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Put Disney in charge of what my kids see? Oh heck no. Disney is the only channel I ever blocked when my kids were growing up. Their ethics and their use of both blatant and subliminal sexual messages is disgusting. Seriously folks--don't trust your kids to Disney. Walt was awesome. What it's become since he passed away is just plain evil. Search your soul--you know down in there somewhere you know what I'm talking about.
Disney was the only channel you ever blocked? Well that's a shame, cause there are far worse networks out there to worry about if you are worried about your soul.

Oh and by the way, I hope you aren't watching any programs from the following networks:

ABC
ESPN
A&E
The History Channel
Lifetime

They are also owned by Disney, so it's like watching straight up Porn!
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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.
Set up a separate SSID for the kids and webfilter for that VLAN. Block internet access to that VLAN when you want to cut them off, or set the rule to a scheduled time.

Really everyone should be segmenting their home networks. Throw that IoT sh*t in separate segment at a minimum.
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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.
this!
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As a teenager who has this in his house, I would just like to say f*%k this thing
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On the orbi you can use the circle itself but you can't use in AP mode so wondering if this requires router or AP mode..I do use opendns and vpn..
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I would stay away from this. My Internet just would not work after I installed the circle. There are other and better options out there
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1. Have any version of net gear nighthawk routers. Most of these version routers have circle by Disney built -in.
2. Have PI-hole on any raspberry.
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This one wastes your bandwidth. Saw a sudden spike in uploads. I had 14gb upload everyday for a week. Not sure what was it uploading. Disconnected and the uploads are now back to normal.
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There is a list of routers compatible with the Circle. People complaining about internet speed issues may not have had a compatible router.
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I am an experienced IT professional andI have used a gen1 device for a couple of years in my home network alongside OpenDNS family safe and pihole. They all do different things. Some quick thoughts:
-as others have said there is no subscription required for this to work on your Wi-Fi. If you want to tie your kids phones into circle when off Wi-Fi then you need to pay and then force a VPN connection to manage their usage. iPhone on Wi-Fi will let circle own it unless Wi-Fi is switched off on the phone. My kids haven't figured that out yet but I expect they will when annoyed enough to google.
-circle allows you to set time limits by device per day as well as pre-existing filter sets based on age. And easy to give a reward of extra time. I have an hour in the evening that is blocked off for the kids as well as bedtimes.
-you can exempt certain sites/domains or lock them down. For instance my kids get N minutes of game time a day but an educational game is not counted against that time.
-it is simple to have kids traffic moderated while allowing adult owned devices full access (which requires some hoops if only using open DNS)
-far from perfect but blocking kids internet from the app when I notice they are neglecting a responsibility is handy and always gets a quick response.
-I have had zero issues with network problems and circle is easy to disable if something comes up. My Cisco gear at home didn't even detect or complain about the ARP poisoning circle uses.
Tl:dr- great to help manage 12 and under internet usage in local Wi-Fi network with no subscription needed.
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have had this and its great. for $25 its a no brainer. even if you dont have kids its a nice device to notify you whenever a device joins your network.

I paid $100 and was hesitant, but the kids never get mad at me or the wife for shutting off the internet, they blame circle. They will do chores to earn more time also! Best $100 i have spent in a long time.
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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.



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.
Most routers nowadays have the same features built in, you can limit by the individual machine or restrict access. The circle is aimed at people that are completely not tech savvy (AOL online folks), being slickdeals I'm just pointing out everything here can be done considerably cheaper with a little research, from mass blocking pornography or questionable sites for the entire household, to blocking individual users at certain times. You can even block content for kids on phones (cellular data) without a monthly fee.
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In-depth review and technical analysis on this by tech expert Jim Salter at the amazing Ars Technica:
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/07/can-disneys-circle-really-deliver-a-porn-free-internet/
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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.



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.
We have had circle on our Netgear router for over a year ...the basic plan is free and more than adequate for our needs. I pause kids all the time when needed. Never paid a cent.
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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.
Absolutely agree ---- our kids only have wifi access and this device has been a game changer ---- bedtime, time limits, reward time, etc ---- yes our kids have tried to hack it and Disney customer service has been A++++ working through how to make it more foolproof --- recommend this device with absolutely no reservations (had tried to limit via the Verizon app and that screwed up our network so much and did not have close to the functionality this device has ----- at 25 dollars, as someone else has already stated, an absolute no brainer!!
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