Linksys E1000 Wireless Router with parental controls

  • Do you have trouble controlling internet usage in your home (whether your own internet time or your kids’)?
  • Do you sometimes/often/always catch your kids playing online games on their devices instead of studying?
  • Are you concerned over porn and potentially harmful sites such as Omegle and Chat Roulette that your kids might be exposed to while browsing the Net?
  • Do you want to block certain sites, but it seems like the process will cost a gallon of your blood (because of nosebleed)?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, read on! And make sure you read through to the end, because you could win a Linksys Cisco E4200 Wi-fi Router – from the high-end range of the Linksys E Series.

 

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As a mom of three, including a full-blown teenager and a pre-teener, I have good reason to control internet use at home. Aside from being in that curious stage, they are also innately wired. They, like most modern kids, have a knack for technology. No need for manuals or step-by-step guides – they just know how to go about something techie.

That’s not always a bad thing. But if their computer use is not reined in, it’s dangerous. There’s even a debate now on whether internet addiction should be considered a mental disease. So yes, I think we agree that too much internet use is not good, most especially for kids who are in the stage of forming life habits.

Not so long ago, I installed Chrome Nanny, an application that enables me to block websites and set timed access, on my laptop.

However, Chrome Nanny has its limitations -mainly that I could not install it on my daughter’s mobile device from which she primarily accesses the internet. That leads to another limitation of browser-based parental controls: one can always launch another browser that doesn’t have any control app installed.

Enter, wi-fi routers with parental controls

Cisco Philippines, through Mommy Mundo, recently gave me the chance to experience and review the Linksys E1000 Wireless Router. It’s not just a wi-fi router; it also has parental control that can limit access time and block sites for specific users.

Like most wireless routers, the Linksys E1000 is easy to install. Just insert CD-ROM into your computer and follow onscreen instructions.

However, my internet connection at home is Sun Broadband that uses the Huawei B200 Modem/Router that was provided by Sun. Being a wi-fi router also, the existing modem conflicted with the E1000. “IP address conflict” is what Salvador (from Cisco) called it. I risked losing some blood (as above) if I attempted to figure out a work-around. So I waited for Cisco’s technical assistance.

Fortunately, Salvador made this for-dummies installation guide. It’s easy to resolve the IP address conflict, after all.

A simple edit of the E1000’s IP address resolved the IP address conflict with my existing wireless router.

Click link to view step-by-step PDF guide – How to connect Linksys E1000 to Huawei B200.

After following the steps, I was ready to install the E1000 as my wireless router. I inserted the Installation CD-ROM that came with the router and followed the on-screen instructions.

Upon successful installation, the Cisco Connect software will launch. From there, one can access the features and adjust settings of the E1000.

With the Linksys E1000, you can:

  • Authorize and connect devices and computers to the router.
  • Allow guest access without exposing your real password (thereby protecting the admin computer from possible unauthorized access).
  • Set parental controls that are specific per connected device/computer.
  • Easily personalize router settings, such as changing the network name and password.
  • Check internet connection speed.
  • How to connect computers and devices to E1000 Router:

Click on the “Computers and Devices” box on Cisco Connect window. This window will appear –

Select type of device you are going to connect to the router, and click “Next”.


Go to your device and set up a wireless connection using the settings that appear in the window above.

Wait for your device to be detected by the router. When it does, click “Next” to assign a name for the device and  finish adding device to router.


  • How to set Parental Controls:

Click on the “Parental Controls” box in the Cisco Connect window to set up a parental controls password (which, of course, should be different from the network password) and a secret question.

Each time you log into Parental Controls, you will be asked for the password.

Click on the “+” icon on the window’s left side to select a device to control. Remember to add/connect all devices first so you can set parental controls.

Now the fun part – blocking sites and setting the blocked time! 😛 Settings are done separately per device.

(I set Patch’s internet access to be blocked at 10PM on weekdays because sometimes she actually does stay up late doing homework. S’ya, s’ya…. pagbigyan na…)

As soon as the clock strikes 10 (or 11PM on weekends), the proverbial carriage turns into pumpkin –

Boohoo. In case of emergency though, the Linksys E1000 provides compassion and allows access for one hour if the parental controls password is entered.

