I have been thinking about setting up a home Internet filter for a while. I thought it would be an interesting project to try, and a friend suggested that I give it a shot. (I think) I understand the basics of networking, but have several questions. As a quick disclaimer, I might not actually start setting this up until the end of the school year because of schoolwork.
For the filter, I wanted something that would be able to block access to malicious websites, and also block downloads with certain file extensions (*.exe, *.bat, etc), to keep my little sisters from clicking on the wrong things. Something with an override password would be preferred.
My thoughts for the setup were this:
Internet connection from DSL router >> Ethernet port 1 on my server
Ethernet port 2 on my server >> a Ethernet/WiFi router
Router >> All the other computers to be connected to the filter
I currently don't have a router to use, but I have some Amazon gift cards and was looking at this one
. Is it a good choice, or is there a better one I might want (I'd prefer to stay under $20).
I also found that I should use Squid as the content filter. I haven't done much research on that yet, but I plan on doing so sometime in the (hopefully near) future.
Thanks for sharing your time and knowledge!