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wrt54g v5 - how to block chat program

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by gotbandwith, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. gotbandwith

    gotbandwith Network Guru Member

    Hi all...

    I'm new to this forum ... currently i got WRT54G v5 which unfortunately i cant use any 3rd party firmware and make someting fancy.

    i'm planning to set a block for all the chat programs ie yahoo, msn , icq, aol etc but it seems i'm getting no where. especially for yahoo and msn, it seems impossible to block this application from connected to the net.

    any got any goodd suggestion on how to handle this. I've alreasy updated my firmware to v1.00.6 and try to use the aceess restriction to blcok certain ports but so far no luck.

    hope you guys can help.

  2. 4EverGreen

    4EverGreen Network Guru Member

    Why would anybody want to block chat programs ?
    Next you'll be blocking sites ...
    Perhaps it's better just not connecting to Internet !

    I've a feeling it has something to do with kids ... right ?
  3. khabz

    khabz Network Guru Member

    the only thing I could think of is by blocking the programs connection ports.

    I think here are the common connection ports:
    AIM: 5190
    Yahoo: 5050
    MSN: 1863

    ofcourse its not the best thing because if they are smart they will just change the ports within the program. or the program might do that automatically for them.
  4. gotbandwith

    gotbandwith Network Guru Member

    Hi all,

    Blocking the chats because of the kids is one thing but more over I need to control these kinda of program as the personnel in my office are logging on and chatting most of their times. Frankly you dont wanna yr staff to just chat from 9-5 daily rite.

    I just wanna try to block these kind of program without using any proxy / ISA server if possible. The plan is to allow them to chat in a certain period of time like during lunch or break time, not all day of course.

    Since my connection here is only by adsl 512kb (unstable) speed, I think it is a good thing to do here.

    Hope you guys can help me out here.

  5. xrattiracer

    xrattiracer Network Guru Member

    perhaps blocking them isnt the only option...
    inform the employees that there is a very strict no-tolerance policy about this (you should already have an internet usage policy). trust them to follow it (but still monitor it every once in awhile.)
    if they violate the policy, be ready with the proper discipline procedure (not just "you screwed up, youre fired).
    Consider also that maybe its not hurting anything. If they can chat and still achieve full productivity, is it really causing any harm? (unless of course you are some kind of high security agency). I know some will not be able to do this, but they will find some way to screw off anyway.
    Giving employees small "rights" like this (but which will be revoked if abused) makes for a happy employee. Happy employees are productive employees :)
    not trying to flame you or put down what you are doing, just opening up some other possibilities.
  6. 4EverGreen

    4EverGreen Network Guru Member


    If you ever gonna be a candidate (no matter for what ) you'll have my vote ! :thumb:

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