The Complete Guide to Wireless Routers Parental Controls
Router parental controls are really important. A vast majority of homes do not filter or monitor their wireless router. This allows babysitters, sleepover guests, and visitors to obtain unfiltered internet access in their homes.
Some routers come with their own set of parental controls in their dashboard. Here are a few routers that we recommend, which take parental controls seriously:
- EERO Home Mesh router. Great, expandable coverage for larger homes. Decent parental controls for screen time and content filtering.
- Gryphon Advance Security & Parental Controls router. A few parents have raved about this recently. Like EERO, has an app. Seems to have more features than EERO.
- Circle with Disney acts as an accessory to your router, giving you stronger parental controls over your home’s network. It’s not a router, but connects to your router. Easy-to-use app for you to exert screen time and app control over your kid. Weaker on content control (i.e., blocking porn) than the previous two.
- If you’re a gaming home, then the Asus AC3100 is your beast. Fast. Powerful. Parental controls included.
For almost every family, one of those, or Circle paired up with your existing router, is going to work just fine.
If you don’t have one of the routers above and want more protection from the router you do have, then please consider blocking porn with clean DNS. We recommend CleanBrowsing, explained further here: How to Protect Porn on Any Device. For Free.
How to use CleanBrowsing with your wireless router:
- Log into the router’s dashboard [here’s a comprehensive list of instructions for accessing the dashboard on various brands].
- Find someone with a touch of IT knowledge (or a middle schooler, whoever is closer!).
- Follow these very detailed wireless router instructions from CleanBrowsing.
Once you have those two things, you’ll enter the clean DNS IP addresses above that you want. Also, make sure the router’s dashboard is password protected.
**Special note for AT&T U-verse families. Unfortunately, those darn 2-Wire routers they give you are NOT configurable. OpenDNS has a support article that explains what you can do, but it’s not easy and it will cost you another router.