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Kid Control of internet with Mikrotik

When there is a lot of screens at home and you have kids, sooner or later there comes the need for parental controls for internet. For computer, you can simply install program for this purpose or use integrated Apple parental controls. With phones or tablets situation is a little bit complicated. And in smart home, depending on always on Wi-Fi you can’t simply turn off router or change Wi-Fi password when you want to turn off internet for kids. There are some routers with integrated parental controls. And it seems in the future such functionality will be standard.

While searching for simple parental controls solution for Wi-Fi, I have found, that Mikrotik is also working on it. Unexpected. Looks like Mikrotik have plans to be not only corporate world router but want to find way for home usage.

Mikrotik calls this feature Kid Control and it is in beta now. To get this feature you have to upgrade Mikrotik firmware to newest Release Candidate firmware. From my experience, Mikrotik RC versions is stable for home usage.  To upgrade to newest release candidate version, connect to Mikrotik by Winbox and go to System -> Packages. Click on Check for updates and in channel drop down menu, select release candidate. Continue reading Kid Control of internet with Mikrotik

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Mikrotik configuration

After plugging in Mikrotik router it is almost ready to do internet routing. With default configuration it will give internet to computers, but to fully functioning we need to configure it.

Access configuration of router we can through internet browser or Winbox program. As Winbox runs on Windows OS, I will configure it on internet browser. For easier access, plug in computer to Mikrotik by LAN cable. Defaul Mikrotik IP address is 192.168.88.1. Default username: admin password: admin. As we enter this ip address in browser, we can see welcome screen with “Quick set” configuration: Continue reading Mikrotik configuration