How do I block limewire via my router? 27 replies

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Flakpanzer

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#1 11 years ago

I've had it with my stupid, naive little kid sister. She seems to think that Limewire is okay to use. I think otherwise. If she wants to be a pirating bitch, she's gonna have to do it through blocked ports (in other words, not at all). I tried the scare tactics, I tried all the other means. Now I want to know how to block the damn program from even getting to the internet to begin with. Don't give me jive answers like "uninstall it" or "disable the internet to her computer". Neither of those are options. Uninstalled it multiple times, she just reinstalls it, and my mom uses the computer in question as well so she needs the internet. I want to set it so no matter what my sister does she cannot use limewire to be a pirating twat. Not to mention it sucks up ALL of the bandwidth which irks me further. I'm seriously damn close to just reporting her myself and letting the police sort it out. I'm sick of her naive, insolent "I don't care what happens" attitude. She needs a serious smack from reality. I'm using a Linksys WRT54G Wireless Router, the version is 1.1 I believe. I'm a newbie at networking and stuff which is why I've come here. The readme wasn't helping me any since its way over my head. I don't enjoy networking. Anyone here have any knowledge on how to make this happen and end the menace once and for all? Sorry for mentioning P2P but this is a serious matter that I need to resolve ASAP. If the mentioning of the particular program was too much, I do indeed apologize. I'm trying to stop its use, for what its worth..




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#2 11 years ago

If you use a software firewall, then find the "Program Control" section of it and block limewire from accessing the internet from there.

If you use a hardware firewall, you'll have to search the net for the ports it uses and manually block em from your router's configuration pages.

That's all I can really say bout the hardware firewall since I have a different router from you (BT Voyager 2110), but I'm sure it's a similar method.




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#3 11 years ago

Shoot, I wish I truly understood how the blocking worked in my router's hardware settings. I don't know what any of it means :(




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#4 11 years ago
Flakpanzer;3671373I'm seriously damn close to just reporting her myself and letting the police sort it out. I'm sick of her naive, insolent "I don't care what happens" attitude. She needs a serious smack from reality.

I agree with you there mate she doesn't seem to know the dangers of pirating.

Do you not use any software firewalls? Because they may be the best bet if you're unsure how the router's config works.




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#5 11 years ago

You could possibly forward the Limewire ports to your computer, or to a network address that doesn't exist? I don't remember our WRT54GS being able to block ports completely.

If you do use a software firewall, that will be the simplest way but you'll have to be careful about it notifying her that it's been blocked. Not much point blocking it if it pops up a message and she can unblock it by clicking a button...the basic Windows XP firewall might be suitable for this?




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#6 11 years ago

Hmm.. I'm honestly not sure how a software firewall works (I've seen them before, but like you said, the popup is a dead giveaway). I'd prefer to stay hardware if I can as I am the only one in the house who has the information to access the router so i don't have to worry about prying fingers trying to fix the problem. Shoooooot.




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#7 11 years ago

It isn't possible. Not with most home routers unless you have a cisco. Then its easy. Your best bet would be to ban java access to the internet and see how fast the dl speeds are after that. (No firewall can be done through windows.)

If that doesn't work you really have no options left. Try should search google for some third party firmware. Most commonly known - Linksys WRT54G series - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Though if your going to have to live with it. Which you might end up doing. Just tell her limit the max upload speed. Thats where most of the lag comes from in p2p software.




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#8 11 years ago

Oh no, I will absolutely not let her continue.




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#9 11 years ago

Password the admin account, and don't let anyone have the pass. Create a guest account, and disable installation privileges on it. Uninstall the offending program(s).

Only downside is that you'll become de facto tech monkey until you move out (perhaps longer), but it does solve the problem.

Or you could set up a DMZ and use it like a proxy. Run Linux on it and learn to use iptables. Configure the Windows box to talk to the DMZ only and use iptables to block traffic to and from any ports you don't want used.

I'm surprised your router doesn't let you kill ports with some discretion. Bummer, that...




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#10 11 years ago

I'm not aware of the WRT45 range being able to block ports, but that doesn't make it impossible. However, I really can't be arsed to tear my network to bits just for the sake of finding out.