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What router (device) do you like for controlling your home wifi? (aka 'Parental Controls')

131 32 April 27, 2018 at 12:49 PM
I upgraded my DSL yesterday to 100Mbps and had to have a new modem/router from CenturyLink (Zyxel C3000z). I was using NetGear's Genie (based upon OpenDNS) to control our home devices with my old modem/router (which I'm selling - too $$$ to keep as just a router).
Plus, since Genie has been having problems the last month, the Netgear community thinks that it might go to Disney Circle instead?

I'm looking at Disney Circle, but is there a basic(ish) router that will give me multiple choices to control devices?
I'd like to block porn from some pc's, block Steam from other pc's.
Ideally I would love to limit certain websites to particular times per day (i.e. facebook from 7-9pm) on particular devices.

OpenDNS just doesn't cut it.

Would prefer a "once and done" type cost - buy it and no monthly fees. I don't need any parental controls for phones outside of the home wifi.

Thank you!

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if your kids are about 12-14 they will beat any parental controls
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Came here to ask this exact same question... I am also using opendns with some custom rules on dd-wrt, but looking for something a bit more elegant. Additionally I need to upgrade my router/APs, so I'd rather just spend what I need to and be done with it.
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if your kids are about 12-14 they will beat any parental controls
Would love to see the bot script you are using to make you over 700 one line posts.
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I use a Asus RT-AC68U.

It's firewall config gives me the options to filter URLs, keywords, and network services. With network services, you can block incoming and outgoing ports and set timers of when you wish for them to be blocked (days, range of time, etc). That's all in addition to what Asus called AiProtection with Trendmicro which includes parental controls, infected device blocking, malicious website blocking, and network protection.
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lol block porn on "some" pc's
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lol block porn on "some" pc's
Yeah, I caught that too Roll
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I upgraded my DSL yesterday to 100Mbps and had to have a new modem/router from CenturyLink (Zyxel C3000z). I was using NetGear's Genie (based upon OpenDNS) to control our home devices with my old modem/router (which I'm selling - too $$$ to keep as just a router).
Plus, since Genie has been having problems the last month, the Netgear community thinks that it might go to Disney Circle instead?

I'm looking at Disney Circle, but is there a basic(ish) router that will give me multiple choices to control devices?
I'd like to block porn from some pc's, block Steam from other pc's.
Ideally I would love to limit certain websites to particular times per day (i.e. facebook from 7-9pm) on particular devices.

OpenDNS just doesn't cut it.

Would prefer a "once and done" type cost - buy it and no monthly fees. I don't need any parental controls for phones outside of the home wifi.

Thank you!
Food for thought...
A co-worker has 2 network segments that are firewalled off from each other

The home automation stuff is on one
The other is for the everyday stuff...surfing, email, etc...

That way it's very unlikely that one of his IoT devices gets compromised and then attacks his computers, laptops, tablets, etc...
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Before I upgraded to 100mbps with the new Zyxel c3000z modem, I purchased a Disney circle. Loved it my kids had no way around it and I could set limits and filter by topic or specific website. Plus pause entire wifi on all monitored devices. I could also hide the Circle anywhere near a power source. Now since my upgrade the Circle is not compatible with this modem. To get it to work I have to physically plug the Circle directly into the modem. Which of course my teens figured out, and now they unplug when they get a chance. Currently looking at replacing the Circle with the Orbi. Anyone tried that?
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