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Posted on 2011-09-27
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I would like to restrict the number of hours users on my network can access the internet.

I have a Vigor 2820 router and can hard-set what hours they can go online and what they can do etc, but I'd like to make this more flexible :

I.E. I'd like to say to them "You can use 3 hours of internet today" and they can then spend that 3 hours at any point during the day. I dont think the Vigor can do this flexibility.

I've been on holiday to parks where you can purchase X hours online, and its that kind of thing im looking to do, albeit on a much smaller scale.

I understand that this may involve use of an inhouse proxy server, likely to be linux based and that isnt a specific problem but my unix experience is basic to intermediate.

Any ideas ?
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by:JorisFRST
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Hi, we use Cisco routers in combination with websense.
You might want to check out if your Vigor router doesn't support tools like websense ?

This is basicly a software you run in house or in the cloud and your router checks against that server if a user is allowed to go out on the internet.
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by:Julian_Perryer
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Thanks for your reply,

Some googling suggests that surfcontrol (websense) was something Vigor did but no longer. I suspect this might be similar to OpenDns where i can set the DNS server and categorise the DNS that is returned for certain blocked categories.

I already have that in place and it works well but I'm looking to restrict devices internally, not just categorise.
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Websense will also do that, we have a similar setup for production pc's that can't go out to the internet other then a few websites.
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by:Julian_Perryer
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Sorry for the delay in responding, this being a home issue takes 2nd place to work based issues !:-)

I don't see that websense will allow me to limit the amount of time a user is online for - thats what im lookign to do.
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Websense can do that too, it's called quota's.

But being a home issue, it might be a rather expensive solutioin.
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by:Julian_Perryer
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Thanks, I see now that a router can indeed do this but as you state, a somewhat expensive solution.

I was hoping for comments to point me the way of using a linux proxy but maybe that is not a real solution.

Thanks for your help.
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