Windows 10: How to restrict wi-fi internet access to kids?

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  1.    29 Apr 2016 #1

    How to restrict wi-fi internet access to kids?


    Hi,

    At home we access to the internet wirelessly by means of a modem-router TP-Link Archer MR200, through a SIM and 4G link.
    The problem is that after the first connection the wi-fi network key of the modem-router remains memorized in the device (laptop, tablet, smartphone), therefore the kids are in a position to access the internet without our control; which is not what we want.

    Is there a way in Win10 (WinXP and Android as well) to prevent the network key from remaining memorized (without having to delete the wireless network profile at the end of each session) ?
    This would force the kids to come to us whenever they want internet.

    Thanks in advance
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  2. RWOne's Avatar
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       29 Apr 2016 #2

    For wifi when connecting there is the checkmark for Connect automatically, don't check it when entering the password for them.

    Similar options exist for each OS you indicated.
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  3.    29 Apr 2016 #3

    Hi there

    On some routers you can enable the time that the router will allow specific Mac addresses (hardware specific - computer wifi card / tablet wifi card etc) to access the internet. Another way is to have 2 SSID's - one hidden that only you use and the other which appears in the wifi list that kids etc can access - this can also be restricted by time. You'll probab;y need to set up a "Virtual switch" for this --it sounds more complex than it actually is BTW. Look in your Router manual under security settings.

    Ideally the best way of controlling Internet access would be to set up a Proxy server - you could use another machine for this -- advantage is that you could restrict sites they access and also by reading the log see what they are accessing. If you don't have a spare machine you could set the proxy server up on your main machine which would control access and stop internet access when the machine is down.

    If they have their own mobiles - that's another ball game as they could use 4G without needing wifi -- you are on your own on that one !!!. You might as well use a domestic Watering Can to extinguish a Volcano -- would be easier than getting kids to turn off mobile phones (and probably a lot of adults too !!).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4.    30 Apr 2016 #4

    RWOne said: View Post
    For wifi when connecting there is the checkmark for Connect automatically, don't check it when entering the password for them.

    Similar options exist for each OS you indicated.

    This expedient works on Win7, but not on Win10.
    Hmm...
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  5. bro67's Avatar
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       30 Apr 2016 #5

    Android OS has Parental controls built in.

    If you want to do it on the router side. You would need one that offers time controls.
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  6. Slartybart's Avatar
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       30 Apr 2016 #6

    pestifero said: View Post
    Hi,

    At home we access to the internet wirelessly by means of a modem-router TP-Link Archer MR200, through a SIM and 4G link.
    ...
    Jimbo's suggestion amplified - configure the router
    see: How to set up Parental Controls of Archer MR200? - Welcome to TP-LINK

    Win10 has Family safety
    see: Set up your family - Windows Help

    ... but that won't help with non-MS devices
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  7.    01 May 2016 #7

    Filters-based parental controls do not suit me.
    I simply want to enter the wi-fi network key at each connection (when the kids ask for Internet, and I agree to) and the device must NOT memorize it. That's it.

    My need is that simple.... that I'm not capable to implement it in Win10 !!!
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  8.    01 May 2016 #8

    pestifero said: View Post
    Filters-based parental controls do not suit me.
    I simply want to enter the wi-fi network key at each connection (when the kids ask for Internet, and I agree to) and the device must NOT memorize it. That's it.

    My need is that simple.... that I'm not capable to implement it in Win10 !!!
    Change the passphrase initially and then when you enter the passphrase , isn't there a tickbox to tell it to save it? , untick it.
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  9. bro67's Avatar
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       01 May 2016 #9

    pestifero said: View Post
    Filters-based parental controls do not suit me.
    I simply want to enter the wi-fi network key at each connection (when the kids ask for Internet, and I agree to) and the device must NOT memorize it. That's it.

    My need is that simple.... that I'm not capable to implement it in Win10 !!!
    It does not work that way. Take the phones and lock them down in the parental controls. Set the Parental controls on the Gateway.

    At bedtime, have them place the phones in a basket. For every week that they detox from the phones under your rules as a parent, give them $5-10.

    You are the parent. You came here for suggestions and now you are upset with them, so it is starting to sound like the children are ruling the roost.

    Step up and tell them that bedtime during the week is at a certain time and they agree to the rules.

    Summer is coming up and you need to give them a little leniency. Otherwise you are going to find out that you will suddenly become the most hated person in the household.
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  10. bro67's Avatar
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       01 May 2016 #10

    Wullail said: View Post
    Change the passphrase initially and then when you enter the passphrase , isn't there a tickbox to tell it to save it? , untick it.
    Devices remember the Passphrase until it changes and then the device asks for it again.

    They will end up finding ways around the whole Passphrase, because there are apps and tools to track them.

    A Captive Portalis a good way to reward them with more online time.
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