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Access Restriction - xbox 360 (kill netflix streaming)

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by musclecups, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. musclecups

    musclecups Networkin' Nut Member


    My situation: someone in my house likes to play netflix movies way past a respectable hour (he thinks he falls asleep better). I want to block the streaming to his xbox 360 without also limiting his gameplay (which he does with headphones).

    Does anyone know the streaming protocol from the netflix servers or how to go about limiting it just to the MAC address of his xbox?


    sleepless far from seattle
  2. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

  3. musclecups

    musclecups Networkin' Nut Member


    That's exactly what I tried. It does not work.

    Evidently, the xbox 360 pulls the stream from a place not called 'netflix' in any context.

    What's the next thing to try?
  4. musclecups

    musclecups Networkin' Nut Member

    I also tried:


    I think that's where the cookies for the file stream permissions come from. This solution did not work either. Anyhow, your fix above should have covered this avenue anyhow.
  5. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

    No idea, I don't use Netflix. I'll see what I can find.
  6. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    You should be able to get a list of current connections in the QoS section while the movie is streaming, make Tomato resolve the DNS names of the connections, and you should be able to create a rule off the server information.
  7. musclecups

    musclecups Networkin' Nut Member

    So in the QoS section, under 'view details' there are a number of entries for the IP associated with his xbox. I click to resolve the DNS (I think this is what happens) and for a number of the entries, I get simply numerical addresses. The only one which is human-readable comes out to:

    Protocol: source: source port: destination: destination port: class

    TCP : : 20879: a23-15-7-59.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com (
    80 : Unclassified
  8. bucher

    bucher Networkin' Nut Member

    Just log into your netflix account on the website and remove the xbox360, although that's more permanent. Or completely disable net access after a certain time.
  9. FlashSWT

    FlashSWT LI Guru Member

    According to Wikipedia Netflix uses several different "content delivery networks" so the streams could originate from a number of different hosts.

    The problem here is that companies like Akamai provide content for a number of different companies, so blocking them could end up blocking other things besides Netflix.

    OFFTOPIC: Obviously none of my business, but, if it is too late at night to watch movies shouldn't it also be too late to play video games? I know this doesn't answer your question but the simplest solution is to just block the Xbox completely.
  10. musclecups

    musclecups Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks, FlashSWT - I'll just stop those providers to his MAC at night.

    Bucher - I still want him to be able to watch during the day, just not at night (it's actually a pretty serious point of contention). I wake up, tell him to turn it down, meanwhile he is sleeping! grrrrrr!

    OFFTOPIC: Good point - however, he uses a headset when he plays his games, so it doesn't bother me. Also, when netflix doesn't work, he'll naturally try to play the game, and therefore won't suspect something is up, and HE WILL BE QUIET.
  11. FlashSWT

    FlashSWT LI Guru Member

    Haha gotacha. So it is more about getting the noise level down then forcing him to go to sleep! ;)
  12. musclecups

    musclecups Networkin' Nut Member

    The two are pretty much one and the same, given his attention span :)
  13. musclecups

    musclecups Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks for all the help so far - I have implemented the following list as HTTP request denials to the xbox's MAC. Netflix continues to function normally.

  14. bucher

    bucher Networkin' Nut Member

    Tell him to use his headset for netflix too ?
  15. musclecups

    musclecups Networkin' Nut Member

    I wish! He turns it on when he wants to fall asleep - claims he cannot do so without some crappy television program blaring in the background. He seems to especially enjoy the ones with gunshots and explosions at 3am.
  16. bucher

    bucher Networkin' Nut Member

    What about a white noise machine. My 2 year old loves her noise machine. You can even make an mp3 and just play it on a loop. I made some cool tracks with brainwave generator program that helps people fall to sleep.
  17. musclecups

    musclecups Networkin' Nut Member

    It's been discussed - at one point I even had him convinced that a simple fan was enough noise for slumber. However, he "likes his movies" and he is anything but rational. I can't wait to move out :(

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