  • How to set guest access:

Click on the “Guest Access” box in the Cisco Connect window.

The default guest access network name is your network name+ “guest”. The password is different from the main network password. You can also set the number of guests allowed to ensure that your connection doesn’t get clogged up.

Again, you can easily reset password for guest access from the window above. So that eliminates possibility of “lingering” guests a.k.a. neighbor-leechers who may have gotten hold of the password.

Router settings, such as router name and password, can be easily edited from Cisco Connect. You can also check internet speed.

So how do I find the Linksys E1000 Wireless Router? I like that:

  • It’s easy to install and set up. If you use broadband internet connection (like mine), we now know that there is a work-around so that isn’t a problem.
  • The features are easy to access and settings can easily be adjusted through Cisco Connect.
  • There’s option for guest access without exposing the network password.
  • The parental control feature actually works! No need now to nag and remind the kids –  one task off the list!
  • For its retail price of Php2,895, the Linksys E1000 is affordable. Yes, other wi-fi routers are cheaper, but they don’t have the advantage of E1000’s features.

The internet is an important and vast tool. Everything is right there – one Google search and you have the answer to your kids’ homework. But with uncontrolled use, it can be harmful. Internet safety should be a priority in every home.

If you have young kids like mine and you’d like to control their internet use without totally blocking their access, theLinksys Wireless Routers are for you.

Now, how would you like to experience what I just detailed here, only awesome-r?

Join my Linksys Router giveaway – and get a chance to win the sleek and powerful Linksys E4200 worth Php8,595!

The E4200 has parental control and more: Dual-band N to double your network bandwidth; SpeedBoost antenna to maintain high speeds across greater distances throughout your home; Gigabit ethernet ports that’s 10x faster than standard ethernet.

It’s easy to join. Simply leave a comment and answer these easy survey questions:

1) How do you access Internet at home? 3G or Wifi connection

2) Do you connect many Wi-fi devices (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop, wireless printer) at home? Yes or No. If yes, how many?

3) Do you have a wireless router at home? If yes, which brand are you using?

4) Which is the determining factor when choosing a router for your home? Brand / Performance / Price?

Here are the Contest Mechanics:

1. Contest is open to all residents of the National Capital Region (NCR).

2. Comment and answer the survey questions above from October 17 to 24.

3. Duplicate responses are not allowed; only the survey response posted earlier will be counted. (UPDATE, 10/19/11: “Duplicate response” means comment of same person in other blog entries. A person is only allowed to answer the survey once in one participating blog. Other responses made later in other blogs are not valid. Please ensure this is the first participating blog you are responding too. 😀 )

4. There are 10 participating blogs (ImomOnline is one of them). The blog with the most survey responses wins. Owner of winning blog gets an iPad 2 3G with wifi. (So please help me win! 😀 )

5. From the winning blog, one lucky survey respondent will be selected by raffle to win the Linksys E4200 Router.

6. Winning blog and respondent will be announced on October 28 at the Mommy Mundo website.

7. Prize will be delivered by Mommy Mundo/Cisco to the winner.

Remember, you have to answer the survey questions from Oct. 17-24 to qualify for the contest.

To increase our chances of winning, share this contest with your friends who live within NCR. Copy and paste this link – http://imomonline.net/?p=4235.

Thank you for your support, and good luck to all of us! 😀

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52 thoughts on “Linksys E1000 Wireless Router with parental controls

  1. 1) How do you access Internet at home? 3G or Wifi connection? Yes. I use Broadband.

    2) Do you connect many Wi-fi devices (eg, smartphone, tablet, laptop, wireless printer) at home? Yes. We have two laptops at home and we both need Internet connection.

    3) Do you have a wireless router at home? No.

    4) Which is the determine factor when choosing a home router for your home? Performance and price. Ideally, I’d like to have a router that works fast at an affordable cost.

  2. 1. Broadband with Wifi
    2. Yes, Desktop, Laptop, smartphone and PSP
    3. Yes.
    4. Compatibility first, then performance and brand, then price.

