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    This is a discussion on Sky Broadband Shield is... within the General Computing and Internet forums, part of the Community channel category; Is there anyone else who thinks Sky's Broadband Shield is crap? We've got a teenager daughter who's addicted to the ...

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      Sky Broadband Shield is...

      Is there anyone else who thinks Sky's Broadband Shield is crap?
      We've got a teenager daughter who's addicted to the internet and spends hours and hours online, often until 3am. It's affecting her sleep, schoolwork, friendships and self esteem. We've tried taking her phone but she just uses our other devices.
      OK, I know SBS can block individual sites but there are millions and if I block all 'Social media' then the whole family misses out. And if I unplug the router we can't stream TV.
      So does anyone know a way
      to turn off Wifi (so we can carry on streaming), block individual devices or set time limits?
      I tried emailing Sky customer support but all I got was a cut and paste standard reply and it was no help at all. They clearly hadn't even read my question.
      I just wish Sky would upgrade their clumsy SBShield/ Hub so parents can take can control and not let children ruin their lives.


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      Re: Sky Broadband Shield is...

      perhaps implement your own modem/ router solution which allows you full control with regards to access...
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      Re: Sky Broadband Shield is...

      Quote Originally Posted by skyeci View Post
      perhaps implement your own modem/ router solution which allows you full control with regards to access...
      Alternatively, get a separate wifi access point (WAP) - which may be cheaper and simpler to do than a full blown modem/router replacement - buying one that allows full access control, then turn off the Sky Hub wifi, and finally change the admin userid & password on both the router and the WAP and keep them both secret from all other users to avoid unauthorised setting changes. The chances of Sky changing SBS to meet those exact user needs are virtually nil.
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      Re: Sky Broadband Shield is...

      imo technology rarely solves this, the kid invariably knows more than u and has direct access to lan/hardware. pFsense could do everything but its hard(ish) to setup. You could setup some cafe style wifi access and let them earn wifi by being a semi functioning human being but its a pain to do and its way easier to just tell them to turn it off. If i tell my kids to turn stuff off they do because if they get smart and try to use something else or get round me i take it all away for a couple days, longer if they keep it up. I was where you are once trying the tech approch is just a pia that takes way too much maintenance/tinkering. check out your parenting control options via a google but be warned they are all flawed against a determined kid with direct acces to your hardware.

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      Re: Sky Broadband Shield is...

      Thanks skyeci, I'm going to look into a new router but I've been reading on the forum that Sky's Ts and Cs mean you're not allowed to use 3rd party routers to connect to their Fibre.

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      Re: Sky Broadband Shield is...

      Hi Coipu, she's not too techy (yet) so I should be able to out flank her with a router but I'm seeing on the forum that only Sky routers have the necessary factory settings to connect to Sky Fibre network and also their Ts and Cs forbid the use of 3rd party.

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      Re: Sky Broadband Shield is...

      Hi all, I've been poking around and have found that i can change some of the Hub settings and set a schedule to block websites. It's not perfect but its better than nothing. If you're interested this is how:
      Step 1: connect to the your SKY????? wifi network
      Step 2: Type 192.168.0.1 into the address bar. This will open up the Sky Hub preferences page
      Step 3: Look on the right and you’ll see a menu of things you can do
      Step 4: select Parental Controls
      Step 5: enter the default user: admin and password: sky
      Step 6: the websites you want to block either by URL or key word are here. Change what you need.
      Step 7: We has set the sites to block on a schedule ie between 22:00 and 8:30 everyday. If you want to change this schedule look at the top of the Parental Controls page you will see Schedules . Make your changes then click apply.
      Step 8: Log out
      Hope you find this useful


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      Re: Sky Broadband Shield is...

      using your own router is allowed now but you just don't get any support with your own kit.

      I have always used my own kit from day one There are certain settings that the router needs to support to connect to sky servers. This being option 61 support on the wan port
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      Re: Sky Broadband Shield is...

      You could try OpenDNS, it has built in Parental controls and can be set up on 3rd party routers and individual devices. It is very good for family networks. - https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/

      Apart from anything else, the servers are faster and more reliable than Skys'.

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      Re: Sky Broadband Shield is...

      Thanks TomD, I've got lots of options to check out now so I'll post how I get on in a few weeks.

     

     

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