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Live Parental Controls

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NETGEAR Live Parental Controls, powered by
OpenDNS, is a router-based Web filtering solution
available on NETGEAR Wireless-N router and
gateway products.

  • Blocks up to 50 categories of Internet content
  • Designed to protect you from identity theft and scams
  • And it's FREE for NETGEAR customers!
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Families with one or multiple computers
Three out of four children between the ages of 5 and 17 use the Internet regularly, and 70% of them access it from home. If you have kids at home, you are an Internet parent and protecting your children from Internet predators and unsafe content should be a top priority.

Anyone seeking an extra layer of protection from phishing and online fraud.

Public facilities with free WiFi service
To prevent access to undesirable content and conserve bandwidth for intended functions at Cafes, libraries, schools, or hotels lobbies.

Small and medium businesses
To restrict leisure browsing and increase employee productivity.

  

Please note
Live Parental Controls is an excellent solution for keeping your family safe online, but like all Web filtering tools, it isn't perfect. NETGEAR reminds you there's no substitute for keeping the family computer in a common area and in plain sight where you can monitor the Web sites your kids are visiting, and taking caution when visiting Web sites requesting personal or financial information.

Web-based GUI
Live Parental Controls will be the first to allow parents or network administrators to manage settings while away from home or office. This is particularly convenient when access "exceptions" need to be made. And since settings are stored on the web, using a browser interface to manage them is not difficult at all.

Total home protection
Live Parental Controls protects all Internet-connected devices thru the router. It not only protects computers, but also set-top box, iPhone, iPod, and gaming consoles. You no longer need to worry about phones and gaming consoles not being protected when kids use them in their own rooms. Even guest computers accessing the Internet through your network are protected.

Flexible settings
You may have your own computer or you may be sharing a computer with other members in the family. Default and per-user settings allow customizable configurations for your PC, MAC, iOS/Android Smartphone/Tablet and personalize the settings for each person. Per-time setting allows Internet access during scheduled time slots, to help manage work/play balance.

Minimal software installation
Installation requires a one-time installation of Management Utility. Once Live Parental Controls is set up, the software runs in the background and does not protrude normal Internet usage

 
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Installing Management Utility

Double-click on the Management Utility installer. You can find this program from either the installation CD or download it from the "Download Now" button on www.netgear.com/opendns. Before you begin, make sure your NETGEAR product meets the minimum requirements to support Live Parental Controls. To check the minimum requirements, please refer to the FAQs on www.netgear.com/opendns.

Installing Management Utility
 

Click "Finish" to launch setup, or if you choose to do it later, go to Program\NETGEAR Live Parental Controls\Management Utility.

Installing Management Utility
 

If your NETGEAR product or firmware does not support Live Parental Controls, you will see this error message. Please refer to FAQs on www.netgear.com/opendns for minimum requirement.

Installing Management Utility
 
 

Setting up an OpenDNS account

By running the Management Utility, you will set up the default settings for your network. Click on "Learn more" to see how you can customize Live Parental Controls.

Setting up an OpenDNS account
 

If you are already an OpenDNS user, the Management Utility can link your OpenDNS account to Live Parental Controls so you don't have to create a new account in the next step.

Setting up an OpenDNS account
 

Click on "Check availability" to see if your desired username is already taken. You will need to sign into the Management Utility using your username and password to change filtering settings or use this login in custom settings set up bypass users.

Setting up an OpenDNS account
 
 

Configuring basic setting

This is the default filtering level that is applied to all devices connected through the router at all times. To override the default setting, such as on a parent's computer, a bypass account can be set up later in custom settings.

Configuring basic setting
 

Congratulations! You have successfully set up NETGEAR Live Parental Controls powered by OpenDNS. To change your default filtering level, click on "Change Basic Settings". To further configure advanced features, including bypass accounts and time-based filtering, click on "Change Custom Settings".

Configuring basic setting
 
 

Selecting a time zone

If this is the first time you are configuring advanced settings, you will be asked to select your time zone. It is important that you select the correct time zone for time-based filtering to work correctly.

Selecting a time zone
 
 

Configuring time-based settings

NETGEAR Live Parental Controls powered by OpenDNS allows you to filter specific Web content at only certain times of the day, such as applying more restrictive filtering during homework hours.