  3. 1) 3G broadband stick, DSL and wi-fi sometimes
    2) Yes. 3 devices (laptop, ipod & mobile phone)
    3) No.
    4) Performance above all others.

  4. 1) Both 3G and WiFi

    2) Yes. 10 devices.

    3) Yes. Aztech.

    4) Router was provided. If I were to buy one, it would be performance.

  5. MICHELLE LIM
    mymomfriday at gmail dot com

    1. How do you access Internet at home? 3G or Wifi connection? – WI-FI

    2. Do you connect many Wi-fi devices (eg, smartphone, tablet, laptop,
    wireless printer) at home? Yes or No. If yes, how many? – YES, AT LEAST 6 DEVICES/GADGETS.

    3. Do you have a wireless router at home? If yes, which brand are you using? – YES = CISCO

    4. Which is the determine factor when choosing a home router for your
    home? a) Brand / b) Performance / c) Price?
    BRAND RELIABILITY

  6. 1. WIFI. But when my service provider goes down, I switch to a 3G dongle.
    2. Yes!!! 18 devices – believe it or not (3 desktops, 5 laptops, 1 ipad, 4 cellphones, 2 wireless printers, 2 ipod touch, 1 PSP)
    3. Yes. Linksys Wireless-G, 2.4 GHz, 54 Mbps
    4. BRAND (because brand = performance)

  7. 1) WIFI + 3G
    2) Yes. 7 internet-enabled devices ranging from my Mac to the SE Arc.
    3) Yes. CDR-King 3G-Router
    4) Priority is Compatibility and Ease-of-use, everything else is secondary.

  8. 1) How do you access Internet at home? 3G or Wifi connection… BOTH

    2) Do you connect many Wi-fi devices (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop, wireless printer) at home? Yes or No. If yes, how many?
    WE CONNECT AROUND 5 DEVICES… LAPTOPS, SMARTPHONES AND TABLET

    3) Do you have a wireless router at home? If yes, which brand are you using? D-LINK

    4) Which is the determining factor when choosing a router for your home? Brand / Performance / Price? PRICE

    delisyus at gmail dot com
    Maureen Arevalo

  9. 1. WiFi
    2. Yes. 11 devices max!
    3. Yes. Linksys. Don’t know the model coz it’s in my brother’s room 😉
    4. Performance

  10. 1. WIFI
    2. YES (2 LAPTOPS, 2 PHONES, IPAD)
    3. YES – D-LINK
    4. PERFORMANCE (this is the 3rd router we’ve installed and the best performance so far)

  11. 1. Wi-Fi and 3G if Globe Internet is down.
    2. Yes. Five (2 laptops, 2 phones, and one Archos Internet tablet
    3. Yes. Prolink.
    4. Performance.

  12. 1. Broadband with Wifi
    2. Yes, Desktop, Laptop, smartphone
    3. Yes. d-link
    4. Compatibility,performance and brand, then price.

  13. 1) How do you access Internet at home? 3G or Wifi connection -Broadband with Wi-connections

    2) Do you connect many Wi-fi devices (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop, wireless printer) at home? Yes or No. If yes, how many? Yes, 3laptops, 1 tablet and 3 smartphones 🙂

    3) Do you have a wireless router at home? If yes, which brand are you using? Yes, D-Link.

    4) Which is the determining factor when choosing a router for your home? Brand / Performance / Price? I guess you need to consider the compatibility first, the performance, then the price.

  14. 1) How do you access Internet at home? Broadband, 3G, Wifi. adik lang po.

    2) Do you connect many Wi-fi devices at home? Yes, 5

    3) Do you have a wireless router at home? Yes, Acer.

    4) Which is the determining factor when choosing a router for your home? Performance that qualifies it for me to not hurl it (I’m impatient with loading time, obviously).

    Hope you win the ipad, Chat! :-))

  15. 1) How do you access Internet at home? 3G or Wifi connection
    -Wi-Fi Connection

    2) Do you connect many Wi-fi devices (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop, wireless printer) at home? Yes or No. If yes, how many?

