Welcome to the DynWizard! These instructions will help you set up Internet Guide on your router. Before we begin, here are the two Internet Guide servers you will be using:
These servers, known as recursive resolvers, will answer DNS queries on behalf of your network — and block unwanted or malicious content as well. Let's begin!
Step 1 of 3: Install Internet Guide
The first step is to configure your router to use the two Internet Guide servers we mentioned on the previous page. While we call this step "installing" Internet Guide, you're not actually adding any software; instead, you're just changing the settings from your ISP to Internet Guide.
In most cases, DHCP-enabled devices in your network will retrieve DNS settings automatically from your router; by configuring your router to use Internet Guide, these devices will use Internet Guide as well. The exact method of configuring static DNS settings varies widely from router to router, but usually appears under the DHCP configuration section. For example, under Basic Setup - Network Address Server Settings (DHCP) in the Linksys WRT54G, there are three entries for Static DNS. Entering our two Internet Guide IP addresses, 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124, will cause the router and all DHCP devices in your network to query Internet Guide for their DNS needs.
Once installed, visit our IG check page to verify that Internet Guide is properly configured on your machine. If you can see the green checkbox, you're all set! Click Next to continue.
Step 2 of 3: Create a Network and Defense Plan
While Internet Guide provides speedy lookups and blocks phishing and malware sites by default, you will likely want to fine-tune your results. To do so, you will need to create a Defense Plan, which is a collection of settings including blocked content categories, individual blacklisted and whitelisted domains, and NXDOMAIN responses (for invalid URLs).
To create a Defense Plan and assign it to your network, visit the Internet Guide configuration page in your account. Click the "+Add New" button in the upper right to open the Add New Network screen. IG applies your Defense Plan settings based on your IP address; you can enter a static IP or CIDR block, or attach your Defense Plan to a Dynamic DNS host. (You can create a new one specifically for Internet Guide here.) Select "Create a New Defense Plan" and click Add to create the new Network and associate a new Defense Plan with it.
Step 3 of 3: Configure your Defense Plan
Now that you've created a Defense Plan and assigned it to your network, you need to configure it. Visit your Internet Guide page again and click on your Defense Plan. You will see three tabs:
- Defense Strategy: This allows you to quickly choose a variety of pre-selected blocked categories. Choose a starting category, save your changes, then come back to this page and click on the Blocked Categories tab.
- Blocked Categories: This tab lets you prevent specific types of content from resolving, from adult content and malware to streaming media and social networking. Check the boxes beside the types of content you want to block, click save changes, then come back to this page and click on the Advanced Settings tab.
- Advanced Settings: The last tab allows you to whitelist or blacklist certain sites, regardless of your other Defense Plan settings. For example, you could block the News category and whitelist cnn.com, or allow all content but block some-bad-site.net. You can also choose between a helpful error page for typos and non-existent domains (default) or "vanilla" NXDOMAIN responses from our resolvers (for DNS purists).
Congratulations! You now have Internet Guide installed on your computer and a Defense Plan configured for your network. If your router isn't already configured to update your new hostname, you may need to install an update client on a computer to ensure your Dynamic DNS hostname remains assigned to your network. Otherwise, you're all set!