Routers with parental controls

How to Use Routers with Built-in Parental Controls

Last Updated on May 25, 2021

Why is protecting the router important?

A router is a digital gateway into your home. Anything that comes in from the Internet has to pass through the router. That’s why it is so important to protect your kids from the digital dangers out there by first protecting the router – before you move on to other layers of parental controls. Every device on your family WiFi network will be subject to the same safety guardrails you put in place on the router level. 

There are several ways to protect the router

What routers with parental controls do

  • Filter content by age
  • Set screen time limits, WiFi limits by device and by family member
  • Some offer malware protection, antivirus, firewalls, and VPN service
  • Most come with an app making managing Parental controls easier
  • Some will only sell you the device itself, some offer a paid monthly subscription to access advanced parental controls. Not cool, we already paid for the router. 

Parental control routers with excellent reviews

We have studied the reviews from actual users: parents who purchased and used one of these routers. Only the products with overwhelmingly positive reviews are included – that is, the reviews for parental controls features of the router, not how fast the gaming speed is!  

GRYPHON Guardian Advanced Parental Control System & WiFi Security Router


Gryphon Mesh WiFi Security Router and Parental Control System
 

  • Parental controls on the family WiFi are included, optional paid subscription to Gryphon HomeBound Service to control the content on kids devices even when away from home on a different WiFi or using cell phone data
  • Comes with a smartphone app
  • Set content filters
  • Review browsing history
  • Set bedtimes/homework times
  • Limit screen time
  • Enforce safe search on the Internet browsers
  • Enforce safe Youtube mode
  • Monitor gaming consoles
  • Suspend Internet anytime

Synology Wi-Fi router with Safe Access parental controls

  • Parental controls are included free
  • Comes with a smart phone app
  • Set content filters and safe web browsing
  • Set up custom profiles for family members
  • Block or whitelist individual websites
  • Set screen time limits, give extra time as a reward
  • Turn off Internet automatically
  • Activity reports
  • Malware protection
  • VPN service

EERO Home Mesh router

  • Charges a monthly fee for parental controls
  • Comes with a smartphone app
  • Create profiles for each member of the family and assign devices to them
  • Set content filters
  • Schedule time limits by pausing the WiFi on devices
  • Includes ad blocking and advanced network security (extra fee)

TP-Link Deco Home Mesh WiFi System

  • Parental controls are complimentary for a limited period of time (sometimes as long as 3 years) but then there is a charge
  • Comes with a smart phone app
  • Create profiles and assign devices
  • Filter content by age
  • Set time limits
  • Turn off Internet on schedule, or pause WiFi for individual users
  • Activity reports
  • Antivirus protection

NETGEAR Orbi Whole Home Mesh WiFi System or Netgear Nighthawk with Smart Parental Controls


  • Partial Parental Controls are free, full Parental controls are a paid monthly subscription after the first month
  • Basic free parental controls filters content and can pause Internet, but does not have schedules
  • Comes with a smart phone app
  • Pause device internet access
  • View activity
  • Set content filters (only website filter is free)
  • Set time limits
  • Schedule device internet access
  • Antivirus and malware protection (extra fee)
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