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How to setup a simple internet whitelist of allowed sites

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Hello Experts - I'm looking for a simple way to create a whitelist of allowed sites using a Verizon FIOS connection.  I contacted Verizon, their routers don't quite allow for what I want to do since they require knowing who will be connected ahead of time in order to apply rules.  This will be for the general public to access just the google and apple app stores to run one application so I need to run the rule for any device that connects.  That means a 3rd party router.

Has anyone used one that can do this?  I'd prefer to keep it simple and would very much appreciate any input.
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by:Infamus
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What you need is a firewall.
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I'm trying to keep this simple and inexpensive. What I'd prefer is a very simple way to allow access to certain websites.  I've seen it before on some consumer wireless routers and the feature works well enough but I don't remember the model.  I think Linksys makes a variety of models that would work but I'd like to hear from someone using one to be sure.  The Linksys WRT160N supposedly does a very good job with this and the WRT54G can run the very popular OpenDRT firmware.  Here are some examples others have suggested, I'd love to hear from someone running them here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VM16UU/ref=cm_cd_asin_lnk

http://www.amazon.com/Cisco-WRT54G-Cisco-Linksys-Wireless-G-Router/dp/B00007KDVI

http://www.amazon.com/Airlink-Wireless-300MBPS-Base-TX-AR686W/dp/B0072618UG/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1386177656&sr=1-2&keywords=Airlink+101+wireless+router
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It seems like only the 3rd one provides URL filtering.

I'm not familiar with the model but that is definately a feature of a firewall.
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by:HAVARD7979
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you can put the FIOS in Bridge mode and install any router that has URL Blocking.  


here is a video of how to bridge the FIOS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmt5OTDkU9s

or the Verizon site:

http://www.verizon.com/support/residential/internet/highspeed/networking/setup/questionsthree/123756.htm#
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the wrt54g is an old model.  I would go with the airlink N is newer and faster for wireless.

It looks like it has the blocking you need.  Also check out newegg.com  they have several routers under $30.
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