Steps for obtaining an OPLIN-paid OpenDNS Enterprise account

  1. Send an email to stating that you would like to participate, along with the contact information for the person to whom we should email the account login details.
  2. The contact's account will be set to an administrator level for your library account. This user will have the ability to send out additional invitations to other staff members, and also elevate them to administrator status.

From now on, your library is in complete control of your OpenDNS account and will not need to contact OPLIN unless you need assistance.

OpenDNS first steps

Step 1: Add your first network

OpenDNS uses the term "network" to describe either a single IP address, or multiple IPs to which you can assign filtering rules. Before you can select any filters you have to create a network.

  1. Login to OpenDNS (
  2. Click "Dashboard"
  3. Click "Settings"
  4. Enter your outbound IP into the boxes provided. We recommend to only do a single IP, rather than your entire network block. This way you can easily have different rule sets for different IPs. A quick way to find out what IP you're currently using is with a website like
  5. Select the library account from the "Organization" drop down
  6. Click "Add this network"
  7. OpenDNS will send you an email in which you'll need to click on a link while coming from the IP you're registering.

Step 2: Set rules for your new network

Now that you've created a network you can modify its settings.

  1. Login to OpenDNS (
  2. Click "Dashboard"
  3. Click "Settings"
  4. Select your newly added IP from the large drop down box in the middle/top of the screen

You'll be presented with the settings page for that network. All the options are presented in a traditional web form layout and have a lot of helpful hints on the same page. We recommend clicking around the option categories to see what's available. At this point the service still isn't live on your network, so you can't hurt anything.

Step 3: Going live

The final step is to use the OpenDNS name servers on your network. The IPs for those servers are and If you want to test out the service before making it live on the entire network, you can always change the DNS servers on just your workstation to those two IPs and verify the filtering is working as you want it to. If you're ready to make filtering live, the place to use those two IPs will vary depending on how your network is currently configured.

  • If you statically define every workstation with its DNS settings (ex. the state DNS servers at then you would need to change every workstation to use these two new IPs. You can leave the state IPs in, but they have to come after the two OpenDNS IPs.
  • If your workstations point to a local device for DNS (ex. a firewall/router/ActiveDirectory server) then the place you would use the two OpenDNS IPs would be in the forwarders settings of that device. Changing the IPs on a top level device like this will make filtering live for every workstation pointing to said device.


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