With the advancements in technology, everyone is on the internet. Every home has its own home network and there are various devices that connect to the internet. At times, it becomes difficult for us to manage what our kids’ access online. So, keeping this into consideration, Linksys came up with Parental Controls which is one of the features of Linksys Smart WiFi tools. Using this you can have complete control over your kids’ online activities.
This guide will help you learn how you can restrict internet access on some specific devices in your home. This helps you have a secure network. Without any worries, you can hand over devices to your kids. Let’s begin without any more delay.
Controlling Internet Access on Specific Devices
We assume the Linksys smart router is already installed and you can log in to its admin dashboard. We will help you to get this job executed from the very first step. This will include making connections, powering up devices, and logging in.
1st Step: Verify the Connections
A stable internet connection is required to log in to the router and make changes in the settings. So you first need to verify if all the connections are well in place.
Check the connection established between the router and the modem. Ensure it is a good one. Examine the cables and wires.
Do a speed test and then proceed further once you are sure to have a non-shaky internet connection.
2nd Step: Turn the Devices On
You should now power up the devices. The modem and the router should be plugged into well-working power sockets. Simply put, the devices must be receiving a consistent power supply. By no means the electricity supply to these devices should be inadequate. You will get stuck in login issues otherwise.
Hence, if needed, use a UPS and ensure an optimum electricity supply to the devices.
3rd Step: Connect PC to Local Network
To be able to log in to the Linksys smart WiFi router, the PC should be connected to its network. Thus, connect your computer to the router’s WiFi by selecting its SSID or the network name from the list of available networks.
By any chance, if you can not connect to its WiFi, then use a LAN cable and connect the PC to the router.
4th Step: Access Linksys Smart WiFi Account
Accessing the Linksys Smart WiFi account will take you to the Linksys Smart WiFi tools where you can make the desired changes. So, run a browser and delete the cache and cookies from it to avoid any login issues.
Insert the router’s default IP address 192.168.1.1 to visit the linksyssmartwifi login page. You can also use myrouter.local if the IP does not work. Key in the admin password of the router in the password field and click Sign In.
5th Step: Restrict Internet Access on Specific Devices
After signing in, you will reach the admin dashboard wherein you will find various Smart WiFi tools. Follow the steps highlighted next to get the job executed:
- On the left hand side of the page, under Linksys Smart WiFi Tools, click on the Parental Controls option.
- Ensure that the Parental Controls tab is enabled. If not, toggle the button to the On position.
- A new window displaying its settings will open up.
- From the list of devices in Restrict Internet Access on, select the device on which you want to restrict Internet access.
- In the option Block Internet Access, choose the option Always.
Note: You can choose Never, if you want Internet access should never turn off on that device. Select Specific times, when you want to a particular time during which internet access will be allowed on that device.
- Finally, when you are done making changes to all the devices, click on the OK button available at the bottom of the window.
- The changes made by you will be saved.
The devices will have internet access as per the settings that you have made. Go ahead and check if it works fine.
The Closing Note
This completes restricting Internet access on various devices using the Parental Controls feature on the Linksys Smart WiFi router. You can at any time use the same steps whenever you want to make changes to the settings. Apart from that, there are many other benefits of Parental Controls. The same can be checked if you have a thorough look at the Parental Controls tools in the admin dashboard. Customize the settings according to your own requirements and have secure internet access.