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Windows 7: Proxy Through Off-Site Router?

09 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 32 bit
Proxy Through Off-Site Router?

Hi all. As you can see, I'm new here, and would appreciate any advice and/or suggestions on my issue that I am attempting to resolve, if possible.

As an initial note, this has absolutely nothing to do with illegal activity, despite the fact that it sounds suspect in nature. But, here we go:

I want to proxy internet traffic from my house through a router in another home, and preferably only the traffic from one laptop in my house. For example:

Laptop: Home A -> router in Home B -> www
Other computers: Home A -> www

I believe that the simplest way to accomplish this would be having a dedicated computer in House B, which my laptop could remotely control. However, I'm trying to avoid having a computer constantly on in House B. Also, I have full access to both networks, routers, etc...

As said, any help is very much appreciated!



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09 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Backtrack 4 R2

Just to clarify. Is this to manage what that laptop can connect to online? or is there another reason you want that particular computer to go though a proxy.
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09 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Clinkz View Post
Just to clarify. Is this to manage what that laptop can connect to online? or is there another reason you want that particular computer to go though a proxy.
Thanks for the response. This is to manage what the laptop (or other computer) can access online. The laptop was used for the sake of example. In essence, I would just like to direct one computer through the router/proxy, not one in particular. However, I don't know if it can be done.
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10 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 Backtrack 4 R2

Ok, if it doesn't necessarily have to be a proxy server, OpenDNS might be another option, you can create an account with them and manage what they can access online that way. There is a free version with nice functionally which i use at the moment. If you go to this link and have a little read, you can tell me if it would be a suitable option.
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11 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 32 bit

Sorry for being such a noob here. But, in general, how would I accomplish the above via OpenDNS? I can't quite figure it out by reading the site...
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12 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 Backtrack 4 R2

Thats ok, no need to be sorry. Basically by changing the DNS service used by the network, you can manage what sites are visited in terms of content, and you are able to add specific websites you want opendns to block.

Here is a rough guide on how to set up open and set up OpenDNS.

1. Create an OpenDNS account here

2. Register Account (they will send you a email which you need to accept to activate account)

3. Add your Network

To do this, firstly sign in.

Then go to the dashboard page.

Then go to the settings tab. There will be an option to add a network.

This will allow you to manage the settings for that specific network, there will be a tab at the top of the screen and it will say " Your current ip is:" (obviously there will be numbers in there).

This is the network address you will need to add to the space provided.

You will then be prompted with a page with the following questions

Give it a friendly name: Something simple like "Office" or "Home" will do. Call it whatever you desire.

Is this a dynamic IP address? What is a dynamic IP address? Your IP address is most likely dynamic, so select yes.

Download the software and stay safe. The OpenDNS Updater software ensures that your OpenDNS preferences are preserved whenever your IP address changes.

It is a good idea to download this software, just in case.

4. Manage Settings

Once this is done you have successfully added your network, now it is time to manage the settings.

You will see your added network under the Your networks Sub-Heading. Click the ip address to manage the settings.

You will then see Web Content Filtering preferences page, this is where you can specify the level of filtering. Choose the level you desire from the following:

Protects against all adult-related sites, illegal activity, social networking sites, video sharing sites, and general time-wasters.
26 categories in this group - View - Customize

Protects against all adult-related sites and illegal activity.
13 categories in this group - View - Customize

Protects against pornography.
4 categories in this group - View - Customize

Nothing blocked.

Choose the categories you want to block.

You can also choose to Manage individual domains, add a domain eg.(www . example . com) into the field and click add domain.

Once you have all your filtering settings added you can change your DNS servers locally.

5. Add DNS servers locally

This can be done locally, either by changing the DNS server addresses in the router, or on the specific computer.

To change the IP address on the router, log into the router and change to DNS server addresses to:


Alternatively you can change it on the local computer, it is located in the Connection properties for the adapter connecting to the internet.

If you need me to be a bit more specific about some things i'm am happy to do that.

Let me know how you go.
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15 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 32 bit

I managed to accomplish a work around for what I needed. But, thank you for taking the time to help me resolve my issues. I very much appreciate it, and will likely use OpenDNS in the future.
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15 Mar 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 Backtrack 4 R2

No worries, hopefully this guide will be helpful to someone else in the future as well. :)
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