Virgin media and blocking websites or search terms

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Posted 31st Jan 2019
I’m on virgin and my son is spending far too much time either playing fortnite or watching people play it on YouTube.

Is there a way to block youtube from within the hub, so any connected devices don’t load the website/s?

Pulling my hair out with this! He now has no tv and no PS4 until this is resolved.
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They used to do this via the proxy server and you could get around it by editing your connection setting to put a different proxy server in but you might now need a VPN instead. I've ran via a VPN for 5 years.
Respect for the concept and intention, but I suspect most kids would find their way around any restriction.
Pi-hole is very good for this, I find limiting the kids access to laptops and PCs with more configurable VPNs very effective, you can block common vpn ports. The other half still gets what they want by routing OpenVPN traffic through port 443 but the kids are not quite there yet.

Aruba offers deep packet inspection and can even block general vpn traffic routed through common Web ports by analysis of headers.
Edited by: "mogsog" 31st Jan 2019
Google family link app... It helps you monitor or stop use on android devices.. Also unplug the hub or take power supply away .. That's what I would do but set the rules and times for it to be on or off...
Edited by: "wayners" 31st Jan 2019
Virgin have a new app virgin media connect not used the feature yet but you can view devices and pause the access to that device.

Edit just tested it seems to work by simply stopping the device using the WiFi switch it back on when you want nice and easy.
Edited by: "eslick" 31st Jan 2019
I was hoping there was a simple solution where I could sign into the hub and insert a string of search terms and websites that it would block. Looks like I’ll just set a timer for the WiFi to be active.

Absolutely no idea why the game is so popular, it looks as dull as dishwater.

Thank you for your input.
wayners1 h, 25 m ago

Google family link app... It helps you monitor or stop use on android …Google family link app... It helps you monitor or stop use on android devices.. Also unplug the hub or take power supply away .. That's what I would do but set the rules and times for it to be on or off...


I have this on my mums phone, it's for when she goes on her wanders.
Set up a vpn then block the sites you don’t want access to...? To keep it simple you’ll have to miss those sites too, but worth it, right?
I’m sick of this game my son is obsessed with it !
127.0.0.1 youtube.com in the local hostfile on the PC
Add any websites you want with the same IP address and he'll get nowhere haha

Surprised there isn't a way of blocking sites on the Virgin hub.
Uridium8 h, 16 m ago

127.0.0.1 www.youtube.com in the local hostfile on the PC Add any …127.0.0.1 www.youtube.com in the local hostfile on the PC Add any websites you want with the same IP address and he'll get nowhere hahaSurprised there isn't a way of blocking sites on the Virgin hub.



I'm presuming as the Op has removed the use of the kids TV and PS4 then they are accessing Youtube via that method and not via a PC.
He has a phone, iPad and PS4. He now has no access to the tablet or PS4. But I wanted something I could block on the hub from him being able to reach YouTube. Even better would be if I could block certain search terms or words. But I fear that will be too specialist for the equipment I have.
Edited by: "BadMF" 1st Feb 2019
I pause the PlayStation on my superhub but the kids tend to reset the hub
You can set times against device in the superhub 2 admin. You first have to assign a static IP address to a device and the you can set up the hours.
Sadly the superhub 3 has bugs and doesn't do this correctly.
So on the superhub 3 I do not give kids the password to the WiFi network. But I do give them the password to the guest WiFi. Then in superhub 3 admin 192.168.0.1 I just enable the guest WiFi for say two hours and let them on as and when.
As for the windows PC I use Microsoft family safety, gotta set up new hotmail/outlook accounts and then get those accounts on the PC. Then I can control what sites / games they van see and use on the PC. This just a bit buggy though, similarly this restricts the Xbox.
I've been through the wars with this though, beware kids can simply reset the hub, so I've blacked out the default password on the bottom after noting it. Also watch out for kids hooking Xbox etc up to the hub with an Ethernet cable thus bypassing WiFi.
I still don't know how to stop them watching YouTube on the TV via the hub which is how the TV gets internet with the new smaller TiVo box.
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