Network Filtering via OpenDNS

Despite the network being targetted at educators, not students, a requirement of the IT Shared Services Exception was that some level of DNS-based filtering be applied to the network.

We are currently pursuing a donation of OpenDNS Enterprise for this role; in the interim, we are using the free OpenDNS Family Shield service, which provides basic DNS filtering, advertised as being "pre-configured to block adult websites across your Internet connection."

With a password provided by Bell Aliant we logged into the administrative interface of the Bell Aliant router, (http://192.168.2.1) and changed the DNS settings to the Family Shield values for both primary and secondary DNS server.

Once the change was implemented, testing confirmed that "adult" websites were, in fact blocked, with a redirect to an OpenDNS-hosted explanatory page happening when such sites were visited from a brower connected to the wireless network.