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Monitoring Kids usage via LOGS? the best way?

Discussion in 'HyperWRT Firmware' started by nigep, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. nigep

    nigep Network Guru Member

    Hi there,

    Have flashed with the v4.70.6_Hyperwrt-2.1b1-(Thibor), Sep. 10, 2005 firmware,

    worked first time, no issues at all, however, I have 2 teenage children with their own pcs, all the pcs in the house go via the WRT54GS, I was hoping to be able to save the log of sites they visit, preferably to have the router email it to an account of my choosing.

    Really, All I`d like is a list of sites they visited, time and bandwidth used.

    I dont think it is possible with any firware at the moment, or have I missed something?

    I have absolutely no knowledge of linux, if someone was going to suggest I do something with that !

  2. poshedd

    poshedd Guest

    Wallwatcher can be made to work with HyperWRT


    I use it to keep (limited) tabs on what's going on on the network. Looking at the logs and asking her things about the pages she went to while I wasn't around probably keeps her wondering how much I do know...
  3. dellsweig

    dellsweig Network Guru Member

    This approach works quite well . I use DD-WRT so setting up the syslog to wall watcher is a little easier. With HyperWRT, you will need to do some scripts.

    I have 3 kids - all with their own PC's. Random looking at logs and asking "what is www.xyz.com" keeps them wondering. I also install VNC on their computers - it annoys them but they know I can look if I want.

    Another note on the WallWatcher logs - it lets me see trends - where they are going - and add firewall rules/access restrictions as needed.

    If you are really worried, there are packages like Network Nanny which can give you pretty detailed reports on their usage. My feeling on those is they are pretty obtrusive.
  4. nigep

    nigep Network Guru Member

    Cheers, would I be better putting on DD-WRT instead?

    I have VNC already, as you say, it keeps them on their toes, but I will try wallwatcher.

    Thanks !!!
  5. hoodsmom

    hoodsmom Network Guru Member

    I have the same needs as poshedd (and I am also a newbie), but I have a Mac. Are there any apps such as WallWatcher for Macs (Panther and below)?

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