[Tutorial] Blocking WiiU Update Domains With OpenDNS

Discussion in 'Wii U - Tutorials' started by TotalInsanity4, Apr 4, 2015.

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  1. TotalInsanity4
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    Hello, all!

    There have been a number of people who have been asking for help setting up a DNS server to block Nintendo domains while still being able to do things online. Given the increasing relevance to the community due to the release of the exploit growing closer and closer, I have decided to write a detailed tutorial (with pictures!) of the entire process, start to finish. Due to the fact that this has a number of large pictures in it, I will put each step in a spoiler tag. Enjoy!

    Step 1 (Navigating the website)
    Step 2 (Signing up for OpenDNS)
    Step 3 (Configuring your settings to block updates)
    Step 4 (Configuring your Wii U's settings to accept OpenDNS)
    What you CAN do while blocking these domains:
    +Play your Wii U games and applications
    +Access online applications such as Netflix, so long as they do not need an update to function
    Edit: This is no longer possible. RyanRocks ruined online for us when he posted hacked MK8 time trial scores on Miiverse, allowing Nintendo to find the exploit used and fix it. It is now required to be on 5.5.0 for any Nintendo Network related application
    Edit2: There is now a workaround by Crediar called WUPInstaller that will install any signed title to the console, effectively allowing you to spoof your console to any version as long as you can perform a kernel exploit.
    +Access just about anything you want in the Web Browser
    +Play your Wii U games online IF ON OR SPOOFED TO LATEST FIRMWARE OR <5.1.0
    +Keep your Wii U in standby and use the quick start menu

    What you CANNOT do while blocking these domains:
    -Update (hur dur dur)
    -Access the eShop (it is tied to the NUS)
    -Play online if you are not on or spoofed to the latest firmware or <5.1.0

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    Ways to test that you have set this up correctly:

    An easy way to figure out if this worked; after the Wii U first goes into standby mode, it will attempt to check for a system update. Since it will not be able to even find out if the update, it will show a red "X" over the "Download Management" app. If you see this when you boot up your Wii U the first time after it goes into standby mode, the update blocking is working. After you see this, you're golden. However, if you want to test more aggressively, or just don't want to wait an upwards of 24 hours for your system to go into standby, then there few other tests you can perform:

    If you are on the latest firmware, then all you need to do is attempt to update through the system settings (it's the second-to-last option on the GamePad). If, somewhere between 2 to 30 seconds, the console gives you an error saying that it could not connect to the update server, you are done! If, however, the Wii U tells you it is up-to-date, review Steps 3 and 4 and figure out where you went wrong. No matter what, make sure you wait 3 minutes after applying the last domain to try this.

    Alternatively, if you are NOT on the latest firmware and intend to stay where you are, or are just plain paranoid that you messed something up, use this link on your Wii U to make sure that you are in fact using OpenDNS's DNS servers: :arrow: https://store.opendns.com/setup/#/?new=home-free
    If the test worked, then try updating (sorry, that's the only way to test this completely :(). If the test failed, make sure you correctly typed the IP addresses into your Wii U's internet settings, then try the link again.

    Risky option, but allows browsing of the eShop
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    Helpful hints!
    One more thing! There was another thread made in the 3DS subforums by TidusWulf which you can view from this link. It is largely the same as the guide I have written, so you can just go ahead and apply the DNS settings to your 3DS in the same way as you did the Wii U and it should work from the get-go!
     
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    Really nice thank you time to block Nintendo from updating.
     
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    I'll make a video tut sooner or later basing it off of this one
     
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    That's not a huge chance, though.
     
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    @TotalInsanity

    When I download and install the OpenDNS software, it says I'm currently not using OpenDNS.
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    Is this supposed to happen?
     
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    What do you mean? I did all the steps in TotalInsanity4's tutorial.
     
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    It does? He has the signup part, everything in it. So I figured he was making a noob friendly one.
     
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    You have to configure your PC too?
     
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    Dildos. Whatever, it worked. I'll just manually update time to time.
     
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    Nooooo no you don't. The purpose of the dynamic updater is just to read your IP address and update it every once in a while, you don't have to have your PC set up for OpenDNS. Whether or not the PC is connected to the DNS server should have no bearing as to how the OpenDNS Updater application functions. I'll clarify this in the tutorial.

    Edit: Also, another handy hint that I forgot to mention, but in the Updater app's settings there should be an option for it to send automatic updates, so it would automatically do it if your computer is in sleep mode (I think it's labeled something like "Send OpenDNS-o-matic updates" or something cheesy like that. Adding that as well)
     
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    Okay, cool. I had a strong feeling Kelton2 was wrong
     
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    OP updated to clarify. Also, NWPlayer123, I just thought I'd tell you that I stuck you on the access list, in case you wanted to add or clarify anything, since you've been using this far longer than I have

    Not wrong, he just misunderstood how the app works. I should have clarified :P Like I said, fixed now!



    Edit: Kelton2, since you had to get your IP address being taken issue worked out, is there any way you could give me a detailed description of what to do so I can add it to the OP? (Either PM or in response to this post would be fine)
     
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    K, thanks!

    Edit: Added to "Helpful hints"
     
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    Video Tutorial:

    You're not getting my IP today, suckers! Lemme edit the video and re upload it.
     
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    WTF, I just realized my IP is completely visible throughout some parts of the video. Fucking moviemaker.
     
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    Nice! I will add it to the OP later, but not right now for your privacy's sake. Before I add it, I would advise that you a) check through the video a few times, as there is a number of times that your IP address shows in the OpenDNS website (you should be able to blur or bar over them with YouTubes standard video editor, I THINK), and b) I would advise jump-cutting past your e-mail verification, just so you don't get a bunch of spam to that address
     
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    If I block those domains, will this allow me to download updates from the shop. e.g. mario kart pack?
     
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    I use that address for porn registration, so spam really isn't a big concern. And my email is public, people can send me anything. Lemme look at YT Vid editor to try and fix it.
     
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    Ok. In the meantime I'd make the video private until you get it fixed
    Basically what Kelton said. These domains will allow for everything BUT accessing eShop content. If you want to access eShop, either do it before you set your Wii U up for OpenDNS or do what I suggested in the "Helpful hints!" tag
     
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    Thanks for the nicely written tutorial :)
    Though I have been using network filter feature of my dlink router since a while now :P
     
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