ASUS Router Parental Controls: Why And How To Use Them?

Amand D. By Amand D., 4th Mar 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3rky39e9/
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The Internet is a dangerous place for young children. To reduce these dangers, parents must do whatever is necessary to keep them safe. If you have an ASUS wireless router, you will find this task much easier. The built-in ASUS router parental controls will allow users to block specific websites from being accessed or even restrict internet access during specific hours.

Introduction

The Internet is a dangerous place for young children. To reduce these dangers, parents must do whatever is necessary to keep them safe. However, this will not be as easy as one would assume, since there are millions of websites with harmful content. If you have an ASUS wireless router, you will find this task much easier. The built-in ASUS router parental controls will allow users to block specific websites from being accessed or even restrict internet access during specific hours.

Why Take Advantage Of The ASUS Router Parental Controls?

Any child or teenager who utilizes the Internet is at risk of coming into contact with predators, being harassed and accessing harmful content. While parents do not want to take the drastic measures of restricting their children’s Internet usage, it is often necessary to keep them safe.

As you well know, most individuals have encountered explicit material, when surfing the Internet. This content can be found on many websites, regardless if they are adult access only or not. This content is often embedded into videos, which can be found on YouTube, Facebook, in chat rooms and other social media websites. The only way parents can be sure that their children are not accessing these websites is to block them, utilizing parental controls.

If your existing home network is running an ASUS wireless router, you will have the access to parental controls. Taking advantage of these safety features will give you peace of mind, keep your child safe and give your child the freedom to surf the Internet without coming into contact with harmful content.

Setting Up The Parental Controls On Your ASUS Router

Now, that you know a little bit about parental controls and why they are so important, you are probably ready to get yours setup, and why shouldn’t you?

Before you begin it is good to find and write down the MAC address of the device you want to limit.

To begin the process you want to open a web browser and type in the default router IP address 192.168.1.1 into the address bar. Once the IP address is typed in you can go ahead and hit the enter button, which should take you to the Asus router Login page that prompts you to enter your username and password.

This will be the administrator username and password for your router. If you have never reset the username and password before, there is a good chance that both the username and password will be set to admin per your default settings. You can also check the user’s manual or the label on the wireless router that has all the login details printed on it. Otherwise this is going to be the username and password that you first selected when you set up the router. If you have never changed the username and password, now might be a good time to go ahead and do so.

Once you have entered in the username and password, you will see an advanced menu on the left side of the screen. Click on Advanced and scroll down to the section that says Parental Controls and open it. Once you are in this section you will see a slider that will either display on or off. Simply, just turn this on to enable the Parental Control feature.

Now, you have to specifically enable these controls for the desired devices. Once you have the controls enabled, you will be taken to another screen that asks for the client’s name and MAC address. In the client’s name box, you will notice right away that there is a red arrow that will let you view the devices that are currently connected to your network. You can simply select the devices that you want to restrict from this list, or you can just manually type in the name of the device that you want to restrict, followed by the MAC address of that particular device. Just so there is no confusion, the MAC address is also sometimes known as the physical address of the specific device that you are trying to monitor and restrict.

After you have the correct device and MAC address entered in, just simply click on the add button. This will restrict and monitor that specific device. You can add additional devices now or at a later date.

Final Thoughts

If you are worried that your child may get around the ASUS router Parental Controls settings, we have to say that you don’t have to worry too much. This feature relies on the MAC address of the specified device, and although the MAC address can be spoofed, most children don’t know how to do it. So, this is more than enough to calm you down and make your child stick to the house rules regarding being online.

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Parental Controls, Safety For Children, Wireless Router

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