Configuring time-based settings
 

Individual time blocks are color-coded according to the filtering level. To create a new time block, click "Add a time block" on the left.

To change the filtering level, simply click on the time block on the left panel and select your desired filtering level for that time block. Click "Update Time Block" to save.

Configuring time-based settings

 
 

Configuring bypass accounts

To enable the bypass accounts feature so that privileged users (such as parents) can log in to override the default setting, a User Utility needs to be installed on computers using the bypass account. Also, a bypass account needs to be created with the desired filtering (or lack thereof).

Configuring bypass accounts

 

Click on "Add account" to complete the step and repeat to create as many bypass accounts as needed. Each user will need to sign in to the account using the User Utility.

Configuring bypass accounts

 

Once a bypass account is created, simply select it to display or change the bypass account settings.

Configuring bypass accounts

 

Time blocks can also be created for bypass accounts.

Configuring bypass accounts

 
 

Installing User Utility for Bypass Accounts

Double-click on the User Utility installer. To download the file, click "Custom Settings" from the status page, and click on "Manage Bypass Accounts".

For Apple iOS devices, download "NETGEAR genie" from App Store and use "Parental Controls" to log in with the bypass account.

For Android devices, download "NETGEAR genie" from Google Play and use "Parental Controls" to log in with the bypass account.

Installing User Utility for Bypass Accounts
 
 

Using User Utility

The User Utility can be launched from Program\NETGEAR Live Parental Controls\Management Utility.

Using User Utility
 

To log in to a Bypass Account, simply select the Bypass Account name and enter the password. Note that the Bypass user is logged in until they explicitly log out. Custom settings specific to the user will be applied until the user logs out, even if the computer is restarted. That way if you have a computer that is only used by a parent, you don't have to log in every time you access the Internet. Once a bypass user logs out, the default setting is applied.

Using User Utility
 
  • Q: Which NETGEAR router and gateway products support Live Parental Controls?
    A: AC1450
    D6200
    D6300
    DGN1000
    DGN2000
    DGN2200
    DGN2200M
    DGN2200v3
    DGND3300
    DGND3700
    DGND3700v2
    DGND4000
    JNR1010
    JNR3000
    JNR3210
    JWNR2010v3
    R7000
    R4500
    R6200
    R6250
    R6300
    WGR614v10
    WNR1000v2
    WNR1000v3
    WNR2000v1
    WNR2000v2
    WNR2000v3
    WNR2000v4
    WNR2200
    WNR2500
    WNDR3300
    WNDR3300v2
    WNDR3400
    WNDR3400v2
    WNDR3400v3
    WNR3500v2
    WNR3500L
    WNR3500Lv2
    WNDR3700
    WNDR3700v2
    WNDR3700v3
    WNDR3700v4
    WNDR3800
    MBRN3000
    WNDR4000
    WNDR4300
    WNDR4500
    WNDR4500v2
    WNXR2000
    WNDRMAC
    WNDRMACv2

    Please upgrade your router firmware to the latest. To download the latest firmware, please go to http://support.netgear.com and enter the product name, eg, WNR2000. To update the firmware, please connect to the router and enter http://www.routerlogin.net, click on "Router Update", and select the firmware you just downloaded. Live Parental Controls can be installed by running the Management Utility, downloadable at www.netgear.com/lpc
  • Q: How does Live Parental Controls powered by OpenDNS work?
    A: Live Parental Controls powered by OpenDNS allows you to filter Web content. You can block more than 50 different categories of sites for everyone connected to the Internet through your NETGEAR router or customize blocking for individuals.
  • Q: What is the Management Utility?
    A: The Management Utility is software used to initialize and configure your NETGEAR router's Live Parental Controls feature. After initial set up, you may continue to use the feature to change basic settings.

    Installing the Management Utility requires a computer running Windows XP SP2 + or Vista that is connected to Internet using a supported NETGEAR router. You will also need Administrator access to your computer and your router's admin password.
  • Q: Can I manage my settings remotely or using a Web-based based controls?
    A: Live Parental Controls powered by OpenDNS provides Web-based remote access, so no matter where you are in the world, you can manage the settings in your home or office. To access the Web-based controls, log in to http://netgear.opendns.com with the account username and password you used during set up.

    Note: Please run the Management Utility to perform initial setup and to initialize your router's Live Parental Controls feature before going to the Web UI.
  • Q:Will Live Parental Controls powered by OpenDNS always be free?
    A: Yes, it will always be free to you. Unlike other parental controls offerings through your ISP, that are free at first, but then require you to pay a subscription fee, NETGEAR will never charge you for the service.
  • Q: Does Live Parental Controls powered by OpenDNS filter Web content on my Xbox 360, iPod Touch or other Internet-enabled device?
    A: Yes. Live Parental Controls powered by OpenDNS applies your filtering settings at the DNS layer for every device that is connected to the Internet through your NETGEAR router. No matter if you are trying to look up a Web site on a computer, game console or personal media player, your filtering settings will be applied.
  • Q: What is Time-of-Day based filtering?
    A: Time-of-day based filtering allows you to apply different levels of filtering for different times throughout the day. For example, you may want to apply more restrictive filtering for children in your home during homework hours.
  • Q: What is Per-User filtering? A bypass account?
    A: Per-User filtering A bypass account allows you to apply different levels of filtering for different people in your home or office. Set a default filtering level for everyone accessing the Internet through your NETGEAR router, and then set up one or more bypass accounts for per-user filtering for individuals requiring filtering levels different from your selected default.
  • Q: What if I have a dynamic IP address? Does different types of Internet services (DSL, Cable, etc) this affect Live Parental Controls powered by OpenDNS?
    A: The router can handle different types of Broadband Internet connections including DSL, Cable, it Changes to your IP address are automatically handled by your router and will not affect your filtering settings.
  • Q: What does Live Parental Controls powered by OpenDNS do to combat against proxies?
    A: OpenDNS constantly updates and human-verifies its list of anonymous proxy servers 24/7 to identify new ones and prevent access to them. OpenDNS's unique approach to proxy identifying and blocking is widely considered to be best-in-class, and OpenDNS is trusted by more than 25,000 schools.
  • Q: How does Live Parental Controls powered by OpenDNS compare to a similar service provided by my ISP?
    A: Live Parental Controls powered by OpenDNS will always be free to you, unlike other parental controls offerings which are free at first, but then require you to pay a subscription fee.

    Also, Live Parental Controls powered by OpenDNS provides Web-based remote access, so no matter where you are in the world, you can manage the settings in your home or office.
  • Q: New sites pop on the Internet everyday, how can I be assured that they will also be blocked?
    A: OpenDNS has a team of more than 50,000 people around the world who work to find new Web sites and categorize them immediately, so users of Live Parental Controls powered by OpenDNS get the benefit of brand new sites being categorized in near real time.
  • Q: What is DNS?
    A: DNS stands for Domain Name System. Whether you realize it or not, you use the DNS every time you use the Internet.

    Think of the DNS as the phonebook of the Internet. You know websites by their URL (ex: www.example.com). The Internet only knows websites by their numerical address (ex: 127.0.0.1). When you type a URL into your browser and hit the Enter button on your keyboard, your computer automatically uses the DNS to look up its numerical address and get you to the site you are trying to visit.
    The Internet simply wouldn't work without the DNS. For most of us, remembering a numerical address for every website we visit would be hard. (Think about the challenge remembering a seven-digit phone number often presents if you don't write it down.) Because of the DNS, you don't have to remember the numerical address of websites.

    Most Internet Service Providers (ISP) have their own DNS servers, so if you're not yet using OpenDNS, you probably get your DNS service from your ISP by default.
  • Q: I am already using OpenDNS. Can I transfer information and settings from my existing OpenDNS account?
    A: It is not possible to transfer information or settings from your existing OpenDNS account however you may use the same account login and password.
  • Q: Are the DNS requests logged and stored?
    A: OpenDNS doesn't collect or store any personally identifiable information about Live Parental Controls users.
  • Q: Should I be worried about any security or privacy issues as I run Live Parental Controls?
    A: Both OpenDNS and NETGEAR take our users' privacy and security very seriously. To read the OpenDNS privacy policy please click go to http://www.opendns.com/privacy/