Hey there! Today, I want to share with you how I successfully blocked YouTube on my router. It’s a nifty trick that can come in handy if you’re looking to limit distractions or protect younger users from accessing inappropriate content.
Why block YouTube on your router?
YouTube can be a great source of entertainment and education, but it can also be a major time-waster. Sometimes, it’s just too easy to get sucked into a never-ending loop of funny cat videos or clickbait titles.
Blocking YouTube on your router allows you to regain control over your internet usage. By implementing this restriction at the network level, it affects all devices connected to your home network, including smartphones, tablets, and computers. Plus, it’s super convenient because you don’t have to individually configure each device.
Step 1: Access your router’s settings
The first step is to access your router’s settings. To do this, open a web browser on a device connected to your network and enter your router’s IP address into the address bar. Usually, the IP address is something like 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1. If you’re unsure, check the user manual or do a quick search online for your router model’s default IP address.
Once you enter the IP address, you will be prompted to enter your router’s username and password. If you haven’t changed these from the default, consult your router’s manual for the default login credentials.
Step 2: Locate the URL filtering or parental control settings
Now that you’re logged into your router’s settings, you need to locate the URL filtering or parental control settings. The exact location and naming of these settings can vary depending on your router’s make and model.
In most cases, you’ll find these settings under the “Advanced” or “Security” section of your router’s interface. Look for options like “Parental Controls,” “Access Control,” or “Content Filtering.”
Step 3: Add YouTube to the blocked websites list
Once you’ve found the URL filtering or parental control settings, you’re ready to add YouTube to the blocked websites list. In this section, you’ll typically find an option to create a blacklist or a list of blocked websites.
Enter “YouTube.com” or “www.youtube.com” (without quotes) into the designated field and save the settings. Some routers may require you to enter the IP address associated with YouTube, which is 220.127.116.11. Again, consult your router’s manual or do a quick search if you’re not sure.
Step 4: Test the block
After saving the settings, it’s time to test the block. Grab a device connected to your network and try accessing YouTube through a web browser. If you’ve followed the steps correctly, you should see an error message or a blank page indicating that the website is blocked.
It’s important to note that blocking YouTube using this method will only prevent access through web browsers. Apps and devices that have their own YouTube app, such as smart TVs or game consoles, will still be able to access YouTube unless you specifically block them using other methods.
Blocking YouTube on your router is a powerful way to regain control over your internet usage and limit distractions. By following these simple steps, you can ensure a more focused and productive online experience. Remember, it’s always a good idea to communicate openly with your family members or other household members about internet restrictions and the reasons behind them.
So, what are you waiting for? Take control of your internet browsing and say goodbye to endless YouTube scrolling!