Safe Surfer makes it easy to install an effective porn blocker on a home router. Along with protecting your privacy, we also use our behind-the-scenes technology to block porn and other harmful online content. This guide will efficiently walk you through how to install protection.

Our team works hard to provide families worldwide with the best protection possible from porn. We block millions of pornographic domains through our live database, and our intelligence feeds provide us with the ability to block newly discovered websites on a regular basis for all our users.

In some cases, installing Safe Surfer on your router can be trickier than it seems. Check out our protection apps—these work even when devices are away from home and are a great way to block apps, set screen time rules, and monitor the online activity of your loved ones.

Pro tip: this guide is intended to help you install protection on any home router. We also have various tailor-made guides available for modems provided by different Internet service providers worldwide:

Step 1: Find the login details

Some modern Wi-Fi network brands (such as eeroGoogle Nest, and TP-Link Deco) support changing the network settings from an app on your smartphone. Otherwise, your home router will likely have the login details printed on a sticker. This sticker can usually be found on the rear or the bottom of the router. Sometimes the details can be hidden behind a sliding card.

For this particular router, the login details are the following:

  • IP address:
  • Username: admin
  • Password: admin

If you can’t find the details for your router, check the router’s user manual. This can usually be found online by searching for the router model on your router manufacturer’s official website. You could also contact your Internet service provider (ISP) for assistance on how to change the DNS settings on your router.

Step 2: Install DNS

Enter the IP address you found into the top search bar of a web browser (such as Google Chrome or Firefox).

Enter the login details when asked.

Look for a menu related to your router’s network—this will likely be called “LAN”, “Local network”, or “Advanced”.

Once you’ve found the applicable menu, look for an area called “DHCP server” or “DNS”.

Next you will be looking for a pair of fields labelled “Primary DNS” and “Secondary DNS”. If only one field is available, you will need just the primary address.

  1. Primary address:
  2. Secondary address:

Once you’ve filled in the field(s), click the Apply (or Save) button to save the changes. Your router might need to restart. These settings should take effect (if not immediately) after restarting Wi-Fi devices connected to the router.

Verify the protection installation by visiting inside a web browser. This is a safe website designated for testing if pornographic websites are being blocked. This site should be blocked.

Step 3: Get parental control features

The Safe Surfer dashboard gives you access to comprehensive parental controls. The dashboard has a feature where you can create custom block rules for your home router.

Pro tip: this feature requires a Pro Surfer subscription and works best when you have a “static IP” (that is, a non-changing public IP address) with your Internet service provider. Contact your ISP on how to get a static IP, or try our easy-to-use apps.

Open the Devices menu (found on the left-hand sidebar) on the Safe Surfer dashboard. Click the “+ New Device” button.

Click Wi-Fi & network > Use my existing router. Enter a name, then click the Accept button.

Go back to the Devices menu and click the Connect button found under the device listing just made.

Click the “Plain DNS” field, then click the “Link IP” button. This will sync any custom block settings.

You can now open the Blocking menu, select the router device from the blue bubble, and block categories. Click the Save button once you’re done. These changes might take a minute to sync over.

Protection complete

Great work! The devices connected to this home router should now be protected. Visit our easy-to-use online dashboard to start monitoring traffic and blocking content from our premium categories with an affordable Pro Surfer subscription.

If you would like to protect a different kind of device, visit our Guides page.