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I would like to configure a network wide block for certain news websites. I've considered using raspberrypi as a proxy, but wonder whether the same can be achieved by remoting onto the router? Router portal says that it uses certain open software, so I there should be a way to remote onto the router and introduce the necessary website blocks.
I'm not interested in setting up blocks on every device as it will drive me mad.
If it is possible to open up a terminal to access the router then it's not something that Vodafone publicise, and I'm only aware of a couple of ISP provided routers that have ever offered that capability.
So, I'm running an Asus RT-AC86U with the Merlin firmware, and I've run diversion on the router in the past. However, I'm now (back to) running Pi-Hole on a couple of Raspberry Pi 4's. Diversion is great until it's not and then it's a pain to change the settings.
If I were trying to do this again, the easiest way is going to be to get a Raspberry Pi, and use DietPi for a really easy and quick setup. The tech level to do this is pretty basic.
Sick a Raspberry Pi on the network, add the PiHole software, and let PiHole become the DHCP server, primary DNS and blacklist manager. This works a treat and should you ever decide to change router you would not have to remember all the settings for the things that PiHole does for you.