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How to pause internet access on google wifi

The new Scheduled Pause feature is easy to use—perhaps too easy if you plan on using it to stop yourself from late-night internet binges.

How to pause internet access on google wifi

Need a break from the internet? Google Wifi—a mesh network aimed to deliver problem-free wireless signals to your entire home—will now let you schedule times to cut your web connection.

The feature, called Scheduled Pause, is hardly new: conventional routers from the likes of Linksys and Netgear have offered it pretty much since the dawn of home networking. But they are often buried in clumsy and hard-to-access router administration software. On the other hand, Google Wifi’s ability to control which devices on your network have access to the internet at any given time is notable for its simplicity, which means people actually might use it.

Set up Scheduled Pause through the Google Wifi ($82.99 at Amazon) app; no passwords to enter or router administration URLs to remember. Each pause you create can have custom start and end times, and can be applied only certain devices on the network. The obvious benefit of this is that you could create a group that includes all the devices used by your kids, which could be switched off during dinner and between bedtime and wakeup.

But the ability to easily schedule internet downtime is also an exercise in willpower that could offer significant health benefits. There’s a growing medical consensus that using a computer or other electronic device before bed can disrupt sleep patterns. So setting an internet cutoff for yourself of, say, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. might help you be more well-rested.

“The first night was a shock, but after a few nights I was ready to shut down earlier,” Google Product Manager Edith Chao wrote of her experience trying pauses. “And I was more refreshed and rejuvenated in the morning.”

Of course, in practice the easy-to-use nature of Google Wifi’s Scheduled Pause feature might actually make it less suited to enforcing an internet blackout: even if you resist the temptation to open the app and temporarily unpause your phone, it’s probably even easier to turn off your Wi-Fi antenna and escape the bounds of your home network by connecting to LTE.

Google Wifi is a great home Wi-Fi system. I switched over to it over the Christmas holiday and haven’t looked back. If you want to learn more, read my review at Tools and Toys.

A recent update added the ability to pause Internet access on a group of devices (your children’s iPads, for example). To configure this feature, go to the Settings screen of the Google Wifi iOS app. Next, tap Family Wi-Fi. After that, tap New Label in the bottom right, and enter a label for the group (I’m using Kids for my example). On the next screen, you’ll see a list of all your devices. Tap the ones that you want to be in this group, and then tap Next.

How to pause internet access on google wifi

You are brought back to the main Family Wi-Fi section where you can tap the group name to open the settings for the group. You can pause all the devices in the group (dinner time, bed time, etc), pause individual devices, and set a custom end time for the pause duration (1 hour break for Dinner, etc).

How to pause internet access on google wifi

It’s important to note that this won’t affect LTE devices if they simply turn off Wi-Fi, and it also doesn’t offer any restrictions for apps or games that do not use the Internet. But, it’s a handy tool for enforcing internet downtime in your house.

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The new Scheduled Pause feature is easy to use—perhaps too easy if you plan on using it to stop yourself from late-night internet binges.

How to pause internet access on google wifi

Need a break from the internet? Google Wifi—a mesh network aimed to deliver problem-free wireless signals to your entire home—will now let you schedule times to cut your web connection.

The feature, called Scheduled Pause, is hardly new: conventional routers from the likes of Linksys and Netgear have offered it pretty much since the dawn of home networking. But they are often buried in clumsy and hard-to-access router administration software. On the other hand, Google Wifi’s ability to control which devices on your network have access to the internet at any given time is notable for its simplicity, which means people actually might use it.

Set up Scheduled Pause through the Google Wifi ($82.99 at Amazon) app; no passwords to enter or router administration URLs to remember. Each pause you create can have custom start and end times, and can be applied only certain devices on the network. The obvious benefit of this is that you could create a group that includes all the devices used by your kids, which could be switched off during dinner and between bedtime and wakeup.

But the ability to easily schedule internet downtime is also an exercise in willpower that could offer significant health benefits. There’s a growing medical consensus that using a computer or other electronic device before bed can disrupt sleep patterns. So setting an internet cutoff for yourself of, say, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. might help you be more well-rested.

“The first night was a shock, but after a few nights I was ready to shut down earlier,” Google Product Manager Edith Chao wrote of her experience trying pauses. “And I was more refreshed and rejuvenated in the morning.”

Of course, in practice the easy-to-use nature of Google Wifi’s Scheduled Pause feature might actually make it less suited to enforcing an internet blackout: even if you resist the temptation to open the app and temporarily unpause your phone, it’s probably even easier to turn off your Wi-Fi antenna and escape the bounds of your home network by connecting to LTE.

