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Need help with home network and parental controls

365 381 August 21, 2018 at 07:11 PM
Hope someone can help me with what my best options are. I Have three teens in the house and I shut all internet off at midnight to encourage a half decent bedtime. I currently make that happen using 2 tp link N300 routers. One as an access point because we have lots of devices in our home. The access point is flashed to Gargoyle and I set the parental controls on Gargoyle to shut it down. It works great and is reliable except for the one thing I don't like: when it shuts down at midnight, it shuts the entire internet down. I only want to shut off their devices, not my personal ones. I still want my Echo Show and the dish network boxes connected at all times for updates, alarms etc. My idea was to split my network into two somehow. One for my devices that only I know the password for and one that I give the kids to password to and use parental controls to shut down at the same time every night just like now.(they're used to it by now). Can't figure out how to do exactly what I want. I don't like the idea of restricting their devices individually because everyone has laptops, games, phones etc and I would surely miss something. Thought of buying a router with a guest network capability but I can't find one that has parental controls for the guest network. Any ideas?

Also thought of getting an Orbi but I'm not even sure if it can do what I want exactly. My house is 1200 sq foot downstairs and 800 sq foot upstairs. We can only get DSL because we're in the boonies. Is Orbi more powerful than what I need? We're not having any trouble with signal strength but if wifi would reach to the backyard firepit this fall, that would be nice but not a must.



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I'm guessing that you would want to look at MAC filtering. You might be able to create a list of MAC addresses of the devices you want to kill at midnight. Just look at the list of connected devices. You won't miss anything.
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Since you have gargoyle, take a look here specifically at the 'lights out' scenario. It only applies to certain IPs.
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