- 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.
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. Continue reading Linksys E1000 Wireless Router with parental controls