How to Block a Website with My D-Link DIR 655 on a Computer
By Alan Sembera
The D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit wireless home router includes a Web-based interface that allows you to block access to specific websites. You can either block a website completely, or configure the router to only block certain devices. If your main concern is the amount of time spent on a website, you can set the DIR-655 to block the site during certain times of the day or week.
Type "192.168.0.1" without the quotes into the address bar of your Web browser, then press "Enter." This number is the default IP address for the D-Link DIR-655 router, and should resolve to the router's administration utility.
Enter "admin" as the username, leave the password field blank and click "Log In."
Click the "Advanced" tab at the top of the screen, then click "Website Filter" in the left pane.
Change the "Configure Website Filter" setting to "Deny Computers Access to Only These Settings."
Enter the domain name of the website you want to block into one of the blank fields. To block the entire YouTube website, for example, type "youtube.com" into the field.
Click "Save Changes" when you're done. Your Web filter is now defined, but you must still enable access control and create a policy to apply the filter to users.
Click "Access Control" in the left pane, click the "Add Policy" button and click "Next" to begin the Access Control wizard.
Enter a name for the policy you are creating -- something easy to remember like "Website Blocker" -- and click "Next."
Select a schedule for the blocking. Leave the setting on "Always" to block the website at all times. To create a blocking schedule, select "Define a New Schedule" and then use the Add Schedule Rule dialog box to create and save the schedule. Click "Next" to continue the wizard.
Select the computers or other devices on your local network to which the blocking will apply. First click the button next to "MAC," then select a computer you want to block from the "Computer Name" drop-down list and click "OK." Click "Next" after you select all the computers you want to block.
Select "Block Some Access" and check the box next to "Apply Web Filter" to block the domain name you entered earlier. Alternatively, you can check the box next to "Apply Advanced Port Filters" and then enter the IP addresses of the domain name on the next screen, which prevents users from accessing a website by entering the IP address instead of a URL. Click "Next."
Select whether or not you want to keep a Web access log, then click "Next" to finish the wizard. The new policy is listed at the bottom of the Access Control screen.
Check the box next to "Enable Access Control," then click "Save Changes" to implement the new policy and block the website. If you wish to block more websites, you can add them to the list on the Website Filter screen without having to create another policy.
Alan Sembera began writing for local newspapers in Texas and Louisiana. His professional career includes stints as a computer tech, information editor and income tax preparer. Sembera now writes full time about business and technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Texas A&M University.