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UPC Cablecom parental controls

I am with UPC Cablecom using a "Connect Box" router (the upright vertical white one).

I want to implement parental controls (i.e. web filtering) at the router (I do not want to use software on the various connected devices).

It seems that this router has no in-built parental control or DNS settings capabilities.

Has anyone found a way to establish parental controls with this router?
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Re: UPC Cablecom parental controls

Yes right leave parent control up to the router. Then you are left with nothing to say.
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I am with UPC Cablecom using a "Connect Box" router (the upright vertical white one).

I want to implement parental controls (i.e. web filtering) at the router (I do not want to use software on the various connected devices).

It seems that this router has no in-built parental control or DNS settings capabilities.

Has anyone found a way to establish parental controls with this router?
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I am with UPC Cablecom using a "Connect Box" router (the upright vertical white one).

I want to implement parental controls (i.e. web filtering) at the router (I do not want to use software on the various connected devices).

It seems that this router has no in-built parental control or DNS settings capabilities.

Has anyone found a way to establish parental controls with this router?
We don't rely on the unit's controls. The computer is facing plain sight and the screen time is restricted. Simple as.
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Re: UPC Cablecom parental controls

Thanks for the replies but let us check our assumptions.

Although the router functionality is commonly identified as Parental Controls (or web-filtering), in this particular case the intended use & application will not involve children.

I would be very interested in any technical replies rather than unsolicited parenting advice.
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Re: UPC Cablecom parental controls

I've not been with UPC for a while, but you could certainly change DNS settings on a Horizon box (I changed them so I could use Overplay). In fact I've not seen arouter yet that doesn't allow you to change DNS settings.

Alternatively, turn off the Cablecom wifi (or don't give out the password) and connect a new wireless router (via LAN) that will let you change DNS settings.
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Re: UPC Cablecom parental controls

This feature was removed in the connect box along with the ability to chose your ip range. The connect box seems a PITA to me so far, Cablecom said they were going to re-enable my old box but so far it's not happened.
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Alternatively, turn off the Cablecom wifi (or don't give out the password) and connect a new wireless router (via LAN) that will let you change DNS settings.

Great idea, thanks. I will do that (as reids pointed out, the new connect box does not have any option to adjust DNS settings).
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Re: UPC Cablecom parental controls

A co-worker said he was going to use the Sophos UTM for this.

We have it at work (but don't do any filtering) and apparently, it's free for home use.

https://www.sophos.com/en-us/product...e-edition.aspx

You just need something to run it on.

If you happen to run an vSphere cluster in your basement, you can run it there.

Else, maybe something like this:

https://www.thomas-krenn.com/de/prod...server-v2.html

and run KVM on it (I don't know if the free edition supports KVM, though).

Else, try the above box and run pfSense + Squidguard on it.

BTW: when using macOS' Guest Account (and having the included parental controls enabled), I can't even read all of 20min.ch....
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Re: UPC Cablecom parental controls

There are no parental controls in the Connect Box.

You can create rules based on IP addresses (such as stop IP address x.x.x.x from accessing the internet between <start-time> and <end-time>) but nothing easier than that. I assume a simple change to the device's IP address would quickly bypass that.

Best would be to connect another router to it, give that router's wifi password to your children, and simply turn it off when you don't want them to have internet access. Of course, any mobile will simply revert to 3/4G at that point.

The comment above (the abrupt "simple as" one) regarding simply watching what they surf takes no account of the types of devices one uses now which have web browser functionality, or exactly how close one wants to hover around their children at all times.

There is no easy answer.
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Re: UPC Cablecom parental controls

Parental control is trivial to bypass and it can be done with a 5 minute google search. Talking with your kids will probably be a lot more efficient.
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The comment above (the abrupt "simple as" one) regarding simply watching what they surf takes no account of the types of devices one uses now which have web browser functionality, or exactly how close one wants to hover around their children at all times.

There is no easy answer.
The answer is not to solely rely on the parameters of the parental controls to restrict internet access. Most internet awareness advice given out by schools advocate parents as the most effective barrier and not allowing kids to surf behind closed doors. When you have multilingual kids, preselected parental controls are a piece of cake to get around.

All our devices are wifi access only so sneaky playground surfing doesn't work.
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