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It looks like you need a paid subscription to do just about anything useful with this device. Functionality that used to be free now require a subscription.
I bought this a few months ago when it was around the same price. I haven't purchased any sort of subscription and I've been able to use it set limits on various devices. You set up profiles for each kid and you can assign a device to a profile. Then you set time limits and bedtimes for the profile. It's worked well for us so far.
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Pretty much everything the circle does can be done for free with any router manufactured in the last two decades by simply changing your DNS from auto (your service provider) to something like OpenDNS or other DNS services. Also keep in mind the circle won't stop kids from getting off your WiFi network and using cellular data, you will need to use other parental control features as well.

Sure, there's a DIY method to lots of tech, but this is targeted at people who don't feel comfortable digging or don't want to dig into their router settings. The new Circle can filter cell data (but has a monthly fee).
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I had access to unlimited porn when growing up. It was awesome!!! My dad caught me looking at porn one time. I was very scared but then he asked me to share with him. LOL
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It looks like you need a paid subscription to do just about anything useful with this device. Functionality that used to be free now require a subscription.
The standalone version does NOT require a subscription, but obviously requires you to purchase the hardware. The in-router version DOES require a subscription, but does not require you to purchase (additional) hardware.

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Pretty much everything the circle does can be done for free with any router manufactured in the last two decades by simply changing your DNS from auto (your service provider) to something like OpenDNS or other DNS services.
Sure - as long as you want to provide the same "filtering" to everyone in the house. And don't want to use the ability to "pause" individual devices which is one of the most useful things that this provides.
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You sound like a fun parent lol
Yes indeed! I'm raising my daughters instead of letting corporations churn out two more over-sexuallized, cookie-cutter kids, and we have a blast!
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I bought this the last time it was on sale. I'm very happy with it. You set up profiles, assign devices to profiles, and then set rules for the profiles (on/off times, bedtimes, time limits on popular apps/websites, filters, and then a quick pause button). Best things so far:
  • Keep my smart TV paused so my kids don't wake up at 5 AM to launch the netflix app
  • Block play store so they can't install new apps on tablets
  • Turn off wifi at bedtime to my phone so I have to switch to data to keep browsing reddit (makes it like a conscious decision that I'm breaking my goal of going to bed)
  • My wife puts time limits on facebook and netflix so she doesn't binge each day
I bought the device and do not pay a subscription. My understanding is that they offer an app subscription so you can have cell phone using data still go through the app (like a VPN), and some routers have Circle built in and you pay to use it there.

It's behind my router and I have not noticed any speed issues with my internet.

Happy to pay $24 to get an easier experience than OpenDNS and manage stuff from an app on my phone.
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Yes indeed! I'm raising my daughters instead of letting corporations churn out two more over-sexuallized, cookie-cutter kids, and we have a blast!
Funny, I raise my 2 daughters experiencing Disney and visiting disneyworld every single year and guess what....they are turning out just fine and having a blast. It's called exposing your children to all things...not keeping things because you think things are evil bahaha
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Good deal. IMHO better than the 2nd gen in terms of pricing and a more restrictive/expensive feature pay-wall. Pay once, get most of the features you want as long as it's compatible with your router.

Setup could be difficult if it doesn't work the first go around.
Yes, it spoofs your routers MAC in order to intercept the request.
Using OpenDNS is part of a web filtering solution. It cannot block at a layer 7 level.
The other semi-difficult part is trying to recognize each device on your network. If you're lucky, it'll display a coherent hostname which can make sense. Most of the time you get the manufacture name of the network adapter and a hardware address.
This device can block by category and whitelist/blacklist websites.
There is no subscription fee for internal network usage. For mobile devices, there is a fee if you want to implement those restrictions.
To offset the cost (my guess), the block page throws you ads to Disney services and media instead of porn for example.


This is not the one-all solution.
Security is best effort. You cannot prevent mobile devices to jump off your home network and use cellular data.

Many small business and enterprise solutions, you have to pay a monthly fee to pay for those updated categories and services. Circle works similarly to this. From my understanding, all the major web filtering company gets there web site categorization for a 3rd party anyways,
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This thing is an absolute bandwidth killer. Stay away.
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OpenDNS FamilyShield is free. Just change the DNS on your router once and done. We've not been bothered by using it for everyone in the household. If you need only specific devices to be filtered, there's always the option of setting up FamilyShield on any old router you have lying around, and then only set up that SSID on your kids' devices, keeping the main router's WiFi credentials secret.

At the end of the day, though, nothing is more effective than just keeping your kids busy. I once discovered my daughter (who was 6) going online using a neighborhood friend's WiFi on her tablet, a tablet on which I had disabled WiFi and never set up our own network. Kids can work around almost anything.
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It looks like you need a paid subscription to do just about anything useful with this device. Functionality that used to be free now require a subscription.
I own one. Subscription is only required to block cellular internet; it blocks home wifi and ethernet devices for free
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I own one. Subscription is only required to block cellular internet; it blocks home wifi and ethernet devices for free
Strange. I read some of the reviews and questions and answers in the Amazon listing and it made it sound like functionality was crippled without a paid subscription. But it appears that's not the case based on the multiple comments in this thread.
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We have one of these that we paid $100 for a few years ago, and it's definitely been worth it. It's very easy to set up and does a really good job of blocking content and allowing for easy time limits and control. At this price, it's a no-brainer. The only thing you would need a monthly subscription for is the Circle Go, which is applied to cellular devices. Even with that, though, it's only $5 a month for up to 10 devices. Unfortunately, Circle Go is much easier for tech savy kids to remove. The standard Circle device (this one) workd great on your local network.
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ok just saying this isnt going to work when i was 7-8 year old i knew how to bypass these things if they were ever installed kids will find a way to get internet and all it takes is either the device geting unpluged them reseting the setting and setting up an admin account in their stay.deleteing the app off the phone pluging in another router around the house and labeling it as a neighbors, vpn /proxys pluging directly into the houses main router /setting permissions if house has more then one lets face it most consumer based router password = password admin = admin they can even google most of the time the user name or password and then also they can factory reset the main router in the house .or just google how to bypass circle with disney.
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