I'm using OpenDNS to filter some of the content my kids can get to on our home network. Is there any way to access a site that's being blocked without whitelisting it? For example, there are some humor sites I don't want my kids to go to but I enjoy - but with OpenDNS it seems to be all or nothing. Is there any way around this, like a password to access the site or something?
I don't think you can do it using strictly OpenDNS. Others have requested a similar feature, e.g. http://ideabank.opendns.com/story.php?title=Password_Overwride.
But if you are using OpenDNS on your router and you use a separate computer from your kids, you can circumvent OpenDNS by setting your computer's DNS server to the one given by your ISP or 188.8.131.52.
Oh, and restrict access to the DNS settings on your kids computers in case they read SuperUser.
Extending on YHVH's answer, you can get the site's IP address (using something like NetworkTools for example), then put it in your "hosts file".
On Windows, this should be something like
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts (may be different on 64bit), and on Linux its in
Both files have the same format:
IPAddress www.example.com example.com
Where "IP Address" is the IP, and the variations of "example.com" are the domain name. With that in mind, YHVH's example would be:
If you and your kids are using different computers, you can use your ISP's DNS server on your PC and OpenDNS on the PCs which are used by your kids.
@YHVH: The »solution« you posted won't work. ping will use the default system's DNS server to resolve the ip address. You will have to use nslookup and tell the program to use another DNS server.
DNS and therefore OpenDNS simply resolves the name of the site to an IP address e.g., superuser.com resolves to 184.108.40.206 Simply find out the IP address of the sites you want to visit and keep a record of them. You can do this from another computer or change your OpenDNS settings until you're finished.
- Open command prompt/terminal
- Type ping sitename.com
- Record the IP address
Now when you want to visit the site type in the IP address instead of the site name.
Simply typing in the IP address won't work very well for two reasons.
First, the reason mentioned already - many hosts send back the web page you are requesting based on the domain name you requested, not just because you happened upon the server by IP address.
Second, even if you do get the site to respond, chances are that the links inside the site (pictures, buttons, page links, etc) will request using the domain name, and not the IP address. So even if you get the page framework, you might only see the text, with pictures, script, and other elements missing or malfunctioning.