How to pause internet access on google wifi

There are a lot of “bad” websites on the internet—you know, things you wouldn’t really want your kids to look at. The problem is, it’s hard to constantly monitor what kids are doing online. The good news is that you can easily block inappropriate websites using Google Wifi.

Before we get into how to do this, let’s first talk about what you should expect. The biggest thing here is that this isn’t a super-granular, site-by-site blocking setup. Instead, it uses Google Safe Search to block “sexually explicit sites.” So, in other words: porn. It blocks porn.

It’s worth noting that it clearly states that it does not block “violent or illegal content.” So in that regard, you’ll have to use your own discretion to keep little Keith safe from the baddies on the net. But at least he can’t watch porn!

You’ll need to set up a family label before you get started. Instead of just broadly blocking all porn across your entire network, this allows you to block it only on specific machines, as the site blocking feature is specifically controlled via labels. The good news is that we also have a guide on how to set up family labels, so you can go check that out now.

With that out of the way, let’s get started.

First, fire up the Google Wifi app, and then navigate over to the last tab.

How to pause internet access on google wifi

From there, tap the “Family Wi-Fi” option.

How to pause internet access on google wifi

On the “Family Wi-Fi” page, tap the “Site blocking” option.

How to pause internet access on google wifi

All of the labels you’ve created show up here, and you can toggle each one on or off—it’s super simple. From there, Google Safe Search will take over so the kiddies can’t take a peek at anything they shouldn’t.

Once you’ve given someone your Wi-FI password, they have unlimited access to your Wi-Fi, and they can join your network on all their devices. That’s how it usually works, anyway. Here’s how to boot them off.

Option 1: Change Your Wi-Fi Password

The easiest, most secure method is merely changing your Wi-Fi network’s password on your router. This will forcibly disconnect all devices from your Wi-Fi network—even your own. You’ll have to reconnect to the Wi-Fi network by entering the new password on all your devices. Anyone who doesn’t have your new password won’t be able to connect.

Let’s be honest: If you have a lot of devices, reconnecting them all will be a pain. But it’s also the only real, foolproof method. Even if you’re capable of blacklisting a device on your router so it can’t reconnect, someone with your Wi-Fi password could connect on a new device. (And, even if they don’t remember the password, there are ways to recover saved Wi-Fi passwords on Windows PCs and other devices.)

To do this, you’ll need to access your router’s configuration settings—usually in a web interface—sign in, and change the Wi-Fi password. You can change the Wi-Fi network’s name while you’re at it, too. We’ve got a guide to accessing your router’s web interface, and you can also perform a web search for your router’s name and model number to find the manufacturer’s manual and official instructions. Look for a “Wireless” or “Wi-Fi” section in your router’s options.

This all assumes you’ve set a password on your router! Ensure you enable secure encryption (WPA2) and set a strong passphrase. If you’re hosting an open Wi-Fi network, anyone will be able to connect.

How to pause internet access on google wifi

Option 2: Use MAC Address Filtering on Your Router

Some routers have access control features that can manage which devices are allowed to connect. Each wireless device has a unique MAC address. Some routers let you blacklist (ban) devices with a certain MAC address from connecting. Some routers let you set a whitelist of only approved devices and prevent other devices from connecting in the future.

Not all routers even have this option. Even if you can use it, it’s not entirely secure. Someone with your Wi-Fi passphrase could change their device’s MAC address to match an approved one and take its place on your Wi-Fi network. Even if no one does, you’ll have to manually enter MAC addresses when connecting new devices or an attacker will just be able to connect at any time—it doesn’t seem ideal.

But, if you just want to temporarily kick a device off temporarily—perhaps your kids’ device—and you’re not concerned about them getting around the block, this could be a good method.

You’ll have to dig around in your WI-Fi router’s settings to see if it even supports something like this. For example, on some Netgear routers, this is named the “wireless card access list.” On other Netgear routers like the Nighthawk, the access control feature just controls access to the internet—blocked devices can still connect to Wi-Fi but are denied internet access. Google Wifi routers let you “pause” internet access to devices, but this won’t kick them off your Wi-Fi.

Option 3: Use a Guest Network in the First Place

If you’re giving a guest access to your Wi-Fi network, you can make this process much easier on yourself by setting up a guest Wi-Fi network on your router. The guest network is a separate access network. For example, you could have a network “Home Base” and another one named “Home Base – Guest.” You’ll never give your guests access to your main network.

Many routers offer this feature, calling it a “guest network” or “guest access” in their settings. Your guest network can have an entirely separate password. If you ever need to change it, you can just change the guest network password without changing your primary network password and kicking your own devices off.

Guest networks can often be “isolated” from your main network, too. Your guest’s devices won’t have access to file shares on your computers or other network-connected resources if you enable “isolation” or disable “allow guests access to local network resources,” or whatever the option is called.

Once again, you’ll have to dig into your router’s settings to see if it has a “guest network” feature. However, guest networks are much more common than access control lists.

How to pause internet access on google wifi

If You Can Access the Device Connecting to Wi-Fi

In the unlikely case that you have access to someone’s device and they haven’t set a password or can’t stop you, you can remove the saved password. For example, you can tell an iPhone to forget the network or delete the saved Wi-Fi network profile on Windows.

Assuming you have access to the person’s device and they haven’t remembered or written down your Wi-Fi password, this will solve your problem. They can’t reconnect on that device unless they re-enter the password. Of course, they could view it on any other devices they have access to where the password is saved.

How to pause internet access on google wifi

What About Software that Kicks People Off Your Wi-Fi?

Search the web for this topic, and you’ll discover people recommending software like Netcut or JamWifi, which can send packets to other devices on your Wi-Fi network telling them to disconnect.

These software tools are basically executing a Wi-Fi deauthorization attack to temporarily boot a device from your Wi-Fi network

This isn’t a real solution. Even after you deauthorize a device, it will still keep trying to connect. That’s why some tools can continuously send “deauth” packets if you leave your computer on.

This isn’t a real way of permanently removing someone from your network and forcing them to stay disconnected.

‎06-20-2019 12:04 PM – edited ‎06-20-2019 01:25 PM

You can pause internet access for any wireless and wired device connected to your home network including smartphones, tablets, TVs, printers, smart home monitoring devices, smart speakers, and more! Once paused, the device you selected won’t be able to access your home internet temporarily, and it won’t automatically switch to using cellular data. In cases where you want to remove an unwanted device from your network permanently, you can block their access instead. You can also pause/un-pause your own device (on which the app is installed). Please read on to learn how!

Pause a Device’s Internet Access Temporarily:

Pause a Device’s Internet Access Temporarily

  1. Tap the pause icon next to the device you want to control.
  1. Tap PAUSE to confirm you want to pause the device.
  • You can follow the same process for any other connected devices.
  • Once paused, the device you selected won’t be able to access your home internet, and it won’t automatically switch to using cellular data.
  1. Once a device is paused…

When you try to access internet in a web browser on a paused device, you will see different messages based on whether it is a secure (https) or unsecure (http) website. (Examples shown below are in a Chrome browser).

  • For unsecured websites: Automatically redirected to a local web page (192.168.0.1/pause.html) served from the modem. The web page clearly states that the device is paused using MyWiFi app.
  • For secure websites: Website tries to load and fails with a message that site can’t be reached or internet is down – the message is browser specific.
  1. To un-pause the device, tap the play icon and the device’s normal Internet access will resume immediately.

Block to Restrict Internet Access to Unwanted/Suspicious Device :

  1. Tap the device name to open the device details page.
  1. Tap the block icon.

You can follow the same process for any other connected devices.

  1. Once a device is blocked…

When you attempt to access the internet in a web browser on a blocked device, the website tries to load and fails with a message that the site can’t be reached or the internet is down. The behavior is the same if it’s a secure on non-secure website.

  1. To unblock the device, tap the three dots icon (“…”) on the top right corner of the overview screen.
  1. Click Blocked devices.
  1. Remove the device from the Blocked devices , reconnect it to the Internet and its normal access will immediately resume.

Google Wifi does more than blanket your home in Wi-Fi signal. Here’s how to get your money’s worth.

Setting up Google Wifi ($81 at Amazon) is a straightforward process. Plug each unit in, follow the prompts and enter information when asked.

But what do you do after setup is complete? You create a family group, guest network and give your Roku priority access during a binge session of “Narcos” on Netflix.

Here’s how to do just that and more.

Add network managers

By default the Google account that set up the network is the only network owner, but you can add a spouse or roommate as a network manager. Open Settings > Network Settings > Managers. Enter the person’s email address, and tap save when done. He or she will receive an email with instructions.

Managers can do everything you can as an owner, with the exception of adding, removing or factory resetting Google Wifi devices.

Run speed tests

Trying to figure out if your service provider is providing the speeds you pay for each month is always a struggle. Websites like Speedtest.net are helpful, but running a speed test directly from the wireless router is likely more accurate.

Open the Google Wifi app, tap on Settings > Network Check > Internet. Or if you’d rather run myriad tests, tap Run All Tests at the bottom of your phone’s screen.

Find out how much bandwidth devices are using

From the main screen of the Google Wifi app, tap on the bottom circle, with a number in it, next to your network’s name. A list of devices currently connected to your network, along with each one’s bandwidth usage in the last 5 seconds will fill in.

Tap on the “Last 5 Seconds” text at the top to change the overall time frame for usage, ranging from the past day, past week, 30 days or 60 days.

I’ve used this feature to check and see if my kids were sneaking in extra time on an iPod after bedtime.

Make Netflix get priority speed

By assigning a device priority status, Google Wifi will ensure that the connection to the device has all of the bandwidth it needs. For example, streaming a new movie on an Apple TV or gaming on an Xbox and don’t want any buffering? Set it as a priority device.

From the usage list you can tap on the priority button in the bottom-right corner, select a device or devices from the list, provide a time allotment for priority status, and save. Alternatively, you can tap on the Settings tab followed by Priority device.

Pause your child’s connection

Tap on the Settings tab, followed by Family Wi-Fi. Select the “+” button in the bottom corner, and follow the prompts to create a label for a group of devices connected to your network. Add devices to the label you just created, and save.

With a group of devices placed under a label, you can pause the connection to those devices on demand by opening Settings tab in the app, then tapping on the label name. To unpause the connection, return to the Settings tab and tap on the label again.

This is a handy feature for keeping your kids, or yourself, focused on homework, work, dinner, or just limiting screen time.

It would be nice if Google made it possible to schedule a label to pause a certain time each day, during homework time, for example.

Create a network for guests

Creating a guest Wi-Fi network is a simple way to give visitors access to a Wi-Fi connection, without potentially giving them access to all of the shared computers and documents on your network.

Start a guest network in the Settings tab by selecting Guest Wi-Fi. You will need a different network name and password for the new network, and you can even grant access to some devices on your main network to those on your guest network — such as an Apple TV for AirPlay or Chromecast for streaming. In fact, the app will recommend connected speakers and streaming devices.

Return to this same section of the app to turn off your guest network, or adjust any available devices.

Share network password

Have a hard time remembering your password? You can share your password with just a few taps in the app. Open the Settings tab and select Show Password. Your Wi-Fi network’s password will show up on your screen, with a share button at the bottom of the page for sending it through text or email.

Restart your network

No matter how good Google Wifi is, you are bound to have issues with your Internet at some point. And for those instances, there’s typically no better fix than restarting your network.

Open Settings > Network Settings > Wifi points.

Restart the entire network, or select a specific device to restart it by itself.

Adjust the light’s brightness

If you’d rather not have the light ring lit up on a specific Google Wifi device, you can adjust it.

Open Settings > Network Settings > Wifi points and select a unit from the Network devices settings section. Move the slider under Light brightness section in either direction.

Customize network settings

If you prefer to use OpenDNS instead of Google’s DNS setup, or want to tinker with port forwarding rules, the advanced settings section is made for you.

On the other hand, if you have no idea what any of that means, it’s best to stay away from it.

Open Settings > Network Settings > Advanced networking to customize your network.

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What to Know

  • Try first: Physically lock the router, set router-enforced time limits, disable remote administration, scan for unsecured access points.
  • Try next: Enable parental controls on devices, keep the PC where you can watch it, enable activity logging.

This article explains ways to prevent children from accessing the internet without your permission on PCs and other devices.

How to Set Up Internet Parental Controls

Our kids are more tech-savvy than we can ever hope to be. We block a website, and they find a way around our blocking software. We put up a firewall; they go through it. What’s a parent to do? We can never be sure that any of our parental controls will work, but we try our best to keep our kids safe. Here are several ways to your internet parental controls a little more effective and harder to circumvent.

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Talk to Your Kids and Set Boundaries and Expectations

Let your kids know what is expected of them by teaching them about child internet safety. Explain to them that you are trying to keep them safe and that you expect them to be responsible. Let them know that while you trust them, you will still verify that they are following the rules and that their online use can and will be monitored. Explain that internet access is a privilege that shouldn’t be abused and that it can and will be taken away if they don’t meet your expectations.

Physically Lock up Your Router

One of the easiest ways for your child to circumvent your security settings is to reset your router to its factory default settings. This usually involves simply pressing and holding a reset button located on the back of the router. Once the router is reset, most routers will default to wide-open wireless with no encryption, revert to an easily googled factory-set password, and have most of their security features disabled. The kids have an easy alibi because they can plead ignorance and blame it on a power spike. Lock the router in a closet or somewhere way out of reach to prevent them from pressing the reset button.

Set Router-Enforced Time Limits for Internet Access

Most routers have a setting that gives you the ability to cut off access to the internet at a certain time of day. You lock your doors at night. Do the same for your internet connection. Go into your wireless router’s setup and turn off your internet connection from midnight to 5 in the morning. It’s like a child lock for the internet. Time limits also prevent hackers from being able to attack your network during the set time-frame. You have effectively isolated yourself from the rest of the internet during the hours when most hackers are just starting on their second can of Red Bull.

Disable Wireless Remote Administration of Your Router

If you turn off the Remote Administration via Wireless feature on your router, then someone trying to hack into its settings (such as your child or a hacker) would have to be on a computer that is physically connected (via an Ethernet cable) to the router. Disabling this feature doesn’t prevent you from changing your router’s settings; it just makes it a little more inconvenient for you, your child, and hackers.

Scan for Nearby Unsecured Wireless Access Points

All of your firewalls and filters go out the window if little Johnny attaches to your neighbor’s unsecured wireless access point and starts leeching off of their internet connection. This overrides your internet parental controls because your child is using a different network entirely.

Use the Wi-Fi search feature of your Wi-Fi enabled cell phone or laptop to see if there are any open Wi-Fi hotspots near your house that your child could connect to. It’s best if you do the search from inside their bedroom or wherever they normally get online from. You may be able to determine where the hot spot is originating from by looking at the signal strength meter as you walk around their room. Talk to your neighbor, explain your objective, and ask them to password-protect their wireless access point. It not only helps you enforce your parental controls, but it also helps keep people from getting a free ride courtesy of their unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot.

Enable the Parental Control Features on Your Child’s Game Systems and Mobile Devices

Parents often overlook the fact that kids can get to the internet via game consoles, iPods, and cell phones. It’s important to set internet parental controls on all personal devices. These gadgets have web browsers just like your home PC does. The filters you install on your computer will do nothing to stop your kids from visiting forbidden sites using their mobile device or game system. Thankfully, most devices kids would use, such as the iPad and PlayStation 4, have parental controls that you can set to restrict the content that your kids can access. Read up on these features and implement them. Periodically check the device to see if the password you set is still in effect. If not, your child may have reset it and disabled the controls.

Put Their PC in an Open Area of the House

It’s hard for your children to visit inappropriate websites if they have to use the PC in the kitchen. If the PC is in a well-frequented area where you can see it, your kids are less likely to attempt to go to unauthorized sites. Kids may love having a PC in their room, but consider moving it somewhere less private so you can keep an eye on what is going on.

Enable Activity Logging on Your Router and PCs

Your child will most likely figure out how to cover their tracks by deleting browser histories or by enabling private browsing mode where no history is kept. The best thing you can do is purchase monitoring software that your child will not easily defeat or detect. Periodically review the log files to make sure your kids are staying out of trouble. You can also configure parental controls in different browsers for another layer of protection.

Another option is to enable activity logging on your wireless router. Logging into the router will allow you to capture connection information even when your child uses their mobile devices or game consoles (unless they are using another wireless access point other than yours).

With BlueCurve Home you can pause or unpause Internet access for a user or device. Pausing Internet access prevents that user from going online while connected to your home network.

This article provides details on:

How to pause Internet access
  1. Open BlueCurve Home ( mobile app or web portal ) .
  2. Select the Devices menu.
  3. Choose a device, and then select Pause Device .

How to pause internet access on google wifi

Choose the amount of time to pause the device for, then select Apply Changes . Choosing “Until I Unpause” will keep the device paused until you unpause it.

How to pause internet access on google wifi

Alternatively, you can pause all devices in a profile by selecting the profile and then choosing Pause All Devices . If you pause all devices for a profile, any device not currently connected to your home network will automatically be paused once it connects.

How to unpause Internet access
  1. Open BlueCurve Home ( mobile app or web portal ) .
  2. If the device is individually paused, select Devices , choose the device under Paused , then select Unpause Device .

How to pause internet access on google wifi

If the device is assigned to a profile that is paused, select that profile, then select Unpause All Devices .

How to pause internet access on google wifi

If the device is paused by Bedtime Mode, select the profile where the device is assigned, then select Wake Up . This will unpause all devices assigned to the profile until the next scheduled bedtime.