Can Ubuntu be used to control a router?

Colin Law clanlaw at
Thu Nov 1 09:09:41 UTC 2012

On 1 November 2012 00:02, Michael <jm603 at> wrote:
> I have Motorola cable modem with built in router, model NVG510.  Is there a
> Linux  program to control what websites go over the router?

Have a look through the manual for the router (assuming you have or
can find one) and see whether it provides site blocking.


> I know how to do this with a hosts file, but that only works on a per
> computer basis.  I would like to accomplish the same thing but at the router
> level.  (Without going into graphic detail, I need to block one, perhaps two
> questionable websites, but may need to add more later.)
> Is this possible?  If so, all I need is a couple of keys words to Google and
> I could probably figure out the rest.
> Michael
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