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Friday, July 22, 2011

D-Link and OpenDNS Team Up

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 02:30 PM

http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/20/d-...to-your-router/

"Today's kids have grown up in a world where the internet has always been around, Google has always been there to help, and having a smartphone is the norm. It only follows that they'd be super comfortable with the web, using it just as proficiently, if not more so, than their parents. That's all well and good, but there's this one pretty huge problem: the internet is dangerous. That's why D-Link and OpenDNS have partnered to put OpenDNS on all new models of consumer model D-Link routers."

I use OpenDNS myself, and in addition to the added benefit of super-snappy DNS performance, the parental controls are a nice touch. Having it integrated at the router level is a great idea, as long as D-Link has improved their usually obscure router user interface. If they haven't, your average parent isn't going to be able to control the OpenDNS settings any easier than they could in the browser. Any other OpenDNS users out there?


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How To Run Your Wireless Network Like a Coffee Shop Does

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 02:00 PM

http://lifehacker.com/#!5791208/run...e-a-coffee-shop

"Want to open up your Wi-Fi network to easier access for visitors, block the web's nasty stuff from young eyes, and maybe regain some bandwidth, too? Go ahead and unleash your inner coffee shop owner. With free software and no extra hardware, you can manage content and bandwidth on your home network, or even manage a semi-public "hotspot," without feeling like a despot."

If you have a WiFi network - or, really, a home network at all - that others use, be they family or friends, this is worth reading if you want to help keep your sanity. From the basics of using the free OpenDNS service to apply family-friendly Web filtering to using a Hotspot system to create a system whereby WiFi access is handed out on a controlled basis. The Hotspot system in particular is slick; I'd never heard of it before this article, and it's very clever!


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Google Launches Public DNS

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 11:51 AM

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009...public-dns.html

"When you type www.wikipedia.org into your browser's address bar, you expect nothing less than to be taken to Wikipedia. Chances are you're not giving much thought to the work being done in the background by the Domain Name System, or DNS. Today, as part of our ongoing effort to make the web faster, we're launching our own public DNS resolver called Google Public DNS, and we invite you to try it out. Most of us aren't familiar with DNS because it's often handled automatically by our Internet Service Provider (ISP), but it provides an essential function for the web. You could think of it as the switchboard of the Internet, converting easy-to-remember domain names - e.g., www.google.com - into the unique Internet Protocol (IP) numbers - e.g., 74.125.45.100 - that computers use to communicate with one another."

In a nutshell, Google is offering to replace the DNS you're probably using right now from your ISP - the advantage to you being more speed. Some people are raising concerns over the privacy policy, which seems to indicate that for 24-48 hours, Google has the option to use information such as which Web sites you visit to shape which AdSense ads they show you. I'm not sure if that's a big deal, though just to be on the safe side I think I'm going to give OpenDNS another try.


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