Boston Linux & Unix (BLU) Home | Calendar | Mail Lists | List Archives | Desktop SIG | Hardware Hacking SIG
Wiki | Flickr | PicasaWeb | Video | Maps & Directions | Installfests | Keysignings
Linux Cafe | Meeting Notes | Blog | Linux Links | Bling | About BLU

BLU Discuss list archive

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Selective control of net access in SOHO LAN

How much work is anyone willing to do? Does it need to be turnkey shareware?

Run Squid somewhere. It supports (I believe..) time-based ACL's you can slap on the kid's IP address.

Note that Squid runs on Windows also. In fact there are two ports: a native NT port, and a Cygwin port. Both versions can run as an NT Service/daemon. Squid comes with a DNS cache server.

An additional nicety of squid is the number of third-party plugin scripts. I used to use squid_redirect, which maintains a URL and pattern list of annoying advertisements & popups, and does a realtime substitution of something harmless (transparent GIF for ads, auto-kill of popup Javascript windows, etc)

I think Linux Gazette had an article on tuning Squid for small LANs. Can't recall the URL at the moment.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bill Horne [mailto:bill at]
> Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2002 8:50 PM
> To: BLU Discuss
> Subject: Selective control of net access in SOHO LAN

> Here's the new setup:
> 1. ADSL Modem
> 2. Linksys BEFSR41 Router/Ethernet switch
> 3. All three computers connected directly to the Linksys.
>    A. Her "work" machine, which requires constant access to the net.
> (Machine A)
>    B. Her "home" machine, for her use. (Machine B)
>    C. The kids' machine. (Machine C)
> Here's what she wants to do:
> 1. Printer sharing still available between machines A, B, and C at all
> times. Printer attached to machine B.
> 2. Software control of machine C access to the net.
>   A. If possible, control of applications (IM, etc.)
>   B. If possible, options to make control automatic by time 
> of day/day of
> week, with manual override.
> 3. Shareware/freeware solution.
> These are the solutions I've considered:
> 1. "Parental control" software on machine C.
> 2. Windows based routing software on machine B. (Assumes machine C MAC
> address blocked from net in Linksys).
> 3. Linux router between machine C and rest of LAN.
> Each solution has pros and cons: please tell me what has 
> worked for you, and
> suggest alternatives I haven't thought of. Thanks in advance.
> Bill
> --
> Bill Horne
> 781 784-7287
> I'm a LAN/WAN Specialist and I'm looking for a job. Please tell your
> friends.
> _______________________________________________
> Discuss mailing list
> Discuss at

BLU is a member of BostonUserGroups
BLU is a member of BostonUserGroups
We also thank MIT for the use of their facilities.

Valid HTML 4.01! Valid CSS!

Boston Linux & Unix /