Follow our step-by-step guides to help you get up and running with EE.
The Bright Box router's firewall is enabled to protect against external intrusion. However it does allow all outgoing traffic from devices connected to your router.
This article explains the key features of the Bright Box router's firewall.
By default, the firewall on the router is enabled. If you want to disable the firewall as a test (for example to see if the problem with an internet application is caused by the router's firewall) follow the steps below:
To enable the firewall at the end of your test, simply reverse the instructions, selecting the Enable option.
Access control on the Bright Box router helps you to control what your internet connection is used for by people connected to your home network. Rules can be put in place for every computer and device connected to your home network, or for a specific computer.
Before setting up Access Control, reserve an IP address for your computer (or device). You can do this from the DHCP option in Advanced Set-up. You'll find more help in the article reserving an IP address.
URL blocking on the Bright Box router allows you to restrict certain websites from being accessed by either all computers, or specific computers or devices on your home network.
The example below shows how you would block a particular computer from viewing a particular website, for example www.example.com.
If you want to restrict internet traffic at particular times of the day (or night), you can create your own scheduled rule to use when setting up Access Control.
In this example, we're going to set up a scheduled rule to block all internet traffic between the hours of 9pm to midnight.
If you want to disable a specific feature of the Bright Box router's firewall as a test (for example to see if the problem with an internet application is caused by the router's firewall) follow the steps below:
Note: this should only be completed as a test - we recommend changing settings back after completing your test.
As an added security feature, you may like to enable the MAC filter on your Bright Box router. This means that only computers or devices with a MAC address that you approve can use your internet connection.
To do this, follow the steps below:
Note: If you experience problems connecting to your router after changing settings, you may need to reset your router to factory default settings.
If you think your Bright Box router is stopping a particular application (e.g. an online game or video conferencing) from working correctly, you can temporarily add the computer or device into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) as a test. While this is safer than completely disabling your firewall, we suggest that you don't leave your computer unprotected in the DMZ.
Before adding your computer to the DMZ, you'll need to reserve an IP address for your computer (or device). You can do this from the DHCP option in Advanced Set-up. You'll find more help in the article reserving an IP address.
To add the computer to the DMZ: