How to Filter Your Home Internet With OpenDNS

Do you filter your Home Internet for free with OpenDNS? In my humble opinion, I don’t think the internet should be censor free. There are some contents that can be deemed harmful to our children. While we want them to have access to the internet, this does not mean “full” access together with p0rnography.

I’ve written a simple step by step tutorial on how to filter the internet for free. It is mainly graphic based with simple texts explaining the procedure. This enables those who are less knowledgeable in computers especially senior citizen the ability to filter the internet for their kids.

Setup Home Internet With OpenDNS

Step 1 – Visit OpenDNS at

Step 2 – Click on the yellow “SEE PLANS & PRICING” button

Step 3 – Choose OpenDNS Basic by clicking on the “Sign Up” button

Step 4 – Key in the relevant information in “I’m new to OpenDNS and I need an account”

Step 5 – When you’re done, click on “Continue”

Now is the part where you have to choose between setting up OpenDNS on a computer or router, if you need to filter more than one computer, go for the router setup.

Step 6a – Choose Computer
Step 6b – Choose Router (web filter shall be applied to all devices accessing the internet via the router)

A new page will load and a step by step tutorial will guide you on how to configure your router or computer.

Step 7 – When you’re done setting up your computer or router, hit the “Next:Test your new settings” link

If the test failed, repeat step 7 again. Something went wrong somewhere. If it is a success, proceed to step 8.

Step 8 – Click on the “OpenDNS Dashboard” link

Remember to confirm your email! If your account is still unconfirmed, many of the settings might not be available to you.

Step 9 – Click on the “ADD THIS NETWORK” button, this will add your IP address to OpenDNS.

When the IP address is successfully added to OpenDNS, a pop up will appear.

Step 10 – Give your network a name, I choose “Home”

Step 11 – Check the “yes, it is dynamic” box. Most of our IP addresses are randomly assigned by our Internet Service Provider.

Step 12 – If your IP is random/dynamic, you should download the ‘OpenDNS Updater for Windows/Mac”

Step 13 – When you’re done, click on the “Done” button

Step 14 – Click on the blue link as shown by the arrow. The IP address varies from computer to computer. It need not be the exact number as shown in the screen shot.

Step 15 – Depending on your knowledge, you are given 5 choices. I choose “Custom” by checking the radio button.

Step 16 – Remember to look for the “proxy/Anonymizer” check box and check it! When you’re done, click on the “Apply” button

P.S. Wait for 3 minutes for the settings to take effect. Run a simple test by visiting certain websites.

Guest author Danny Archer is a full time blogger and a graduate architect. He is the author of tech blog and architecture blog miragestudio7. Both blogs provide simple step by step tutorials on the latest software and troubleshooting. You can also guestblog on QOT and share your security tips.

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About the Author: P Chandra is editor of QOT, one of India's earliest tech bloggers since 2004. A tech enthusiast with expertise in coding, WordPress, web tools, SEO and DIY hacks.