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Domain Blocking is part of the Advanced Parental Controls available to Kibosh Cloud & Router owners.

Domain blocking gives you granular control over website or app access by allowing you to create multiple rules for individual users, devices,or everyone.

Websites / apps blocked blocked by the Kibosh Router’s Domain Blocking app will get this block page which references the Domain Blocking app, and how to unblock the site.

NOTE: Websites that have SafeSearch enforced by the Kibosh Filtering Service service can only be blocked using this Domain Blocking app. Those sites are Google, Bing, Ask.com, Info.com, Yippy.com, eBay, Backpage.com, Craigslist.org, Goodsearch.com, Wow.com, and YouTube.com.


How to create a single website / app Domain Blocking rule:

This type of rule is good for managing accessing to search engine sites, or popular social networking sites – any website that you would like to block for some users on your network, but not for all.

  1. Log into your Kibosh at http://192.168.10.1 or http://kiboshrouter.lan
  2. Go to Firewall > Domain Blocking
    • New Domain Blocking Rule:
      • Description: [name of website being managed]
      • Applies To:
        • All Hosts: block this website for all devices on your network.
        • All Hosts Except: block this website for all devices except this one.
        • Only the following Hosts: block this website for this device only.
      • Domains To Block:
        • Domain Ends With: [something.com]
    • Add New Domain Block Rule
  3. Save Changes

How to create a user specific Domain Blocking rule:

This type of rule will have multiple devices under one name.

  1. Log into your Kibosh at http://192.168.10.1 or http://kiboshrouter.lan
  2. Go to Firewall > Domain Blocking
    • New Domain Blocking Rule:
      • Description: [name of user]
      • Applies To:
        • Only the following Hosts:
          • Specify an IP, or MAC address of all this users devices — how to find these.
          • NOTE: enter each device this particular user owns or uses so you could have multiple entries here.
      • Domains To Block:
        • Domain Ends With: [something.com]
        • Domain Ends With: [something.com]
        • Domain Ends With: [something.com]
        • etc.
    • Add New Domain Block Rule
  3. Save Changes

How to create a device specific Domain Blocking rule:

This type of rule is for blocking websits on a single device.

  1. Log into your Kibosh at http://192.168.10.1 or http://kiboshrouter.lan
  2. Go to Firewall > Domain Blocking
    • New Domain Blocking Rule:
      • Description: [name of device]
      • Applies To:
      • Domains To Block:
        • Domain Ends With: [something.com]
        • Domain Ends With: [something.com]
        • Domain Ends With: [something.com]
        • etc.
    • Add New Domain Block Rule
  3. Save Changes

Example Rule:
Screen Shot 2015-09-19 at 12.56.33 PM Domain Blocking


Troubleshooting:

  • When a website is blocked by Domain Blocking you will not always get the full block page, but instead you’ll receive a ‘The Connection has time out’ error. This is caused by all the text after the .com, or .net, or .org, etc., and if you remove that text you’ll see the block page.
  • You could ping the site, and if it’s blocked by the Kibosh Router’s Domain Blocking app, you’ll get 192.149.240.17 returned as the IP address.
  • Example: You are trying to block access to a website, but even though you’ve put the domain portion into a Domain Blocking rule, it’s still accessible. Use the Web Usage Monitor to track down the issue, which is always that you need to add another site to block. Many large sites will resolve to multiple domains: www.youtube.com resolves to a different domain than youtube.com. Both of which will need to be blocked in order to block youtube.com fully.
  • Edit the existing youtube.com block rule and use this as a template.
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