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#1 Wetfarticus35

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 06:44 PM

Keep in mind I am NOT very tech savvy.

 

I have a frankensteined computer running Windows 10

I have Cable internet connection through Cox Communications. Business account / 100mb. connected via ethernet through a Docsis 3.0 modem/wireless gateway.

 

I am a mgr at a treatment center for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts. I am in charge of the sober living facility. We recently installed this connection through Cox after a long and terrible relationship with Centurylink. Our idea was to allow our clients (anywhere from 2-40 at any given time) access to wifi on a limited basis. We dont want them to isolate with games and facebook all day/every day.

 

What I would like to do is install some sort of software that will allow me to regulate the settings of access to wifi. Specifically, I need the following:

1. Set a bandwidth limit.

2. Set a schedule where access will shut down at a certain time.

3. (not necessary but would be nice) Some way to label each connection other than by ip or mac address.

4. Need to be able to adjust each setting on a device by device basis.

 

I have found software that will accomplish 1 or 2 of these things but nothing that will allow me to do all.

I have to think that there is something, somewhere out there that can be used for this, and hopefully, whatever it is, I will be able to use it with my limited knowledge.

 

Again, all I have is a PC with 1 NIC and no server. I do have a Linksys EA9200 router that could be used also, should that be necessary.

 

I ran the "mini tool box" program and will attach the results.

 

Any help is appreciated.... Lord knows I need it.

 



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Posted 24 April 2017 - 08:04 PM

For #2, many routers can do that. It looks like your router have built-in parental controls. Unfortunately, the user guide for the router on the Linksys site is pathetic. They do offer this video for setting up parental controls:

http://www.linksys.com/us/support-article?articleNum=155118

And there is this help page:

http://www.linksys.com/us/support-article?articleNum=137954

It appears the the parental controls in that router will also more or less hand #4 and kind of #3. The limitation will be how the Linksys router will "label" the devices in the list of devices under the parental control settings (see the video to kind of see what I mean). It kind of looks like the router will typically detect what the device is named (i.e. if Fred has an iPhone and names it "Fred's iPhone", then the Linksys can detect that name), but not all devices will work will with this. So, I am not sure how effect it will actually work even if it technically is doing what you want.

I believe that some routers will also address #1 (i.e. offer bandwidth control), but it might be pretty crude control.

In the end, you might want/need to go beyond a typical "consumer" router to something more sophisticated...and that is outside my realm of experience. I am sure there will other who might be of more help.

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 09:18 PM

Yes the Linksys router is good for some of what I need but not all.
Thank you for your reply.
The Docsis router has none of what I need.
I am willing to spend some money. Either on a software package or a more sophisticated router.... just don't know what I am looking for. Been trying to figure it out myself for days, and frankly, my brain is about to explode.

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 10:28 AM

Hello

 

Perhaps this could be of use to you?
http://www.simplewallsoftware.com

It is a free software with full features unlike its competitors. Untangle and Sophos both have yearly subscriptions
If you need help you can buy support from the company at 35$ pr hour

The reason I suggest it to you is because of price and that it is capable of limiting individual users.

It can also do content filtering if there are some things you dont allow on your network.
As a recovery center you might want too keep an eye out for drug searches, usage of the darknet like eg tor. Perhaps you have a pornography policy as well

You will need a separate computer to run it on, but the requirements for it are very low.
Basically anything with more than 2GB of memory and 20GB harddrive should do.
You need 2 network cards though, so you would probably buy an extra one and put it into the computer

Hth!

 

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#5 Wetfarticus35

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 10:43 AM

The purchase of an additional Network card I could probably sell to the boss. However, an additional computer is something I won't get approval for, unfortunately.
We have 2 different internet connections located at opposite sides of our building. So I would need 2 additional computers, one for each of the different networks.

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 11:36 AM

Its always a drag to be on a tight budget :/

Unfortunately what you are asking for is hard to do without any money.
If what is already present cant solve it you will need to buy something to replace it

As for the computer you need you can probably reuse any computer you have replaced lately
Or you could buy something cheap from a second hand store or similar


Also, depending on the price of the internet subscription, it might be cheaper to run a cable across the building and then use one internet connection shared between them.

Hth!

 

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