Block Minecraft on School Network
Posted on 2013-10-22
Curious what it takes to block Minecraft from working on a school network where each student has an iPad and some of them seem to never stop playing that game even during class time?
My understanding of the Minecraft iPad app is that it can be played in solo mode or in a group over local wifi. I've implemented blocks of the TCP and UDP port that is the default for the game on my router, added it to my blocked domains list at OpenDNS, turned on the Games category in OpenDNS to block those as well, and also tagged the 3rd party content creators that I was able to identify as blocked material.
I still have students playing group games on our wifi network. There's something I'm missing but I haven't found it yet. Since local games can be run between iPads with players all connected together it does not hit the exterior of our network as far as I know. It's all internal on the network.
I'm running a Cisco 200sg-26p switch which I haven't adjusted yet. I wanted to ask about this on EE before I do. Can I use ACLs or am I just headed down the path of a cat and mouse game if I do?
Thanks for your help!