    Yes,2laptops, 1 ipodtouch and 1 smartphone

    3) Do you have a wireless router at home? If yes, which brand are you using? Yes, ASUS.

    4) Which is the determining factor when choosing a router for your home? Brand / Performance / Price?

    I need to consider the compatibility first, second the performance, lastly the price.

  16. 1) Broadband
    2) one desktop, two laptops, a tablet, smartphone, game console for my kids – 6
    3) Yes. The old Cisco Linksys WRT610N..I love the new Cisco E4200
    4) Value for Money: I got for US Brand / Technology

  17. 1. DSL, 3 portable modems (MIFI), WIFI

    2. Yes wifi, I think around 12 gadgets including mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops

    3. Two- Prolink through Globe DSL and Linksys for my PLDT DSL

    4. Reliability, brand name recall. Price is not a factor when it comes to quality.

  18. 1. Cable internet, 1 portable modem (Huawei), WiFi
    2. I have 6 devices which connect to Wi-Fi: 2 MacBook Pro, two iPods, and 2 windows-based desktop computers.
    3. Yes, linksys cisco.
    4. I always go for brand and don’t mind about the price as long as it’s within my budget 😉

  19. 1) How do you access Internet at home? 3G or Wifi connection
    —we have our own DSL.

    2) Do you connect many Wi-fi devices (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop, wireless printer) at home? Yes or No. If yes, how many?
    —we only have 2 wireless devices sometimes 3.. e.g. Printers,Laptops,and cellphones

    3) Do you have a wireless router at home? If yes, which brand are you using?
    —Cisco router and a D-Link.

    4) Which is the determining factor when choosing a router for your home? Brand / Performance / Price?
    —it will always be performance.

  20. 1) Cable Internet, 3G Wireless broadband, Huawei Mobile Wifi

    2) Yes. Most of my devices are wifi enabled- laptop, smartphone, ipod touch.

    3) Yes, a Linksys old wireless modem. Jurassic model haha. Time to get a new one LOL

    4) Of course affordability and performance comes hand in hand. It’s critical. You pay peanuts and you get monkeys. Weigh things out depending on your requirements and budget.

  21. 1. Wi-fi connection
    2. Yes. 18 devices (12PCs for our small business, 1 tablet, 1 laptop & 4 smartphones)
    3. Yes. TP-Link / CDR-King
    4. Performance

    Ma. Elinor Semira
    elinorsemira0124(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. 1. i access both in 3G and wifi at home.2. 4, 5-tops, when everything is activated and used :)3. yes4. if i am to choose 1 – i’d choose performance.. but if i were to arrange them whichever comes first, it would be performance, price, brand.. b ut brand sometimes determines the durability of the product.

    Jeri Mae Lim
    jerimaelim@gmail.com

  23. 1. 3G/Wifi Connection
    2. Yes, we have 2 laptops 4 smart phones and an iTouch
    3. I have a Cisco Wireless Router however since I switched my internet provider to Sun Broadband I am now using the Huawei Wireless Router
    4. When it comes to routers, I always go with trusted Brands then I choose the model that fits the budget, performance is also a factor.

  24. 1. How do you access internet at home? 3G or Wi-fi connection? Neither, I use DSL.
    2. Do you connect many Wi-fi devices (eg, smartphone, tablet, laptop, wireless printer) at home? Yes or No. No.
    3. Do you have a wireless router at home? If yes, which brand are you using? No.
    4. Which is the determining factor when choosing a router for your home? Brand / Performance / Price? price

  25. Thank you, everyone, who joined and answered the survey! I truly appreciate the support. Keep posted, because I have a surprise for all 48 of you – in appreciation of your love and support. Thank you! 🙂

  26. The only negative thing about the parental controls is that the router does not “knock” a restricted device offline at the specified time. The control only prevents it from connecting/reconnecting. You will still have to manually disable the internet, if only momentarily, to achieve the desired effect. Unfortunately, this was not adequately disclosed on the package or website prior to my purchase.

    oh well, live and learn

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