Barracuda Hardware Web Filter Alternative, Block P2P Torrent Traffic and Port

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Barracuda Hardware Web Filter Alternative, Block P2P Torrent Traffic and Port

Barracuda hardware based web and spam filters are expensive, they are definitely better but do you need such a powerful hardware? If you own a small to medium business, buying one of these hardware web filters can cost you a bomb, why waste money when OpenDNS allows you to filter out unwanted contents for free? If you’re a parent, do note that web filtering software can be cracked or patched by your kids to bypass them, however, a hardware based web filter is almost unbreakable and better, unless they reset the router.

How do set up your own ‘free’ hardware based p2p traffic and content filtering software? You’ll need a router and an OpenDNS account.

  • Step 1 – Sign up for the free OpenDNS account (Remember to verify your account, check your email)
  • Step 2 – Login to OpenDNS, go to the ‘Settings’ tab and click on the ‘Add this network’ button
  • Step 3 – When you’re done, click on the IP Link (Blue color, underlined)

Barracuda Hardware Web Filter Alternative, Block P2P Torrent Traffic And Port

  • Step 4 – A new page will be loaded, select ‘Custom’ and choose the categories you want to block.
  • Step 5 – When you’re done, click ‘Apply’, you can add individual domains (max 25 for free accounts)

Barracuda Hardware Web Filter Alternative, Block P2P Torrent Traffic and Port

  • Step 6 – Open the preferences for your router, find the DNS server settings, put in the OpenDNS server addresses as your DNS server settings and save/apply. Please write down your current settings before entering the OpenDNS addresses, just in case.
    • 208.67.222.222
    • 208.67.220.220
  • Step 7 – Restart your computer and router

Barracuda Hardware Web Filter Alternative, Block P2P Torrent Traffic and Port

And the results:

Barracuda Hardware Web Filter Alternative, Block P2P Torrent Traffic and Port

There you go, why pay for an expensive hardware when OpenDNS has the ability to transform your cheap router into a powerful web filtering content system. OpenDNS has more on how to change your DNS settings for various router such as Huawei, Apple, D-Link, NetGear, 3 Com, Belkin and more.

Barracuda Hardware Web Filter Alternative, Block P2P Torrent Traffic and Port

12 comments on “Barracuda Hardware Web Filter Alternative, Block P2P Torrent Traffic and Port

  1. michael crabtree
    michael crabtree February 19, 2010 at 9:03 am - Reply

    i recommend openDNS to all our Call Center Customers and it has worked flawlessly!!
    i cannot recommend them enough

    • Harsh Singh
      Harsh Singh April 9, 2013 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      As a first line of defense, the Barracuda Web Filter blocks access to a database

  2. David Ulevitch
    David Ulevitch August 24, 2010 at 5:30 am - Reply

    Great post! We’re stoked you’re spreading the good word about OpenDNS

  3. HazMatt
    HazMatt November 16, 2010 at 11:48 am - Reply

    …And here I was thinking that content filtering was either A) way too hard to administer from a central location or B) way too expensive. It took me all of about an hour to setup our two small businesses to stop time wasters such as Facebook and YouTube (and all the rest). I had been relying on Apple’s parental controls feature for some of our high traffic computers, but this solution beats that hands down. Thanks a lot for the tip.

  4. Tanya Puntti
    Tanya Puntti April 6, 2013 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    thanks for the Review: Barracuda Networks Web Filter 310

    • Whitson Gordon
      Whitson Gordon April 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      QoS quality of service … Barracuda Web Filter appliances are good candidates for SMBs

  5. Derek Schauland
    Derek Schauland April 6, 2013 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    how to Find out what it will do and get a look at some of the features?

    • Karen
      Karen April 9, 2013 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      Easy to use Content filtering, application blocking & malware protection for businesses … P2P and file sharing

  6. 16yearsoldkid
    16yearsoldkid April 6, 2013 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    barracuda filter bypass how to at school and hack it? thanks

    • Muhammad
      Muhammad April 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      IM & P2P Control Manages Bit torrent, Skype, ICQ, MSN, and more.

  7. Fay
    Fay April 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Learn about BASCOM’s Anywhere Filter, a new mobile filtering solution

  8. microsoft
    microsoft April 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    you can create an IP filter policy to allow, deny, or auto-block the IP address

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