Best Solution for wireless & filtering

hipsterdoofus

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I have AT&T Uverse service and am not particularly crazy about the router since the wifi is only G. I'm considering going up to a Dual-N since I could do that for cheap and still get a nice bump for the devices that support it. I'm also interested in trying to do some filtering at the router level so that tablets and phones are protected as well. I had used Open DNS in the past but it has been awhile. I wasn't sure if my best solution was to buy a Dual-N router that would allow me to put in custom DNS and put everything behind that?

I wasn't sure if there were any other options that would work at the router level besides Open DNS. I'm not opposed to paying for something, but obviously free is good too! My main concern with Open DNS as opposed to traditional filtering would be for things like games and such that may use geo-location to pick the closest server and such. Wasn't sure if that would affect it. Thanks for any suggestions.
 

Cmustang87

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Geo location should be based on your public IP, not your DNS servers you are using. So that shouldn't affect it.

For web filtering, you could set up a Squid proxy server. But that would involve a bit more work on your part.
 

clayman88

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When you say filtering, are you talking about Content Filtering or restricting/blocking certain web-sites that could be malicious or inappropriate?
 

hipsterdoofus

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When you say filtering, are you talking about Content Filtering or restricting/blocking certain web-sites that could be malicious or inappropriate?
Blocking inappropriate material (and being able to do it for all devices on my network).
 

firedrow

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We use OpenDNS for our clients, still a good product. We do use the Umbrella MSP version, so I don't know how that's different than a free/family version. An Untangle box would make a good content filter in transparent/bridge mode.
 

hipsterdoofus

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They do have a paid version that is only 19.95 a year so I may go that direction. Anyone have recommendations on a decent dual band N router that isn't too pricey?
 

Cmustang87

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If you are just going N, a good choice would either be the Asus or WNDR family of Netgear.
 

hipsterdoofus

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If you are just going N, a good choice would either be the Asus or WNDR family of Netgear.
Question, and just being honest here because I haven't bought a wireless router in awhile. What are the benefits of those $90-$130 routers over say, some I've seen with good reviews are Western Digital . Which I realize don't have the numbers of reviews but are still favorable and it looks like I could get their higher end for about $59.
 
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