As for Firmware 6.3, Peplink devices can block specific site categories as defined by publicly available blocking lists in addition to blocking specific web domains.
Note: The available categories have changed a few time since being introduced. The screenshots in this article are taken from routers using firmware 8.0
Supported DevicesTwo versions are available: lite and full. The full version supports a larger blacklist with more specific categories.
Balance: One, 210, 310, 30 LTE
MAX: BR1*, BR1 Mini, BR1 Slim, BR1 Pro*,BR1 ENT, Hotspot, BR1/2 IP55*, BR2*, Transit, OTG* (HW2 or above), 700 HD2, HD2 Mini, HD2 IP67, HD4 , MBX, SDX
MediaFast: 200, HD2, HD4
Surf: SOHO*, SOHO MK3
Balance: 305, 380, 580, 710, 1350, 2500, EPX
MediaFast: 500, 750
Setting CategoriesTo begin, navigate to Network > Firewall > Content Blocking (For MAX Devices: **Advanced > Content Blocking**).
For either version, select the categories you wish to block by ticking the checkmarks. Alternately, you can also use our presets by clicking the High, Moderate, and Low radio buttons.
Once the presets are selected, you will be able to add or remove categories as needed. Please note that the presets may change when the Firmware upgrades, potentially changing your category selection.
Setting Customized DomainsIn addition to categories, you can also define specify domains to block or allow.
If “foobar.com” is entered, any web site with a host name ending in foobar.com will be blocked, e.g. www.foobar.com, foobar.com, etc. However, “myfoobar.com” will not be blocked.
You may enter the wild card “.” at the end of a domain name to block any web site with a host name having the domain name in the middle. If you enter “foobar.”, then “www.foobar.com”, “www.foobar.co.jp”, or “foobar.co.uk” will be blocked. Placing the wild card in any other position is not supported.
The device will inspect and look for blocked domain names on all HTTP traffic. Secure web (HTTPS) traffic is not supported.
Setting Exempted User Groups and Subnets
You can also set up specific user groups or subnets to exempt from web blocking and application blocking. Simply click the checkbox for the groups you wish to exempt, and add your network and subnet masks. Please note that these exemptions affect both web and application blocking.
Frequently Asked QuestionsHow does the Web Blocking list work? Your router has an integrated list of website categories (e.g. adverts, file sharing). When the router detects traffic from a source URL that matches the website list, that traffic can then be blocked if needed.
Will the Web Blocking list work without an IC2 subscription?
Yes, the Web Blocking list will continue to function without an IC2 subscription.
Will the Web Blocking list work for out-of-warranty devices?
Yes, the Web Blocking list will continue to function for out-of-warranty devices.
How is the Web Blocking List updated?
The Web Blocking List can be updated manually via the Status page or the Web Blocking List can be automatically updated whenever a new version is detected when “auto update” is selected.