Virgin Media Wireless Router Configuration
I use Virgin Media (VM) for my broadband, TV, and Telephone. I use a wireless router for my home network. I have three laptops. In this article, I will share with you some of my knowledge that I have learnt through using this product. How to access the router configure interface, how to change DNS server settings, how to setup Dynamic DNS to make available for hosting a server at home.
As Virgin Media customer, if you find your wireless router is Netgear, then you may type the router's setup URL into a web browser address bar. http://192.168.0.1 is the default Netgear router IP address. http://192.168.1.1 will work for some Netgear models. Mine setup URL is http://192.168.1.1.
Then you are required to enter a username and password. If you haven't change the default setting, it is "virgin" and "password", you may find that on label stuck on the router.
This default username and password of Virgin Wireless router is different from that of the normal Netgear router. The default username of Netgear is admin and the password is either password or 1234.
You successfully access the configure interface, now what? What we can do to the router?
Change DNS server
Firstly, If you don't trust your dns provider, such as many Chinese people do. Because Chinese government use Great Fire Wall to block certain sites, one of the blocking methods is domain name hijacking, which prevent users from resolving the real IP address from the domain name. In this case, you may feel necessary to change your DNS server to OpenDNS.
You can change the router password.
Parental Control or Contents Filtering
If you have a network for your home or small office, and you may have couple of teenagers full of hormones in you home. Of course you may use some parental control methods provided by browsers (IE's Content Advisor Http://www.wikihow.com/Restrict-Web-Browsing-Using-Internet-Explorer) or search engines (such as Google SafeSearch Filtering http://www.google.co.uk/preferences?hl=en)
Content Advisor only filters Internet Explorer, so if a family member installs another web browser such as Firefox, filtering will not be effective. Your child can easily figure out how to turn off Google safesearch filters. To prevent a user installing another browser and bypassing IE's filtering, you can create another User on your computer, and assign it limited user powers. Get the other users to login using the new user ID, and their ability to install new programs is restricted. This kind of explicit restriction may result in negative behavior, this time you should dig deep down to the hardware, change the router settings.
Netgear can let you limit access to certain sites on the Internet, you can set up content filtering. There are two ways to filter content:
- blocking access to certain domains (for example, www.bad-stuff.com/XXX) or
- blocking sites that contains certain words (like profanity or explicit sexual material).
When users try to access a blocked site, they will get a message: "Blocked by NETGEAR".
You can Enable Site Blocking Per Schedule, to turn on Site Blocking and block according to the settings on the Schedule, or always to turn on Site Blocking to allow blocking all of the time, independent of the Schedule, you may want to allow one computer to visit blocked sites, you can do this by assign a trusted IP address of your own computer.
You can setup a dynamic DNS. A Dynamic DNS (DDNS) Service provides a central public database where information (such as e-mail addresses, host names or domain and IP addresses) can be stored and retrieved.
As you might have known, theoretically, Virgin Media only dish out dynamic IP addresses for their broadband customers. But some people call VM's IP's Sticky, in that they are generally associated to you unless something hardware related changed (your MAC address). When this changes, so does the IP. So your IP address almost as static as REAL static IP, you may think about hosting a server at home, in this case, you need a dynamic DNS service.
If you want to use a DDNS service, you must register for it. The Dynamic DNS client service provider will give you a password or key.