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how do I restrict broadband access times?

Hi,

what is the simplest way to restrict when  the broadband router is connected to the internet. I wish to stop the connections during night times?

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Re: how do I restrict broadband access times?

Unfortunately the hubs do not come with timers.  So the next best solution is to buy a mains timer plug and dial in the times you want the hub on and off.

 

 

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Re: how do I restrict broadband access times?


@Dave_cq wrote:

Unfortunately the hubs do not come with timers.  So the next best solution is to buy a mains timer plug and dial in the times you want the hub on and off.

 


My purpose is to prevent children getting on the internet and gaming or watching TV at night, so a timer plug would not be tamper-proof enough to achieve this. I thought the ISP might have something they can do, or that most routers could restrict access times for IP addresses or MAC addresses?

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Re: how do I restrict broadband access times?

This is a difficult question which has been discussed many times in this Forum. There is no solution just using the Hub 3. It has limited timing capabilities and is difficult to set up. But I've seen this rather elegant and simple solution which gives you total control, though you have to do it manually each night. It uses the VM Connect App over your WiFi network at home. 

Read these two helpfiles:

https://www.virginmedia.com/help/what-is-virgin-media-connect-app

https://www.virginmedia.com/help/manage-virgin-media-connect-app



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Re: how do I restrict broadband access times?


@alanyw wrote:

My purpose is to prevent children getting on the internet and gaming or watching TV at night, so a timer plug would not be tamper-proof enough to achieve this. I thought the ISP might have something they can do, or that most routers could restrict access times for IP addresses or MAC addresses?


The technology is out there in most third party routers, but not so much in the Hub 3.  To get the level of control you are looking for the best option is get your own router and put the Hub 3 into modem mode:

https://www.virginmedia.com/help/virgin-media-hub-modem-mode

I have never used the parental controls in my Netgear router (no kids) but I believe Netgear use Circle with Disney on many of their routers, which appears to have options to restrict access at certain times.

A quick Google search bring up these lists of best parental control routers:

https://www.lifewire.com/best-parental-control-routers-4160776

https://www.wifiattendance.com/blog/parental-control-routers/

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Re: how do I restrict broadband access times?

thanks for the replies, all of which have their own solutions.

I've had time to play around with the router I have (Hub 2 VMDG485, with Netgear named on the back), and through the advanced>security settings it does allow me to bar different addresses, within set times. I tested this on my iPhone, barred the MAC address for 15 minutes, and it stopped my access to the internet successfully.

This will do for now, though I was hoping that there would have been an app that was a bit more user friendly and universal to different ISP's somewhere out there.

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Re: how do I restrict broadband access times?

Sorry, forgot to ask which hub you had and I have just gotten used to folks having the Hub 3 which AFAIK still has broken time based MAC filtering.

The timed MAC filtering on the SH2 should work OK.

This isn't the kind of thing that an app alone can manage, as software based solutions would need to use DNS to block access but can be easily bypassed by changing the DNS settings on an individual's device.  Any tech savvy child would circumvent it in minutes, or would get a tech savvy friend to do it for them.

Circle with Disney seems to be close to what you were hoping for.  It does require a bit of hardware along with an app:

https://meetcircle.com/

Or Koala Safe:

https://koalasafe.com/

They might be worth a look as they can both be used with any ISP as far as I can tell.

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Re: how do I restrict broadband access times?

see my other post on the same topic regarding ScreenTimeLabs... I've been really impressed with how easy and effective it was to setup the profiles, setup timer restrictions (staged limits on apps as you approach bedtime) also web filtering and web search tracking... all controlled centally via the parents' webpage / phone apps. They also identify the device and flag ways that the controls could be bypassed and show you how to block the bypass, depending on the device.

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