5268AC U-Verse modem?

Excellent.  This work for Microsoft IE but what about for FireFox?

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Re: How do you block a website on the Pace 5268AC U-Verse modem?


@1970Maverick wrote:

Excellent.  This work for Microsoft IE but what about for FireFox?


Yes, the whole computer can not get to that website. Smiley Wink

 

Chris
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Need Help? PM ATT Uverse Care (all service problems)
ATT Customer Care(billing and all other problems)
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Re: How do you block a website on the Pace 5268AC U-Verse modem?

Ah gotcha.  I had FireFox open already.  After closing and reopening, you're right it doesn't work there either!  Thank a bunch.  Now I can go out and block the website like I had on my DSL modem.  Just upgraded to U-Verse.

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Re: How do you block a website on the Pace 5268AC U-Verse modem?

The provided solution will not work with Windows 8 or 10. Microsoft now considers the hosts file a protected system resource and will revert it to original on every reboot.

 

I just received the 5286ac yesterday, and am sorely dissapointed in the downgrade from the NVG589 it replaced. The NVG589 supported rich firewall rules - I can find no place to enter those in the Pace.

 

Your only (free) solution at this point is to get an account at opendns.com and set up URL filtering there, then configure the PCs in question to use the openDNS DNS server. The exact instructions to do that can be found here. I've not looked into pointing the 5286ac to openDNS yet, but I suspect it is impossible as AT&T likes to control everything (and it may adversely affect Uverse TV service).

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