Linksys’ Smart Wi-Fi enables parents to effectively control internet usage within the home. Rather than just cutting the kids off cold turkey, this router (with complimentary smartphone app) allows parents to safely monitor online behaviour more easily. For starters, parents can block certain devices at specific times. Are you tired of the hassle of arguing with your kids to get off Facebook or Minecraft after 8pm? Take away the pain by either blocking their devices from Internet altogether during certain times of the day or just blocking certain websites. So if your child is allowed an hour of Facebook after dinner, you can provide it within those bounds and it will automatically restrict access again at the end of that time period. Gone are the days when parents wondered about what their children were up to, its about time parents take control of the digital age.
[two_third]Third-party apps designed to work with the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi system allow for even more control. Two such apps are “Netproofer” and “Block the Bad Stuff.” With Netproofer, for instance, you get access to the same functionality as Linksys Smart Wi-Fi but also the ability to be notified when a certain device or service is accessed on your network. That way you can make sure your kid is doing homework, and not playing Xbox. Farewell Grand Theft Auto, hello calculus equations.[/two_third]
“Make sure your kid is doing homework, and not playing Xbox.”
The device prioritization settings are especially useful for families with many different devices connected to the internet. It allows you to specify that certain devices, or services, will get a larger share of internet access. For example, if you have a work computer and you don’t want your work tasks slowed down by the online gaming your kid is doing, you can give your own device a higher priority and it will not lag as much. You work hard, you deserve the lion’s share of bandwith! This also works on a service basis – if you are downloading many files from iTunes and watching something on Netflix at the same time, you have the option of giving priority to Netflix. Your downloads will be slower but your streaming would be less interrupted.
“The Linksys WUMC710 and EA6500 is a winning combination to give parents a piece of mind. In today’s cyber world, there is no shortage of dangers for vulnerable children. Cisco has put together a great system that ensures safety and performance,” says Chris Jensen of Cisco Canada.